Medicinal Trees: Asimina triloba, the Pawpaw


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,641 admin

    I have to agree with your assessment of losing knowledge. We have had a couple of generations (or more) that are so removed from the old knowledge of plant species, foraging, gardening, farming and herbal medicine. I feel a breakdown in the family structure has been at the root of much of this. People are very transient these days and often families are separated by long distances. Grandparents are no longer "at hand" to pass along knowledge. Families often are so busy with daily lives and "keeping up" that there is no time (or ability) for passing along traditional information.

    One of the reasons I enjoy teaching so much.

  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,515 ✭✭✭✭✭

    When I was very young all my great aunts and uncles and my grandparents knew this stuff. I recall foraging for wild greens in the springtime, and we had some really good meals. When mom moved my brother and sister and I to town we lost contact with many of those good folks, even on her side of the family.

    When I became interested in learning about it in my early 20s, one of the great aunts told me that they didn't have to do that anymore (forage) because the uncles had all gotten town jobs and they could shop at the store. I had to go to Wilderness Awareness School to learn about wild edibles and medicinals.

    Now my brother and sister are learning, too!

    Keep putting this stuff out there. The interest is back!

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,463 admin

    Thanks Linda - I sure hope so. Things are getting bad and the momentum is only building.