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If you had to grow 100% of your food and process / cook it yourself, alone, what would be your primary sources of carbohydrates?

Maize
- 8 (6.1%)
Rice
- 9 (6.8%)
Wheat
- 9 (6.8%)
Barley
- 3 (2.3%)
Sorghum
- 0 (0%)
Millets
- 0 (0%)
Oats
- 0 (0%)
Rye
- 2 (1.5%)
Triticale
- 0 (0%)
Buckwheat
- 2 (1.5%)
Potatos
- 34 (25.8%)
Cabbage
- 6 (4.5%)
Apples
- 11 (8.3%)
Beans
- 20 (15.2%)
Carrots
- 4 (3%)
Peas
- 2 (1.5%)
Other legume
- 2 (1.5%)
Other fruit
- 9 (6.8%)
Other cerial
- 1 (0.8%)
Other root vegetable
- 2 (1.5%)
Other leafy vegetable
- 5 (3.8%)
Added late: squash
- 3 (2.3%)

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Ghost of Alex Libman

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If you had to grow your own food...
« on: April 29, 2009, 11:45:48 PM »

We're talking about collapse-of-civilization type scenario - you got land and nothing else.  What do you plant?

Think of those categories as somewhat broad: zucchinis / pumpkins go with squash, broccoli / Brussels sprouts / kale go with cabbage, pears go with apples, etc.

I put the most popular cereals on top, but I think they're pretty hard to grow / harvest alone. 

This poll goes by what your primary source of carbs would be (calories from non-animal sources).  For most people that comes from more energy-dense crops like grains and root vegetables.  I'm not specifically listing lighter veggies like cucumbers or onions - they make excellent secondary choices, but you'd have to eat a lot of them to get enough calories for an active lifestyle.

I'm thinking - potatoes FTW!  Easy to grow in cold climates, easy to pick (without any tools / etc), relatively easy to cook, you never get tired of them, etc.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 12:02:50 AM »

can you make alcohol with potatoes?
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 12:06:56 AM »

Yessir, potato vodka.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 12:10:43 AM »

Yessir, potato vodka.

Have you ever had it?  I can't say I have, wondering how it tastes.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 12:11:05 AM »

fuck yeah. Potatoes it is.


is there anything potatoes cant do?
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2009, 12:12:50 AM »

Yessir, potato vodka.

Have you ever had it?  I can't say I have, wondering how it tastes.

It's the best Vodka. Some folks claim that it isn't even real Vodka if it doesn't come from potatoes.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2009, 12:14:54 AM »

Yessir, potato vodka.
Have you ever had it?  I can't say I have, wondering how it tastes.

You know, contrary to my country of origin, I just don't have the taste for good vodka.  Don't remember the difference.  But a lot of people swear by it.  The only reason it's not more popular is traditionalism - potato vodka is a relatively recent invention.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2009, 12:22:57 AM »

Yessir, potato vodka.
Have you ever had it?  I can't say I have, wondering how it tastes.

You know, contrary to my country of origin, I just don't have the taste for good vodka.  Don't remember the difference.  But a lot of people swear by it.  The only reason it's not more popular is traditionalism - potato vodka is a relatively recent invention.


I was gonna say that it can't be all that common.  I just checked the Ketel One and Putinka I have and it says they are both distilled from wheat.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2009, 12:32:07 AM »

is there anything potatoes cant do?

They are very nutritious and have very diverse culinary applications, but there's one major downside: they're starchy and very high on the glycemic index.  That means they don't give you lasting energy, and eating too much of them would raise your risk of diabetes.  Shouldn't be a major problem if combined with other carb sources though.
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2009, 12:34:03 AM »

is there anything potatoes cant do?

They are very nutritious and have very diverse culinary applications, but there's one major downside: they're starchy and very high on the glycemic index.  That means they don't give you lasting energy, and eating too much of them would raise your risk of diabetes.  Shouldn't be a major problem if combined with other carb sources though.


Is it assumed that I would have no access or ability to raise my own meat sources such as fowl?
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2009, 12:37:59 AM »

Sure, why not, but meat won't offset the glycemic issue.  Beans or some leafy greens would though.

And you'll probably need to grow something other than potatoes to feed the fowl.  Pigs love boiled potatoes though, peels and all.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2009, 12:41:22 AM »

Sure, why not, but meat won't offset the glycemic issue.  Beans or some leafy greens would though.

I already grow the beans and leafy greens.  Also some carrots, onions and radishes.  Since I live in a prime goose/duck hunting area, I'd pick off a bird once in a while to eat.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2009, 12:50:50 AM »

I said apples for my second choice. I imagine they are not that labor intensive. What I didn't eat or trade could be turned into regular and / or hard cider very easily. The pulp that was left over could be fed to livestock.
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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2009, 12:56:28 AM »

Actually, this article claims "the #1 laziest food to grow" is what I added late: squash.

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Re: If you had to grow your own food...
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2009, 01:17:12 AM »

Potatoes for the ease of growing, many uses, they taste great, and they are easy to store long term.

Maize because it too is easy to grow in great quantities, tastes awesome, easy to store.

I don't really like squash but you can grow a bunch all in one spot and its pretty hardy and stores great.

Also all of these are easy to harvest the seeds/kernels/eyes to replant again.
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