The #tassat in (in some of the #Adi tribal languages) or tasse (in #Nyishi tribal language) is basically a tree whose wood you can literally slice up and eat, and it's #indigenous to the #easternhimalayan Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, near the #Indotibetan border. The #solungs, once a slave tribe of the #Nyishis, are known not just for their #wild ways, but also for their Tasse dishes, including #tasse wine.
Tassat is actually quite an interesting tasting wild food, especially raw and freshly sliced and crunchy, and it tastes sweet-starchy and soft wood-like (obviously!). When dried and pounded into a mealy consistency, it can be stored for longer periods. Just dropping a thin layer of this powder on to a hot pan without oil makes it solidify nearly instantly into a gummy pancake which goes well with butter and honey if you're feeling all contemporary-like.
Older villagers I spoke to say that in olden times people would eat tassat and remain in great health, but the arrival and popularity of rice has relegated it to the status of pig-feed in Many villages. While this undoubtedly results in healthy pigs and delicious free range pork, human consumption of tasse is on the decline, putting this #forestfood squarely in the endangered/lost foods list. If the Wrong brand of 'modernisation' comes here, as it has to #mainstreamindia, pigs and humans here too will eventually get fed the same factory garbage that mass manufactured farm animals get worldwide; the next impoverished generation will forget about many other forest foods, and they will also forget about why humans need to protect the forests that feed them for free.
Save forests, guys - promote forest foods, abandon cash crops, chemical farming and monoculture farming. The world will be a better place. And support people who save forests - they are doing this for you
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