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robgreenfieldreddit40 karma

During this project no. However I did have an allergic reaction the last two summers, both around the time I was harvesting hundreds of mangos. I learned that mango is in the same family as poison ivy, which I have a strong reaction to sometimes. So I think that my rashes and hives may have come from the exposure to the mango skins and bark, but not from eating the mangos themselves. This is just an idea though and I'm not certain of it.

robgreenfieldreddit19 karma

Hi micolnator, That's great to hear. Glad to connect with you! I still do a lot of dumpster diving, although during this year I did not eat from dumpsters, so I did a lot less diving. However I do still teach a lot of people how to dumpster dive and give a lot of food away. As long as there is quality food in the dumpsters I will be there redistributing the food and keeping it out of the landfill!

robgreenfieldreddit16 karma

Hi there knufflelala! I'm glad to be a positive inspiration in your days. I will keep doing that for you. Right now I am going for daily walks in the woods, which I am very thankful to have access to from the property I am on. Yesterday, I spent 6 hours in the woods reading and walking. I am spending 8+ hours per day on the computer writing and researching. I am using this opportunity to catch up on a lot of work and to provide helpful information to people during these difficult times. I offered to do video calls with people in isolation and have done that most nights since last Tuesday. I am staying with a family of 4 and they have been very nice to stay with. We eat meals together and they are wonderful cooks. I'm teaching them the edible plants that are in their yard. They are teaching me French and I'm helping them practice their English. It's been a nice experience. I also do spend a lot of time keeping up with what is going on in the world right now, which is very challenging. But I aim to be a positive light in the situation for people. I am embracing the situation as I can.

robgreenfieldreddit15 karma

Well, it really depends on where in the world you are. We live on a very diverse earth with millions of species. However across much of the USA and my temperate climates I've visited (such as France right now) I'd recommend: Greens like dandelion, plantago, purslane, sorrell, stinging nettle, lambsquarter, amaranth, mint, wild onion/ garlic/ leeks, clover, brassica's like mustard and radish. Berries like raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, serviceberry and hundreds of others Fruit trees like apples, pears and plums. These are sort of beginner plants to forage. I hope you find that useful!

robgreenfieldreddit14 karma

Then, everything I listed applies perfectly to you. For greens I lightly sauté them all together with olive oil and salt. With nettle I make nettle tea by lightly boiling them. I don't teach identification of plants over the internet and encourage seeking local sources such as foragers and books for that. I recommend Sam Thayer's books: https://www.foragersharvest.com/