The Indians varied diet included wild vegetables, fruits and berries such as strawberries, mulberries, huckleberries and many varieties of fish such as sturgeon, herring, mullet and other species as well as a multitude of shellfish. The colonists depended upon the Indians for food and tensions rose in the spring of 1586 after Ralph Lane dispached his band to various locations where shellfish were usually found. The most common method of broiling fish was to build a wooden grill, which was also used for cooking meat. The main crop was corn along with pumpkin, gourd, sunflowers, and squash. Various sizes of clay pots were made with pointed bottoms supported with soil.

see also Indian Food and Cooking in Eastern North Carolina
see also
Common Method of Cooking Fish

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