Book teaches how Native Americans grew their crops

By Larry Sagers

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Nov. 20 2011 3:00 p.m. MST

Caduto does not stop with just telling the history and how to grow the plants. He takes it a step further. "All of the recipes in the book can be made using the foods grown with the garden plans described in the book.

"The meals are simple, easy to make and absolutely delicious. After you've had a nice meal, your family can have fun using corn husks, gourds and other parts of garden crops to make crafts, birdhouses and lots of other creative projects."

As we give thanks this wonderful season, let's be thankful for those who originally cared for this land. Many of the foods that grace our table are ones they discovered, cultivated and improved over the centuries, long before that first Thanksgiving feast. This book will give you a better appreciation for and help you enjoy how to replicate their contribution in your garden.

Garden tips

"Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects, and Recipes for Families," by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, is published by Fulcrum Press.

Larry A. Sagers is a horticulture specialist for the Utah State University Extension Service at Thanksgiving Point.

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