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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!).
18th Mar '16 3:28:43 PM ErichoTOME
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* George Washington Carver discovered over 300 uses for peanuts, but [[WesternAnimation/AmericanDad did not invent peanut butter.]]
7th Mar '16 7:07:31 PM karstovich2
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** To this day, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapple scrapple]], popular in Eastern Pennsylvania (plus Greater UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, which includes [[{{Joisey}} South Jersey]] and the parts of Delaware that people forget about the least) is made from "every part of the pig but the oink".

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** To this day, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapple scrapple]], popular in Eastern Pennsylvania (plus Greater UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, which includes [[{{Joisey}} South Jersey]] and the parts of Delaware that people forget about the least) is made from "every part of the pig but the oink". It also includes cornmeal. (See what we mean?)
7th Mar '16 6:58:22 PM karstovich2
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### You can even eat the silk! (One episode of ''Series/IronChef Japan'' had Sakai deep-frying it to make an edible decoration for his dish--to the confusion and then delight of the tasters.)
12th Jan '16 4:49:15 PM Sharlee
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' radio drama ''Radio/TheParadiseOfDeath'', a plant called rapine can be used as a source for food, tableware, furnishings, and even ''metal goods''.
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22nd Dec '15 1:08:38 AM jormis29
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* The shmoo, from ''LilAbner'', provides meat (several flavors), milk, eggs, butter, leather, wood-substitute, buttons and toothpicks. The milk, eggs and butter come already bottled/packaged.

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\n* The shmoo, from ''LilAbner'', ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'', provides meat (several flavors), milk, eggs, butter, leather, wood-substitute, buttons and toothpicks. The milk, eggs and butter come already bottled/packaged.
























** Later ''D&D'' attempts to justify the underground world of the Underdark, as well as some deep dwarven halls and other underground dungeons, explain away many needs with some kind of fungus. Eating fungi, drinking fungus beer, feeding beasts of burden, lighting via luminescent fungus...

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** Later ''D&D'' attempts to justify the underground world of the Underdark, as well as some deep dwarven halls and other underground dungeons, explain away many needs with some kind of fungus. Eating fungi, drinking fungus beer, feeding beasts of burden, [[FantasticLightSource lighting via luminescent fungus...]]















* ''FilmationsGhostbusters'' has "Moon-Blooms," a potato-like[[note]]They look and grow like potatoes, but seem to function more like cacti[[/note]] plant that's grown on the Moon and, according to [[BigBad Prime Evil]], "can wipe out hunger...[[CardCarryingVillain I don't like that!]]" Each Moon-Bloom pod is filled with a thick, nutritious pink paste, which tastes and smells wonderful (given that it's pink, the flavor must be "bubble-gum"), and is ''very'' sticky. All three of these qualities are bad news for Prime Evil: Squeezing a pod and covering him in its sap makes him fly into a rage.

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* ''FilmationsGhostbusters'' ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' has "Moon-Blooms," a potato-like[[note]]They look and grow like potatoes, but seem to function more like cacti[[/note]] plant that's grown on the Moon and, according to [[BigBad Prime Evil]], "can wipe out hunger...[[CardCarryingVillain I don't like that!]]" Each Moon-Bloom pod is filled with a thick, nutritious pink paste, which tastes and smells wonderful (given that it's pink, the flavor must be "bubble-gum"), and is ''very'' sticky. All three of these qualities are bad news for Prime Evil: Squeezing a pod and covering him in its sap makes him fly into a rage.
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