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FSU Mountain Herbalist Series to Hold Presentation on Traditional Foods in Appalachia
01/13/2012

FSU Mountain Herbalist Series to Hold Presentation on Traditional Foods in Appalachia
Mimi Hernandez
Mimi Hernandez, outreach coordinator of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University, will speak at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St., Frostburg, about the traditional foods in Appalachia on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Appalachian heritage is rich with a variety of foods from the wild and from beyond. During this presentation, learn the distinction between native, cultivated and exotic ingredients in our diet, as well as learn the ethnobotany and history of commonly eaten foods in the Appalachian region. Hernandez will be speaking about native foods such as ramps, pawpaw, maple syrup, berries and persimmons. She will cover topics such as how wild bitter greens support the liver and set the stage for digestion, and how, when cooked properly, cultivated shitake mushrooms, which are easy to grow on Appalachian hardwood, are immune-boosting and cancer-preventing, as well as some of the common household spices that can improve your health.

Mountain City Traditional Arts is dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of traditional arts in the mountain region.

For more information, contact Hernandez at 301-687-3136 or email her at mhernandez@frostburg.edu. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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