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Old 04-06-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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While living frugally, have you ever just grabbed nuts, fruits etc from local trees, or plants?
In Hawaii, many avacado, mango and some banana trees were available..
Sometimes these are just wild plants/trees, but can be of value in your state, home.
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:17 AM
 
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Last fall I foraged at least thirty pounds of pecans at a local park. Thousands of the pecans just there for the taking. Plenty left for the squirrels.
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Old 04-06-2017, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Check your state laws....sometimes you can legally pick from public parks but of course not private or commercial property.
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Old 04-06-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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Hmmm, growing up, there was a lot of wild food we ate. It wasn't so much that it was free food. We simply liked it. There are hunting licenses for fish, deer and certain other animals so not entirely free. We used to gather hickory nuts, black walnuts and pecans. We made jelly from blackberries, dewberries, elderberries and muscadines which are a wild grape. There were wild greens like poke sallat we could eat although we rarely did. You could make drinks out of sassafras and sumac. There was a lot of accessible land there. I'd hesitate to do that here.
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Old 04-06-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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Hmmm, growing up, there was a lot of wild food we ate. It wasn't so much that it was free food. We simply liked it. There are hunting licenses for fish, deer and certain other animals so not entirely free. We used to gather hickory nuts, black walnuts and pecans. We made jelly from blackberries, dewberries, elderberries and muscadines which are a wild grape. There were wild greens like poke sallat we could eat although we rarely did. You could make drinks out of sassafras and sumac. There was a lot of accessible land there. I'd hesitate to do that here.
How did you prepare the pecans? Roast them?
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Old 04-06-2017, 05:54 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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There were a few oranges I picked up in Jan, on the sidewalks. The tree grows in a public street, we have quite a few of them on public streets. I am going to try & grow some veg this year & we have one fruit tree in the yard.
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:08 PM
 
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How did you prepare the pecans? Roast them?
We cracked them out of their shells with a nutcracker or hammer. We put them in things like brownies and cookies. You can eat them raw. You need to keep them in the freezer if you don't use them right away because they are more prone to having bugs because they aren't sprayed with pesticides like the ones at the store.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I have picked wild blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and persimmons. Apples from old orchards that have been abandoned.
The only nuts I were able to forage for were butternuts.

During an especially lean time, I tried to make acorns palatable. I probably wasted more water leaching the bitter taste out of them than it was worth, and I ended up not liking the texture once they were cooked.
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Old 04-08-2017, 08:47 PM
 
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When I was a kid, my dad would sometimes drive us up the interstate and pull off on the side of the road. We'd go off to side of the interstate and pick blackberries- buckets of them.

That wouldn't be allowed these days... would probably be considered child-abuse (we always came back with chiggers). But the 1980's in bum-**** Appalachia were a different time & place.
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