Being creative with salads and using all the edible leaves around, either cultivated or wild ensures we have a delicious varied salad each day and the more types of leaves you use, the more nutrients and minerals you get into you, all of which help your body in different ways. Check out the greens we have availible today for our daily salads.
All photos taken by Laurence on 29th October 2017
Sweet Potato leaves are great in salads as well as great cooked up in a soup or side dish. Grown from cutting.
Strawberry leaves and strawberries are a great addition to your salad. Grown from seed
Sorrel really makes the salad and it is everywhere. wild green:
Plantain is used occasionally as we don’t have that much so i hope it spreads. wild green.
Peppers are always great. Grown from seed
Parsley grown from seed:
New zealand spinach, we have this growing around many of our trees. grown from seed
Nasturtium flowers and leaves are in our salads. Grown from seed
Marigold flowers add some lovely color to the salad, grown from seed
Lettace from from seed
Hysopp leaves and sometimes flowers are included. grown from seed
Blanched green beans never go amiss, especially this time of year when there are so many
Grape vine leaf is also a nice one to add as it is everywhere
Courgette flower adds some color, there is a bee! grown from seed:
Clover is a nice bucket filler as it grows so easily from seed
Cleaver isn’t too abundant here so it’s only occasionally added
Tomato season is nearly out but we still use cherry tomatoes grown from seed
Broccoli leaves are great, we harvested the flower months ago but we have around 30 plants providing us with wonderful leaves which are great in the salads. Grown from seed.
Herb spiral includes two types of basil, chives, marigold, mints, fennel, oregano, rosemary and tarragon
The Herb bed is another central place with herbs right byu the kitchen, we central herbs in two areas as due to the different microclimates allowing different herbs to thrive. Centralising herbs in beds and spirals also make it quick and easy to find, leaving the herbs in he food forest to establish.
I also like to include chives. Grown from seed