The Backyard Larder

A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.

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Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

Daylily fritters.

Daylily buds

Daylily buds… battered….. They were dipped in a batter made from 60g white flour, 1tsp baking powder, 120 ml beer and a pinch of salt, and deep-fried. Delicious dipped in ginger soy sauce (mix together 60ml soy sauce, 60ml water, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger, 1/4 tsp crushed […]

Blanching perennial cardoons

Young cardoon

The mighty cardoon; prized ‘architectural’ plant, top-notch bee plant but also a tasty edible (especially the fleshy mid-rib and stalks of the leaves). It is a perennial plant, often, but not always, surviving a British winter. Almost everything you read tells you that cardoon plants must be blanched (by either earthing up or wrapping in […]