Chinook olives

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The aboriginal people of the Columbia river valley used urine to cure acorns. The settlers of European origin in that region gave the dish the name Chinook Olives.

About 35 L of acorns were placed in a hole near the entrance of a house. The acorns were then covered with a thin layer of grass and then dirt. Urine from every family member was collected and deposited in the hole for the next 5 – 6 months.

The dish was considered a delicacy.


  • "Northwest Plateau Culture".[1]
  • "Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America".[2]
  • "Handbook of American Indians north of Mexico, Volume 1 ". [3]