Psíŋ / Wild Rice

I grew up eating wild rice (Zizania palustris), and I have always loved the nutty, smoky flavor of fire-parched wild rice. (Personally, I believe that the rice from the area around White Earth in Minnesota tastes the best, but everybody has their preferences.) Psíŋ (Dakota word for “wild rice”) or (Manoomin, “the good berry” inContinue reading “Psíŋ / Wild Rice”

Uŋkčéla (Cactus) Roundup

These are a bunch of cacti photos I took with my mom in the Badlands and Black Hills a few summers ago, and a few from the prairies of Standing Rock (North Dakota side). There are apparently six species of cactus that are indigenous to South Dakota, and five in North Dakota. In Minnesota, thereContinue reading “Uŋkčéla (Cactus) Roundup”

Winter Foods and Medicines: December Plant Walk

Here are some pictures from a December walk I took on the prairie. I was surprised how many types of food and medicine I found. Pȟežíȟota swúla (Artemisia absinthium, or Wormwood) is a strong medicine that always amazes me with its resilience. I can always count on it having a few leaves out, even inContinue reading “Winter Foods and Medicines: December Plant Walk”

Early Winter Plant Walk: Dried Buckbrush Berries

I see these when I’m out walking the prairies on snowless, early winter days — one of the few spots of color in a winter landscape. In the spring and summer, the plant’s leathery blue-green leaves, and delicate pinkish-white flowers are a different kind of beauty. This is one of the last summer flowers toContinue reading “Early Winter Plant Walk: Dried Buckbrush Berries”