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New World Crops

Based on a description, can you name these crops that are native to the Americas?
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First submittedAugust 9, 2014
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Staple crop of the Aztecs
Maize
The Aztecs and Mayans drank it;
We eat it for dessert
Chocolate
What the Italians call pomodoro
Tomato
Staple crop of Ireland
Potato
Berry that grows in bogs
Cranberry
Fatty green fruit native to Mexico
Avocado
Sir Walter Raleigh popularized
this addictive substance in England
Tobacco
What tequila is made from
Agave
Pablo Escobar's favorite plant
Coca
Piña colada ingredient
Pineapple
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Answer
Its seeds are chewed by baseball players
Sunflower
Popular ice cream flavor
Vanilla
Key component of a Thanksgiving dessert
Pumpkin
Sugary tree sap product
Maple Syrup
Spicy food that has been weaponized
Peppers
Tree sap product used in tires
and contraceptives
Rubber
Bean named after a South American capital
Lima Bean
Mountain berry referenced in "Moon River"
Huckleberry
What Jimmy Carter farmed
Peanuts
Large fruit with orange flesh and
lots of black seeds
Papaya
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Level 77
Aug 11, 2014
oh jeez...pomodoro literally means smelly apple...I was racking my brain trying to come up with something that is like an apple but with a strong smell. Never landed on tomato...wow.
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Level 74
Aug 12, 2014
Ha! 'Pomodoro' literally translates as 'apple of gold'. They were called that because they were originally yellow, not red.
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Level 83
Aug 24, 2014
Missed huckleberry. Almost missed cranberry, too, but then the clue about Thanksgiving dessert led me to guess that.
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Level 75
Aug 24, 2014
Had to sing Moon River nearly all the way through before I got it. Thank you, Andy.
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Level 58
Aug 24, 2014
Mustard seeds could also be spicy food that has been weaponized.
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Level 89
Aug 24, 2014
Mustard's not native to the New World.
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Level 78
Aug 24, 2014
Cranberries aren't exclusively a new world crop. Wikipedia states 3 or 4 different varieties of cranberry, 2 of which are also found in Eurasia. We'd still have them even without Columbus.
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Level 59
Nov 28, 2017
Yes, I have definitely picked wild cranberries in Europe.
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Level 76
Dec 8, 2021
Some quick research shows that European and Malaysian cranberries are similar in some ways to the North American cranberry, with one exception being that they are far more bitter and acrid. Considering that North American cranberries are already one of the worst berries, I shudder to think of what a European cranberry would taste like.
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Level 54
Aug 25, 2014
Could pawpaw be added as an alternative for papaya, please?
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Level 75
Jun 29, 2018
Pawpaws are a completely different fruit which are small green-ish things and relatives of the soursop.
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2021
Interesting to learn that fruit exists, here in Australia "pawpaw" and "papaya" to refer to the same fruit. I put in "pawpaw" and then didn't think to guess "papaya" because I would have thought it would have gone through as an alternative
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Level 20
Dec 8, 2021
Australian here and I did the same thing too :)
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Level 59
Nov 30, 2016
Definitely hard to imagine cooking before the 1600's with damn near all our modern staples being from the Americas! Also, I'd have added green beans and squash. Also not native to the Old world.
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Level 68
Jul 3, 2017
Only missed tequila and Pablo Escobar who I'd never heard of.
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Level 71
Jul 3, 2017
there's a good series on netflix about him... not necessarily accurate, but it's a good show none the less.
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Level 43
Jul 3, 2017
I never knew Escobar was a botanist!
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Level 70
Jul 3, 2017
Could you make 'syrup' an acceptable answer for 'maple syrup?'
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Level 56
Jul 3, 2017
Maple trees are what's native to the Americas. Syrup is any sugary like substance... So no, kind of need both.
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Level 82
Jul 5, 2017
Most of maple species are actually native to the old world, but they don't have enough sugar to be commercially useful.
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Level 73
Apr 12, 2019
I knew that you were after maple syrup because of its popularity, but I've also had sycamore syrup - it's very good too. As far as the Thanksgiving dessert question, speaking for us Southerners, you can keep your pumpkin pie. We want pecan, please.
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Level 59
Jul 10, 2017
I'm not sure ''Maple Syrup'' is a crop...
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Level 59
Aug 3, 2018
It's farmed and is a multi-billion dollar industry. Just like apples, oranges, lemons, coconuts, etc. for the other "crops" that come off of trees.
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Level 85
Nov 3, 2018
Guh. Guessed every berry except the right one.
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Level 45
Nov 8, 2018
are you serious i guessed types of peppers but not pepper...*sighs*
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Level 76
Sep 26, 2020
and 'pepper' is an ambiguous term, because if you buy pepper for seasoning it is from a completely different plant from chilli peppers and cayenne peppers.
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Level 80
Sep 11, 2019
The chocolate clue really threw me because we drink it here too.
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Level 73
Feb 20, 2021
Can you accept Dingleberries for the Huckleberries question?
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Level 61
Dec 8, 2021
Could you include chilli as an answer for 'peppers'? In my country and a lot of others, pepper and chilli have very different meanings, pepper being the small black things and chilli being what you refer to as 'peppers' here
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Level 66
Apr 23, 2022
Yes to me (I'm British) pepper is this black stuff, peppers are the non-spicy/sweet type of pepper and chilli peppers I would generally just call chilli
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Level 79
Dec 8, 2021
Bold of you to assume that I only eat chocolate for dessert. And that I don't drink it as well.
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2021
People actually use pumpkin for a dessert? Sounds awful.
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2021
You've never heard of pumpkin pie? It's alright
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Level 69
Dec 8, 2021
yup, "alright" is pretty accurate :D
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Level 67
Dec 8, 2021
Chocolate is not a crop. Cocoa/cacao is.
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2021
no need to get specific here, and that is also an accepted answer
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Level 69
Dec 8, 2021
Could you allow "pecans" for the Thanksgiving dessert? Also a new world crop and Thanksgiving essential
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Level 58
Dec 8, 2021
Blueberry is also native to North America if you want to make a sequel. :)
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Level 76
Dec 8, 2021
I'm your huckleberry.
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Level 42
Dec 9, 2021
Can you allow "Syrup" for Maple Syrup?
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Level 69
Jan 20, 2023
I think the important part is the maple
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Level 22
Dec 9, 2021
it should be blue agave because you cant make tequila with normal agave