I love the idea of perennial vegetables. You plant them once and are rewarded with food year after year. Perhaps the most well known perennial vegetable is rhubarb. It grows in abundance, requires minimal maintenance, is almost impossible to kill, and can be made into a multitude of tasty treats.
We were lucky that Oslicken Acres came with three well established patches of rhubarb when we moved in. The one patch had a trailer parked on it temporarily and it is still thriving. From this year’s harvest I’ve made rhubarb desert and rhubarb cake. I’m hoping to try a rhubarb nut loaf in the next week or two.
Last year we started to plant additional perennial vegetables and created our own bed of asparagus. I had no idea asparagus was a perennial plant until a friend mentioned it. It was great to see the spears of asparagus poke out of the ground this year – and a relief that they survived the winter. Since this is only the bed’s second year we haven’t been able to eat any of the tasty morsels yet but are anxiously looking forward to when the bed is mature enough to harvest.
After doing some reading I’m hoping to plant some wild leeks in the future – another tasty perennial treat that requires little upkeep.