The Backyard Larder

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

The Backyard Larder Blog

Exploring the possibilities of the perennial vegetable garden.

Do ducks eat duck potatoes?

Boiled wapato

I’m not too sure whether ducks eat duck potatoes. The sources I read disagreed about that! But we do. Well we did for the first time last Friday evening – and they were excellent. ‘Duck potatoes’ are one name for the turions (underwater buds) of the beautiful water plant Sagittaria latifolia, also called broad-leaf arrowhead, or wapato. […]

Mashua – roasted, baked, fried and boiled.

Chopped mashua

All summer I had a vibrant looking mashua plant growing against the fence at the allotment. No flowers though until a week or two ago. And then the frost got it! Time to find out whether we like this root or not I thought, and I dug up a bunch of lovely clean tubers. It […]