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9th Jul '16 9:25:53 AM DouglasFir
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The agricultural equivalent of GreenRocks. If this particular crop/livestock's production is the foundation for an entire culture, it can help define a PlanetOfHats or OneProductPlanet, possibly resulting in a TerminallyDependentSociety. May be an indication of current or [[LostTechnology Lost]] OrganicTechnology within the setting. SoylentSoy may be an example, if derived from a single crop species rather than blending two or more.

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There is at least some TruthInTelevision to this, but it's somewhat {{Downplayed|Trope}} in RealLife. Quite a few plants and animals actually do have a lot of possible uses, but many of them are primarily raised for just one or two, and it's extremely rare for a society to be solely dependent a single crop/livestock for almost everything. Sometimes it's an InvokedTrope: if something is easy enough to raise on a large scale, it makes sense to try and find as many ways to use it as you can.

The agricultural equivalent of GreenRocks.GreenRocks and WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer. If this particular crop/livestock's production is the foundation for an entire culture, it can help define a PlanetOfHats or OneProductPlanet, possibly resulting in a TerminallyDependentSociety. May be an indication of current or [[LostTechnology Lost]] OrganicTechnology within the setting. SoylentSoy may be an example, if derived from a single crop species rather than blending two or more.



## Extract oil from it: Like the starch, the oil has many more uses than the obvious ones like burning and cooking.



*** As flavoring - juice up your roast or make apple cider vinegar (which itself has several applications outside of food).



** Use them or other parts of the tree as medicine, cosmetics and personal care products.

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** Use Care for your body with them or other parts of the tree as - they can also be used in medicine, cosmetics and personal care products.hygiene products. In fact, in herbal medicine, an apple tree borders on a {{Panacea}}.
8th Jul '16 5:38:49 PM zarpaulus
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* Hemp can be used for food (the seeds), medicine (against aczema and inflammation), as rope, for fabric for clothing, sacks and sails, as building material, as jewelry, it can be made into paper and plastic, and it can be used for fuel, weed control and water purification. [[TheStoner And yes, it has that other use too.]]

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* Hemp can be used for food (the seeds), medicine (against aczema and inflammation), as rope, rope (to the point of being synonymous), for fabric for clothing, sacks and sails, as building material, as jewelry, it can be made into paper and plastic, and it can be used for fuel, weed control and water purification. [[TheStoner And yes, it has that other use too.]]
17th Jun '16 10:24:34 AM ChronoLegion
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* While generally averted in ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', polta fruit seems to have shades of this. It's an extremely versatile fruit that can be eaten, fermented into seep (an intoxicant), mashed into a paste that has antiseptic properties, and, as discovered eventually, can be used as battery acid.
16th Jun '16 11:23:07 AM Snicka
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* The ''amela'' tree in Creator/GeraldDurrell's book ''Literature/TheMockeryBird''. The entire economy of the island Zenkali relies on cultivating these trees and exporting products made of its various parts.
7th Jun '16 1:35:29 PM DouglasFir
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* "Swist" from the children's story ''Weslandia'':

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* "Swist" from the The children's story ''Weslandia'':''Weslandia'' is about an eccentric outcast cultivating some tall, lotus-resembling flower stalks that magically sprouted in his backyard, which he names "swist". He eventually develops a new writing system and standard of time (with sundials made from the stems), building up the eponymous society and proselytizing his former bullies as new citizens.



* Weslandia is about an eccentric outcast cultivating some tall, lotus-resembling flower stalks that magically sprouted in his backyard. Naming them swist, their seeds can be eaten, their petals and stems to make tools, clothing and housing, their oil can be used for writing or burned for lamps. He eventually develops a new writing system and standard of time (with sundials made from the stems), building up the eponymous society and proselytizing his former bullies as new citizens.



### As oil (to fry half of the things mentioned above),

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### As oil (to fry half of the things mentioned above),above).



* Apples are pretty versatile as well. You can
** Eat them (though for most of their history that use was only reserved for a select few types, most apples taste horrible when eaten straight from the tree)
** Make booze from them (When Johnny Appleseed went around giving out apple seeds, that was what he had in mind) - cider was the most common alcoholic beverage in the US during the Antebellum era
*** Make industrial use of the alcohol - In theory you can run your car on apples.
** Store (some types) for almost a year - without refrigeration. In the days before imported bananas in Fairbanks, Alaska in January, that was a ''huge'' advantage in getting over the winter
** Make jam from them - natural enzymes in the apple even help with preservation
** Dry them
** Use them as decoration (apples were the predecessor of modern glass based Christmas tree ornaments)
** Use the tree for wood

