Discussion in 'Biology & Genetics' started by Orleander, Feb 17, 2008.
Well done. And dont forget the water when evertthing is iced over !
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Don't have a problem here with things freezing over but I have planted many native and endemic trees and shrubs for the wildlife. I live in one of the last strongholds of the Glossy Black Cockatoo whose favourite food is the seeds of Casuarina littoralis, black She-oak so I've planted a few of these as well as butterfly attracting and nectar providing plants for butterflies and honeyeaters.
Unfortunately for me, my fruit trees are a huge hit with local lorikeets, rosellas, king parrots and fruit bats ( flying foxes).
can we eat acorns?
Pigs do. I think humans can to if they are well boiled, but am not sure. there is at certain times of the year in Brazil a nut from a type of pine tree, which is good to eat after boiling. It has a sort of leathery shell that yo can open with your finger nails and peal back to make the nut "pop out" The nut is about 1 cm long and sort of almond shaped. After being boilded, it is soft, a little stiocky and mildly sweet. I think the boiling converts some of the more complex starches in to sugars. I have tasted acrons. As I recall they are quite bitter. Brazil has very few if any oaks, so this is from long ago.
Are you an Ornithologist?
billy T you mean a pine nut?
if so they are DELICOUS, they go great with spinch or basil and are one of the ingrediants i use to make pesto
Only amateur, also have interest in botany.
Quite possible, but when living in US I never had one - only heard of them. They are very cheap when in season here.
The pine they come from has somewhat atypical shape, limbs. The limbs do not "droop," perhaps even curl upwards a little. Typically four of five grow out at the same level on the trunk than there are none for a yard or so more up the trunk where the next cluster of four of five will be found. The tree is tall and very "stately" - something you might see in a Japanese painting.
With that information, do you think it is what is called a "pine nut"?
I dont know, do they look like this?
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The eatable seed does, but not the nut's shell. It is more definitely pointed at one end and sometimes with a hint of fiber, sort of hairs, sticking out of the pointed end. Surely the Brazilian ones are just a variety, as there are many. Thank for the infro.
are there any nuts that are inedible to humans?
There's a few local ones I know of, a particular cycad has poisonous nuts.
The aboriginal people had a method for leaching the poison then eating them.
I imagine there are hundreds of poisonous seeds, nuts and berries.
Oh lordy yes indeed. There are several species of macadamias, for example, and some of them are poisonous to humans.
How big is your spread ?
I gather that's not the bird we call Black Palm Cockatoo, large and black with red cheeks, the poster child for the endangered species crusade. An American veterinarian/aviculturist was successful not only in breeding them domestically but in curing the disease that threatened to wipe out the species. As a result there are almost enough now in North America to sell to hobbyists. Much as that grates on the nerves of the green fundamentalists, it's the path to salvation for many species. 2008 may be the year when the number of breeding pairs of hyacinthine macaws (the crusade's other poster child) in American homes and aviaries exceeds the number in the shrinking Brazilian rain forest.
It's very difficult to cultivate vegetation that will attract only the desired species. America's subtropical cities like Los Angeles and Miami have huge breeding populations of feral psittacines of many species. The cultivated tropical foliage planted in those cities provides a more or less natural food source for these birds. They're inquisitive and adventurous enough to try anything that looks edible, so you might see multiple species of Amazons, conures and the occasional macaw feeding in the same garden.
Unfortunately we have no fruit bats on this continent, although perhaps in large numbers they can be as brash and annoying as wild cockatoos are reputed to be.
At site www.drinkpurple.com can see the seven fruits and berries they use. I just invested in them yesterday when first learned of them as I have been eating acai water ice in Brazil for more than a year. They claim that adding alcohol even increases the health benefits claimed for Purple, but I will not mix my "just before bedtime" shot of vodica with it as acai is a stimulant as well as an anti-oxident.
Check them out as possible investment. Has any one tasted "Purple" ? It is now on market in a few cities and at some GNC stores. If yes, what did you think? Is 10 oz worth $3 (even to a health nut)? What does 10 oz of GaterAid cost in USA?
I drink Pomgranate and Berry juice that looks purple everyday...it is supposed to have high antioxidants and leutin etc....I drink it for my eyes. I have maintained my sight at -1.25 for driving for the last 25 years through Carrot and Berry Juice.
Is a coconut a seed or a nut? And what are cocoa beans?
Coconut should be a seed because you can plant it and it will grow. But the coconut that you buy at the stores, the covering is taken off.
Cocoa bean is where chocolate comes from
LOL, I know that. I mean is it a seed, a nut, a bean? And if you plant nuts, they will grow. Acorns and walnuts....
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