ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For centuries, from Mesoamerica to the American Southwest, peoples in this region have found sustenance in the basic foods presented in the exhibit Three Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash.
The Open Space Program is putting on this exhibit at their visitor center. Open Space manages about 30,000 acres of land, including the Sandias, Petroglyphs, and wild life areas.
By presenting the botanical history, the medicinal value and the cultural meaning of these foods, they hope to interest visitors in the foods that provided nutrition to the earliest farmers.
The ‘Three Sisters’ are all crops that have been present here in New Mexico for many years, and have become more domesticated over time (an example of an easy recipe you can make at home is demonstrated above). These crops can be grown together, in fact have a unique relationship with one another as they grow. They are also a very nutritious addition to any diet.
The exhibit is presented in both English and Spanish.