Edible Perennials: No Such Thing As Too Many!

Here’s a list of perennial food varieties that I’m either currently growing, intend to plant for the first time this spring, or hope to plant in the near future. Some of these won’t be hardy in colder regions, others will thrive almost anywhere. I’ll go into more detail about each one later; this is just basically a list. Kind of a “Table Of Contents.”

Perennials I’m already growing:

Apples
Apricots
Blueberries
Garlic
Grapes
Malabar Spinach (it died back to the ground this winter though, so I’m waiting to see if the roots will survive till spring)
Mulberries
Pears
Persimmons
Plums
Pomegranates
Oregano
Raspberries
Rosemary
Sage
Strawberries
Thyme
Walnuts

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Perennials I’ll be planting this spring:

Alpine Strawberries
Anise Hyssop
Asparagus
Dandelions
French Tarragon
Ground cherry*
Lovage
Salad Burnett
Shallots
Sorrel
Sunchokes
Sweet Bay**
Sweet Marjoram*

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Perennials I hope to plant in the near future:

Air Potatoes
Blackberries
Good King Henry
Edible Hibiscus
Figs**
Perennial Broccoli
Perennial Onions
Runner Beans
Saltbush
Sweet Cherries

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*Tender perennials that may not overwinter in areas that get hard frosts. Not sure if they’ll work in my climate.

**Semi-tender perennials that may be damaged by hard frosts.

You can find more great suggestions in the book Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeyer

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4 thoughts on “Edible Perennials: No Such Thing As Too Many!

  1. I thought sweet cherries and raspberries weren’t productive in central Texas.

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  2. Debora

    I live in the high desert of Southern California, so I can’t say about central Texas. But it’s definitely a good idea to research what will and won’t thrive in your area before you plant!

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  3. Oh, you moved back to California?! Well, I live in Florida; just planted a food forest with many of the things you listed here. Ran into your site looking up perennial onions and garlic. Perennial broccoli – that’s a new one on me – I’ll have to look that up! Best wishes – hope you’re growing great!

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  4. Debora

    Thanks! I actually moved from California to Texas, and I’m still here. This is an old post from before I left. I’m looking forward to starting a patio garden here, but it hasn’t made it to the top of my to-do list yet.

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