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Milk thistle is most commonly sought for its medicial properties of preventing and repairing liver damage. But most parts of the plants are also edible and tasty. Until recently, it was commonly cultivated in Eurpoean vegetable gardens. Leaves can be de-spined for use as salad greens or sautéed like collard greens; water-soaked stems prepared like asparugus; roots boiled or baked; flower pods used like artichoke heads.

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from Foraging and Feasting

Garlic Mustard Root = Wild-Style Horseradish

Garlic Mustard Plant Identification page from our book Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook by Dina Falconi; illustrated by Wendy Hollender.  http://bit.ly/1Auh44Q

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Mark Brundrett, University of Western Australia - Nedlands, Australia Specimen: Asparagus root stele (25x) Technique: Fluorescence

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Asparagus is one of the tastiest, easiest vegetables you can g row. A little work up front pays off with years of good eating. Find out how to plant and manage this quintessential spring crop.

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from Epicurious

The Surprising Vegetable You Didn't Know You Should Be Roasting

Everyone knows that cauliflower, asparagus, and basically any root vegetable is delicious when roasted, but have you ever tried throwing baby bok choy in the oven? It takes about 2 minutes to prep, 15 to roast, and it's my new favorite caramelized vegetable. Baby bok choy is widely available, relatively inexpensive, and let's face it, absolutely adorable. Not only is it super tasty, it's also a great source of antioxidants and vitamins C, A, and K. I've always loved it sautéed and recently…

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from Natural Living Ideas

How to Plant a Perennial Food Garden – 20 Fruits & Veggies That Will Keep Coming Back Year After Year

Rhubarb Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) is one of the first perennials to come up in spring. This is a plant for cooler regions since it cannot withstand heat above 90F. Well-drained soil amended with rich manure is ideal for growing this vegetable. Sections of rhubarb roots should be planted in early spring and the soil kept moist. Since the clumps can grow 3-4 feet across, sufficient… [read more]

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