Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Perennial Salad Garden

This brand-new perennial salad garden was in my recent video on the Great South Florida Food Forest Project. Here's a diagram:

Most of these species can be forced to grow up into North Florida, but they hate it. The best stuff, as usual, is tropical.If you live in South Florida, you're in luck!

The great benefit of a patch of perennial greens is that you don't have to slave over it year after year. You plant these once... then eat nutritious for years afterwards.

On my own property, I've mixed together plants with leaves that can be eaten raw (like Florida cranberry) and plants with leaves that are toxic until cooked (like chaya). However, not everyone is as plant-savvy as I am. In the case of the above installation, it made sense to me to simply group together plants that were all non-toxic raw. Anyone can go out there and pick without worry.

In a few short months, the tiny plants should be reaching for the sky and providing an abundance of delicious salads.

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At March 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM , Blogger drgnflyz said...

I am not familiar with gynura procumbens. Looked it up on the interwebs and got an idea of its nutritive value. Do you use any part other than the leaves? Raw or cooked, and what kind of flavor does it have? Looked up Monk's Cap- can't find an edible with this name, can you fill me in a bit for this plant? Awesome job. Love hibiscus and katuk.

At March 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Gynura is a really good edible. I mostly eat it raw right now - I don't have enough at my place to make a good mess of greens with it.

The "Monk's Cap" is another hibiscus that has sweet edible flowers. It's mostly just a pretty addition to salads.


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