This week our word is “terroir” - meaning the way a specific area influences the crops it nourishes. In the NC Piedmont, corn has long been a staple crop. For indigenous peoples from Mexico to Montana, the three sisters (corn, beans, and squash) are planted together. In her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes, " Of all the wise teachers who have come into my life, none are more eloquent than these, who wordlessly in leaf and vine embody the knowledge of relationship. Alone, a bean is just a vine, squash an oversize leaf. Only when standing together with corn does a whole emerge which transcends the individual. The gifts of each are more fully expressed when they are nurtured together than alone. In ripe ears and swelling fruit, they counsel us that all gifts are multiplied in relationship. This is how the world keeps going,"
Here is a cornbread recipe to try: Southern Cornbread Recipe