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Tenets of WNC Terroir

Earth Flavors, the project profiling local ingredients that I’ve been producing the past couple of years, is coming to a close. I just posted a final reflection article on the site, identifying some tenets of western North Carolina’s “locavorian terroir.” Read it at earthflavors.net, or the final version in Mountain Xpress here.
Earth Flavor Mosaic

Fairy Food: The Little People’s Potato

On the trail of fairy potatoes, a.k.a. air potatoes, cinnamon vine, shan yao, and Chinese yam, I run into several interesting characters. #EarthFlavor20. Also in Mountain Xpress here as “Fairy food: WNC’s wild air potatoes satisfy appetites, feed imaginations.”

The following audio piece is a fairy potato treasure hunt incorporating elements of Cherokee, Celtic, and Chinese folklore and a bit o’ magic:

 

 

Not Your Average Garlic

Thai fire, Sicilian silver, German red: The world of garlic is far more exotic than one might expect from perusing the supermarket aisles. Root Bottom Farm owners Morgan and Sarah Decker are working to spread the word about the diverse types of the pungent, flavorful bulb that can be grown in Western North Carolina. #EarthFlavor19

The Tastes of Asheville: Cover story in today’s Mountain Xpress

From paleo to vegan to good ol’ Southern comfort food, Asheville’s colorful and diverse salad of food philosophies helps shape our city’s identity.

I’ve been talking with a lot of folks this summer about what they eat and why. The result: “You Are What You Eat: The many faces of Foodtopia,” a gathering and analysis of food philosophies, out today as the cover story in Mountain Xpress.Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 10.08.54 PM