Native N American crops

dave s
Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:51:13 PDT
Ah, the ol' "second harvest."


On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM, Leo A. Martin <> wrote:

> Alberto wrote
> > They travelled large distances to cacti populations and during several
> > days they ate as much as they could. Upon return home, the cacti were
> > sown by natural digestive methods.
> It gets better. In her book Wendy Hodgson recounts a story from Spanish
> friars about the Seri Indians and Stenocereus gummosus, a cactus with
> fruit considered better than any other. In season they ate as many cactus
> fruits as possible, and hours to days later all the people left their
> waste in one spot on large rocks. The following year the cactus seeds were
> easily collected from the rock where they had been left. The seeds were
> ground to flour, cooked and eaten. The friars were told this after they
> ate the delicacy.
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA
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