Perennial Vegetables make unusual, highly appealing ornamental plants that provide edible leaves or tubers for most of the year. Apart from being a plentiful food source they also serve other functions around the house such as screening (Arrowroot), ground covers (sweet potato), and edge plants used as a barrier against weeds (comfrey).
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Fruit Trees > Perennial vegetables > Rhubarb
The perennial rhubarb is often referred to as the 'pie plant' due to its use in pies but it also lends itself to a wide range of muffins, biscuits, cakes, as well as fancier desserts. Versatile in savory dishes, rhubarb provides a piquant base for marinades and condiments to pair with roasted meats and poultry. It is a highly productive fruit that can be harvested within 6 months.
Fruit Trees > Berries Vines and Climbers > Strawberry
Fruit Trees > Perennial vegetables > Strawberry
One of the best fruits for small space, strawberries are perfect for pots and patios. The name strawberry is often thought to come from the fact that a mulch of straw is perfect to keep the fruit off the ground, however it more likely originates from the old name strewn berry referring to the fact that the runners love to spread themselves from the parent plant. A delightful fruit used in desserts and sauces, but always best picked and eaten straight from the garden.
Fruit Trees > Perennial vegetables > Taro
Taro is a staple crops of the Pacific Islands and is also very popular throughout many parts of Asia. The delicious tuber can substitute potato in almost any dish, baked, boiled or made into chips. Its very ornamental heart-shaped leaves make a great spinach when cooked thoroughly. Note that Taro leaves contain a oxalic acid, which will cause irritation to the throat if the leaves are consumed without sufficient cooking. T he plant prefers moist, deep soil and it grows well in both full shade and full sun. While in the Pacific Islands ( the place of origin for the Taro) there are hundreds of different varieties, in commercial production in Australia we generally see two main cultivars, which to simplify the diversity have been separated into: Be aware that the Taro looks quite similar to the Elephants Ear which is a common ornamental plant but is NOT edible.