By Stephen Barstow
An inspirational trip round the temperate international, introducing Stephen's best eighty perennial leafy eco-friendly greens. The reader is brought to tales of the wild foraging traditions of indigenous humans in all continents. it truly is of curiosity to either conventional vegetable or even decorative gardeners, in addition to someone drawn to permaculture, wooded area gardening, foraging, slow-food, connoisseur cooking and ethnobotany.
“Stephen Barstow offers interesting and invaluable information regarding his best eighty perennial leafy greens together with plenty of ancient references, his and others’ recipe rules, besides pictures and extra. a lot of those are simply grown and will be decorative in addition to nice edibles. this may be a very necessary ebook supporting expand the diversity of foodstuff vegetation for gardeners.” Martin Crawford
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Western and Central Europe | 21 climate of the Channel Islands. They were seed propagated in the late summer and harvested a year later. Although sometimes referred to as perennial, my experience is that it dies after setting seed. Their life cycle is just somewhat longer than other brassicas. Seeds are widely available and this plant is often just grown as a curiosity. The leaves are certainly edible, but not the best tasting brassica (see Hew and Rumball, 2000, for a good account of the Walking Stick kale).
34 | Around the World in 80 Plants 47: Oerprei means ‘ancient leek’, here in the garden of Lieven David in Belgium. It produces long up to 2m flower stems, but the flowers rarely form seed and there are no aerial bulbils so that propagation is normally from the small bulblets that form on the main bulb. In southwest England and the Channel Islands a bulbous form, Babington’s leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii) is found growing wild in a few places, particularly near the sea. This local onion was championed by the Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) from the 1980s, latterly through its Heritage Seed Library scheme, and is cultivated nowadays by enthusiasts.
Here in Norway, we have two, Urtica dioica ssp. sondenii found mainly in mountain woodland and U. dioica var. holosericea found in the south of the country. They are, however, not totally free of stinging hairs, so the head-in-the-nettles stunt isn’t totally safe (see photo 42 on the previous page) ... The leaves of fen nettle are narrower than in the ordinary stinging nettle and the plants are probably not as productive, but you rarely get stung. There are also numerous other Urtica species, used by native populations around the world including Urtica massaica (yes, you guessed, from Kenya), U.
Around the World in 80 Plants by Stephen Barstow