• Pipe Spring National Monument

    Pipe Spring

    National Monument Arizona

Wai

Indian ricegrass

Stipa Hymenoides

The tiny seeds of Indian ricegrass require considerable work to process into food. The husks are first toasted to loosen the kernels. Then the grains are rolled under a small stone cylinder to crack the hulls. Winnowing separates the hull from the kernels, which are then dried for storage. When roasted and ground into flour, wai makes a filling mush or gravy.

 

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The SS Pipe Spring, a tanker built during World War II.

During World War II a series of tankers were built and named after, among other things, national parks and monuments. This is the SS Pipe Spring. More...