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* Apples are pretty versatile as well. You can
can:
** Eat them them:
*** Raw
(though for most of their history history, that use was only reserved for a select few types, most types. Most apples taste horrible when eaten straight from the tree)
tree).
*** Cooked - in many different ways: baked apples, apple pie, apple cake, apple crisp…
*** Dried - as apple chips.
*** Puréed - as applesauce.
*** As jam - natural enzymes in the apple even help with preservation.
*** Candied - just put a stick through them and roll them in toffee or caramel.
** Make Drink them - either as juice or booze from them (When (when Johnny Appleseed went around giving out apple seeds, that the latter was what he had in mind) - mind; cider was the most common alcoholic beverage in the US during the Antebellum era
***
era).
**
Make industrial use of the alcohol - In theory in theory, you can run your car on apples.
** Store (some them (at least some types) for almost a year - without refrigeration. In the days before imported bananas in Fairbanks, Alaska in January, that was a ''huge'' advantage in getting over the winter
** Make jam from them - natural enzymes in the apple even help with preservation
** Dry them
winter.
** Use them or their blossoms as decoration decorations (apples were the predecessor of modern glass based glass-based Christmas tree ornaments)
ornaments).
** Use them or other parts of the tree as medicine, cosmetics and personal care products.
** Use the tree for woodwood.
** Play with them - bobbing for apples or tree climbing.
** [[TemptingApple Tempt people with them.]]


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* Sheep belong on this list. You can eat their meat, drink their milk or make dairy products from their milk. You can make clothing, bed coverings, carpeting and insulation from their wool. Or you can make parchment, shoes, clothing and furniture from their skin. Possible by-products from slaughtering sheep include medicine, cosmetics, lotion, soap, ink, candles, fuel, glue, lubricant, gelatin, sausage casings, surgical sutures, violin strings and tennis rackets.
10th May '16 7:52:57 PM PaulA
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* Anne [=McCaffrey=]'s ''Killashandra'' has a tree that grows in the wild perform this function on a chain of islands on a planet the protagonist vacations on. It's called "the polly tree", get it? It provides a surprisingly easy living for Killashandra when she is stranded on a small island for weeks.

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* Anne [=McCaffrey=]'s ''Killashandra'' ''Literature/{{Killashandra}}'' has a tree that grows in the wild perform this function on a chain of islands on a planet the protagonist vacations on. It's called "the polly tree", get it? It provides a surprisingly easy living for Killashandra when she is stranded on a small island for weeks.
22nd Apr '16 10:15:42 AM LordInsane
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* ''Literature/TufVoyaging'': After the planet of Suthlam overpopulates past the ability of his other food crops to feed them, Tuf finally provides 'manna', a plant which grows anywhere, provides all the nutrition a human needs, and tastes different and wonderful every time. It also irreverisbly sterilizes 95% of the people who eat it, thus solving the overpopulation issue once and for all.

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* ''Literature/TufVoyaging'': After the planet of Suthlam overpopulates past the ability of his other food crops to feed them, Tuf finally provides 'manna', a plant which grows anywhere, provides all the nutrition a human needs, and tastes different and wonderful every time. It also irreverisbly irreversibly sterilizes 95% of the people who eat it, thus solving the overpopulation issue once and for all. all.
** He'd been escalating the multipurpose aspects over his three visits, but for cultural reasons the Suthlamese tended towards hostility to anything like birth control, as well as having a tendency to react to being told things were getting better by having more children, hence why he put in the sterility aspect in his last move (without telling the general public, of course), the manna -- not doing ''something'' to curb Suthlam's population would just have meant the same problem returning a few years later, and sooner or later he'd run out of ways to make significant improvements to Suthlam's food supply.
19th Mar '16 12:53:20 PM Jhonny
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** Use them as decoration (apples were the predecessor of modern glass based Christmas tree ornaments)


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** For some more on that see [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXBA3ovBjfk this video]]
19th Mar '16 12:39:05 PM Jhonny
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* Apples are pretty versatile as well. You can
** Eat them (though for most of their history that use was only reserved for a select few types, most apples taste horrible when eaten straight from the tree)
** Make booze from them (When Johnny Appleseed went around giving out apple seeds, that was what he had in mind) - cider was the most common alcoholic beverage in the US during the Antebellum era
*** Make industrial use of the alcohol - In theory you can run your car on apples.
** Store (some types) for almost a year - without refrigeration. In the days before imported bananas in Fairbanks, Alaska in January, that was a ''huge'' advantage in getting over the winter
** Make jam from them - natural enzymes in the apple even help with preservation
** Dry them
** Use the tree for wood
**And the best thing is: Apples grow on slopes and relatively bad lands and when you leave enough space between them you can let animals (pigs for instance) graze between them. With the right mix of types you can pick the first apples in July or August and the last ones in November and store some of them until the next season - there is a reason why in some contexts "apple" just meant generic fruit of any kind.
19th Mar '16 12:28:02 PM Jhonny
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## Drink it: As high-fructose corn syrup (meh), or in beer ([[ATankardOfMooseUrine blech]]), or in corn liquor (bourbon!).

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## Drink it: As high-fructose corn syrup (meh), or in beer ([[ATankardOfMooseUrine blech]]), as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicha Chicha]] (both without and with alcohol) or in corn liquor (bourbon!).
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