Bert, I grow/trade/forage/hunt 90% of our food. It would be closer to 99% but we like to splurge on the weekends and eat out a breakfast and dinner. Since I really need to feed ourselves from the gardens, I've learned to eat plenty that I wasn't raised to. Things like baby pumpkins & squash, sweet potato vine tips, assorted "weeds", inner broccoli stalks, broccoli leaves, that sort of thing. I'll use the tougher leaves and stalks of cabbage and plenty of others, onion/leek skins and leaves, veggie rinds, etc for making stock. What people throw into their compost piles, we have the tendency to eat ... or feed it to livestock.
People should try those baby pumpkins. It's fun to experiment with new foods. We often aren't thrilled when we first try new stuff, but it grows on you. We now really want pumpkin in stir fry and stews.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Bert de Weert
posted 5 years ago
That's a great way of living. It's always been that way, people nowadays get spooked if you say that they used to eat pig brains and such.. while there is nothing wrong with it. I adore the way you use everything that other people discard.. my respect.