Spreading the Food Forests Revolution with Edible Perennials

Plants For A Future and the Transition Movement The Plants For A Future (PFAF) research project and the Transition Network (originally Transition Towns) both came from permaculture (‘permanent culture’ and ‘permanent agriculture’). Ken Fern, who created PFAF in 1989, explained in his book Plants For A Future that he discovered permaculture without realising it via […]

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Edible Weeds | Urtica dioica | Stinging Nettle

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Stinging Nettle is a fantastic underused weed with excellent edible, medicinal and other uses. The Young leaves are cooked as a potherb and added to soups etc. They can also be dried for winter use. Nettles are a very valuable addition to the diet, they are a very nutritious food that is easily digested and […]

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Sweet Violet | Viola odorata

Viola odorata small edible perennials

A hardy herbaceous flowering perennial with excellent edible and medicinal uses. Young leaves and flower buds are eaten raw or cooked. Usually available all through the winter. The leaves have a very mild flavour, though they soon become quite tough as they grow older. They make a very good salad, their mild flavour enabling them […]

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Valentine’s Plants | Peonies

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A gorgeous plant in the garden but do you know they also have medicinal and edible uses? A lovely Valentine’s plant, peony flowers are reported to have a number of meanings including prosperity, romance, compassion, and bashfulness. In Greek myth a nymph named Paeonia, whose beauty attracted the attention of Apollo, was turned into a […]

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Valentine’s Plants | Alstroemeria Lilies

Alstroemeria Valentines Plants and Flowers image

Alstroemeria lilies, native to South America, are suitable for cut flowers. Often given on Valentine’s Day they have long lasting attractive flowers that represent friendship and devotion. Commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, the root can be eaten once cooked. The roots are a source of a palatable starch and are […]

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Wall Rocket | Diplotaxis muralis

Wall Rocket, Annual wallrocket Diplotaxis muralis

An annual/perennial growing to 0.6m (2ft). Leaves are eaten raw. They can be finely chopped and added sparingly to salads or used as a flavouring for cooked dishes. A piquant flavour, somewhat resembling rocket (Eruca sativa), but with a sharp aftertaste. Wall Rocket prefers dry soils and dislikes shade. Very resistant to heat, this plant […]

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Yacon Strawberry | Smallanthus sonchifolius

The yacón is traditionally grown in the northern and central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots. It is closely related to the sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke. The root can be eaten raw or cooked. When first harvested, the root can taste somewhat starchy, but it soon becomes sweet, crisp […]

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