This Salt of the Earth Is Called Tapyo

By Ankha Millo

The Apatanis are a non-nomadic indigenous tribe from Ziro Valley (in Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India), a remote area that became accessible to the outside world only a few decades ago. Thousands of years ago, the group’s ancestors developed an alternative to common salt, called tapyo, from herbs like sarshe (Eleusine coracana) and pepu (Phragmites karka).

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