Native Harvest’s Seneca White Corn- A Healthy Choice
Native Harvest is pleased to bring you Senca White Corn (Ho-Ga-Wa). Our Ho-Ga-Wa is hand-picked, hand-braided, and naturally air dried. Lots of love, prayer, and song went into raising our Ho-Ga-Wa corn. Seneca White Corn is one of the oldest documented varieties of Seneca corn; it is hundreds of years old. We offer Seneca White Corn in three forms. Dried Hominy, Cornmeal, and dried Seneca White Corn. We are proud to preserve, grow, and share indigenous varieties of produce like Seneca White Corn. Native Harvest’s Dried Hominy is easy to prepare and doesn’t require soaking. Simply bring your water to a boil, and add hominy. It is ready in approximately five minutes. Seneca White Corn has twice the protein and half the calories of sweet corn. When you buy from Native Harvest, you are not only receiving a unique high quality product, you’re investing in the future of food.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”- Hippocrates
Food is medicine.
- Over time, growers have bred the nutrients out of cultivated varieties of fruits and vegetables in favor of the sweet flavor of starch and sugar. Many modern farmers have given up organic nutrient rich soil farming for corporate high input agriculture. Fruits and vegetables grown in nutrient-poor soil may also contribute to the loss of nutrients in modern food.
- Healthy food is powerful medicine; making healthy food choices is one of the best ways to prevent illness. Choosing organically grown heritage fruits and vegetables like Seneca White corn may not only be a healthier choice, but a choice that can preserve crop diversity and food choices for future generations.
- Crop diversity is not only beneficial to the health of consumers, but better for food security. The more diversity that exists among cultivated crops, the less likely we are to experience major problems resulting from crop failure caused by diseases and blight. Monoculture agriculture (agriculture that focuses on one variety of a crop) does not protect our food supply from crop failure.
The more genetic diversity that exists within plants in our food system, the more likely it is that there will be a cultivar that is resistant to disease or blight. According to National Geographic, a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International compared seed varieties sold by commercial seed houses in 1903 to seeds in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The study found that out of a survey that included 66 crops, about 93 percent of the varieties in the survey had gone extinct by 1983. An estimated 90% of heritage crops in the United States have become extinct. If food is medicine and our primary source of nutrients, we should be very concerned that our choices are dwindling so quickly. We are rapidly losing access to medicinal food.
When you purchase a heritage food product like Native Harvest’s Dried Hominy, you are investing in the future of heritage crops.