The ultimate permaculture plant – Queensland Arrowroot

Clump of Queensland Arrowroot
Clump of Queensland Arrowroot

Queensland Arrowroot is a perennial clump-forming plant of the same family as the ornamental Canna Lilly. It grows up to 2m in warm temperate, subtropical and tropical landscapes. It has an edible tuber, thick stalks and large bright green rounded leaves. Once a clump is established, it resists well to wind, it tolerates mild frost and copes well to summer heat.

It strives in rich moist conditions but it will grow thick and strong even in poor soils. The fleshiness of the tubers will be of course impacted – they will be then more fibrous if grown in drier or poorer soils. Still, they will grow long stalks and plenty of leaves.

I am mad about arrowroot! I planted tubers everywhere for different functions. Continue reading “The ultimate permaculture plant – Queensland Arrowroot”

Yogurt – the ultimate SuperFood

Yogurt is made of milk, cultures, warmth and time. It takes 8-12 hours for cultures to feed on lactose and transform it into a thick probiotic SuperFood that helps our metabolism. Continue reading “Yogurt – the ultimate SuperFood”

So quintessentially permaculture – Jerusalem artichokes

A little scrubing before cookingI am in love with Jerusalem artichokes and they’re in full season here at Valley’s end.

We’re having them almost every day in soup, stews and mash, or sautéed and roasted…

My first ever encounter with that odd looking vegetable was at Bistro Moncur in Sydney where Husband invited me for a wedding anniversary. Continue reading “So quintessentially permaculture – Jerusalem artichokes”

Autumn at Valley’s End