Which of the following statements is true?
Polynesians colonized many islands and introduced different foods. The Polynesians introduced a variety of foods to the islands they colonized, including taro roots, sweet potatoes and bananas. They also brought breadfruits and coconuts.
Taro is still grown in many Pacific Islands. It can be boiled or steamed and served with coconut milk or made into poi – mashed taro with a little water to make a viscous paste. The Polynesians also brought sweet potatoes and bananas, including dwarf bananas, apple bananas and ice-cream bananas. These are still widely grown in the Pacific. Coconut palms were also brought in from South East Asia as was breadfruit, which provided a large amount of food both for islanders and ocean-voyagers. Sugar cane, which grows in tropical climates and is ideal for the remote islands of Southeast Asia was planted at this time.
Polynesians also brought a variety of popular seafoods to the island, including tuna (eel), mahi-mahi (parrotfish), octopus and sea cucumber (holo), as well as shellfish (limu). These types of foods became staples of the diets of many Oceania residents. Traditional cooking involves grilling, baking or roasting seafood on hot coals and open fires. Then they are wrapped in Ti leaves to keep them moist during cooking.
Overall the combination of food that was introduced by the Polynesian settlers has played an influential role in shaping modern day cuisines throughout Oceania forming part of distinct dishes sometimes referred to as ‘Pacific Rim’ cuisine found across many parts within this region today