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Obscure Edibles


Adam Brock

on 8 March 2010

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Obscure Edibles For the Colorado Climate 10. Jujube flickr/foodistablog Full sun
Dry to moist
Hardy to -13 F.
Grows quickly even in poor soil
Drought tolerant
Responds well to coppicing
1/2-inch x 1-inch fruit can be eaten raw or dried
Increases immune system resistance

Burnt Ridge Nursery (WA)
One Green World (OR)
Ziziphus Jujuba 9. Siberian Pea Shrub

Full sun
Succeeds in variety of soils
Drought tolerant
Nitrogen fixer
Fast grower
Chicken feed, living mulch
Seeds are 36% protein
Good hedge (thorny)
Extremely winter hardy

Local source: Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, www.crmpi.org
Caragana Arborescens 8. Chicory Chicorium Intybus Sun or part shade
Moist soil
Pioneer species
Dynamic accumulator
Leaves are delicious cooked or raw
Roots are coffee substitute
Cultivated leaf and root varieties
Beautiful blue/purple flowers

Local example: R&R House
7. Buffalo Berry Sheperdia Argentia Full sun
Poor soil
Drought-tolerant once established
15 ft x 15 ft
Abundant red berries are high in vitamin C
Thorny – watch out!
Need male and female plants to bear fruit

6. Western Sand Cherry Prunus Besseyi 5. Lovage Levisticum Officianale Full sun/part shade
Moist, somewhat rich soil
Vigorous perennial
Celery relative
Grows early in season
Great soup seasoning
Attracts pollinators

Local example: R&R House

Local Source: the Wild Green Yonder
flickr/ruckusrefinery Local examples: Green Spaces garden
Local Source: Harlequin’s Garden Full sun
Drought-tolerant once established
Native cherry relative
Fruit up to 1 in. can be eaten raw or cooked

Local examples: GS Garden, Platte river trail

Local Source: Harlequin’s Garden
4. Sunchoke/Jerusalem Artichoke Helianthus Tuberosis Full sun
Semi-drought tolerant
Native to midwest (Native American staple)
Sunflower relative
Tubers sweeten after frost.
Watch out - can take over if not managed!
Contains inulin, which can cause indigestion
flickr/avlxyz flickr/graibeard 3. Clove Currant Ribes Odoratum/Ribes Aureum Full sun
Prefers well-drained soil
Native berry
Flowers smell great
Edible red berries can be eaten raw or preserved
Fruits after two years
Best to have two plants for pollination
Local example: Green Spaces Garden, http://greenspacesdenver.squarespace.com/native-plants
Local source: Harlequin's Gardens, http://www.harlequinsgardens.com/ 2. Oyster Mushroom Pleurotus Ostreatus Part to full shade
Moist substrate – coffee grounds or woodchips are best
Builds soil
Remediates toxins
Can be grown indoors or outdoors
Fruits at 55 degrees
Tastes delicious!

Local source: Jim Gibson, jimgtime@yahoo.com
Local example: R&R House 1. Quinoa and Amaranth Chenopodium Quinoa, Amaranthus spp. Full sun
Drought-tolerant but prefers moist soil
Native American staple crops
Quinoa was cultivated in a climate similar to CO
Visually stunning
Edible leaves, flowers and seeds
flickr/net_efekt flickr/daviza The Atriplex Project a peer-generated database of permaculture species for Colorado www.tinyurl.com/atriplex Adam Brock

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