Jessie Bloom’s 2013 Picks for Edible Vegetables

 

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Mulberry ‘Illinois Everbearing’
A teenage girl recently tasted a mulberry for the first in my garden and described it as “heaven on Earth—in berry form.” I would have to agree. This smallish tree bears delicious black fruit for several months and requires very little maintenance. It’s also great for animals such as chickens, livestock and even silkworms.

*Note: In some parts of the country mulberry can be weedy. Check the mulberry status in your region before planting.

 

Kale (any and all varieties!)
Hands down this is the most reliable edible plant in my garden. Know that there are many beautiful varieties and they are among the most cold hardy and nutritious leafy vegetables we can grow. If you have the right recipes, this superfood can (and should!) be a staple in your diet.

Chestnuts
Among the most nutritious and delicious nut crops, these stately trees can produce food for decades. Planting a chestnut as your next shade tree can leave a legacy behind for future generations. This nut is a perennial food source that can be a great substitute for annual grain crops which require a lot of work.

Rhubarb
Rhubarb is one of my go-to edibles, but it’s also as an incredibly aesthetic plant for its texture alone. Big bold leaves of any rhubarb will certainly make a statement in any garden. The bright red stalks are not only for pies but can be used in jams and even cocktails.

 

Images: MulberryKale ‘Lacinato’ChestnutRhubarb.

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