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Ethnobotany Of Cypress Hill Region (Part One )

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I spent a week exploring southern Saskatchewan. I meet some amazing people as well as some amazing healing plants. I wanted to dedicate this blog to those healing plants and there Ethnobotany uses.    Indian Paint Brush  Once upon a time, a Blackfoot maiden fell in love with a wounded prisoner she was attending. The maiden realized that her tribe was only nursing its captive in order to torture him later. She planned an escape of the prisoner, accompanying him for fear of the punishment for such a deed. After some time in her lover's camp she grew homesick for...

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What is Beta Glucans? Key to Rebooting Our Immun System.

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B Glucans comprise a group of B D Glucose polysaccharides naturally occurrin in the cell walls of cereals, bacteria, and fungi,.  Beta glucan is a form of soluble fiber that is linked to many health benefits such as lower cholesterol, better heart health and supporting our immune system.    Beta glucan isn't absorbed directly during the digestive process. Instead it slows down the digestion of food. Which can be vey helpful. This can help carbohydrates break down slower keeping your blood sugar levels even. In addition to this, Beta glucan can take cholesterol with it as it moves throught out...

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Wine Cap Cheese Muffins

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Low Carb Almond flour cheese muffins with wine cap mushroom mixed in.  Now you can really impress all your friends. Using the Wine Caps from your garden.    Ingredients  3 eggs  1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder  1/4 teaspoons cayenne 1/2 teaspoon Italian spice  1 cup fine almond flour  1/2 teaspoon baking soda  1.5 cups shredded cheese  sharp cheddar cheese  1/2 grated Parmesan  1 cup Wine Cap mushroom chopped small.    Insructions  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 muffin cups with paper liners andspray liners.  2. In large bowl, Whisk together the eggs, salt, galic powder,...

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Uncultivated Part One ( Opium Lettuce)

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I want people to understand where our food came from and how important it is for us to keep diversity on our plant.  In this series i am going to take about the most common produce plant we get at the grocery store and who there wild ancestors are and where they where breed from.  Todays blogs is all about lettuce and its wild ancestry Opium Lettuce.    Prickly Lettuce, Lactuca Serriola L., a native to the Mediterranean region is. The plant is sometimes called wild lettuce, China lettuce or compass plant because the leaves on the main stem are held vertically...

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Diversity On The Plate And Why It Matters.

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Why is keeping diversity on the plate so important? Why should we care?  Well for one its estimated that more than 50% of our food comes from just 3 crops, Wheat, rice and corn. Being overly reliant on  three crops may not sound like a big deal but with a growing global population and increased threat of climate change it maybe riskier then we think.  Climate Change is having an enormous effect on the crops we grow. We are having issues with drought,elevated levels of cardan dioxide and pest.  Having a diverse gene pool can be helpful with dealing with...

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