RE: [fukuoka_farming] Re: useful trees
- --- "mcavincheyfrank" <fmcavin@...> wrote:
> I am wondering whether anyone knows of any trees that producetasty, nutritious leaves?
>>Though not technically a tree, the perennial walking kale (also known
as tree collards) is easy to grow and produces lots of large edible
leaves. My plants are 7 ft. high, but I've heard of plants that can
grow over a house (30 ft.) here in northern California, and they are
very easy to propagate.
The only significant pest problem I've seen is some bird predation of
young plants in winter -- I had to cover newly planted cuttings with
Also, the leaves taste best in cool months, when they are sweeter and
silkier-textured than dinosaur (also called tuscan, black, or
lacinato) kale or siberian/red/white kale, and have a much milder
flavor than annual collards. They can still be eaten in warm months,
but I find them less palatable. Kale always gets a high score for
In the 4-5 years I've been growing them, the plants have not produced
any flowers or seed.
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