August 17 is Nipmuc Heritage Day.
Celebrate it with a Nipmuc meal!
Staples of the Nipmuc Diet









                                                    

 


corn               wild fruitswild turkey   deer
                                               beans        shellfish   duck      maple sugar
                                               squash            freshwater fish            geese                       maple syrup
                                               nuts                      eels                           rabbit

Salt was obtained from the coltsfoot plant which grows near water and in swampy land.  The underside of the leaves are densely covered with fuzz.  These leaves are packed into balls and allowed to dry.  Once dry, they are burned and the resulting ash is quite salty.  It is said that once you try this salt, you would never like the commercial grades.

Vinegar came from the sap, twigs and buds of the sugar maple or the birch.  The sap was placed in the sun and allowed to ferment.  Once fermented, the liquid was strained.  It is said that when the 'vinegar fly' landed on the sap, it was ready for use.

What we know as the snow cone today was made by our ancestors.  They gathered freshly fallen snow and poured maple syrup over the top.