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Hunger Moon: Lean Winters and a Recipe for Roasted Root Vegetables
Posted By dpacheco On February 20, 2010 @ 12:41 pm In Food & Health | 1 Comment
The reason we chose this excerpt from  Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection by  Jessica Prentice has nothing to do with the release of Universal Studios’ The Wolfman this weekend. We swear.
The following excerpt has been adapted for the Web.
In the deep of winter, when the earth in the North has been covered with snow and ice for many moons already, comes the Hunger Moon. This late-winter lunar cycle was called the Hunger Moon by many peoples in various languages, but always for the same reason—the frozen land yielded little to eat, and game was often scarce.
European American settlers in the New England area adopted the name as one of the full-moon names used in the Old Farmer’s Almanac. They adapted it from Native American calendars, particularly the ones used by the various Algonquin peoples that lived in the northeastern areas of what is now the United States, from New England to the Great Lakes.
Indigenous names for the moon were as varied as the languages that they came from, but often carried similar meanings. The Choctaw name for this moon is translated Little Famine Moon; a Cherokee name is the Bony Moon or the Bone Moon because it was said that there was so little food, people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup to survive. All of these names lament the scarcity of food. In the days before refrigeration and wide-scale shipping of produce and staples, hunger often became a real threat by the end of a long winter. Both hunter-gatherer societies and farming peoples subsisted on very little after months of bitter cold.
You can use any of the following vegetables, in any combination:
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 Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection: http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/full_moon_feast:paperback
 Jessica Prentice: http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/jessica_prentice