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Have You Had Your Daily Quota of Bark or Buds?
My Grandpere taught us early that whatever other mammals eat, is probably safe for humans to eat, at least when it came to the bark and the buds of plants. For instance, both the bark and the bud of aspen trees can be eaten raw or cooked. Now, they taste better when boiled into a jello-like gruel, but they can sustain life.
Consider, that the buds of the following trees are edible:
Likewise, the shoots of the following trees are edible:
Then, there is the highly edible bark of the:
Some pines (Scotch pine of northern Europe and Asia, also lodge-pole or shore pines of North America)
The inner bark is edible from virtually all trees and can be eaten raw or cooked. A long time ago during famines, people even made bread from flour gotten from the bark of trees.
The most important thing to know about eating bark is that it's the thin, green, outer bark and the white, inside bark that are edible. Stay away from bark that is brown, as it contains too much tannin. Another tip is that with pines, the park is scraped away and the inner-most bark stripped from the trunk can be eaten fresh, dried, or cooked. Most desirable bark as a food source in terms of taste is in the spring when bark is newly formed.
Lastly, do not forget that the leaves of certain trees can be eaten when boiled, some of these are:
Willows (young, not mature)
Originally posted by Nephlim
if people dropped half as much time/$$$ on farming as other stuff it'd be a much more balanced plan.
Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
This is why pastoralism (herding) beats agriculture (farming)
People often assume that our ancestors were originally herdsmen who settled down to farm. The opposite appears to be the case, based on evidence. But to make a short story long, our ancestors learned that living off of grazing animals will carry you through a multi-year drought or flood spell.
If a drought lasts less than a year, your herd can quickly recover; you may lose a couple of animals, and have to kill some to feed yourself; but you can rebuild the herd later, when the climate gets better.
If a drought goes on for several years, your herd may dwindle down to zero, but probably by then you will have migrated to "greener pastures" where the gettin' is easy.
For a homesteader, chickens and pigs are great examples. While we usually feed chickens on grain, the fact is, they're happiest eating bugs and grubs. Likewise pigs can live on treebark, and will eventually fell trees that are in their grazing pen---they 'ring' the tree by eating the bark off in a circle; when it falls over, they will root around and chew the roots.
And you can eat a few of the pigs and chickens. If you depend on gardening, you are tied to one spot, and are wiped out unless you have multiple years of produce stored.