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Whether you celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day or Columbus Day, the transition to fall foods has us thinking about the Three Sisters. Who are these sisters you ask? According to Iroquois legend, corn, beans, and squash are three inseparable sisters who can only grow and thrive together. Read on to learn more about why!
This tradition of interplanting corn, beans and squash in the same mounds, is a sustainable growing system that provided long-term soil fertility and a nutritious diet for an entire community. Corn, beans and squash were among the first important crops domesticated by ancient Mesoamerican societies. Corn was the primary crop, providing more calories or energy per acre than any other. According to Three Sisters legends, corn must grow in community with other crops rather than on its own – it needs the beneficial company of its sisters. So the next time you take a look at any of these delicious veggies - remember to look out for the other sisters!