A Taste of Heritage: Crow Indian Recipes and Herbal by Alma Hogan Snell

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 vital advisor to the normal lore, culinary makes use of, and therapeutic houses of local foods. A flavor of historical past imparts the lore of a while in addition to the normal Crow philosophy of therapeutic and specific sensible recommendation for locating and harvesting vegetation: 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 augment 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 event but additionally the useful classes of her grandmother, the mythical drugs girl beautiful Shield. With life-enhancing recipes for every little thing from soups, teas, and breads to poultices, aphrodisiacs, and fertility aids, A style of history is exceptionally a desirable cultural record guaranteed to improve the reader’s dating with the ordinary 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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Camas Root: Basashbita upboop balusua Camassia quamash Growing up, we didn’t pick all of the wild plants that we ate. One of my favorite treats doesn’t even grow near here: camas roots, baked. They’re from the west. Pretty Shield would trade something with the Piegan Indians when they came through with their roots. They had already baked the camas in the ground for four days, and they were delicious. The outside was black and a bit leathery—not really tough but rather chewy, kind of like a prune—and the whole thing had a wonderful licorice-like flavor.

I like to eat them as is, raw. I don’t care too much about them cooked. They are fine boiled with a little sugar, but I prefer them raw in salads. I like split root in salads because it’s crunchy and nice. They’re good in stews too. I like to add them to dried-meat or rabbit stew. I just throw in a bunch of the roots because they taste so much like carrots. Wild carrots really season the stew. Harvesting Wild Carrots Around here wild carrots can be ready in June. The last part of June is probably the best time, but you can dig them well into July.

If you want to eat arrow-leaf balsamroot, nettles, or burdock, you’ll need to boil them, drain the water, and boil them again. That makes them a little less bitter and a little more tender, but those are some plants for which I would need to be really hungry before I spent much time picking. However, they are really good for you—lots of vitamins and minerals. Indian Lettuce: Becashua ba luasua Montia species Miner’s lettuce Indian lettuce makes me feel good. I was very weary one day from tending to this and that, and wild lettuce was in abundance.

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