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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on June 24, 2022, 02:50:58 AM »
The variety of really good books I've read over the past two months: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2022/06/reading.html
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on June 22, 2022, 07:26:06 AM »
As we get older we can develop unpleasant reactions to foods. I wasn't allergic to cherries as a child or young adult. Now, I am, although it's an inconvenience rather than anything serious. After eating cherries, my eyes get itchy the way they do around cats. I just have to remember not to rub. (Also, to keep away from cats.) I've been allergic to raw apples for years now--including the un-sprayed apples from my own trees. The solution there is to cook the apples.

My sibling developed a violent allergy to the nightshade family as a young adult, and it only seemed to get worse as the years progressed. Favorite foods of the past were now forbidden. Visits to the ER happened a lot. 

Black raspberries are delicious with cream, too.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on June 22, 2022, 05:56:04 AM »
I used to enjoy the occasional handful of raspberries.  Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction a few years ago, so I don't eat them anymore.

The good news is that it's the only plant I know I'm allergic to.  Raspberries and seafood are the only things on my "can no longer eat" list so far, and hopefully that list won't grow any longer.

It's odd that you would suddenly develop an allergy. What a pity as raspberries are delicious with cream  :)
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on June 22, 2022, 05:43:59 AM »
I used to enjoy the occasional handful of raspberries.  Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction a few years ago, so I don't eat them anymore.

The good news is that it's the only plant I know I'm allergic to.  Raspberries and seafood are the only things on my "can no longer eat" list so far, and hopefully that list won't grow any longer.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by LilyBLily on June 21, 2022, 10:56:59 PM »
Very brave to try that nightshade. I'm not that adventurous. I've heard one can eat false strawberries without any problems, but they simply don't have any flavor.

I have a large patch of wild black raspberries and I am picking every day. One seldom sees black raspberries in the market--maybe in a farm store--and the jam is my favorite. I spray myself for ticks, wear long sleeves, don heavy gloves and a hat with a net, and still don't venture into the thickest part because I know ticks do hang out there. So far, only one this year, a small one at that. But the black raspberries are worth it. It's a delicate flavor, and more present than the wild raspberries (actually, an invasive, non-native plant) called wineberries.

Unless we have a rainy June and July, the wild blackberries here dry up. They seem to be doing that right now. For a tough native plant, they're surprisingly iffy.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on June 21, 2022, 06:26:37 PM »
I went ahead and tasted one of the Black Nightshade berries about an hour ago.  I didn't ingest it; I chewed it up and spat it out.  I rinsed my mouth out with water afterwards, too.

It wasn't good, but it wasn't bad, either.  Very weak flavor.  Almost flavorless, really.  Just a slight tartness like one might find in a raspberry, but much less strong.  No sweetness at all.  More similar to a tomato, I guess, than to other berries, which makes sense since tomatoes are also a nightshade plant.

The berry's skin is very thin.  It crushed easily when I chewed it, much easier than a cherry or grape.

Anyway, my curiosity is satisfied, so that's the end of that.  I went ahead and pulled up the plant.  There's a little sprig of what I think is wild blackberry about a foot away from where the nightshade was, so I'm going to see if I can train that plant to take the nightshade's place.  And hopefully this time what I think is wild blackberry will actually turn out to be just that.

As a child in the UK my Dad and I used to go blackberry picking in the hedgerows. We had our own tiny apple trees in the garden and my Mum and Gran used to make blackberry and apple dumpling. I can still remember how delicious it was with custard. We had loganberries in our garden, and blackcurrants. Loganberries are a cross between raspberries and blackberries. My favourite are raspberries, but they are quite expensive here in SA (probably also expensive in the UK).
I've had a lovely crop of papaya this year. Three of the trees have been loaded with fruit, the heaviest one was 2.5 kgs. :)
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Vijaya on June 21, 2022, 11:28:43 AM »
Jeff, thanks for the report. I had some wild blackberries about a week ago walking about in Francis Marion National Forest. Delish. Also picked some chanterelles--really lovely in stirfry. Some ticks got us though. Had to pull off two from my husband's body.

Our garden is giving us a bounty of okra, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and greens. Waiting on the squash and melons.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on June 21, 2022, 09:10:29 AM »
I went ahead and tasted one of the Black Nightshade berries about an hour ago.  I didn't ingest it; I chewed it up and spat it out.  I rinsed my mouth out with water afterwards, too.

It wasn't good, but it wasn't bad, either.  Very weak flavor.  Almost flavorless, really.  Just a slight tartness like one might find in a raspberry, but much less strong.  No sweetness at all.  More similar to a tomato, I guess, than to other berries, which makes sense since tomatoes are also a nightshade plant.

The berry's skin is very thin.  It crushed easily when I chewed it, much easier than a cherry or grape.

Anyway, my curiosity is satisfied, so that's the end of that.  I went ahead and pulled up the plant.  There's a little sprig of what I think is wild blackberry about a foot away from where the nightshade was, so I'm going to see if I can train that plant to take the nightshade's place.  And hopefully this time what I think is wild blackberry will actually turn out to be just that.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on June 19, 2022, 06:06:39 AM »
250 words.  Finally working on the next fairytale.  :smilie_zauber:
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