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.

April Meals

Caucasian spinach and olive pizza

Here are some of the dishes we’ve had using perennial vegetables in April. (For neatness I’ve presented them day by day for a week – but really we’ve eaten these at various times over the course of the month).


Ma'susi or fiddleheads

I had my first taste of these treasures today. They are the coiled shoots of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris), traditionally harvested by First Nations people in northeastern North America, and introduced by them to European settlers. They are called mahsusiyil by the Maliseet peoples and ma’susi by the Mi’kmaq and known more widely as fiddleheads. They […]