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Pregnancy Cravings at Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Curb Market

Yellowroot tea

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I’m in Atlanta this weekend to speak at the BlogHer Food Conference: yesterday I presented a panel on Cooking Without Recipes, where, with the audience’s input, I made crowd-sourced Thai Curry using our Recipe Maker (check out the live blog here).

Today, with the pressure of the panel behind me, I’ve finally gotten a chance to mingle with the fantastic food bloggers here, (including some of FC’s faves like Anna Ginsberg of Cookie Madness and David Leite of Leite’s Culinaria), and get out and explore Atlanta, where I just made a few interesting discoveries in Georgia folk remedies.

Visiting the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, I spotted little bags of white chunks–what looked like chalk–labeled “white dirt.”

“A lot of pregnant women take it,” says the shop lady, eyeing my six-month baby bump. “It helps with digestion.”

Okay, I’ve heard of pregnant women craving dirt, but, um, I’ll pass.

Next she points out a small bundle of what look like tiny twigs with bright yellow insides “And I used these the whole time I was pregnant. Yellow root–you brew it up into tea,” she says pointing at the jars of neon-yellow liquid that crown a produce display. “Very good for digestion.”

Hmm. I think I’ll stick with the local Georgia peaches, which are already ripe down here and probably won’t come into season in Connecticut until I’m about to go into labor.

We head outside to the food vendor carts, where I sample some southern BBQ, a spring roll filled with braised collard greens, carrots, and cabbage, half a hot-dog dressed with cilantro mayo and pickled veggies, and a hummingbird muffin. Oh, and a “carrot cake” ice pop, made with spiced sweet carrot juice. All delicious, especially paired with a lemonade in the hot southern sun.

But as I roll onto the bus back to the conference, I’m starting to question my choices. Hmm, maybe that yellow root tea wasn’t such a bad idea after all.



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