We still purchase the majority of our calories, but I hope to eventually phase out most of the grain products we buy and replace them with roots, tubers, and squash. This might be difficult because my husband loves pasta!
Tyler Ludens wrote:I love Fava Beans, but I don't have any seeds for them right now. My husband doesn't like them nearly as much as I do. My favorite way to prepare them is sauteed with garlic.
wayne fajkus wrote:Potatos is the only crop I grow that can be a meal by itself
I never grow enough though. But next year.....
Tyler Ludens wrote:What staple crops are you growing these days? By "staple" I mean those that provide the majority of the calories in your diet.
R Ranson wrote:Great topic!
Amaranth is another low bother, high yield crop. The young leaves are another 'cook like spinach'. The old leaves can be fed to the sheep. The flower stocks are popular with florists. The grain is tasty, especially when dry parched. I plant them about two weeks before the rains stop (and the rains do stop - suddenly but on schedule) in a part of the yard with decent supply of soil moisture. They grow deep roots and need no watering. I weed them twice at the beginning of the season, but they soon crowd out the weeds with their massive root system. The seedlings are tiny, but I grow the bright red amaranth so I can easily tell which is grain and which is weed.
LOL. i'm no slouch in that department, either, I must say.
Roberto, I have planted a number of nut trees and they died. But I am exceptionally good at killing plants....
Tyler Ludens wrote:Those of you who are growing your own staples: Have you faced any challenges changing your diet to accommodate these new foods in place of store food? How has your family reacted? What have been your big successes on the table, and what have been your big failures?
Tyler Ludens wrote:Though some disagree about health benefits, alcoholic beverages have been a traditional method for storing fruit and grain calories, so yes, to me they qualify as staples if you consume them often enough to be getting significant calories from them (not just on special occasions).