wiinhsihsiaki miihkimaataawi ‘Let’s Harvest Onions’

Child holding wild onions covered in dirt from harvesting
Mirin Ironstrack with wiinhsihsiaki ‘wild onions’ that she helped harvest. Photo by George Ironstrack

With the end of peepoonki ‘winter’ and the closing of our maple sugar camp, it’s time to get ready to go hunting for wiinhsihsia ‘onion’ and šikaakwa ‘ramps.’ Soon the soft green leaves of both of these plants should begin to poke their way up above the piles of leaves leftover from the fall. This usually happens near the end of Aanteekwa Kiilhswa ‘Crow Moon’ or the beginning of Cecaahkwa Kiilhswa ‘Sandhill Crane Moon’ (or March into April in the Gregorian calendar).

A patch of wild onions in a wooded area.
A patch of wiinhsihsiaki ‘wild onions’ that’s ready for harvesting. Photo by George Ironstrack

When the plants are tall enough, we’ll take our flathead screwdrivers and plastic bags out into the woods and harvest these tasty and fragrant plants. After carrying them home, we’ll clean them off, chop them up, and cook them with scrambled eggs and bacon. If you don’t have wild onions or ramps growing near where you live, you can make a similar dish using store bought green onions. If you’ve never cooked wild onions and eggs, here’s a great example recipe published by the Chickasaw Nation.

Wild onions left to air dry after being washed
Harvested wiinhsihsiaki ‘wild onions’ after washing and cleaning. Photo by George Ironstrack

We recommend trying wiinhsihsiaki and šikaakwaki, but if the taste doesn’t suit you, feel free to print and color this page from wilaalaansantaawi: neepinwiki & peepoonki ‘Let’s Color It! Summer & Winter.’

Coloring page featuring a young person digging up wild onions and ramps
Coloring page featuring wild onions and ramps from wilaalaansantaawi: neepinwiki & peepoonki ‘Let’s Color It! Summer & Winter

2 Comments Add yours

  1. jcannest says:

    Breakfast of Champions!!!

  2. Kate says:

    Gorgeous, wonderful, timely post. Headed out to my garden right away after reading this.🌱

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.