Peas originated on our border

Peas originated on our border - New York Times, 08:43, June 13, 2002
A snippet from the Times: Peas arrived in America in the 18th century; Thomas Jefferson raised 30 different kinds at Monticello. But the Greeks and Romans were eating them centuries before — Apicius had several recipes for peas in his cookbook — and the oldest find of peas, at least according to Waverley Root, was carbon-dated to 9750 B.C. on the border between Thailand and Myanmar. (Of course leave it to the French to raise the pea to a level now reserved for beluga caviar: In the court of Versailles, they curried favor with the king by sending him peas.)
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