EAT EDIBLE TREES
It’s appalling that we plant only ornamental trees instead of trees that produce free food.
Trees have much more minerals in them than vegetables, because their roots go deeper. Most of us are deficient in minerals, and minerals are more important than vitamins. Plus eating leaves is a whole lot less work than a garden – no replanting!
Here are some great trees to plant:
Linden / Tilia / Basswood / Lime tree (note a real lime tree)
You can eat the leaves instead of salad! It also produces tons of nectar for bees, which makes very tasty honey and birds really love this tree. Very ornamental.
Just don’t grow it close to your house because if it’s unhealthy, aphids will also get on it and drop awful sap on to your car/sidewalk.
I learned how you can eat Linden leaves from www.EatThePlanet.org. The leaves of this plant are edible all spring, summer and fall. They taste like lettuce but have a mucilaginous texture. Young leaves are the most tender but older leaves are still good to eat. They make a great lettuce substitute in salads or sandwiches.
If you are worried about how to harvest leaves that are up high, consider growing it (or any other edible tree) as a hedge (that is, prune it and keep it low).
Above: A Tilia Hedge. You are looking at FREE, HEALTHY FOOD!
The Sassafras is also a really beautiful tree, so much greener than your boring American Oak. You know it has to be good for you since it’s root has been made illegal (while deadly aspartame and vaccines stay legal), even though for years sassafras root was the main ingredient of root beer. There must be something in it that threatens the $3 trillion annual income of the American Medical Mafia.
Just like with Linden leaves, Eat the Planet says that Sassafras leaves can be eaten raw in salads. Or in tea etc.
If you are in a warmer area, why not plant fig trees in the front lawn? People in the bible regularly lived off these.
4. Drink Tree Sap from Maple, Birch etc.
Trees are full of minerals, which are more important than vitamins. Every time you cook something, you harm the mineral content. So instead of having just maple syrup, find out what trees you can harvest for tree sap, and drink it raw.
Maple and birch are some of the healthiest saps you can consume.
Just don’t plant them close to roads etc. – maple trees can tear them up.
In case you were not aware, those hostas that you have planted in your gardens as easy, low maintenance plants are edible!
In Japan, hostas are regularly eaten. Flowers, and leaves. They cook up like asparagus or spinach. You can stir fry them, boil or steam them and eat them raw like a salad.
All species seem to be safe for eating. Best time is during the spring when the shoots/young leaves just come up.
6. Plant bushes too for the birds.
The maker of Sonic Bloom (which we used to sell) discovered that the singing of birds helps plants to grow. It figures that God would make things work that way – so much of nature is inter-related. We just messed it up with chemicals.
Bird song opens up the stomates of the leaves and then the plant ingests substances from the dew.
(Above: Two plant stomates viewed with a microscope)
Unknown to most people, birds generally prefer bushes to trees. Bushes are closer to the ground, which makes it easier to access food and water on the ground, and also denser for protection, warmth and nesting. So while you are planning what to plant, also plant bushes, or trees that can be pruned into hedges, to give homes to the birds, to make your garden or farm grow better.
For example, you could grow a hedge of the European Beech, and eat the nuts from it.
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