Weird History

Here’s What People Ate To Survive In The Dust Bowl

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Vote up the Dust Bowl foods you can't believe people ate.

The Great Depression was an era of financial toil for nearly everyone in the United States. But those in the Dust Bowl were hit particularly hard - the Southern plains region of the US experienced a drought that led to severe dust storms. Farming grew difficult because of the lack of rain, and people who lived in the Dust Bowl became desperate for food, even more so than others who lived during the Depression.

Dust Bowl meals focused on nutrition over taste. They often included milk, potatoes, and canned goods. Some families resorted to eating dandelions or even tumbleweeds. While not as difficult as finding food as a pioneer, these Dust Bowl meals demonstrate the scarcity with which US citizens had to contend during the 1920s and '30s.