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Emil Spoerri
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Not very advanced myself in the subject. For the first time this past spring, I began sampling all tasty looking grasses in the boot stage I encountered. Though some were sweet, almost all had a terrible texture that would be awful to swallow.

However there was one very narrow bladed grass growing prolifically on a stream bank, that was amazingly delicious and not at all course textured! It was crazy sweet and as tender as salad! I started wolfing down massive gobs of it until my stomach was totally filled with grass! no problem with digestion with it either!

Shoot, I have no idea what kind of grass it was... I theorize Gamma Grass, simply because it is known as "the ice cream Grass of ice cream grasses". This was as sweet (if not sweeter) and almost as creamy as ice cream.

In fact, this stuff could be blended with cream to make a delicious "grass flavored" ice cream!

Man, I hope I can figure out what it was...



Besides my incredible story, anyone else have any experience with this? I have read supposedly most of our bodies needs can be supplied with 8 ounces of wheat grass a day. Wheat grass is mighty delicious and makes me feel GGRRREAT

I would like to get in the habit of making it and freezing it, very often.

What about drinking the juice of home made wheat grass pressed silage?

thoughts?
 
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I ate some akutaq that I was told was made with sweet grass.  it wasn't bad, but I liked the stuff with berries in it a lot better.

I find the taste of wheatgrass juice to be fairly nauseating.  I've been told that's because I'm full of toxins, which is plausible, as I previously worked around and with diesel tractors.  I choked a shot down daily for a few months anyway, and didn't notice that I felt any different other than about twenty minutes of nausea afterward.

delicious grass sounds lovely, though it seems you and I have different tastes.  my first reaction to your silage juice idea was not positive.  I do like a variety of fermented flavors, though, so I guess I wouldn't rule it out until it was in front of me.
 
Lisa Paulson
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I planted a tuft of sweet grass this spring I bought from Richters herbs, hoping to introduce more biodiversity. 

Grass , instead of ice cream, I would jump at that in a minute after learning some commercial producers make ice cream and yogurt with cows ear cartilage for gelatin.

 
Joel Hollingsworth
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Yeah, making gelatin out of cartilage does spoil its delicious, crunchy texture...

On a serious note, adzuki beans make more sense as a thickener.

Emile:

Will you be able to keep an eye on this as it goes to seed? That might help a lot with identification.

Another way to go, would be to take a small plug of it to propagate at home, and order some gamma grass seed, then compare the two.

Your comment makes me think there could be a high-end restaurant in NY, SF, or Berkeley serving a tray of gamma grass sod that has a variety of microgreens (sunflower, corn, radish, buckwheat) sprouting up from it and maybe some clover in bloom, with a pair of scissors and some dressing on the side.
 
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i'm always looking for any new perennial food that will grow and maintain itself
 
                            
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Years, probably decades, ago I read an article about a man who worked for a state ag station in the 1920's studying hay for livestock feed.  When the depression hit, he lost his job.  Having trouble feeding his family, and knowing almost everything they needed was in hay, he worked on how to make grass edible for humans.

What he came up with was a way to take dried hay, I think timothy and/or orchard grass were his favorites, dry it, crush or partially mill it and sift out the courser fibers.  He then reground what was left and add it with flour for making bread.  As I recall, he was also the first person to use dry brewer's yeast for human food.

Anyhow, he tried to get people to make his bread.  The bread companies wouldn't touch it.  The government said it would start riots if they tried to tell the poor to eat hay.
 
Emil Spoerri
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I moved from this area in which I found the grass, my friend lives right next door to it, so I am hoping I will remember to ask him to check up on it.
 
Joel Hollingsworth
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homesteadpaul wrote:The government said it would start riots if they tried to tell the poor to eat hay.


That's just a lack of creativity.

If the government wanted us to eat hay, all they'd have to do would be to tell us not to, in the style of Antoine-Augustin Parmentier.
 
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Emile Spore wrote:Besides my incredible story, anyone else have any experience with this? I have read supposedly most of our bodies needs can be supplied with 8 ounces of wheat grass a day. Wheat grass is mighty delicious and makes me feel GGRRREAT

I would like to get in the habit of making it and freezing it, very often.

What about drinking the juice of home made wheat grass pressed silage?

thoughts?

Emile, i grow wheat, barley and rye grass all year long outdoors. Till october i have time to sow it and i can do it from march on. I can also find it under snow all the time. I chew on it in small amounts, not swallowing the fiber, just juice. And yes, it's delicious.
 
                              
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I have a grass that grows on a wet area of my land. Maybe quack grass? It looks like a micro cat tail but a lighter green. If you pull it a few inches from the ground it comes apart and at the end there is the best tasting stuff around. It will be white at this part of the plant. If I had no income but all the time in the world I would be eating good. 
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