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Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to…

Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's…

by Eric Toensmeier

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Can you name a perennial vegetable? You probably know about asparagus. Another? Maybe you know artichokes are perennial (I didn't!) Another? Is rhubarb a vegetable?

This book has over 100 perennial vegetables. There are familiar and semi-familiar things I didn't know were perennial, like chayote and runner beans and shallots. There are lots of aquatic vegetables, with info on how to grow them -- water chestnuts, watercress, and lotus root among them. There are things I've never heard of -- South American greens and root vegetables, edible weeds, air potatoes. (Yes, I said "air potato"!) Some of them are kind of off-putting -- potentially invasive, poisonous if you pick or prepare them wrong, or described as "gelatinous" or "musky". I don't think I'm going to grow many of these things, though shallots and runner beans have piqued my interest, and I flirted with the idea of sunchokes. But if you're a plant geek and/or food geek, it's a fascinationg read.

There's a section on growing techniques, lots and lots of plant profiles, and some resource listings. Check it out! ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Most of these vegetables are tropical or subtropical but it is always an eye-opener for Americans to find that there are so many food crops they haven't even heard of. Usually one only hears of tropical fruits so this is a good addition. ( )
  chaparroc | Nov 15, 2007 |
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From the Publisher: There is a fantastic array of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food. Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders-no annual tilling and potting and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season. It sounds too good to be true, but in Perennial Vegetables author and plant specialist Eric Toensmeier (Edible Forest Gardens) introduces gardeners to a world of little-known and wholly underappreciated plants. Ranging beyond the usual suspects (asparagus, rhubarb, and artichoke) to include such "minor" crops as ground cherry and ramps (both of which have found their way onto exclusive restaurant menus) and the much sought after, anti-oxidant-rich wolfberry (also known as goji berries), Toensmeier explains how to raise, tend, harvest, and cook with plants that yield great crops and satisfaction. Perennial vegetables are perfect as part of an edible landscape plan or permaculture garden. Profiling more than 100 species, illustrated with dozens of color photographs and illustrations, and filled with valuable growing tips, recipes, and resources, Perennial Vegetables is a groundbreaking and ground-healing book that will open the eyes of gardeners everywhere to the exciting world of edible perennials.… (more)

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