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 essential advisor to the normal lore, culinary makes use of, and therapeutic houses of local foods. A flavor of history imparts the lore of a while in addition to the conventional Crow philosophy of therapeutic and distinctive functional recommendation for locating and harvesting crops: from the major 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 good looks and incite love. Snell describes the age-old perform of turning wildflowers and backyard crops into balms and treatments for such diseases and accidents as snakebite, headache, leg cramps, swollen joints, bronchial asthma, and sores. She brings to endure not just her life of adventure but in addition the useful classes of her grandmother, the mythical drugs lady beautiful Shield. With life-enhancing recipes for every thing from soups, teas, and breads to poultices, aphrodisiacs, and fertility aids, A flavor of history is specifically a desirable cultural rfile absolute to improve the reader’s courting with the usual world. A partial record 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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Drawing at the wisdom and knowledge of numerous generations of Crow Indian girls, the well known speaker and instructor Alma Hogan Snell offers an essential consultant to the normal lore, culinary makes use of, and therapeutic homes of local foods. A flavor of background imparts the lore of a while besides the conventional Crow philosophy of therapeutic and designated sensible recommendation for locating and harvesting vegetation: from the most important to making impossible to resist dishes of cattails and dandelions, salsify and Juneberries, antelope meat and buffalo hooves, to the key of utilizing vegetation to augment attractiveness and incite love.

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Take dried turnips and grind them to a fine powder for flour. Make the powder a little coarser, like the consistency of cornmeal, if you are going to use it for porridge. n Wild Turnip Porridge This warming porridge is easy on the stomach, so it is frequently fed to convalescing people and babies. It also makes a hearty breakfast. 2 cups ground turnip meal 2 to 3 cups warm water Flour 2 tablespoons marrow fat or other shortening Sugar to taste Soak the ground turnip meal in warm water in a saucepan until the particles are soft and swollen.

We made pemmican too. We even took the juice and washed our eyes out with it. We’d go up to the mountains in early July and if we came home with a big galvanized washtub almost full, Pretty Shield was satisfied. (Even though the English name is “juneberry,” they are rarely ripe in June around here. ) We dried them and later on people froze them, but Pretty Shield was never much for freezing. She dried everything. Juneberries can be dried whole. I have some dried juneberries that I show at presentations that are more than thirty years old.

The fresh raspberries didn’t have a chance to settle down to nothing when she did that. Grandma didn’t take her canning things to the mountains like that. She didn’t dry the raspberries or freeze them either. 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.

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