Video: Wild Onions . . . Tafaumpuche
New video from the Muskogee-Creek Nation
In the Southeast the term “wild onions” is a misnomer. They really should be called “feral indigenous onions.” LOL That is why they mainly grow on the edges of gardens and in yards. They were a cultivated plant of the Southeastern Indians.
In this charming video, Creek elders take you for a walk out into the woods to their tafvmpuce (tafaupuche) patch to pick wild onions for a spring feast. They will tell you which onions to pick and how to cook them.
In 2010 and 2011, when I was living in the wild, I often cooked a dish of skillet potatoes with chopped wild onions. It was filling and put a little variety into the otherwise limited cuisine of campsite home.
Hope you enjoy this walk with our elders.
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