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.

Can you beat Sea Beet?

Sea beet, Beta vulgaris maritima, is a rather well-studied plant as wild plants go. I believe this is largely because, being the wild relative of sugar beet (and also of beetroot, chard, and perpetual spinach), agricultural scientists consider it to be an important source of genetic material for sugar beet breeding. Sea beet I found […]

Rhubarb the Vegetable

It struck me again recently how much what we eat, and how we eat it, is a matter of time and place. I was enjoying scrolling through the pages of this old book from 1863 now available online, The Field and Garden Vegetables of America, by Fearing Burr. A page from The Field and Garden […]