Written by Staff Writer by Charlene Chai, CNN
A fire in Turkey, burning for the past 4,000 years, was one of the first ever fire-sliced foods known to science, US scientists have found.
The findings were uncovered by researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York, who sequenced the genetic material of the fire.
“Previously, fire was believed to be an ancient fire phenomenon, not a functional and key component of food production systems,” research co-author Winfried Swiney said in a statement.
“Our results show that the fire has a lot to do with food production. We are not really certain how it helps. However, it seems to be the sort of process that facilitates forage cultivation, takes advantage of vegetative biomass, and may even serve as a ‘heat source’ for baking the meat of animals that use it.”
Winfried Swiney/University of Buffalo
Only 10% of the genetic material is discovered in the land-side fire, the majority of which was located on the neighboring rocky volcano, the scientists found.
The study has been published in the journal Science Advances.
What’s more, the genetic data also indicated that the fiery blast only took four minutes to blister, rather than the 10-30 minutes previously assumed.