In the nutrition classes held for grades 3 and 4 last week the children began cooking and tasting the fruits of their labours. 3 Sisters Casserole is a tasty and healthy meal combining beans, maize and squash.
”Did you know?” According to the Iroquois (Native American population) culture, the three sisters grow well together and are complimentary both in the garden and as food. This is a sustainable farming method that provides long term soil fertility and a healthy and complete meal when cooked together.
In the garden: maize, beans and squash compliment each other when they are planted together, as the Iroquois taught us:maize works like a pole, the bean plant fertilizes the soil by fixing nitrogen on its roots and the vines climb around the maize plant, stabilizing it. The squash plant creates shade around the maize and bean plants thus retaining soil moisture.