Last week’s #builtheritage twitter chat on food and preservation provided an abundance of interesting resource material. This week I stumbled across another great food history resource. American Heritage Vegetables is a great database of historical vegetables created by the Center for Digital Humanities of the University of South Carolina. The site focuses on cultivation practices, popular varieties, and recipes for vegetables found in American kitchens and gardens prior to the twentieth century.
The site is searchable and is a great resource for anyone looking to integrate food heritage into their programming. My only complaint is the way in which the recipes are laid out on the site – they are written in paragraph formatting which seems a bit daunting to someone looking to try cooking something in 19th century style.