This is a critical piece of our identity and speaks to our history and resiliency as we develop culinary pathways toward solutions in health and wellness in Western Apacheria.
There are many variations of this seed mix across the Americas, but this one is distinctly Western Apache because of the acorns. This recipe is basic and easy to replicate with seeds readily available in markets. An independent study will allow the eater to discover more combinations of this protein-packed combination of seeds that revitalize ancestral taste and health.
As you snack on this seed mix, think about pre-reservation Indigenous health and regional dominant flavors. Although this mix can be made year-round, historically, spring, summer, and autumn were spent gathering and cultivating these seeds to be consumed in the wintertime while telling stories and playing string games with the family at home.
Each ingredient must be prepared separately and combined.
Parch the corn in a heavy skillet over high heat, stirring constantly until the corn cracks and is
golden brown. Do not burn.
Acorns should be shelled and very lightly toasted.
Toast the sunflower seeds for 10 minutes at 350° or until golden brown.
Toast the pine nuts in a 350° oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Do not burn.
Toast pumpkin seeds in a 350° oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove and allow the seeds to cool. Combine all seeds and currants and season with salt to taste, if desired. Place the cooled mixture in a tall Mason jar and put in a high place of honor to display.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Gather (Illumine Running 2020)