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reply to post by ahnggk
I'm not that brave, I study plants to see if they make good food. There is a plant called plantain that grows in the yard. Eating a little raw occasionally is ok but too much and the oxilates can cause kidney and other stones leading to possible problems.. The chemical is pretty much neutralized by boiling. It is good to eat as a food if cooked like spinach. Calcium will also bond to the oxilates in the gut and make the oxilates just pass through and not get absorbed. this same problem exists with spinach. Oxilates seem to help a plant be more tolerant to the cold.
Mild dandelion greens are good to eat in the spring raw, they are not bitter. The bitterness later on is a medicine, it can overload the system if overconsumed. Boiling them like spinach gets rid of the bitterness. The bitterness is a warning that the plant defense system chemicals are too strong. This is not bad though to eat dandelion greens a little raw when bitter, it is a medicine that gets rid of parasites. As long as you do not overdo it.
The plants in the picture, I do not recognize. They are not really ones from around here. I know that the leaves of rasberry are good for different ailments, as a medicine and not a food. Medicines are often copycats of the properties of plants in the wild. Other medicines are mimicks of the excretions of microbes. Things we rarely eat anymore. I watch what the deer and other animals eat around here. We do not have a ruman like a deer but we can eat a lot of what they browse on. A deer or cow will look for dandelions to eat once in a while. I know a guy who grows cows and he told me that cows will sometimes go right to the dandelions after he puts them in a different pasture. His cows seem really healthy. Animals know what they need. Humans seem to neglect their genetic cravings, most people have not even tasted dandelion greens today. Lettuce does not have these properties in medicinal quantities. It is good for you if eaten in moderation, a suitable food but lettuce has little medicinal properties.
reply to post by ahnggk
The bacteria in our guts are getting attacked from chemistry in the food that increases the shelf life of veggies. The antimicrobials sprayed on them keeps them looking nice longer by killing things that eat them. Even if we wash the veggies the chemical is still present and it kills needed gut flora bacteria.
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