Pemmican: The world’s best super-food?


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  • 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



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