By Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall
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This grain was cultivated using many West African agricultural techniques. For example, the baskets used in winnowing, the process of separating the hull from the grain, were nearly identical to those used in Africa. White planters were so cognizant of their dependency on African knowledge and skill that they were willing to pay higher 30 Colonial Culinary Encounters prices for slaves who came from rice-growing regions of the continent. TO BE SOLD on board the ship Bance-Island, on Tuesday the 6th of May next, at Ashley-Ferry; a choice cargo of about 250 fine healthy NEGROES, just arrived from the Windward & Rice Coast—The utmost care has already been taken, and shall be continued, to keep them free from the least danger of being infected with the SMALLPOX, no boat having been on board, and all other communication with the people from Charles-Town prevented.
Corn Plume cannot marry Squash Maiden. She is very beautiful, but she will not make song in Corn Plume’s heart. Squash Maiden will grow tired of his lodge. She will not stay in his wigwam. ” “Corn Plume cannot make Squash Maiden his wife, for he is not content with her. But she shall be Corn Plume’s sister, and sit in his lodge whenever she will. The maiden Corn Plume weds must be ever at his side. ” Next morning at sunrise, the voice of Corn Plume was again heard, singing from the hilltop, “Che che hen!
Their stalks spread upon the ground to the length of four or five feet. They are like the other beans, but much smaller, and of a brown colour, having a black ring round the eye, by which they are joined to the shell. These beans boil tender, and have a tolerable relish, but they are sweetish, and somewhat insipid. ) In their substance and taste they very much resemble sweet chesnuts. They are cultivated in the following manner; the earth is raised in little hills or high furrows about a foot and a half broad, that by draining the moisture, the roots may have a better relish.
American Appetites: A Documentary Reader by Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall