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Lenape Foodways

By Emily B. Sessa

Nov 8 2022

The Lenape use hundreds of plants for food, including species that historically were planted in extensive fields and gardens that were cleared and managed using fire and other tools. Cultivated species include the “Three Sisters” trio of corn (maize), squash, and beans that are grown together using the companion planting technique (learn more here). Wild foods that are gathered or foraged include the nuts and berries of numerous species of trees, shrubs, and herbs, as well as underground structures such as tubers, corms, and rhizomes of species like sunchokes, cattails, and water lilies. Many foraged foods are processed further before eating; learn more by exploring the stories below.

Tantaquidgeon, G. 1971. Folk Medicine of the Delaware and Related Algonkian Indians. Anthropological Series Number 3. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Foods Eaten by the Lenape Indians, Official website of the Delaware Tribe of Indians

Lenape Talking Dictionary

Big Horn Lenape: List of Trees, Plants, Fruits, Nuts, Roots