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Post  JustMe on 5/1/2012, 11:43 pm

Young deer are eating rhubarb leaves. Enough that entire leaves are gone.

Should I remove the rhubarb that is leaf-less? Is it okay to eat those stalks that the deer have eaten the leaves?

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Post  GWN on 5/2/2012, 12:39 am

Is it okay to eat those stalks that the deer have eaten the leaves?
I would say that it would be perfectly fine, better sooner than later.... or else they might eat the stalks as well.

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Post  AvaDGardner on 5/2/2012, 12:51 am

Thanks! I eat all kinds of things that other critters have eaten (especially what a roly may leave of a strawberry). I just cut off the eaten part, wash and then munch or cook!
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Post  walshevak on 5/2/2012, 9:11 am

I am of the opinion that the American public has been brainwashed to expect food that is perfect because that is what is offered in the supermarkets. Food bred and tweeked to produce tasteless products that ship and show well. My mom grew up during the depression and let me tell you, any part of a veggie or fruit that was still usable WAS used. We as a nation throw out entirely too much usable food because a bug ate part of it or it started to go moldy on the side, or it has a brown spot, or ants got into the cracked tomato.

Case in point: Some of the best, sweetest peach jam I've ever had was made from the "bruised" spots cut off the peaches I was slicing for freezing.

Of course we SGFGs "save" it in the compost pile. Very Happy

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