There are over 180 foods that are distinctive to the Northwest and only found here. Things like the Ozette potato, Hooker’s sweet corn, Camas root, the Marshall strawberry, the Orcas pear and of course the Chinook salmon. Most of these foods are at risk of extinction because of environmental destruction, pollution or over harvesting. Scientist and writer Gary Nabhan knows just how we can save these foods — by eating them. He encourages us to enjoy the diversity of our unique wild flavors by tucking them into a good meal. KUOW’s Marcie Sillman talks with Gary Nabhan about saving the delicious food culture of the Pacific Northwest and other regions.
Gary Nabhan is an ethnobotanist and geography professor at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona. He is the author of a number of books including “Coming Home to Eat,” “Renewing America’s Food Traditions” and “Some Like it Hot.” He is also the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award.