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Hi Arthur,

I know your specialty is the northeast, however there are many plants that also grow in the northwest. I was just wondering if you could pick 1 or 2 of the most important plants to watch out for and harvest for their health benefits, what would they be?

Presently my two favorite things don't really grow around me. One is reishi and the other is chaga.

Thanks for answering questions.

Caleb
 
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Caleb, what are these plants?
As cultivated plants come from all over the world, we can introduce some wild one, as cultivated in our lands...
Do you mean you would introduce some of the east into your west?

I have some great french dendelion in the Canary and it grows super!
And I also have a mexican chenopodium that looks happy....
 
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Xisca Nicolas wrote:Caleb, what are these plants?
As cultivated plants come from all over the world, we can introduce some wild one, as cultivated in our lands...
Do you mean you would introduce some of the east into your west?

I have some great french dendelion in the Canary and it grows super!
And I also have a mexican chenopodium that looks happy....



Oh yeah dandelion is great. I was more talking about wild foraging than introducing species.
 
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Caleb Skinns wrote:
Presently my two favorite things don't really grow around me. One is reishi and the other is chaga.



Well, if they don't grow near you, you introduce them if safe (of course...) and they you can forage them!
What I introduce only invade my garden actually, just because he rest is too dry!
(you'd laugh if you knew what I "weed out" sometimes!)

what is reishi and chaga?
 
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Caleb, great question,you beat me to it.
Arthur, you do a wonderful job presenting such useful info, been a listening for years.
 
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Xisca Nicolas wrote:

Caleb Skinns wrote:

what is reishi and chaga?



Reishi is a Chinese medicinal mushroom which has been noticeably helpful to my wife an I. We use it for anxiety. We started using reishi spores and one day when I was justifiably angry, I took half a teaspoon of them and within 5 minutes noticed that my mood was melting away. And I was even kind of annoyed with that because like I said, I was justifiably angry, but then even that annoyance melted away. And it wasn't like a everything is grey kind of feeling either. It was a very balanced feeling. Anyway, that's my experience with Reishi.

Chaga is another medicinal mushroom which grows in northern Canada and Siberia. It grows on birch trees (which are very hard to find around me) and as I understand, it has the highest amount of antioxidants of anything that grows currently known. More than chocolate and more than acai. It's really tasty as a coffee substitute or just as a drink. I've had it as an iced tea idea too.

 
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