Traditional Foods

"Traditional" in the context of these projects means pre-contact foods. No beef, mutton, goat, chicken, pork, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, or any other "Old World" food that many of us have lovingly incorporated into our diets and tribal cultures. No processed foods (Doritoes, Lays Chips, etc), even if the base is corn or potatoes. No chocolate unless it is unsweetened cacao or sweetened with honey from the Melipona bee, fruit, stevia, camas or agave. Be adventurous and try unfamiliar foods! There are many foods to choose from. My American Indian Health and Diet Project site lists and defines many of them.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Plantain and Prickley Pear Cactus Fruit

Bananas and plantains are not the same. In this shot, plantains are at the top, bananas at the bottom. Don't eat plantains raw. Yuk.

Cactus fruit

Here is a breakfast idea: plantains and prickley pear cactus fruit. Peel the plantains and cactus fruit, slice into small bites. Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to skillet and turn to medium heat. Saute the plantain and cactus fruit until tender. 

The cactus fruit has large seeds that might break teeth. I put that fruit in a strainer and mashed it down to extract the red juice and pulp. Mix with the plantains. Add a bit of salt and chili powder.

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