what’s black and white and needing to be buttered up?

Me!  I finished an article and a huge fellowship application at the beginning of the week (see above), and moved directly into grading an eight-inch stack of papers.  I’m pretty sure that if I poked a hole in myself, black ink would run out.

I’ve been thinking about how many blog posts I have half-written and percolating, but to be honest, the only fresh food I’ve really made lately, besides a stew or two, is popcorn.

But black and white heavens, what popcorn it is!  Because I try to match food to my own coloring, was absolutely delighted by Lonesome Whistle’s heirloom (?) Dakota Black popcorn.  It pops up in huge white kernels with jet black centers.  (Lonesome Whistle’s website seems to be down, but try clicking the link from their Willamette Farm and Food Coalition information page.) Who knew we could grow such glorious popcorn in Eugene?!

I bought mine before it was fully dry, on the cob, back in the fall, and it had been hanging around waiting for me to de-hull it.  They may still have some left in much more convenient bagged form — try to grab it for a stocking stuffer by visiting their booth at the holiday farmer’s market at the Lane County Fairgrounds.  It’s the best popcorn I’ve ever had, and I’m a serious popcorn (buying-different-varieties-on-the-web serious) eater.  Thus, a special shout-out to all duck fat popcorn eaters!!  This is not to be missed.


One thought on “what’s black and white and needing to be buttered up?

  1. Zoonzay 27 May 2013 / 11:22 am

    The Dakota People have been growing Black popping corn for many many thousands of years. Actually most tribes have their own varieties of corn they bred or breed and can often only flourish in their traditional Indigenous areas, much like the people. There is the beautiful magenta colored Pink Lady corn of the Anishinaabe (Ojibway,Chippewa). A shiny copper colored corn from the Abenaki people and the coolest the Pawnee Eagle corn, each kernel is light colored with a “black flying eagle” marking on it. Indigenous foods are nutritious and they are our birthright and the birthright of generations to come. Who is monsanto or people like them to take that away from us? Also when colonists removed us from our homelands (the 10% left alive) we were taken to places where our corns and plants often could not grow or flourish. It is sad… so much destruction. Help by supporting Indigenous Rights and preserving Natural Indigenous foods and lands.


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