North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: The Month of Their Ripening: NC Heritage Foods Through the Year

with Georgann Eubanks, Author
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Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state in her new book from UNC Press, The Month of Their Ripening. In this talk, she’ll introduce some of the farmers, fishmongers, and cooks who help us understand how certain foods are deeply tied to the culture of the Old North State. For example, garlicky green ramps, gathered in April and traditionally savored by many Cherokee people, are now threatened by their popularity in fine restaurants. In June, serviceberry trees offer a delicious fruit for pies if you can pick them before the birds descend.These ephemeral ingredients make up the long-standing dialect of North Carolina kitchens. But we have to wait for the right moment to enjoy them, and in that waiting is their treasure.


About the Speaker

Georgann Eubanks is a writer, Emmy-winning documentarian, and popular speaker. She is the author of the three volume North Carolina Literary Trails series of guidebooks commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published by UNC Press.  She has also published poetry, fiction, profiles, reviews, and essays in many magazines and journals, including Southern Cultures, South Writ Large, Our State, and Oxford American.  She is the current president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. 

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