Leora Laforge wrote:Asparagus is the only vegetable that I ever think of with perennial veg. Do you have rhubarb? Not really a veggie, but definitely a perennial. Spinach and lettuce are annuals, but if you let them go to seed they will often reseed themselves, which has the low maintenance factor of perennials. Lambsquarters, purslane, and dandelions all kind of taste like spinach as long as you pick them early in the growing season, and since those are actual weeds they are super easy to grow.
Trace Oswald wrote:
I don't grow rhubarb for the same reason I don't grow cranberries. I have a rule (my own rule, that applies to me only), that if I have to add a ton of sugar to something to make it edible, it isn't edible.
Aimee Hall wrote:I do understand your desire to have them taste good. I feel much the same way, though I feel that there are many perennial vegetables up to the task. Some that I highly recommend and personally enjoy the flavour of (though I know tastes are different for everyone) and I think most of these should be able to survive in zone 4b:...
Catie George wrote:Perennial vegetables are more of a short seasoned novelty in my garden than a staple.
Jan White wrote:I'm with you on the rhubarb, Trace.
I just planted them this year so I'm not sure how they'll perform, but I got a couple things from store.experimentalfarmnetwork.org that seem promising.
One is homesteader's kaleidoscopic perennial kale grex and the other is Deitrich's wild broccoli raab, which is a self-seeding biennial.
In 20 years I've never successfully grown kale. No matter where I've been or what kind of soil, including my current place, the kale has always been stunted and covered in aphids. This grex is all big and beautiful with no aphids. Most of the best plants are big leaved collard types.
The raab is in pots to be planted out when it cools down a bit. The leaves are a little strong to eat them raw in large quantities, but they're nice cooked. Like turnip greens. A few plants went to seed this year, and raabs are tasty. I only ate one, though, cause I want the seeds.
I have a patch of the raab growing that I don't even remember planting. I must have sprinkled some around in random places before hedging my bets with some in pots. The random patch came up and thrived all summer under very challenging conditions.
Trace Oswald wrote:
I am planting a lot more things like spinach that I can let go to seed. I do have lambsquarters and dandelions growing, but I don't really eat them. I've never tried cooking them, only eating them raw. I can eat them, but I wouldn't say I enjoy them much. I like purslane raw, but don't have it at my current land.
Trace Oswald wrote:I love the idea of growing and eating them, but the taste leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. Look at the number of times you see Linden tree leaves being touted as a vegetable. I have to believe no one that adds them to a list has ever eaten one. If you try them, you'll quickly finding out they taste like, well, a tree leaf, and they aren't a good substitute for any vegetable I ever ate.
So, here is my question. What perennial vegetable actually taste good enough to be a substitute for the roughly equivalent annual vegetable? I'm in zone 4b, so that rules out a lot of things I can grow. I have dozens of fruit trees and berry bushes planted in my food forest, but I would really like to have some perennial vegetables growing, short of the few things I have. Currently I have asparagus and horseradish, and that is about it. Any ideas of great tasting, cold hardy veggies?
Thank for your time.