The Miracle MJ400
With a Greenstar juicer costing around $500, and others like the Champion -- great in it's own right -- but not designed to juice grasses, the price of a manual juicer begins to look very attractive. They're durable, simple to use and to clean. The market price looks at around $63 - $75, depending where you buy it.
More and more people are now getting the impulse to juice grasses; not only flat beds of wheat grass that you can grow or buy, but the wild grasses that grow rich & free. The info on that is scant out there, but I'll provide more & more links here as I find them.
MANUAL WHEAT GRASS JUICER
Miracle MJ400 $63.74
In demand for 75 years, the Miracle MJ400 is the world's most popular WG juicer. Designed for easy use and cleaning. The MJ400 is a practical juice extractor for wheatgrass and all soft fruits, berries and leafy vegetables. Very high yield, and low foam with an inexpensive price.
Here's a link on a wild grass discussion:
Last edited by FirstGarden; 05-26-2007 at 10:47 PM.
This juicer runs goes for $44.95. Obviously not the same quality as the last one, but maybe pretty good. The brand name seems elusive though, so I don't know. The all metal ones appear to be the best value, probably lasting a lifetime.
I've heard three different people say that manual juicing grass is very hard. Any disagreements?
I'm glad you brought that up, Stina. I didn't know this. Let's see if we can get more info about that. I thought I saw them use a manual juicer at Jamba Juice, but I'm not 100% sure. I check that out too.
Either way, I will try to find more info on wild grasses. It seems too good NOT to be true. Hey, I think I just made up a new saying.
Last edited by FirstGarden; 05-24-2007 at 09:45 PM.
I'm fixing up a cabin out in the woods that doesn't have electricity. I like to escape out into the incredibly beautiful forest there and meditate and fast. If I could use a manual juicer for grass out there- can you imagine! I'd be soaring
I must get one of these cabins!
Originally Posted by Stina
What is cereal grass?
Cereal Grass is the young green plant which will grow to produce the cereal grain. All cereal grasses, including the green leaves of wheat, barley, rye, and oats are nutritionally identical. These young grasses are, in their chemical and nutritional composition, very different from the mature seed grains.
Several growth stages are required for the development of nutritionally complete cereal grasses. Suitable soil, moisture,and temperature conditions are essential for the young wheat plant to pass through these developmental stages. The nutrients in the plant reach their peak values as they approach the brief, but critical, jointing stage.
The nutrient profile of cereal grass is similar to those of the most nutritious dark green leafy vegetables. The importance of green foods in the diet is now being validated scientifically. Because dehydrated cereal compares favorably with other greens with respect to both nutrients and cost, it is an excellent and convenient source of green food nutrients.
Cereal Grass For People
The cereal grasses (wheat grass, barley grass, rye grass, oat grass) have been used as human food supplements since the 1930's. Scientists originally studied these plants as sources of blood-building factors. When, in 1931, it was observed that the nutritional level of milk fell when cows did not consume young green leaves, systematic research began on the health benefits of cereal grasses.
As essential nutrients were isolated and identified, the cereal grasses were found to be excellent sources of beta-carotene, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, and fiber, as well as good sources of of vitamin C and many of the B vitamins. In addition, the cereal grasses were shown to contain unidentified factors which provide a variety of health, growth,and fertility benefits to animals and to humans.
Laboratory research on the health benefits of cereal grasses increased over the past two decades in the United States and Japan. At the same time, the use of wheat grass as an alternative therapy for chronic diseases became popular. These two movements, together with the increased availability of suitably prepared American-grown cereal grass, have been responsible for a renaissance in the use of cereal grasses as human foods.
Chlorophyll and Blood Regeneration
There are many reasons why cereal grass and other dark green plants can be considered "blood-building" foods. The vitamins and the minerals in cereal grass are essential to the synthesis and function of the components of healthy blood. But perhaps the most interesting connection between green foods and blood is the similarity in the structures of the two colored pigments, heme and chlorophyll. The biological relationship between these two molecules, though studied for over 60 years, is still not completely clear. It does appear, however, that small amounts of the digestive products of chlorophyll may stimulate the synthesis of either heme or globin or both in animals and humans.
Chlorophyll as Therapy
Healing has been associated with the color green throughout history. Prior to the widespread use of antibiotic drugs, the green pigment chlorophyll was intensively investigated for its ability to heal and deodorize wounds of the skin and of internal body surfaces. The effectiveness of chlorophyll in wound healing is due to its ability to stimulate growth of new cells while limiting the growth of bacteria. Chlorophyll therapy has no toxic side effects.
There is evidence which suggests that green foods may inhibit the damage caused to cells by X-radiation. Foods highest in chlorophyll provide the most protection.
The investigators in recent years have demonstrated that chlorophyll and its derivatives reverse the mutagenic capacity of some cancer-causing chemicals. Work in this area may provide future applications of a therapeutic role for chlorophyll.
The Nutrients in Cereal Grass
Wheat grass, barley grass, and all the dark green vegetables contain a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are combined by nature with high quality vegetable protein and fibers, to provide naturally potent foods. Green foods have been an essential part of the human diet for thousands, perhaps millions, of years. Today, we are able to identify many of the specific nutrients found in green foods, and the reasons why we can't do without them. Even with all this information, we may only be beginning to understand why green foods are so good for us.
