Actually, I remember a first-hand Pilgrim account that pretty clearly described the popping of the corn.Thanks- I was worried that the varieties might have become extinct. On the "Indian" corn- that is- multi colored. How does it taste? There is a myth that at the first Thanksgiving the Indians showed the pilgrims how to make popcorn but in reality, I'll bet it was parched corn instead of pop corn. "Hominy" was an Indian food in which the external hull was removed. I know the Mexicans ground it into Masa flour but I think the American Indians just kept it whole. If the hominy was ground- then I guess that is grits. On the beans, has anyone read of the Indians eating green beans (pod) or were the beans allowed to mature into seed beans? On the squash- I have always thought it was winter squash- like butternut, etc., and pumpkin is pumpkin- I don't think that has changed.
On the tobaccos- it might be fun to try it. Some of my pals picked it as kids.
That looks a lot like the corn I have.I grow in the three sisters tradition and my Seneca white corn is called one': oh ( oh nay, glotal stop, oh ). I use it for hominy and meal.
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Squash and pumpkin vines don't seem to discourage the deer from exploring the garden at all.
I have a variety of native dry bean but they are a bush beans. My climbers are green and yellow string beans.
I have always heard it would, but always used the insurance of marigolds and electric fence too. Good know from your experience. Got me interested in the Seneca corn, thanks.Squash and pumpkin vines don't seem to discourage the deer from exploring the garden at all.
Nah..the corn has to be boiled in the ash water until the skin and eyes come off.One of the Fox Fire books has complete instructions for lye hominy. You use hardwood ash and make a cradle/trough and percolate the lye (water added to the ash) over the corn, then wash it good- You need the book for all the data.
As long as the tassel doesn't fall to another species it won't cross. I am sure there is a proper distance, with an acre and half shouldn't be any problem, but wonder what crossing would produce, to me that would be interesting.We're avid gardeners - about 1 1/2 acre plot this year. Question is about cross-pollination of Indian corn (s) with field (hybrid) corn. Doing my fall plowing now to prep for next spring. Will the different types cross-pollinate ? If so, recommended distance please. Thanks