This week's Cajun Thing of the Week:
graines à volers [gran-ä vō-lā]
Graines à volers are the seeds from the pod of the American Lotus, which grows in abundance in Louisiana swamps. The seeds are eaten raw or boiled with salt and other seasonings, and are similar to peanuts.
With my Cajun roots, I've eaten lots of odd things (gator, turtle, and hog's head cheese), but I have yet to try graines à volers. My dad has eaten them, though. He said they were okay, but I guess they weren't his thing. Some Cajuns, however, are rabid for them. :)
Now you know about graines à volers!