Gastronomic Columbusing?

I have just learned a new term: Columbusing.  Perhaps you have noticed that I am uncomfortable with the idea that Columbus “discovered” the Americas, which suggests that the New World was empty, or just plain didn’t exist until it was found by Europeans.  “To Columbus” is to find something that has been important in another cultural context for generations and present it as your own discovery.  The debate is whether this is cultural appropriation or just fusion and cultural cross pollination, which happens all the time with food.   Check out the latest bru ha ha, that involves artisan ghee in Toronto, made by a non South-Asian who decorates the jars with scraps of old saris.  Op ed columnist Shireen Ahmed brings enough humour to the issue to make you think!