- Sewing for a Cause
- I gave AGAIN, dammit!
According to that reference, corn husks contain 2.6% crude protein and 31.6% crude fiber. So, if I recall correctly, less protein than timothy hay but about the same amount of fiber.
I had to explain that, no, I was simply foraging for free food for my guinea pigs. Cracked her up.
The produce lady I asked last night had quite a laugh as well when I asked her. She told me "Go ahead, take the whole bin. They're just going to toss it out in a couple hours anyway." I took a small handful (only 'cause I didn't know if my boys would like them...not to mention, what am I going to do with a 30gal bag full of husks). Next time I think I'll have to take more.
Thanks everyone! ^_^
Also, we read somewhere that you should remove the outer layer of husks and throw them out because they contain more pesticides the average vegetable. Not sure how valid that is. But it kind of makes sense because they figure people are not eating the husks.
- one pig at a time.
Corn husk tea is a folk remedy for urinary tract infections.
Corn silk is also used as a remedy for urinary tract infections and kidney stones: "Corn Silk - The silky tassel inside the corn husk is highly valued in herbology as a support to the urinary system. It contains silicon, B vitamins, PABA and moderate amounts of iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Its key constituents are maizenic acid, fixed oil, resin and mucilage. Cornsilk is very popular in Chinese herbology." (From the "Nature's Sunshine Herbal Remedies" site.)
And Aertyn, do you happen to have a Calico-Colored Guinea Pig? ;)