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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

JAN 3, 2018 - 9:43 AM ET - EDIBLE PLANTS & INSECTS

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"To live off the land and depend on no one else for food is a godsend."

Forrest Caricofe

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WHAT'S ON MY MIND TODAY

**I work outside in the flower beds and the yard in the spring, summer and fall 

and meet up with all kinds of insects, other creatures and delectable plants.

I can eat almost anything except for cilantro, flies and maggots.



 credit motadeal.com




Credit http://www.maggots.co.za/

I don't grow cilantro in my flower beds so that's something I don't have to be 

concerned with, but I do grow 2 to 3 tomato plants. I also plant grass, of 

course, along with dandelions. Grass seed can be eaten by humans, but not the 

grass because it is too tough to chew and digest. I know that dandelions, when 

young, make part of a great salad and if I drank wine, which I haven't for 

sometime, I could make dandelion wine.




Credit http://www.health24.com

I've planted about 80% perennials in my 6 or so flower beds and I can eat, 

according to experts, "BORAGE BLOSSOMS. These beautiful blue, star-shaped 

flowers from the borage plant taste a bit like cucumber, which is why they've 

been used in salads like this one since The Elizabethan Age. ...

ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS. ...

HIBISCUS. ...

LAVENDER. ...

PANSIES. ...

ROSES. ...

SAGE FLOWERS. ...

VIOLETS

and more...."

www.southernliving.com/food/entertaining/edible-flowers. 



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Credit www.southernliving.com.

Get to know some of the most infamous plants and their poisons with this 

macabre list:

"Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata) ...

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna) ...

White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) ...

Castor Bean (Ricinus communis) ...

Rosary Pea (Abrus precatorius) ...

Oleander (Nerium oleander) ...

Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum)."

https://www.britannica.com/list/7-of-the-worlds-deadliest-plants.

I'm still wondering if I can eat maggots? I told that I wouldn't eat them, but 

that's just because of the way they look and crawl. 

From https://www.livestrong.com/article/548659-risks-of-ingesting-

maggots/.

"Maggots commonly consume organic matter that poses dangers to humans, 

including fecal material...."

Could I live eating earthworms and insects, that I know I can eat, along with 

the edible plants and/or flowers listed above? Sure. I'll begin with dandelions in

in the spring making salads and as the perennials are reborn I'll have many 

more delectable salads made from perennials and annuals that I plant. I may 

stir fry the collections of earthworms and insects with more protein that you can 

get from beef, pork or chicken. I simply cannot wait until spring. 





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