Heather Ward wrote:Perennials that I'm currently eating include a wide assortment of wild and domestic greens including some tree leaves, a few nuts from my baby almond tree, fruits including blackberries, currants of various kinds, serviceberries, plums, peaches, and apples. Perennial/perennializing alliums are a steady thing. I eat a few sunchokes but don't care for them all that much. I am beginning to experiment with a few perennial tubers including groundnuts, but I'm just getting started and haven't tasted them yet. Would love to hear what experience others have had with them. This year I started growing Dioscorea batatas with the idea of using the arial bulbils as a perennial food source. I have no idea yet how it will turn out.
I know you excluded animals, but I'm able to feed my dairy goat largely off coppiced Siberian elms and perennial weeds. Plenty of perennials go to the chickens too.
Tyler Ludens wrote:People often discuss perennial food plants here on permies, but to be honest I've had a hard time introducing them into my family's diet. The only perennials we grow which we eat regularly are herbs and various onion relatives. But these can hardly be considered to make up much of our diet.
Can those of you who eat perennials regularly please sharewhat you eat, are they nutrition crops (vitamins and minerals, like salad) or staples (carbohydrates, calorie crops).
Please note I am talking about plants, not animals.
Todd Parr wrote:I apologize if I missed it, but I didn't see autumn olive mentioned. I have several different varieties growing and they are excellent. I have amber autumn olive which produces yellow berries, as well as a few types that produce the red berries. The red have a tart taste at first, and then turn to sweet. The amber berries are consistently mildly sweet. They produce heavily and I eat a lot of them while they are in season and they last quite a while on the bush. I also have and really like honeyberries, although mine don't produce much yet. I have a few varieties of apple, with honeycrisp producing for a couple years now and a macintosh that has it's first apples this year. My others are too young to produce yet. I have a couple of mulberries that produce well and I enjoy them. I have loads of sunchokes. My favorite way of preparing them so far is to roast them on a flat sheet in olive oil. I have a pretty good sized asparagus patch. Nothing real groundbreaking here, and certainly not a large portion of my diet, but those are the perennials that I actually grow and eat. Forgot to mention, I'm growing hardy kiwi as well, but they haven't produced yet.
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:Amber autumn olive is a new one to me, and I'd like to try. You are in for a treat with the Honeyberries/ Haskaps. As they develop, the new growth tends to hide them but when you lift the tips of the branches, there are loads of them little blue cylinders under..
Another one I make jam with is aronias. Not really great out of hand but abundant and they make a great protective hedge against winter winds. I have some as tall as me.
As an understorey, small tree, the juneberries can't be beat. They tend to grow a little tall and spindly, but if you tie a small weight when they are young, you won't need a ladder. I hope we can connect and you can show me your amber autumn olive.
About the sunchokes, the yellow variety produces much better and I present them as radishes. Scrub them good and they are ready.