Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving: Calories for the Soul

Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday.  On this day we celebrate nothing more than family, food, and friends.  The tradition of eating native foods like turkey, Cranberries (Oxycoccus spp.), and others explicitly recognizes the ecological communities that nourish us.  These lessons solidified in my mind about 12 years ago when my best friend Sam ( began hosting a completely wild food Thanksgiving.  The venison roast, mashed Wapato, and Wild Rice were not only incredibly delicious—as we ate, we listened to Sam tell us where he had harvested each food and we honored the land with our conversation—they nourished us in a much more profound way.

For many people, the food element of Thanksgiving has become abstracted with store bought, industrially produced, agricultural commodities, which have little connection to land, a particular ecosystem, or the sacred act of human harvest.  While I always long to be back at Sam’s table for Thanksgiving, this will be the first year in several that I am able to spend the Holiday with my own family.  I will bring some of my best wild edibles to the table and in the spirit of Sam, share some calories for the soul.
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  1. Hi Abe! So glad I found your blog (through Sam's website, foragersharvest, I just picked up his newest book!).

    I am a hobby gardener & naturalist and I love to cook, especially organic, locally grown plants! (I write a vegan food blog). Foraging is the obvious next step :-)

    Can't wait to read some more of your blog, and get started with some foraging!

    Looking forward,
    Vegan Fazool Blog

  2. I really enjoyed the smoked salmon, elderberry jam and hazelnuts you brought down. I can't wait for the time when we add mashed wapato to our dinner as well...

  3. We ended up having a small Thanksgiving meal here with a couple of friends since my family had Thanksgiving on Friday. We had wapato, acorn thickened deer broth, deer roast, wild rice dish with black trumpets and dried wild leek leaves, wild cranberry sauce, wild apple cider and home-grown pumpkin pie. :) A great time was had by all. Hope you will be able to join us sometime in the future.

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