Food from rodent nests in Siberia

Peoples in Siberia gathered roots and bulbs from rodent burrows for food, especially in the winter. The vegetables were in perfect condition and would make a delicious meal, raw, cooked or dried. Read about this practice and human-rodent relationships here and in National Geographic.


Plant bulbs called sarana were staple food in Russia and Siberia until recently. What plants were called by this name, who gathered and how were they collected, cooked and eaten? Read an article about Sarana (pdf, 336 KB) in Eurasian folk botany.

Gathering dog’s tooth violet

Dog’s tooth violet, Erythronium sibiricum, was gathered in Siberia along with other bulbs and roots. Many peoples used specific techniques and instruments for the gathering process. Read an article about dog’s tooth violet in SUSA (pdf, 284 KB). Index to the issue is here.

Wild animals in Russian, Siberian and Central Asian households

In the eighteenth century wild animals were present in homes in Russia, Siberia and Central Asia. Some animals roamed freely but belonged to people and others were brought into homes for food, furs, pest control or as pets for the children. Read our extensive article about a little known practice in SUSA (pdf, 395 KB). Index to the issue is here.