Many gardeners grow perennial plants and flowers, enjoying their ornamental beauty year after year. But did you know there are a variety of perennial vegetables that can also be planted once and enjoyed for years to come? They are also among the healthiest veggies and are an inexpensive, one-time purchase.
Easy-to-grow perennial vegetables offer a healthy food source that comes back year after year. Here is a list of 10 perennial veggies from the World Animal Foundation of Vermilion, Ohio:
- Scarlet Runner Beans: Scarlet runner beans are grown as ornamentals and are also edible as green beans and dried beans. The flowers are edible too, when cooked.
- Sea Kale: Sea Kale is ornamental and the shoots, young leaves and flowers are edible.
- Sorrel: Sorrel is an herb with tart, lemon-flavored leaves used in salads, soups, and sauces.
- Jerusalem Artichoke: Jerusalem artichoke underground tubers can be eaten raw or cooked like potatoes.
- Groundnut: Groundnut is a 6-foot vine with high-protein tubers that taste like nuttyflavored potatoes.
- Bunching or Egyptian Onions: These onions continue to produce new onions even after being harvested.
- Ostrich Fern: Ostrich ferns are ornamental and delicious.
- Ramps or Wild Leeks: Ramps are an onion with edible leaves and bulbs.
- Daylilies: Daylilies are primarily grown as ornamentals, and are common in the wild, but the flowers are also delicious in salads or battered and fried.
- Good King Henry: Good King Henry is a European spinach with tasty shoots, leaves and flowers.