Wild Onions and Cherokee Traditions


Wild Onions and Cherokee Traditiosn

 

Cherokee Citizens are wild about wild onions. Not only are wild onions a traditional food, they are one of the first green foods to emerge from the ground. Wild Onions and other wild alliums such as wild leeks and wild garlic are found throughout the continent of North American. Which means that they could be found anywhere Cherokees traveled. 

There is a variety of wild onion for just about every climate and environment. As the name implies they grow wild and you can find them just about anywhere, from lawns to edges of fields, even in your garden beds. If you aren’t sure where to find them just follow some dairy cows.They will find them for you. Ask Lisa how she knows.

Wild Onions were a welcome food source after long winters of dried food. If you are looking for wild onions, be considerate and do not harvest all that you find. A good rule of thumb is to take no more than 10% - 20%. With careful harvesting you will be able to go back to the same spot year after year. 

Did you get the March 22 Cherokee Copper Subscription Box? If you did, you got a really delicious recipe to make using wild onions. The Wild Onion Goddess Dressing Recipe by Chef Nico Albert.  We have partnered with Chef Nico Albert’s non-profit. Burning Cedar Sovereign Kitchen and we are donating $1 for every download of the recipe. You can download the recipe here. There is no cost to you at all! 

Download your copy of the Wild Onion Goddess Recipe here.


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