Yom HaShoah: Hungarian Paprika

Today was Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. My grandparents’ friend Gabe is a Hungarian Jew who spent a portion of his childhood in a Nazi concentration camp. He was already an old man when I met him, and he spends his days growing rare heirloom tomatoes, some of which I have seen nowhere else. TodayContinue reading “Yom HaShoah: Hungarian Paprika”

Sugarbush: Maple Syrup Season

Disclaimer: I have no idea how to do this. Despite years of being around sugarbush, having a mom who makes great maple syrup, and going on outings like this one  over the years, I have never done this myself, from start to finish. I’ve only had the privilege to be a guest of other peopleContinue reading “Sugarbush: Maple Syrup Season”

Igmú Čheyáka / Catnip

I accidentally harvested catmint seeds the other day, thinking I was harvesting nettle seeds. This plant is called igmú čheyáka in Lakota, catmint in English, and Nepeta cataria. It is also (perhaps more commonly) known as catnip in English. It’s indigenous to Eurasia, but has naturalized over here. It’s all over the place. I foundContinue reading “Igmú Čheyáka / Catnip”

Čhaŋíčaȟpehu / Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles. Čhaŋíčaȟpehu. Urtica dioica. Many of us have only unpleasant associations with this plant: the sting. It is seen as a plant to be avoided, and carefully uprooted where possible. Here on Standing Rock, though, a growing number of people are intentionally inflicting themselves with nettle stings. This may sound surprising when you firstContinue reading “Čhaŋíčaȟpehu / Stinging Nettles”