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These delicious, buttery shortbread use toasted rye flour and chopped hazelnuts to create a beautiful little cookie with an important message.
We chose to center rye in these cookies because rye is a crop that tells a story of resistance, rebellion and resilience. Before it was cultivated, rye was thought to be a weed that contaminated wheat fields. Ryehas long been stigmatized and downcast, it has been racialized, it carries a legacy of class discrimination. Yet, in spite of all this, it has sustained bodies in the face of famine, crop failures, and social unrest. Rye persists because it thrives in poorer soils, with less sun, more moisture, and in higher altitudes than other cereal crops. It has root systems that grow quickly and form dense fibrous systems beneath the earth that help prevent soil erosion. Ryeis known for its vigorous growth and ability to “suppress even the most noxious weed competitors” and it is able to outperform other cover crops on “infertile, sandy or acidic soil or on poorly prepared land.”