Escalante Potatoes

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LOL - I actually saw dehydrated funeral potatoes in the grocery store in Driggs, Idaho. I'm like, who would want to take those backpacking? - then I realized I was in houses with big pantries country.
 

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I talked to the archaeology curator at NHMU about this today. Super interesting stuff. The fact this species of wild potato has been harvested in the Escalante region practically continuously for eons is rather revelatory in my mind, especially since it doesn't appear outside of arch sites.
 

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So you're the guy we call when someone dies and wants their ashes tossed from a high peak followed by a funeral dinner way up there? Eating funeral potatoes on top of something like Mt. Sneffels just sounds weird to me, for some reason, but it might be a good thing. Might take awhile to boil the water, though.
 

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Water boils faster up there... just not as hot, so you could get clumpy potatoes, and you would have to wrap them in your puffy, or take up a cozy just so they stand a chance... ha!

It is funny though that I just last week, I had the discussion with my wife of scattering my ashes after I pass so the kids could go to a better piece of granite to visit me on memorial day.

But for the topic, that was a very interesting article, there is so much I do not know. I love stuff like this.
 

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It would be fun to get a sample of these potatoes, I wonder if anyone cultivates and sells them?
 

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It would be fun to get a sample of these potatoes, I wonder if anyone cultivates and sells them?

Red Butte is working to grow some. Some Escalante locals do too, from what I understand.
 

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These guys may know where you can get some...
 
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