A Taste of History

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Food is something we consume on the daily. It has become a regular for humans. But we don’t know the history behind it.

Food is something we consume on the daily. It has become a regular for humans. But we don’t know the history behind it.

In downtown Denver there is a museum called History Colorado Center, inside tells the story of our beautiful state. They have things from Colorado A-Z, to a manuscript library. But the traveling exhibit is called “ Food our Global Kitchen” Inside the exhibit you can find the things you may have never known, as you walk in, you see large circular screens previewing the exhibit. The first thing you come across is the evolution of food, and how us as humans have changed food itself. Chickens used to only lay about 12 eggs a year but we bred them to lay 365 eggs a year. As you continue around an information filled corner you come to the food all around the world. Like in Kenya they grow their corn in small villages where as in South America they mass produce the corn. There are many different aspects of the exhibit so go and see them yourself!

About half way through the the exhibit there is a large room with three desks inside. At the first one you can find out if you are a “supertaster.” Then you can eat a jelly bean with your nose plugged then you unplug your nose to see the difference in the taste. It shows us that “You really need to have a sense of smell to enjoy food” A volunteer at the History Colorado Center.

You may think the the exhibit is over when you walk out the doors but just a short ride up the elevator to the 4th floor is the Stephen H Hart Library and Research Center. They have menus from as early as the 1920’s. They show you the different foods through time.

So find out the history behind food, taste sweet treats, and see historical menus at the History Colorado Center.