The seeds are free for any Cherokee, but recipients have been limited because demand is so high. Collecting the seeds has been difficult and emotional, but the program has helped unify the community.
Some Asian-American artists are sculpting the dishes of their youth to explore their race and identity. And through Instagram, they're also connecting with others who yearn for a taste of their past.
"Our starting point is that the term 'Indian food' is actually only a lazy way of people describing the food of a continent," says Ranjit Mathrani.
The lack of clean water, sanctions and ISIS have all contributed to depleting the supply of fish, and a shortage of masgouf, a beloved Iraqi dish.