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The cross-section of Vigna Mungo (Black gram/Urad Bean)

A History and Future in Seeds

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Young Wei Ping12 June 2022

This article is part of the second issue of "The Sauce - on food, community and inspirations", a theme-based journazine on seeds. The inaugural issue focuses on soil, print edition of the full first issue is available here.


The cross-section of Vigna Mungo (Black gram/Urad Bean)

ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES: The cross-section of Vigna Mungo (Black gram/Urad Bean) that is commonly used in Indian cooking seen under the Scanning Electron Microscope as part of an archaeological study. The significance of seeds is not confined solely to the realm of biology.

Seeds have been a constant companion in the course of human development. Whether as subsistence, artefact, politicised resource – one need only look back at our history with seeds to get a glimpse of humanity’s past and present. As we slip towards an uncertain future, we should revisit seeds and our relationship with them. 


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