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Iroquois Food

mushed corn and yellow pudding
Corn pudding

March 2017 - People who lived in the Iroquois nation in the northeast part of North America ate mainly corn and beans and squash that they farmed. They made the corn into flat bread like tacos or tortillas, or into polenta (grits) by boiling it in water like oatmeal. They kept a pot of corn mash soup simmering over the fire all day, and people could just dip some out whenever they got hungry.

Iroquois people also ate a lot of meat, especially turkey and other wild birds, deer and rabbits, and a lot of fish. They dug clams and oysters along the coast, and trapped lobster.

Iroquois people also gathered many wild foods, including blueberries, mushrooms, chestnuts, and wild roots that were not too different from carrots, onions, garlic, and potatoes.

Make corn pudding
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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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