This book is interesting because growing perennial vegetables allows us to have plants that require minimal maintenance, fit into a permaculture landscape, and puts to work some plants that might otherwise be taken for granted or considered weeds.
The book is well written and interesting. There is a comprehensive list of plants with descriptions, instructions for how to grow them, and culinary uses. The format is easy to follow and informative.
Plants that were interesting to me -
Asparagus - which I just planted yesterday, "Millenium". I don't know how that will do, but it's worth a try.
Chives and Chinese Chives - which we already grow.
Columbine - for the leaves. Salad greens. I didn't know that.
Dandelion - multi uses, greens and root. Planning to experiment with both the weed and improved cultivars. One application is a sort of "wilted lettuce salad" which involves saute of the leaves.
Daylilies - for the flowers or flower buds. The unopened buds can be used as a sort of green bean - like vegetable.
Hostas - eat the young shoots as a fresh vegetable, apparently popular in Korea.
Horseradish - I think I will add some in the orchard row. That should at least give the moles and voles extra flavors to savor as they tunnel through.
Sedum spectabile - I didn't know that! Already growing many bunches for bees. Use leaves as a fresh green. The book states, "succulent and juicy and ready to add to a salad on a hot summer day"
Mulberry - leaves can be used as a cooked green. Also, I imagine better when fresh and young.
Opuntia cacti - for nopales. I don't know how they will do but I am experimenting with them.
Oca - I found these in a catalog but way too expensive. If I can find a less expensive source I will try.
Rhubarb - mostly uses as a pseudo-fruit, but can also be savory.
Violets - leaves for soups, have a thickening effect.
The book describes many times more than this list, which other than oca and apple mint, I already grow. All very interesting and useful
I'm fairly impressed at this list, so many edible plants already in my yard, and quite a few that I have not sampled. I suspect some are better and some are not so good, but we can be sort of like Euell Gibbons, we can "Stalk the Wild Asparagus", in our own yards.
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