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    Default Foraging for the chocolate bar tree.

    Something I would love to do is forage for the chocolate bar tree but fortunately nature has not modernised itself. The modernising of people has changed non of their basic needs but has moved them further and further away from nature. I see for the most part we have lost the art of surviving without shops. We go to work to earn the money to buy food and other things. Earlier on we went outside to find the basics of life and foraged and fashioned what we had with our own hands and we bartered and helped each other. If we had to survive on our own again the adjustment would be huge. Its becoming essential to know how to do things, to find things and to be more self reliant.

    This thread is for sharing those things that have been forgotten, passed over or little known and that would be invaluable to know in the event that we only have ourselves to rely on once again.

    Something I learnt years back after wasting huge amounts of time and effort on growing wheat grass is that we can consider consuming wild grass or lawn grass. Wheat grass is well known but what is not always known is that the wilder types of grass also have a high nutritional content and high chlorophyll . Search for fresh tender shoots in unsprayed clean places. I would recommend chewing and extracting the juices rather than swallowing the indigestible fibre. It could also be harvested, then after a thorough washing placed into clean water and left to soak overnight to extract the green juice. A good strong hand juicer would also be a good investment for juicing all kinds of edible weeds.



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    Right now, in England, the blackberries are getting ripe. I've had 3 good early morning scoffs so far, while out walking.

    Luckily, my arms and legs seem to be longer than the competition's.

    I'm not interested in making jams etc, just grabbing the fresh healthy seasonal goodness while it's there.
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    Default Re: Foraging for the chocolate bar tree.

    WOW!!! never knew this was even possible

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    Default Re: Foraging for the chocolate bar tree.

    Quote Posted by spade (here)
    WOW!!! never knew this was even possible
    I read somewhere that during the war in Kosovo, people had to eat grass to survive. IMO we do really need to feel empowered to survive by various means and I like knowing the grass and other weeds are there but some are really bitter and yucky. That I have lived in such plenty during my life is a gift.

    In "good times", I am not opposed to the chocolate bar and things that taste good. In the places cacao grows, I understand there is a delicious fruit we cannot have here in my climate. My intention is that instead of falling down, the world falls UP and we know what is the BEST.

    I am invisioning the best of all possibilities today because we "stand up" en masse and demand in unison that common sense and peace and harmony are REALLY practical. I think enough of us realize that there is a MUCH more pleasant way to live and IMO the "inner being" is awakening our vision.


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    Default Re: Foraging for the chocolate bar tree.

    Quote Posted by norman (here)
    Right now, in England, the blackberries are getting ripe. I've had 3 good early morning scoffs so far, while out walking.

    Luckily, my arms and legs seem to be longer than the competition's.

    I'm not interested in making jams etc, just grabbing the fresh healthy seasonal goodness while it's there.

    Thanks for the reminder Norman.


    I'm off out now to forage some brambles, as we call them in Scotland, from my local wild park.


    I'm going to mix them with the apples I picked a couple of days ago, from the same park, and make a tasty crumble.


    I've been amazed, since lockdown happened, just how much good foraging there is to be had, in the middle of the city.

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    Thank you Norman for reminding me of that fresh blackberry taste and the red hands and lips of childhood blackberry picking on the lower levels of the bushes...and those viscous prickles that did not deter. Right now the birds are busy building their vitamin c levels on the wild fruits and they have also nearly finished off the elderberries.

    Delight's video shows that nature returns quickly to provide abundance. It wants to cover the spaces with vigorous growth and will do so if we work with it as in the Permaculture method shown.

    Paul Stamet's amazing video on funghi mycilium shows how plants communicate and transfer nutrients. He shows how the mycelium cleans up toxic compounds and how closely linked they are to our own gut bacteria and also to dark matter. He states that mushrooms are the way to help save the world and his experiments show how invaluable they are for our health and the health of the planet.



    Whenever growing anything it would be beneficial to add some composting matter/mycelium from funghi.

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    This video explains how to forage for seaweed in a responsible way and also how to collect it from the less polluted places. Seaweed has a multitude of minerals and as well as eating it, it can be used in composting or laid directly into growing beds. I have personally used it to deter slugs but now tend to add it to composting bins as I have frogs and toads in the garden and I do not want them to be harmed with the salt. I am about to try making the Gomasio shown here in the video as its new to me.

    I have long since stopped buying the Japanese seaweeds but ironically seaweed can be used to treat radiation poisoning.



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    I have discovered that watercress is easily foraged from slow moving streams here in the UK. Then I discovered that its easily grown at home and there you know that there are no contaminants (unlike streams). It can be grown from foraged plants and also from plants bought in the shops providing they are fresh. My first attempt at rooting was from watercress that came from a supermarket. It failed and went soggy almost straight away. The second attempt came from a watercress bunch that was unprocessed. This worked really well.
    To propagate simply place watercress cuttings in a jar with water. They root easily. Then plant in pots or in growing beds. Keep well watered. They can also be used as a pond weed and grown hydroponically. They will grow all winter.

    I am presently growing it in a polytunnel in an ordinary growing bed, but reckon it may get too hot in there so watering it more often on hotter days.



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