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Introducing a new series. Things you were never taught in school about native Americans. I hope to impart some glimpse at false history and have some fun educating people as well. These will most likely be short and scattered randomly. I will do two today because I want to start the series off right. This will be all for today. Until next time!

Freeze-Drying

The Inca of South America froze potatoes atop high mountains, which evaporated the moisture inside the tubers. Freeze-drying preserved the potatoes for years and helped Spanish colonists to ship “fresh” potatoes all the way back to Europe by boat.

Northern tribes like the Lakota (Sioux), Eskimo and Abenaki used Freeze-Drying as well to preserve foods for the winter, boiling them to re-hydrate for use in stews and meals. Lakota would use the cooler mountains to preserve food like a refrigerator and would trek up to snow peeks to freeze dry foods while they were plentiful for use during non-growing seasons.

It is likely a parallel discovery though the Inca and Sioux alike explored their worlds. It is possible they meet at some point and exchanged ideas.