In 1973, Mexico’s first geothermal power plant, which draws heat from the earth’s interior, began operation at Cierro Prieto, Chihuahua, near the U.S. border. Air plants are native to the West Indies, Mexico, and much of Central America and South America. An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula, but grows wild in tropical, semi-tropical, and arid climates around the world. It is a succulent perennial with thick, fibrous leaves that grow straight up from its rosette-type center reaching 6 feet in height. The blue agave, also known as the century plant, is native to Mexico and most commonly known for the beverage made from its juice. Michael Pollan's book, The Botany of Desire , or the documentary film made from it, is a good review if you're interested in learning more about the origins and selective breeding of plants to produce more favorable forms. Nikolai Vavilov initially identified the centers of origin for eight crop plants, subdividing them further into twelve groups in 1935. Most ancient cultures didn’t grow the plant to get high, but as herbal medicine, Some type of foods were always common in every continent, such as many seafood and plants. Examples of these types of food are honey, ants, mussels, crabs and coconuts. Dazzled by its color, he gave it the botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima meaning "very beautiful." Tequila is made from Weber‘s blue agave (Agave tequilana azul). In March and early April 2009, Mexico experienced outbreaks of respiratory illness and increased reports of patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) in several areas of the country. The geographic region from which our food crops originated is not always obvious from their present day distribution. Maize was domesticated from its wild grass ancestor more than 8,700 years ago, according to biological evidence uncovered by researchers in Mexico's Central Balsas River Valley. Maize originated in the Americas, having been first developed by Indians in the highlands of Mexico. Marijuana, also known as cannabis or pot, has a long history of human use. Outbreak of Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection --- Mexico, March--April 2009. You’re quite likely to catch a glimpse of these adorable animals in the southern stretches of Mexico and, as they tend to hang out in groups, they’re fairly easy to spot! The species is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant. It is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. ... the pre-Columbian residents of what is now southern Mexico … The plant is the wild ancestor of all the tomatoes we eat today, and still grows wild in northern Peru and southern Ecuador. The Euphorbia plant originated in South American and Mexico. This is the earliest dated evidence -- by 1,200 years -- for the … The plant grew through a crack in his greenhouse. It was quickly adopted by the European settlers, Spanish, English, and French. The first English settlers found the northern Indians growing a hard-kerneled, early-maturing flint variety that kept… Joel Roberts Poinsett was the first United States Ambassador to Mexico being appointed by President John Quincy Adams in the 1820's. It is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family and also known as smoketree spurge, tropical smoke brush or Caribbean copper plant. Labeled as a broadleaf evergreen, the Euphorbia plant grows best in full sun. Aloe vera (/ ˈ æ l oʊ iː / or / ˈ æ l oʊ /) is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. 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