Berries

Berries are often cited, especially in popular descriptions, as one of the archetypal Paleo foods.

In two respects this is valid:
(1)  berries have generally been only minimally modified by plant breeders and farmers since the Pleistocene
(2)  berries are widespread in temperate climates and it is impossible to imagine they were not eaten.

However, as anyone who has ever grown blackberries, gooseberries or currants in their garden will know, these soft fruit have a very brief fruiting period - say, 2-3 weeks - and for the rest of the year they would not have been available.

So although we can assume berries would have been part of the Pleistocene diet for over a million years, it would not have been a significant part of that diet for more than about 5% of any year.

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