Native Food – Food that Changed the World
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Food originally cultivated, harvested and shared by Native Americans with the rest of the world has changed modern cuisine. The impact of these contributions is especially visible at the Thanksgiving tables of Americans every year. Dishes such as roast turkey, candied yam, and mashed potatoes are the modern-day equivalent of crops cultivated for human consumption centuries ago by Indigenous people.
Today, Native chefs and home cooks are working to bring back the traditional foods and dishes prepared by their ancestors, shining light on a legacy of food that fortifies the spirit and sustains our planet.
You can find recipes from these chefs and more about their food traditions by visiting pbs.org/nativefood.