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Plants that grow in full shade?

 
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I need a list of edible plants that grow in full shade.

The summers here can get very hot, I have set aside an area so I can make a 1000 square feet courtyard, and this courtyard will have at least 50 large leaf deciduous trees planted in and around it, I am going to have an Aquaponic system in this courtyard so the constant flow of water can help cool down the shaded courtyard even more.
I am doing all of this so I can have a nice cool place to sleep on those hot summer nights.
I am also going to make other larger courtyards that have plenty of sunlight to grow my food so don’t worry.

I would be a lot easer for me to just put a water fountain in the shaded courtyard but keeping with Permaculture why do it one way when you can do it a different way and also get food out of it.

So far the only plant I have on my list is Japanese wasabi, it thrives in 80% shade.
 
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Mushrooms?
Rhubarb
Asparagus
Chicory
Dandelions

Anything that needs to be forced.
 
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Location: Maine
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http://www.pfaf.org/user/Search_Use.aspx?glossary=Deep+Shade

Look for the plants with a high edibility rating then check them for zone hardiness.
 
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I have been planting cabbage under a shade tree. It is partial shade and they do great in the hot summer.
 
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without knowing your location, it can be hard to help.
i personally know that prickly pear cactus and aloe species and ginger species grow very well in the deep shade or better in dappled shade. i also grow many varieties of ornamental bromeliads and even a couple pineapples in the deep shade. any understory plant can probably grow great in your shade, what is local to you?
i heard them thar yanks can grow ginko in the shade.
 
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I have found that schisandra aka magnolia vine grows really well in shade. They will not take hot summers in the sun. I planted two 'eastern prince' vines last fall, one of them already has fruit on it.
 
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Arctic kiwi, Mongolia vine, anything in the blackberry family, strawberry, onion family, fern family, warre bee hive, seakale, seabeet, gooseberry family, autumn olive family, sea berry and supposedly hazelnut.
 
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