Last edited by FirstGarden; 05-24-2007 at 08:59 PM.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Quality wheatgrass grows slowly through the winter in a climate like that of Kansas in the United States. Compared to the rapidly grown indoor wheatgrass above, it is much darker green in color, which indicates more chlorophyll and other green food nutrients.
Wheatgrass is a young plant of the genus Agropyron, (especially Agropyron cristatum, a relative of wheat). Fresh leaf buds of this plant can be crushed to create a juice or dried to make a powder; the unprocessed plant contains fiber, which promotes colon health. Wheatgrass, whether in juice or dehydrated whole leaf form, provides chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.
Some wheatgrass products are made from Triticum aestivum (common wheat).
For more info:
Last edited by FirstGarden; 05-24-2007 at 09:37 PM.
Better price on the Healthy Juicer unless you live in Ca. Then tax is extra. Shipping is included in the price. http://rawretreat.com/ (scroll down) This is the one used at the Optimum Health Institute in Fla. so it HAS to be sturdy.
Manual juicing is quite easy. Just takes a bit more time.
Here's my brother's website. He's a master wheatgrass grower at Hippocrates in West Palm Beach. He talks a lot about juicers. He's used the manual at health expo's, juicing ALOT in one day and said it was great. I was with him when we experimented with the electric and manual ones. See his site for results. I am in the process of starting a business selling wheatgrass/seed/ and all the fixin's to grow your own. I will send a thread when that happens. (It runs in the family) Should be within the month.
I'd rather juice my grass! :cool:
Revvell - Thanks so much for the info! :)
Originally Posted by Revvell
Last edited by FirstGarden; 05-24-2007 at 09:46 PM.
Thank you, Raw Mom.
Originally Posted by Raw Mom
I will be adding more about the other edible/juiceable grasses tomorrow.
These include barley, rye, oat and other edible grasses and their description/pics. ;)
Grasses for Grazing
Grasses for Grazing
It seems reasonable that what vegetation animals can eat, we can also.. or at least drink. Cows hac four stomachs and we don't. So, grasses may not make ideal dining, though good in a pinch for survival.
Winter forage production is important to most types of livestock in Mississippi. Beef cattle producers depend heavily on winter annual forages, particularly in stocker grazing programs and where fall and winter calving is practiced. These forages also make excellent feed for horses and other livestock.
Winter Grazing Crops Small Grains (Cereals)–Wheat, oats, and rye are the major small grains used for winter grazing. Grains are best adapted to tolerate the heat following early plantings in this order: oats, rye, and wheat. In extreme south Mississippi, wheat often is damaged by the heat when planted around September 1.
Mixtures with Legumes–Cool-season annual legumes grow well with winter annual grasses. The need to improve forage quality and reduce nitrogen costs can make the winter annual legume-grass mixtures ideal for many situations.
The most common annual clovers that best fit these mixtures are crimson, arrowleaf, berseem, subterranean, and ball.
Red clover, a biennial, is increasing in popularity as a legume to grow with ryegrass and ryegrass-small grain mixtures. Red clover grows well alone or mixed with other clovers such as crimson. Red clover grows well throughout the cool season and extends spring production because it grows later into the spring than other annual clovers except Meechee arrowleaf.
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Last edited by FirstGarden; 05-25-2007 at 11:24 AM.
Thanks for the feedback. I'd like to give that a try then.
Originally Posted by Revvell
VEGETATION MANAGEMENT GUIDELINE
Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.)
Kentucky bluegrass is a perennial grass that may form a dense mat of short creeping rhizomes. Leaves are usually smooth, 0.08-0.4 inches (2-9 mm) wide, up to 15.8 inches (40 cm) long, flat to folded, with a boat-shaped tip. Sheaths surrounding the flowering stalk are rounded or flattened with ligules 0.03-0.2 inches (1-5 mm) long. Stems are numerous in a tuft and grow 12-36 inches (30-91 cm) high. The erect panicles are up to 36 inches (1 m) tall and pyramidal at top with distinct whorls of branches in the
inflorescence. Flowers occur in oval spikelets from 0.1-0.2 inches (3-6 mm long) with three to six individual flowers in each spikelet.
Bluegrasses (the genus Poa) are distinguished by their flat leaf blades, 2-6 flowered panicles, 1-3 nerved glumes (sterile scales at the base of a spikelet) and a tuft of cobwebby hairs at the base of the 5-nerved lemmas (small scales at the base of a floret).
Kentucky bluegrass occurs throughout Canada and south to Mexico. It is widespread in the United States, occurring in all 50 states, but is less common in the South.
Kentucky bluegrass is widely planted for lawns and is used for forage
in some regions. It occurs in a variety of disturbed habitats including
pastures, fields, roadsides, grazed or open woods, semi-shaded areas, and
meadows. It prefers moist conditions and can withstand flooding. It thrives
in calcareous soils, but not in acid or sandy soils.