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.


3 comments:

Tina´s PicStory said...

nice photos :)

A Joyful Noise said...

The different foods in your garden spot are so very interesting. I am happy you were able to save your berries.

simon said...

There is nothing more satisfying than growing and cultivating your own fruit and vegetables at home. It is a great way to save money as well as having health benefits too, as there is no pesticides or harmful chemicals that have been added to the foods as you have complete control over how it is prepared and grown.
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