Thursday, September 29, 2011
Discover New Food Bounty with a Permaculture Home Garden
I thought I had lost my mulberry tree this winter. Twice it was moved as garden plans evolved.
But look at it now, back to life after good gardening advice.
Each week I attend workshops at Gold Coast Permaculture and am coming to understand how permaculture can help create a more productive food garden.
These pigeon peas are not only helping renew a difficult soil area but are also a valuable food crop.
They are my first pigeon peas and were grown from seed.
I am really looking forward to eating them.
They can be eaten as a vegetables like peas but do not have the same sugar content.
They can also be dried and made into dhal and included as a bean in many diverse and tasty dishes.
Another favorite is the Red Dandelion.
These dandelions are a great nutritional addition to many dishes and are particularly good for both your liver and digestive system. They have a pungent taste I find refreshing.
This small green plant is the yacon or Peruvian Ground Apple.
It will grow into a tall plant with yellow flowers but it is the ground tubers you eat.
The tubers look a little like a sweet potato but when peeled offer a crisp healthy sweet treat because the sweetness is not from glucose but low glycemic inulin.
If that was not enough to make this a favorite food the yacon also has 20 amino acids, and high potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
With my permaculture adventure I am discovering many new and nutritious food sources that are hardier plants than conventional vegetables.