Joined: Dec 28, 2009
Location: ZONE 5a Lindsay Ontario Canada
I searched for an existing list but didn't find it so here goes. To avoid overlapping too much with the perennial vegetables thread, maybe we should keep this list to strictly annuals? Maybe not? This list might all be common knowledge but I think its good to have it in one place:
lettuce (lactuca spp)- I'm pretty sure any type in this family will do
chicory (Cichorium intybus)- Block its light source to blanch it if you don't like bitter greens
collards (Brassica oleracea viridis) - Leave at least a few leaves for good regrowth
dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)- see chicory above
kale (Brassica oleracea spp)- You have to leave at least a few leaves on the plant for good regrowth
onions (allium spp)- Correct me if I'm wrong but I think any onion will grow back
new zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonoides)
spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
swiss chard (Beta vulgaris flavescens - (Lam.)Lam.) - for this one I think you need to leave at least one leaf for the plant to regrow
We grew a fabulous edible crysanthemum that was amazing for that last summer, bunkie! I loved putting the leaves in salads...the flowers were a little bitter for me. Don't have the latin name right now.....
Nasturtiums come to mind....I love the spicy flowers, and you can pickle the flower pods for large caper-like treats.
We ordered a cutting of Tree Collards from Bountiful Gardens, in Oregon. Here's their description:
"Tree Collards are much like regular collard greens except that they are 5-6 feet tall with purple-tinted leaves growing up a single tall stalk. They are perennial in zones 8-9. In other zones, cuttings may be taken as winter begins and rooted indoors for planting out the following spring. Their history and biological identity seem to be shrouded in mystery, but they are reputed to come from Africa and have been preserved and passed on within African-American communities in this country. They do not normally flower or make seed, and when they do, the seed does not breed true. Instead propagation is by cuttings, which are passed along from gardener to gardener. Tree collard greens are tender and delicious in cool weather, so they are a good choice for a low-maintenance winter vegetable in mild climates. (They're pretty good in warm weather also.) We've grown these wonderful plants in our research gardens for decades."
Sounds neat! Once we get ours established I'll totally offer cuttings on the board.
Joined: Dec 10, 2009
Location: Hartbeespoort, South Africa
Purslane - very rich in Omega 3
Beets - leaves are considered one of the top ten veges... more nutritious than the roots.
Lamb's Quarters - AKA Fat Hen
Moringa leaves... exceptionally nutritious tree leaves used in salads or cooked up into cakes... this is being done for the mal-nourished children in India... reverses it in days instead of teh usual weeks.
That's all I can think of for now... Chelle
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Joined: Jul 01, 2009
Location: Oakland, CA
No one mentioned asparagus...I think that counts if artichokes do. Edible bamboo works similarly AFAIK.
I think pellitory-of-the-wall. I'll need to watch it more carefully to be certain.
Fava beans, field peas, and other legumes whose ends are often overlooked as green veggies.
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Joined: May 05, 2009
Asparagus and horseradish would both be perennials, as would rhubarb. Swiss chard would be a perennial in more southern states that don't experience a freeze. I'm with Travis on keeping this list geared toward annuals and biennials.
Joined: Dec 18, 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
arugula cilantro turnip greens wild mustard (usually hybridizes with turnip greens, collards, asian greens - very winter hardy) parsley
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