Episode-394- Nine Unusual Edible Perennial Plants

Today we discuss nine unusual edible perennial plants that I compare to investing.  While they won’t generally produce until their 3rd – 4th year with high yields they will then produce in abundance for decades with very little input and maintenance.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Gogi Berry
  • Jujube
  • Nanking Bush Cherry
  • Blue Honeysuckle
  • High Bush Cranberry
  • Elderberry
  • Clumping Bamboo
  • Filbert
  • Primocane Blackberry

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4 Responses to Episode-394- Nine Unusual Edible Perennial Plants

  1. Bamboo is great. They can handle cold weather and grow fast. Great for making quick defensive items to protect your property. Remember the bamboo spikes in Vietnam!

  2. This was a great show! Have you heard about soap nuts? A Plant that produces a fruit or seed (not sure) that when soaked in water becomes soapy and is used in India (Nepal) to wash clothes! I was amazed by this and found a source for seeds to grow the plant but I have to admit I need to know more about how the plant grows.

  3. Hi I am a new listener and am enjoying the episods about gardening. One of my favorite plants is rhubarb, it is easy to grow and there are so many ways to prepare it. You can sauce it, make wine or pie or even juice. In the Pacific Northwest we are just starting to pick our rhubarb, which makes it even earier than the blue honeysuckle bush you talked about. yumm! We are growing 4 of your 9 plants now and plan to add gogi this year.

  4. Hi Jack, long time listener first time commentor. I live in Australia and am currently living, studyung and working on Geoff Lawton’s farm in Northern NSW. I am currently working through your back catalogue of episodes and just finished listening to you talk about bamboo. I agree with you that Clumping bamboo is a better option, but you are incorrect in saying that they only grow to about 10-15ft, i think you said. Geoff has a variety of clumping bamboo on his property called ‘bambusa oldhamii’ that grows up to 20 metres – 65ft in height with a 10cm- 4 inch diametre. They use this bamboo for a lot building and fencing, It is extremely beautiful and grows very straight when well maintained. I have seen even bigger varieties of clumping bamboo in the area as well. Just wanted to let you know that there are clumping varieties of all sizes and uses and I would recommend people use these as opposed to the larger ‘running’ bamboos. Keep up the good work!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bambusa_oldhamii