Gilbert Fritz wrote:If I wanted to grow lots of calories in a cold temperate climate, which would the the easiest things to grow and process? For instance, rye is easy to grow but hard to process.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
Then there is the nutrient density issue, what good are calories if you get little nutrient values from them?
R Scott wrote:"Don't put all your eggs in one basket"
You want to grow a variety, just because one will fail in any given year.
R Ranson wrote:
But as for the 'easiest' calorie crop? That is going to depend on where you live and your style of cooking/eating. The only way to discover what the easiest crop is for you is to grow a bunch and then decide which you like best.
Tyler Ludens wrote:It may not be possible to eat enough turnips to supply sufficient calories to survive, if eating a homegrown vegan diet. It is barely possible with potatoes, if one eats several pounds per day.
Turnips 22 calories per 100 grams
Potatoes 93 calories per 100 grams
Casie Becker wrote:I've noticed in some of the older stories that I read that the shear size of the meals that were considered normal in European countries sometimes sounds unbelievable. I think this is due in part to more high calorie foods being commonly available. (much more animal products, sugars, grains, potatoes, cooking oils)
Casie Becker wrote:I thought potatoes were a real miracle crop; in part because they packed so much nutrition and calories into a much smaller portion than any of the crops available before. Until that time people where surviving entirely on much lower calorie produce and animal products. The poorer classes had severely limited amounts of those animal products also. Where were they getting the bulk of their calories until then? I think the hard to process items usually became luxuries of the wealthy.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I imagine quality of diet plummeted after the Enclosure movement, when common lands were taken away from the peasantry and rich people hired gamekeepers etc to keep folks from harvesting from the land.