In an orchard there should be enough to eat, enough to lay up, enough to be stolen, and enough to rot on the ground. ~ Samuel Madden
I really love this quote. It resonates with my more natural and holistic side. The part of me that wants to be able to share, and to worry less about things being lost.
I wrote a couple times about about our orchard plans. Here is a compilation of our ideas, thought processes, etc. As I add more posts, this will become the repository of those ideas.
It is very important to me to be able to grow a variety of nut trees. Nuts are a significant source of fats. Fats are necessary in our diet for as an energy source, to fuel brain functioning, and for keeping warm in the cold winters on our homestead. Fats are also needed for fat soluble vitamin processing and storage. Fats are a macro-nutrient that is difficult store and difficult to come by, so having nuts as an optional sustainable source will be a boon to our homestead.
Aside from fats, nuts are also a great source for protein and fiber and offer trace elements that might not otherwise be available in a subsistence lifestyle. They are also calorie dense, making them a great survival food.
Fruits are an important source of fiber, carbohydrates and vitamins. They provide sugars and are sources of many essential nutrients that are under-consumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Essential nutrients are those that the body cannot create itself, but that is absolutely necessary for good health. Potassium is essential in cell functioning and vitamin C prevents scurvy. When living a subsistence lifestyle it is important to consider these factors when choosing what food to grow.