desert fruit cake

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desert +‎ fruit cake

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desert fruit cake (plural desert fruit cakes)

  1. An edible cake or bar created by compounding seeds, nuts, berries, insects (crickets, katydids, and/or ants) together, eaten by Amerindians and early pioneer settlers, and Mormons, of the dry western Great Plains and Rockies foothills, especially around the region of the Great Salt Lake. It is one of the traditional survival foods passed from the Amerinds to the white newcomers for surviving winter starvation.

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