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Duck eggs look great! I've variously considered chicken eggs and quail eggs, but I'm not allowed to have backyard poultry.
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Apps, you forgot pumpkin seeds :o. Also, I have to say I agree with Soil that nut trees are very good source of protein. Although you must wait to see results, once they start bearing, you will getting tons of great fruit.
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greens are a good source of protein actually, of course not as high in protein as beans, but a much healthier source. greens are some of the best things you can eat in terms of sheer nutrition per calorie.

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="bwhite829"]greens are a good source of protein actually, of course not as high in protein as beans, but a much healthier source. greens are some of the best things you can eat in terms of sheer nutrition per calorie.[/quote]

I had no idea. I've only ever grown kale ...does that count as a green?

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yes it is. any type of brassica is going to help reduce cholesterol(with collards being on the top of the cholesterol lowering list i think), prevent cancer of ALL kinds, provide more calcium than dairy(per calorie), provide a good source of vegetarian protein, provide iron, and another long list of nutritional benefits.

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The cookbook, Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé, contained (25-yr anniv. ed may contain) a terrific discussion about plant-based proteins and the benefits of protein complementarity.

There are eight essential amino acids the human body requires. These are present in different proportions in different plants. If the plants are eaten together or in close proximity in time, we get the full benefit of the protein.

Classic examples of these complementary proteins are legumes and grains (rice & beans), corn and beans, and many others. There were fourteen categories of recipes in the original edition (mine is now held together by a rubber band).

There are many vegetarian cookbooks, but this is the only one I've seen with the explanation of protein complementarity.

Maybe some of Lappé's suggestions will help you in making decisions for your garden.

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bwhite829 wrote:greens are a good source of protein actually, of course not as high in protein as beans, but a much healthier source. greens are some of the best things you can eat in terms of sheer nutrition per calorie.
A lot of the protein is in the green chlorophyll. (Of course, it is "plant protein" and not quite "people protein.")

Since, about 16% of protein is nitrogen - nitrogen fertilizer is important to the plant for making chlorophyll.

The plant then uses this chlorophyll for photosynthesis of carbohydrates which it stores as starches as it grows.

A lot of what is in a green leaf is just water. If we allow our greens to dry in the sun, they will lose their chlorophyll and turn white. Protein will be lost to the atmosphere as ammonia.

Okay, so I'm no biochemist :roll: . And, the nuances of this is above and beyond me but, this has been about as much as my little pea brain has been able to gather over the years.

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You should consider Amaranth. It's got the best protein content of any grain, and its about the only grain that is really easy to harvest and be directly edible. I did a moderate grow last year and wrote up the experience on my blog. The plants are beautiful as well. I had lots of questions and comments from the neighbors.

I like to eat the grain sort of like oatmeal. It takes about 20 minutes to cook, so a little slower than oatmeal, but worth it. I usually add dried fruit as its cooking for flavor, and to use up all the pears that I gathered from my neighbor tree last summer!

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grondeau: Applestar just posted asking for people's experience growing amaranth and with some specific questions, here:

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=175817&highlight=amaranth#175817

It would be helpful if you would respond there, since it sounds like you have good experience.

I have grown amaranth, but never done anything with it.


Re greens and protein, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, in his book Eat to Live, about healthy eating (to reduce cholesterol, improve heart health, reduce cancer risk, lose weight, etc), points out that pound for pound, broccoli has more protein than steak. The trick in there is that 8 oz of steak is more or less the size of a deck of cards; 8 oz of broccoli is a HUGE bowl full. But if you eat the huge bowl full of broccoli (which he recommends ... a pound of cooked veggies and a pound of raw veggies every day), you have eaten more protein than if you ate the card-deck sized steak.
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It's also interesting to note that when you are growing your plants organically, they often have higher levels of nutrients than do commercially raised crops.
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