Winter Savory is a relatively unknown perennial herb from the Mediterranean region. It was known and used by the Ancient Romans.
Dahlias, sometimes referred to as the ‘queen of daisies’ have edible flowers and tubers.
Parsley is an easy herb to grow. It self-seeds easily giving you free plants in subsequent years. It has been around for over 2,000 years.
The happy faces on their flowers gave violas the reputation of being able to ‘ease the heart’, hence ‘heartsease’.
Mint is an evergreen herb which is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Its fragrant leaves are said to repel some flying insects and the dried leaves can be used to repel ants.
Lettuce is a common vegetable, the basis of many salads: Caesar, Waldorf, even the humble ‘garden salad’. In fact, in some parts of the world, the plant itself is called ‘salad’.
How many varieties of lettuce can you name?
Salsify is an old ‘heirloom’ or ‘heritage’ vegetable. It was eaten by people of in the ‘ancient’ civilisations of Rome and Greece. It was widely eaten in England during the Victorian period, especially in the late winter months when there wasn’t much fresh food around.
Salad Burnet is a relatively unknown, evergreen, perennial herb which tastes a little like cucumber. Being evergreen, it can be added to salads in the middle of winter, when cucumbers ae not in season.
With the advent of the warm weather, it’s time to start warm weather crops, like beans, corn, tomatoes, chillies, capsicums, peppers, cucumbers, melons, zucchini, squash and pumpkins.
What is that strange looking fruit? It looks like a little paper lantern! Here at Hillside, we call it ‘Cape Gooseberry’, but it is also know as ‘Peruvian Ground Cherry’, ‘Golden Berry’ or ‘Aztec Berry’. Sometimes, in USA, it is marketed as ‘Pichuberry’. It comes from South America, around Peru, Ecuador and Columbia. A lessContinue reading “CAPE GOOSEBERRY”