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  1. Sep 16, 2019 #31

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    I didn't know that about the nightmare leaves!

    You are an incredible fountain of knowledge which is also one of the reasons I keep coming back to the herbal/foraging subforums, etc.
    I am constantly thirsty!! And you don't disappoint, Peanut! :Thankyou:

    Please don't stop!
     
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    The nightmare leaves are a really strange oddity... I've spoken to people who tried outer leaf tea only... they had the nightmares... I know a few who didn't.

    I know several folks who made a sleep aid tea from mixed leaves... It wasn't a good sleep aid, they had sort of a restless sleep. The inner leaf tea works well.

    I'm not going to touch the outer leaves for a tea as my dreams are wild enough already. :)

    Edit to clarify... it was a weekend herb class... most of the class volunteered for a mullein experiment the first night.. The next morning we learned the results matched what was expected..
     
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    I add just enough water to almost cover, then use my masher. Once it comes to a soft rolling boil, I run it through my food mill - the kind that looks like cone with a wooden masher to roll around inside. It lets quite a bit of the pulp through but not the pits and skins.
    Also depends on the choke cherries. I wasn't planning on picking yesterday but these are perfect- right before end of season, dark and really juicy. Some years they aren't as juicy which is a little more challenging.
    This is just what I cleaned while hubby was finishing supper last night.
     
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    @Peanut I didn't know that either. I just use it for congestion etc.
    @Grizzleyette___Adams That's funny. I think you are both wells of knowledge:). I luuuuv it. I keep 2 binders with 'tidbits' of info - one for flora and one for fauna. There is so much knowledge and various sources, I had to figure something out to keep is contained. I add this type of note to the sheet I already have for mullein.
     
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    Thanks! I wish I had asked before the birds had their annual feast. Our second year here I picked our choke cherries and it was so much work that we decided that watching the birds was a better use of the berries. Besides the verbal abuse I was subjected to was disturbing. I never expected a robin was capable of such rudeness. I can't repeat it here for fear of being banned.
     
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    I have eaten yucca flowers many times but have never eaten the fruit (never found any ripe). This year here many of the banana yucca had fruit on them. I baked one in the solar oven just to try one. When it was done I opened it up and found they contain little actual meat. Most is seeds (which can be dried and ground into flour). They do taste fine but not much for actual food in there.
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    I've never seen a fruit on a yucca.
     
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    I have several on my property now. I am going to pick them for tea! Thank you.
     
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    I think it splits fairly quickly when it gets dry.
     
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    We had them near our last house too but though they all blossomed they never or seldom got any bananas on them. I bet you will have at your mountain house. The flowers are just like eating lettuce.
     
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    Yessss..........wild asparagus is awesome. I just walk the roadsides here and pick it.

    Asparagus, wild berries, in the spring MOREL mushrooms, I eat some and dry some. I love morels.
     
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    There aren't any yuccas on our mtn place. I'll have to watch the valleys near by to see if there any.
     
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    I'm curious about gooseberries. They're not too common where I live. I saw what I think were gooseberries along the tracks in Wisconsin. They were green, but to my understanding should be ripe in early July. Is there a harmful look alike for gooseberries?
     
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    We have a little 8 acre refuge for the animals but in times of starvation they will be prey ans so will we I guess.
    Untouched for over 75 years all natural.
     
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    All about mullein:
     
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    We went up the mountain to do some winterizing today. "My" apple tree was ready so I picked quite a few. Hubby preferred the apples from a different tree. Also a few pears left - two different kinds. Then some mullein (new plants - no stalk or flowers) and some borage. Aaaannnddd some cedar for infusing oil for soap. I think that's everything. There are tons of elderberries but I won't have time this week so didn't pick any - so tempting though.
     
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    Elderberries, Figs, Blackberries, Blueberries and Walnuts. All either on our property or within 500 feet of it. I know there is more to forage but haven't done it yet.
     

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