Connecting Plants and People
People use plants in countless ways, but perhaps it is as food and medicine that comes to mind first. For many cultures certain food plants are central to their identity. Numerous species of plants are consumed as food by people around the world, but relatively few have become widespread and are now used globally. Many others are not well known outside of their native distribution. In some cases, these food plants offer great potential to be of benefit to human populations more widely. Research at the Garden focuses on underutilized food plants to improve food security for people.