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Funny story... I was unaware of the pear tree shown in the photo above and was standing with my back to it, when, in perfect Newtonian fashion, a huge pear dropped off the tree and hit me on top of the head. Sometimes nature just won't be ignored!
October in Vermont begins with the autumn glory of brilliant fall foliage and an abundance of purple asters. Although not edible by humans, the many varieties of Aster are an important, late-season food source of nectar and pollen for a wide variety of beneficial bees and flying insects.
The pale green leaves in the photo above belong to Hog Peanut, (Amphicarpaea bracteata,) a legume that produces small, lentil-sized, edible seeds or beans, underground!
Found just below the soil surface underneath the plant, these "peanuts" are highly nutritious and can be eaten raw or cooked, but require a bit of effort for small return. Recent archaeological excavations in Vermont have confirmed that Original Peoples too, included these beans in their diet.
Left and below: A pleasant day in woods and marsh with the Women of UVM Nature Walk Group in early October. Here, we examine Red Reishi, (Ganoderma tsugae,) a cherished medicinal with amazing beneficial properties!
It is the responsibility and privilege of all intelligent, caring, compassionate persons to protect, preserve, and nurture the biodiversity and ecological health of our planet. Living sustainably in a way that nourishes and replenishes the earth is no longer an option, but because human populations have overspread the world, has now become necessary for our very survival.