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Select African Diaspora Plant Inventory (Part 2)

Updated: 2 days ago

Overview


According to research from the Boyce Thompson Institute, after its origin in Africa, the bottle gourd made its way to the New World via the Atlantic drift and to Eurasia through early human farmers in the Holocene.
Bottle gourd - Lagenaria siceraria

Welcome to the second installment of our Select African Diaspora Plant Inventory. We have assembled more than 100 plants from various sources - books, publications, prototype gardens and conferences in order to identify plants that inextricably connected to the descendants of the Middle Passage and the peoples of West Africa.


The enslavement of West Africans to provide labor for the economic engine for European nations and the colonization of the Americas and the Caribbean. Africans who landed on these shores adapted their agricultural knowledge to newfound conditions - on large-scale agricultural productions on plantations, on plantation subsistence gardens they created to supplement their own food needs and in villages of freed slaves who fled from their captors and created their own agricultural economies to sustain their maroon communities.


But this is just the beginning.   Our select African Diaspora plant inventory is North American and Caribbean-centric.  We will eventually add more plants from the current gardening scene in West Africa, the Caribbean and South America.




Select African Diaspora Plant Inventory - Part 2 (D- G)


Local vendors with their wares.  Commune of Adjamé, Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast – Local vendors with their products in the commune of Adjamé, Abidjan.

Greens (Mustard):  Carolina Broadleaf, Southern Giant Curled

Brassica juncea


Eggplant:   Louisiana long green eggplant, Rosita, White Garden Egg

Solanum melongena

From Asia to Africa; fruits, Southern and Creole gardens

Farming While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman)


Eggplant: Striped Garden Egg (Striped Toga Eggplant), White Garden Egg,  Rotunda Red Eggplant

Solanum aethiopicum var. Gilo

Rotunda Red Eggplant arrived in Europe from Africa by end of the 19th century 

Truelove Seeds Sistah Seeds; Slow Food Foundation;  In the Shadow of Slavery - 2009 (J. Carney)

Elderberry

Mentyha x piperita


NYBG-African-American; Rose Hill Foundation

Garlic:  Music

Allium sativum var. Ophioscorodom


Ginger, Peruvian yellow

Zingiber officinale


Gourd:   Birdhouse Gourd, Bradshaw’s  Bottle Gourd

Lagenaria siceraria


NYBG-African-American; While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman);  In the Shadow of Slavery - 2009 (J. Carney)

Greens (Mustard):  Carolina Broadleaf, Southern Giant Curled

Brassica juncea


Greens (Collard Greens):   Alabama Blue, Green Glaze,  Nancy Malone Wheat Purple, Variegated,  William Alexander

Brassica oleracea


NYBG-African-American;  Farming While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman);  Truelove Seeds

Greens:  Dandelion

Cichorium intybus ‘Catalogna’


NYBG-African-American;  Farming While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman)

Greens:  East African,  Ethiopian Blue Kale

Brassica carinata

Amara Ethiopia

Farming While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman);  Sistah Seeds


Greens:  Efo shoko, Lagos spinach/Nigerian spinach

Celosia argentea

Nigeria, Benin, Congo and Cameroon; type of Celosia;  related to Amaranth


Greens:   Eggplant, Gbognome collard

Solanum melongena;  Solanum macrocarpon

Togo, West Africa;  edible leaves

Farming While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman); Sistah Seeds

Greens:  Lacinato Rainbow Mix,  Premier, Moses Smith Yellow Cabbage Collard

Brassica oleracea

Moses Smith Yellow Cabbage Collard is part of the heirloom collards project;  received by the Seed Savers Exchange in 2016.

Greens  (Turnip):   Seven Top Turnips

Brassica rapa

1830s Virginia

Greens (Spinach):   Molokhia Egyptian Spinach

Corchorus olitorius

Ghana, Burkina Faso;  Palestine

Farming While Black - 2018 (L. Penniman);  Truelove Seeds

Greens (Cress):  Creasy Greens

Barbarea verna

Commonly referred to as 

mountain cress

Guinea pepper

Xylopia aethiopica


In the Shadow of Slavery - 2009 (J. Carney)


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