Many of us turn toward gratitude in the months and national holidays of November and December. Haudenosaunee people, indigenous to the Finger Lakes region, give thanks every day. The Thanksgiving Address, or Gano:nyok, serves as a daily reminder to appreciate and acknowledge all things. The Gano:nyok reinforces the connection that people have to the world around them. A portion of this address gives thanks for food:

“With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. Since the beginning of time, the grains, vegetables, beans, and berries have helped the people survive. Many other living things draw strength from them too. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.”

In Honor of Native American Heritage Month, we’d like to highlight several offerings from our Bulk Department:

Spirit Lake Native Products Manoomin (Wild Rice)

This true wild rice is hand harvested from lakes and rivers in Northern Minnesota on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. Wild rice, actually an aquatic grass, is the only rice native to North America.
How to prepare Manoomin:

1. Wash the rice. Add 1 cup wild rice to 2-3 cups water. Use more or less water for desired consistency.
2. Bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat, and simmer until rice is tender and fluffy. This should take about 30 minutes.

Iroquois White Corn Project Hulled White Corn

This whole-kernel corn is washed or cooked in hardwood ash or lime water to remove the hull from each kernel and is then dehydrated. When cooked, each kernel expands to approximately four times its original size. Its texture holds up and does not become mushy when used in recipes. Perfect for traditional corn soup, it also mixes beautifully into any soup, chowder, chili, summer salads, stews, casseroles, salsas, or any other recipe where you would use whole hominy or beans.

Iroquois White Corn Project Roasted White Corn Flour

Made of roasted whole corn that’s been stone-ground to a medium grind, the roasted corn flour imparts a delicious nutty flavor, suitable for use in breads, muffins, pancakes, or any recipe that calls for cornmeal or flour. It’s especially delicious in the cornmeal cookie recipe below.