Ancestral Nutrition

Corn has been a living spiritual dimension of Native culture since time immemorial. Our ancestors and keepers of the seeds to this day honour and cherish this symbiotic relationship with the land and plants. Native peoples were the original plant geneticists, as our ancestors have always been keen observers with sophisticated abilities to save seeds, replant them and yield an abundance for the community for generations.

When traditionally grown, corn is treated to preserve its sacred nature. It is believed that the purity of seed colour and types of corn carried metaphysical meanings and embodied human qualities.

With a long and complex history, corn is by far one of our most studied, our most tampered and modified of all New World vegetables. It has become a cash crop to the modern world and inextricably intertwined into political corruption and environmental degradation aka Monsanto.

Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) White Corn

Traditional white corn is a vital, heirloom food in many Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) homes. We recognize the importance of this sacred food and the land where we are situated on - traditional Kanien'kehá:ka territory. We love to support, trade, and buy from our friends in Akwesasne and Kahnawake. We purchase from retailers of the Iroquois White Corn Project. Their nutritious corn products come from heirloom seeds dating back at least 1,400 years!

Iroquois White Corn Superfood Breakfast Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup Iroquois Roasted White Corn Flour
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • Maple syrup (optional sweetener)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan bring water to boil. Shut the stove off and add the corn flour.
  2. Stir until all is mixed. Turn the heat back on low and simmer for a minimum of 10 minutes, keep stirring regularly.
  3. Add in strawberries or other fruit. Stir for another 1-2 minutes. Optional: Add maple syrup to desired taste.
  4. Serve and garnish with chopped walnuts, chia seeds and any other superfoods

Readings + Resources

http://www.iroquoiswhitecorn.org/shop

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/heirloom-corn-varieties-zewz1307zpit.aspx

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/monsanto-is-hot-for-corn/article26032632/

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