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What's "right off the branch" mean?

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Rebecca

"Right off the branch" is the speaker's way of saying taken directly from a plant, tree, or bush. In essence, it means eating vegetables or fruits directly from the source (the place where it grows). The intention is to describe the most natural form of these foods, without added preservatives or chemicals. It's not a commonly used expression, but rather a creative way of expressing "natural food." Ex: Not many people eat food off the branch. Everything arrives processed and full of preservatives. Ex: I picked an apple right off the branch and ate it.

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