Utilizing the Natural Environment: Plants and Other Resources

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  1. JMJ

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    Cattails aren't too bad to deal with in the spring and most of the summer. I'll uproot them at work the pop off the root system and eat the lower white section of stalk until it gets too fibrous. Really tasty, kind of a mix between cucumber and honey dew Mellon.

    I haven't tried processing acorns yet, but have eaten some white oak acorn that have started to germinate and they were pretty good. Once they germinate their sugar content goes up and the bitterness from the tannins goes down a bit. Also most nuts like acorns are more nutritious for us at that stage. One of my wild edibles books talks about soaking shelled white oak acorns in a mesh bag in a cool running creek for a day or two as a method of leeching the tannins.
     
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    Excellent info gentlemen.
     
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    I've used a tangerine bag and placed them in a small branch. The problem was I used red oak and couldn't get the tannin out. I'm guessing this would work good for white oak.
    Cat tails are very useful. There getting harder to find in my area. Seems like they were everywhere when I was a kid.
     
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    made my first batch of elderberry syrup for the season a couple weeks ago. still have about a quart of berries in the freezer for another batch later into the winter. IMG_20161017_145728745.jpg
     
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    I can send you some seed heads if you've got some wet places to spread them?
     
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    Thanks for the offer! We have some here close. I may try to spread some around. We just don't have them as much as Id like.
     
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    James Gibson got my wife and i some salve made out of magic words and plantain is all i remember. Stuff stops itch immediately and permanently. Amazing stuff in natures.
     
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    I'm not gonna ask why both of you have the itch :D

    All jokes aside I don't think there is any natural disease or aleness that can't be cured from nature. We just haven't found them yet.
     
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    Bugs man. Lots of bugs sleeping on the ground in alabama.
     
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    I remember those bugs and the leaches.
     
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    Every time i see a thistle plant i think i could eat that instead of "die fuzzy bunny die". Funny how the mind changes.
     
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    IMG_1367.JPG IMG_1366.JPG Anyone else drink Indian lemonade?
     
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    Fresh Sumac berries. Pick red sumac and then steep in hot water, or blend (works better) then strain. Add some sugar while its warm and you have a lemon-ee kind of drink.
     
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    Awesome! Thank you sir!
     
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    see plenty of it around, but haven't tried it yet. got a handful of elderberries yesterday, plan on getting more. went without last year and regretted it for about 3 weeks in january
     
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    Great video! Spring is just around the corner.
     
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    We grew some broom corn this year. The goal is to make some brooms using only natural material. The broom corn needs another week or so. Im also going to cut some hickory saplings for my daughter to shave for handles. Whats the best cordage to attach the broom corn to the handle? Im thinking stinging nettle? What would be the most durable for this application?
     
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