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.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Yesterday I mentioned that insects are nutritious. In case anyone is interested, insects are a major part of many diets around the world. According to this article, "Insects as Human Food," "hundreds of tons of mopanie (a caterpillar) are exported annually from Botswana and South Africa to Zambia and Zimbabwe." That's a lot of caterpillars.

Here is the link:

Tomato worm devouring my plants in July. Don't eat it. I wanted to include a caterpillar picture.
 Andrew Zimmern, in this episode filmed in Mexico, shows how insects are used in a variety of dishes:

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