7 Perennials to Add to Your Plate

Last Updated June 06, 2017
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lavender, a perennial

A perennial is any plant that lives for two or more years in a row. We bet a lot of your favorite foods are perennials: berries, potatoes, tomatoes, and many herbs fall into this category, but here are some other delicious perennials to bring home and cook.


blue flower of chicory plant
You may be familiar with chicory as a coffee substitute, but what else do you know about the plant, other than it is that pretty blue flower on long, stiff stems, scattered along the roadside in...

Spicy Creamed Mustard Greens

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Persimmon Jam

Persimmon jam
While you might want to just eat ripe persimmons fresh, try this recipe for jam and you will have the sweet taste of this local fruit all year long.

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Jerusalem artichokes
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12 Wonderful Ways to Use Fennel

fennel recipes
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