Growing amaranth is possible all year round in the tropics. That’s one of the reasons it is an essential and ubiquitous plant in my permaculture garden.
It’s a very nutritious leaf and grain.
It makes yummy spinach.
Amaranth leaves make nice salad greens.
Purslane is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B Vitamins like riboflavin, pyridoxine, folate and niacin. It contains carotenoids as well as minerals like iron, magnesium and calcium. It is also loaded with two betalain alkaloid pigments, which are powerful antioxidants.
Bok choy is one of those crops that grow so well in gardens that you will probably promote it from an experimental oddity to staple fall crop after a couple of seasons. I think it is among the most outstanding veggies you can grow in the waning days of autumn.
Chillies are most often grown in pots or grow-bags and are a good source of vitamin C. They also stimulate the circulation and boost metabolism so give a feeling of energy. Chillies are very similar to sweet bell peppers (Capsicum) but they have a hot fiery flavor instead of the sweet flavor associated with bell peppers.
Rocket leaves contain a range of health-promoting properties such as phytochemicals including Vitamin C, carotenoids, dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, Vitamin K, polyphenols and glucosinolates. This compound has a strong protective agent to our body and can help to prevent several serious diseases
Gourds are annual trailing or climbing vines in the family Cucurbitaceae grown for their fruit of the same name. The two most commonly grown types of gourd are Lagenaria species and Cucurbita species. Gourd plants produce long vines with long-stemmed, large, oval or triangular lobed leaves.
Kohlrabi is a biennial vegetable and is a low, stout cultivar of cabbage. Kohlrabi can be eaten raw as well as cooked. Edible preparations are made with both the stem and the leaves.
The health benefits of spinach include skin care, improved eyesight, regulated blood pressure, stronger muscles, prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, neurological benefits, bone mineralization, anti-ulcerative and anti-cancerous benefits, healthy fetal development, and boosted growth for infants.
Swiss chard is especially good at moving minerals from the soil up into its leaves, providing us with remarkable mineral benefits when we enjoy the large leafy portions of this vegetable.
Malabar spinach is grown throughout the tropics as a perennial and in warmer temperate regions as an annual. Malabar spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, iron and calcium, and is a good source of soluble fiber.
Rosemary is a triple threat herb. It’s ornamental, it’s fragrant, and it’s delicious. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible. Simply snip off pieces of the stem as you need it.
Basil contains antioxidant-rich volatile essential oils, which are considered hydrophobic. This means they don’t dissolve in water and are light and small enough to travel through the air and the pores within our skin.
Mint is really the perfect place to begin as you build your herb garden. It’s easy to grow and is really fun to add to many recipes, whether breakfast, dinner or dessert.