Feeding our families and feeding ourselves... can you do it locally? There is a new magazine gearing up regional editions to help promote local eating. When in Rome, you know... but even the Romans might have shunned Kudzu or Nutria. Maybe when I lived in the South I might have ventured out and cooked up kudzu had I had some recipes. I've heard it is good against alcoholism but eating it? Hmmm. Create a market and they will come? Didn't work for nutria (unless nutria meat is being exported to places where they eat shark fins or dogs or horses or such things we won't nibble here?).
Chefs in New Orleans tried to promote recipes to use Nutria, those awful little critters that have taken over the bayous and have no natural enemies. The South American native rat-like animals escaped from cages on the salt dome island near Lafayette, Louisiana where Tabasco is made during a hurricane quite awhile back and, like kudzu, they have become terrifically invasive.
Well, New Mexico chiles are a local food you can eat up, eat up and eat up. In fact, they are addictive. Northern New Mexico cuisine features both red and green chile... in restaurants you are asked if you want "red, green or Christmas" with the latter option giving you both. Eating local... a hot idea.