Perennial Food Plants

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CNGF’s Food Pyramid for the 21st Century

 

 

Here are some of the food plants and edible native plants we are currently growing and selling. These food plants can be divided into six categories of foods that are presented on our food pyramid. These specialty crops are all grown at our three teaching gardens in San Jose. Two are on school sites – Hester Elementary on The Alameda and Santee Elementary on Audubon Drive. The third is on private property that will soon be purchased by Santa Clara County Measure A funds and developed by the San Jose Evergreen Community College District and The California Native Garden Foundation. 

Perennial Herbs

Oregano
Marjoram
Chives
Walking stick onions
Chickory
Parsley – two types
Basil – both annual and perennial
Tarragon
Dill
Summer savory
Vietnamese basil
Lavender
Lavender mint (in pots)
Mexican oregano
Cretan mint (in pots)

Vegetables

Kale
Lettuce varieties
Chard varieties
Edible peas
Artichokes
Malabar spinach
New Zealand spinach
Mexican spinach (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)
Okinawa spinach
Pigeon pea bush
Lupinus mirabilis
Yampah
Yacon
Oca
Physalis
Tree collard
Chayote
Summer eggplant
Bok choy and other Chinese/Asian veggies and greens
Mexican greens & edible flowers
French sorrel
Quail bush
Sunchoke
Edible fennel
Celery
Mints
Lemon balm
Lemon verbena
Perennial kales

Edible Flowers

Island mallow
Borage in pots
Chives
Tagetes daisies
Salvias
Pea flowers
Calendula
Nasturtiums
Marigolds
Mint
Safflower
Dwarf coneflower
Cilantro
Chrysanthemum
Sweet William
Chicory
African basil
Johnny jump up
Yampah flowers
Hyssop
Red maids
Elegant tarweed
Clarkias
Miner’s lettuce flowers
Chinese houses

Root Tuber Crops

Spring onions
Walking stick onions
Wild onions
Beets
Celery
Parsnips
Rutabaga
Varieties of radish
Varieties of sweet potatoes
Varieties of potatoes
Heirloom and Peruvian species
Other superfood root vegetables

Squash and Gourds

Varieties of squash, including:
Acorn
Butternut
Hubbard
Spaghetti
Pumpkins
Melons
Cucumber varieties
Cousa squash
Tromboncino squash

Fruit Trees and Berry Vines

Pepino dulce
Dragon fruit
Gala apple
Valencia orange
Clementine
Santa Rosa plum
Almond
Blenheim apricot
Jujube
Meyer lemon
Bearss lime
Kumquat
Oro blanco grapefruit
Pomelo
Mandarin orange
Persimmon fuju and hiyachi
Quince
Strawberry guava
Pineapple guava
Pecan
Almond
Walnut
Avocado
Kiwi
Raspberry
Blackberry
Huckleberry
Passion fruit
Ruby peerless grape
Concord grape
Thompson seedless grape
Rogers red grape

California Native Edibles

Valley oaks
California black oak
Pinon nuts (Gray pine, Jeffrey pine)
California Hazelnut 
Black walnut
Amaranth 
Yerba buena 
Miner’s lettuce 
Monkey flower 
California brodiaea

California Native Edibles, cont.

California onions 
Huckleberry 
Currants 
Wild strawberry
Bay laurel 
Redwood sorrel 
California buckwheat 
Wild rose 
Manzanita 
Elderberry
Hummingbird sage 
White sage
Acorns from black oaks
Mesquite
Camash
Calchortus species
California blackberry
Salmonberry
Thimbleberry
Squaw bush
Serviceberry
Salal
Manzanita berries
Bay nuts from the bay tree
Toyon berries
Madrone berries
Island mallow flowers and seeds
Redmaid seeds
Tarweed seeds
Clarkia spps seeds
Chia seeds
Golden current
Desert apricot
Desert peach
Desert plum
Yucca
Agave
Opuntia
Holly leaf cherry
Berberis Nevinii
Mountain grape
Cleveland sage
Creeping sage
Big leaf maple syrup
Douglas fir tip tea
Redwood tipped tea
Woodland strawberry
Wild grape
Desert grape
Cattails
Indian rice grass
Bracken ferns
Cal fan palm dates
85 edible mushrooms from Bay Area
Seaweed species from north coast of California, off Mendocino