The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash

For 10,000 years, the nutritionally balanced trio of corn, beans and squash have supplied the Native American with an unwavering dietary foundation.



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Native Americans have planted these crops together for thousands of years.
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Central-American archaeological findings indicate that maize has been around for 10,000 years.
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Balanced Nutrition
Native Americans have planted these crops together for thousands of years.
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Native Americans
Native Americans planted corn, beans and squash on hills or raised mounds. The gardens were prepared entirely by hand using gathered materials: Long, strong sticks served as digging tools, the shoulder blade of a deer or bison was attached for a hoe. Harvested crops were left to dry on racks in the sun.
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Native Americans have planted these crops together for thousands of years.
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Beans
Left to right, beans, squash and corn in their fully- mature, ready to be harvested state. Native american farmers grew a half dozen or more varieties of maize for different uses.
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