Un­usual nib­ble-proof ve­gies

Gardening Australia - - KITCHEN GARDEN -

I like to grow a wide range of less com­mon peren­nial veg­eta­bles that my lo­cal wildlife tends to leave alone. Th­ese are nu­tri­tious and de­li­cious, and re­quire much less main­te­nance and in­put than many com­mon ve­gies.

Mal­abar spinach

(Basella alba) T ST W

This is a sum­mer spinach sub­sti­tute that’s best when lightly steamed

Sweet leaf

(Sau­ro­pus an­drog­y­nus) T ST

Th­ese pea-flavoured leaves are de­li­cious in sal­ads or lightly cooked

Cas­sava/man­ioc

(Mani­hot es­cu­lenta) T ST

The roots of this plant make the best chips, and they are de­li­cious in cakes

Ji­cama/yam bean

(Pachyrhizus ero­sus) T ST A W The sweet, crisp root of this plant can be eaten raw or cooked

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