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Monday, June 25, 2018

Southwest Foraging - John Slattery

Being busy keeping my garden full of growing edible plants in the middle of the desert has brought this area more into my consciousness. Although I had learned some about how tribes like the Paiute lived and ate, I decided I wanted to learn more about the edible native plants that grow in this area.

This fantastic book provides guidance on how to use 117 different plants, flowers, and cacti. It has instructions on how to find, collect, prepare, and cook all of these items. With full color photographs this book makes it easy to identify plants. It also includes cautions on how certain plants may make a person sick if eating it ill-prepared. For me one of the best parts about this book was that the author calculated the effort to calorie yield of many of these foods when prepared traditionally.
Thus far I have only tried the recipe for desert willow tea, which was mild and sweet. I'm looking forward to trying more recipes from this book and encourage others who live in this region to give it a shot.

Recommended Reading:
American Indian Cooking - Carolyn J. Niethammer
Native Plants of Southern Nevada - David Rhode
Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer

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