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Heat Loving Food Plants ! Houston, TX Made by Biodiverse for Life Visit our web site at biodiverseforlife.orgbiodiverseforlife.org
HERBS and GREENS! And don’t be shy about using…. HERBS AS GREENS ! Big veggies are great. However, for a maximally useful and nutritious home food garden, the plants to grow the most of are …… Herbs don’t just taste great, they are nutritional powerhouses! (for example see: parsley nutrition)parsley nutrition
Example of a large summer garden in Houston, TX: mostly herbs and greens. THE STAGE:
And now, some of …… THE PLAYERS:
Lambs Quarters Chenopodium album Texas, US, Eurasia Supports skippers, moths, and sparrows. Greens related to spinach and beets. Source: Wild or Seeds of Change. ‘Magenta Spreen’ C. gigantium ‘Huazontle’ C. berlandieri Contains all essential amino acids! Harvest by pinching tender growing tips ~2”. Will get bushy and 4-5 ft. tall. The more you pick, the more you get. Annual.
Jerusalem Artichoke / Sunchoke Source : Grocery store High in Potassium, Iron, and Inulin. A type of Sunflower. Harvest tubers after plants die back and after cool weather arrives Tubers can be stored over winter in the ground and harvested as needed Plants will come back next year from unharvested tubers Helianthus tuberosus
Chicory in bloom!
Cholesterol Spinach Gynura nepalensis Related to Okinawa spinach. Great cooked as greens or raw like lettuce Perennial. Grows in some shade. Cholesterol reducing, demonstrated in rats. Source: Cuttings Harvest by pinching tender growing tips ~4-6”. Will get bushy and 2 ft. tall. The more you pick, the more you get. Perennial.
Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas High in vitamins A, C, and calcium This is a special type of sweet potato grown only for its tender leaves All sweet potato greens are edible and nutritious, use the tender growing tips of regular sweet potato plants Good in some shade Tender perennial Source : Cuttings, Grocery store? Harvest by pinching tender growing tips ~3-4” and cutting vines and using the leaves. The more you pick, the more you get.
Egyptian Spinach, Molokhia Source : Kitazawa Seed Co. Loved by the pharaohs Cook as greens, very tender, and also delicious in soups Relative of jute. High in beta-carotene, iron, calcium, and vitamins C and E. Corchorus olitorius Harvest by pinching tender growing tips ~3”. Will get bushy and 4-5 ft. tall. The more you pick, the more you get. Annual.
Lau / Bottle Gourd A variety of Lagenaria siceraria Source : Kitasawa Seed Co. ‘Early green-skined’ ‘Long opo’ Young gourds can be used as a vegetable 4-6” of tender growing vine tips and young leaves from two feet of the growing vine tips make delicious sautéed greens! Annual
Bitter Melon / Bitter Gourd Momordica charantia HIV, diabetes, and immune response. 1 cup = 70% daily vitamin C. Young gourds can be sliced thin and sautéed with onions and salt. A delicious, bitter, vegetable Annual Source : Kitsawa Seed Co. ‘India Hybrid’
Turk’s Cap Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii North America Flowers and small fruit edible. Larval host plant for Gray Hairstreak. Nectar for hummingbirds. Perennial, will do well in shade or sun Source: Nurseries
Hyacinth Bean Vine / Lablab / Flat Bean Dolichos lablab Source : Kitasawa Seed Co. ‘Shirohana Fujimame’ Cook before eating. Contains some cyanogenic glucosides. Also in the seeds of : apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, and quinces, Also in : almonds, sorghum, lima beans, cassava, corn, yams, chick-peas, cashews, kirsch, and flax seeds. Iodine and protein protect. Cooking Inactivates. Tender perennial Cook pods when young or fresh seeds
Chaya Harvest young leaves Exceptionally high in protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin A. Nutrients are 2- to 3-fold greater than any other leafy green. No pests. Cook before eating. Simmer submerged in water for 10-20min until tender. Use as spinach or in soups. Perennial Cnidoscolus aconitifolius Source : Cuttings. Also contains some cyanogenic glucosides.
Papaya Overgrown herb, not a tree. Male, or female, or bisexual Grow bisexual ‘solo’ type Homegrown papayas are delicious! One of the most productive and fastest producing fruit trees! Tender perennial Source : Grocery store or Echo Seeds. Carica papaya In the top 3 fruits, nutritionally. Harvest all summer Can eat green or ripe, and seeds are edible. No Pests!
And of course……. Eggplant, Basil, Long Beans, Winged Beans, Peppers, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Okra, Edible Chrysanthemum, Climbing Spinach, Cow Peas, Mexican Mint Marigold, Oregano ………. For additional information on growing and harvesting, for recipes,growing and harvesting recipes and to post questions or comments: For a slide show on simple food gardening and composting: Click Here