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Wojapi (US)

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Healthy Ramadan Kitchen
Wojapi
Wojapi (Wo-zha-pee) is a traditional recipe found among the Cherokee, Lakhota, Sioux, and Cheyienne native American Indian tribes. It is made with fresh wild berries collected, dried, and preserved for use through the winter, and it is served at many Indian and Cajun gatherings. Wojapi is part of the social fabric, of a people connected to the land.

Wojapi is a healthy treat of honey, wild choke cherry, plum, sand cherry, currant, buffalo berry, or grape; all wild, all found on the Great Plains. In different times, Wojapi, has changed, with everyone adding their own touch. Wojapi can be eaten on fry bread, as a dessert, with ice cream, or as a side dish to meat. 



Ingredients


  • 4 pounds of  blueberries (Other berries, cooked apples, or cooked peaches can be used.)
  • 4 cups of water.
  • 2 cups of sugar.
  • Half a package of cornstarch or arrowroot (to thicken).  

Method

  • Mash the fruit.
  • Mix some of the water with the cornstarch or arrowroot.
  • Put mashed fruit, water, and sugar into a pot and slowly bring it to a boil.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Mix cornstarch or arrowroot in a little cool water.
  • Stir into the fruit mixture; watch for lumps!
  • Return to low heat and stir until thickened to a pudding consistency.
  • Serve on fry bread, ice cream, pancakes, waffles, or biscuits.


 

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