- Pemmican is a high-energy food traditionally made, stored, and eaten by Native Americans.
- The name comes from the Cree word pimi meaning fat or grease.
- This food can be made from bison, deer, elk, moose, and fish.
- Sometimes fruit, nuts, or berries are added. The most popular flavors are peanut, cranberry, cherry, blueberry, currant, chokeberry, and Saskatoon berry.
- The meat is cut into thin strips and dried — either in the sun or over a fire — until it turns hard and brittle.
- It is then pounded into a fine powder using heavy stones, and mixed with melted fat and any additional flavorings.
- First Nation tribes stored their pemmican in rawhide bags.
- Pemmican can be eaten raw but it is more often boiled in a stew called rubaboo, or fried with onions and potatoes.
- It was adopted by many European explorers because it was light to carry, nutritious, and travelled well.
- It is said that pemmican can last as long as 50 years!
Have you ever tried it?
Wikipedia, “Pemmican” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pemmican