Tagged: Tutelo Strawberry Corn
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June 1, 2020 at 7:14 am #66224
Roughwood Seeds acquired Tutelo Strawberry Corn in 1981 from Little Black Snake, a Cornplanter Seneca who had collected seeds from the Cornplanter peoples and given them over to Quakers who had joined in their legal fight to save their homeland along the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania from Army Corps of Engineer destruction. The Army Corps prevailed in spite of a treaty guaranteeing these people their homeland since the 1700s. Spiritually broken, most of them left the bitter memory of Pennsylvania for the Seneca reservation in New York and abandoned many ancient land races that they had inherited from the cultural groups with which they had intermarried. Tutelo Strawberry corn was an orphan of that forced migration. Four to six foot plants, 1 to 2 cobs per plant and way down, allow 110 to 120 days from planting until good enough for parching. The cornmeal is so sweet some people will claim it contains maple sugar, and why not? The corn was developed as a parching corn, which means that in the milk stage it was roasted at a low temperature to caramelize the sugars. Grown in genetic isolation for the Roughwood Seed Collection at Field’s Edge Farm, Litiz, Pennsylvania.
WILLIAM WOYS WEAVER AND THE ROUGHWOOD SEED COLLECTION (rareseeds.com)
Article on the Alliance of Native Seed Keepers. The organization strives to revitalize native seed varieties including Seneca Pink Lady Corn and Tutelo Strawberry Corn—that were nearly wiped out by colonization.
It is also mentioned in this topic: Archeological Dig into Floyd County Virginia Native American Village site – Searching for Saponitown
“Those interested in their farming might be intrigued to learn that heirloom varieties of a Tutelo strawberry corn, and Tutelo soup bean exist, though not yet in sufficient quantity to be commercially available.”
After the 2022 crop there was siginificant seed stock shared with Roughwood Seeds and the New River Catawba.June 1, 2020 at 7:16 am #66225
The Preservation of Strawberry Corn
Strawberry corn is a rare and endangered type of corn with roots in Tutelo Indian traditions.
https://www.motherearthgardener.com/plant-profiles/edible/strawberry-corn-zmaz12uzfolJune 1, 2020 at 7:27 am #66226
Return of the red corn seeds and the Skarure – Two Row Times – April 8 2015
Skaroreh Katenuaka Seed Bank\
Alliance of Native Seedkeepers
November 15, 2022 at 8:28 am #66914
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by MarcSnelling.
2022 crop of Tutelo Strawberry Corn
Planted between May 11-18.
Growing in late August interplanted with squash:
Growing in September:
Lots of sun in 2022:November 15, 2022 at 8:33 am #66917
October – harvesting ears of Tutelo Strawberry Corn after 20 weeks of growth:
Cobs with all red kernels saved for seed stock. Any cobs with white kernels reserved for eating:
Ears of corn after drying:November 15, 2022 at 8:36 am #66920
My girls and I all liked it best as parched corn. Five minutes on medium heat in the pan. Easy to see how this was a staple food for our ancestors.
Ate some ears raw – tastes good and sweet. Tried these ones at 16 weeks:
Tried some ears on the cob – a bit heavy to eat this way.
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