By Alma Hogan Snell
Drawing at the wisdom and knowledge of numerous generations of Crow Indian ladies, the well known speaker and instructor Alma Hogan Snell offers an quintessential advisor to the normal lore, culinary makes use of, and therapeutic homes of local foods. A style of historical past imparts the lore of a long time besides the conventional Crow philosophy of therapeutic and particular sensible suggestion for locating and harvesting crops: from the main to making impossible to resist dishes of cattails and dandelions, salsify and Juneberries, antelope meat and buffalo hooves, to the key of utilizing crops to reinforce attractiveness and incite love. Snell describes the age-old perform of turning wildflowers and backyard crops into balms and treatments for such illnesses and accidents as snakebite, headache, leg cramps, swollen joints, bronchial asthma, and sores. She brings to undergo not just her life of adventure but in addition the precious classes of her grandmother, the mythical medication lady lovely Shield. With life-enhancing recipes for every little thing from soups, teas, and breads to poultices, aphrodisiacs, and fertility aids, A style of background is peculiarly a desirable cultural rfile sure to increase the reader’s dating with the normal world. A partial checklist of recipes: Wild Bitterroot SauceWild Carrot PuddingCattail BiscuitsDandelion SoupSalsify Oyster StewBalapia (Berry Pudding)Juneberry PieChokecherry CakeWild Mint TeaBitterberry LemonadeWheel BreadBoiled HoovesBill’s Mother’s Antelope RoastStuffed TroutElk RoastStuffed EggsOld-Time Moose RoastWild Turnip PorridgeWild Turnip BreadFresh Wild SaladBuffalo Cattail StewGround Tomato SaladGooseberry PuddingBearberry ButterSpicy Dried Plum CakeBuffaloberry Jelly (20070518)
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The only time I ever did think of visiting another country was when I was digging turnips. I thought I must be getting pretty close to China. Bitterroot: Basauxawa Lewisia rediviva Basauxawa, bitterroot, is nature’s great mind food that comes in the spring. This little plant grows high in the mountains and has beautiful pink flowers. But you don’t use the top part—it’s horribly bitter. You eat the little roots. The Crow name means “lots of veins” or “bushy limbs”; that describes the roots as they go here and there and everywhere.
Bake at 350 degrees until the crust is nice and brown, about 35 minutes. n Basic Pie Crust for a Two-crust Pie 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons sugar 1/3 cup vegetable oil, shortening, or butter 6 to 8 tablespoons cold water 1 egg yolk (optional; save the white to brush on top) Mix together the flour, salt, and sugar. Crumble the oil in with your fingers or cut in the shortening or butter with a pastry blender until the crumbs are the size of small peas. Add the egg yolk (which is optional, but it seems to make the dough easier to work with) and enough cold water to hold the dough together.
We just ate them. 34 a tast e o f h e r i tag e f o o d s We threw them in our mouths and ate them. We’d eat them while we were picking them and then get them home and eat some more. Those raspberries would soon be all eaten up. Gooseberries and Currants: Be ga ge ta Ribes species Gooseberries are longevity berries to me. Older Assiniboine women say gooseberries keep you from being too tired. In other words, gooseberries keep you young. They give you stamina, energy, and build you right up so you can continue to go on every day.
A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal Medicines (At Table) by Alma Hogan Snell