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Old 08-12-2010, 12:05 AM   #21 
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All it is better leaves, there's grade A - D of course A being the best.
In order to be grade A the leaf must have no rip's or tear's it also must be over 7 inches. A grade A leaf is 7 - 10 inches.
I use grade A or B so they can blow a bubble nest if they don't want the foam cup, Then I use the grade C and D leaves to make black water extract using coffee filters and brewing them. Anyway they will all do the same thing at the end of the day...
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:13 AM   #22 
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Thanks, that's what I understood from my readings.
I just bought a few to use until I can go visit my mom in Puerto Rico and get some myself. We used to have a tree in the yard when I was growing up but it got cut down. IAL trees are very common over there so I'm sure one of the neighbors has one. If not, I'll go get them from the tree at my old college
That's cool. I've been thinking that if I was to decide to live in Savannah I would try getting my hands on one of those trees and making/selling my own leaves. With my luck that tree is probably banned in the US but it would be cool to just go out in the back yard and pick up some IAL off the ground LOL
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:26 AM   #23 
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i just pick these leaves on my way home. lucky me!
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:58 AM   #24 
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Yeah! Very lucky.
They are pretty cool trees but they litter a lot when the leaves fall.
I remember when I was little I used collect the almonds and sit for hours cracking and eating them. I prefer those to regular almonds. They are much softer.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:41 AM   #25 
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I'm not really sure, but I think your not suppose to pick live leaves. The older, the better. So it would be best for it to drop on its own. I think leaves picked (young leaves) have less tannin than old leaves. Once dried, the older leaves are darker than young leaves. These are the best to use and will make one gallon of water turn very dark/black brown.
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:07 PM   #26 
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i only pick those that have dropped to the ground... dark brown already and crispy
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