Hello everyone. New here. First I would like to thank for the opportunity of being here. I believe the work being done is amazing. Hopefully I will be able to join to party soon. I do have TPS growing already from a random ebay listing, so technically I have yet to open my first christmass present.
I am in the tropics with a very heavy yearly rainfall, so I may be able to work on things that would otherwise be hard or impossible for some other members. Right now I am breeding many vegetables to see which perform better, some of them I intent to do something akin to Lofthouse’s landrace development, for others the plan is the complete opposite, as in Cucurbita moschata which is naturally a landrace here.
I am currently germinating Achira (Canna indica) from local populations with the intent of comparing what makes a good Achira rhizome.
Interestingly I believe there were 2 main “migrations” or genetic importations to the island. Most of the local vegetables and fruits were brought either with maya decendant peoples from mesoamerica and their crops (maize, jicama, pitahaya) and/or seem to have been a group or groups originating in the eastern andean amazonian slopes and they too brought their crops (Achira, leren, maybe cassava).
My opinion is that many of the traiditional “staple” (most likely seasonal) crops the natives ate, kept and prepared, first many if not most are either abandoned and possibly unknown, and secondly by today standarts most of these plants would be considered semi-domesticated at best.
Having said all that I believe very important work is being done here, so once again, I congratutale!