Category Archives: Edimentals

Edimentalilies

I’ve been enjoying my edimental lilies this week and eating the flowers, both is salad and in last night’s tempura!

More about edible lily bulbs in the following entries on my web site:
http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=8614
http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=2614
http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?page_id=2207

Variegated Hablitzia on Nesodden

I visited my son today on Nesodden (Oslo) and was impressed  by how much growth his Hablitzia had put on and then I noticed that one of the stems had variegated leaves…I’m not sure if this is the same plant as the stems with normal leaves…will try to check on my next visit!

Beschorneria yuccoides

One of the world’s most spectacular edimentals was in flower at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland where I was doing an edimentals walk and talk at the weekend! Related to other great edimentals like Agave and Yucca, the Mexican Lily or Patleamole is sadly not likely to be hardy in my part of the world (Yucca filamentosa is hardy though!).  Beschorneria is a small genus consisting of seven species that range from the southern US,  Mexico and Central America.  Mexican lily’s habitat is rocky massifs and cliffs in canyons and ravines from 2600 to 3,400 masl in pine-oak and fir (Abies religiosa) forest (Ref. 1).  In the same reference, it is noted that “….the flowers are edible, after being boiled and fried.”
Please let me know if you have  go :)

See the link  to an earlier post about the delicious and beautiful Yucca flowers; http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=8470

Reference 1:

Cházaro-Basáñez, M.J. and Ramirez, J.V. 2015 Introducing the Succulent Flora of Mexico: Beschorneria yuccoides (Agavaceae). Cactus and Succulent Journal 87(6): 271-272

Edibles in Bergen’s Muséhagen

I spent a couple of hours in Muséhagen (the old botanical garden) in the centre of Bergen before taking the train to Oslo on Sunday and spent the time edimentals spotting amongst all the sun-worshippers, a strange experience in a town best known for its rain…

Sweet cicely (spansk kjørvel) is a “noxious weed ” (svartelistet), but also one of the best edible introductions to our flora, only invasive as we eat too little of it ;)

Hostas 

Early May in Malvik

Just a random selection of pictures from the garden from the last few days!
130518: Added a  few more

160518: Added some Trilliums now at their best

Edimentals.com reaches 1,000 posts!!

I’ve just noticed that in the 3-4 years since I started this Edimentals web site / blog I’ve now (this week) reached 1,000 posts!
Below is a screen shot of the most viewed posts! Let me know if its not readable!
The most viewed is my crazy seed trade list from 2000 when I offered over 1,000 different seeds (by no means not all collected in my garden). This has had almost 15,000 views. It is followed by the recipe for my 2001 Megasalad with 382 ingredients, with 11,700 views! Yes, I wrote down how you at home could make this, in detail :) I’ve no idea why the 3rd most viewed post comes up so high, but it’s from my June 2014 visit at Holma Forest Garden when work got underway for Barstows Lund (copse)..
From the vaults: my Edible and Useful Plant seed list from 2000: http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=524
A little salad recipe: http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=206
Holma Forest Garden: http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=138
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Baroniet Rosendal

Barony Rosendal (Baroniet Rosendal) is a historic estate and manor house on the Hardangerfjord going back to the 1650s. As part of Perennialen III, on our way to Jondal, one hour’s drive away (separate post), we stopped at this famous garden on 8th August 2017 to do some edimentals spotting! Despite several attempts to visit over the years, I’ve never been before. This must be one of the most picturesque gardens in the world with the dramatic scenery surrounding it! I was particularly interested in seeing the naturalised stands of spiked rampion (vadderot), used as a vegetable in the past elsewhere in Europe (video). The climate is very mild, and the sweet chestnut trees were particularly impressive, perhaps the biggest in Norway? There are also several beds with historical vegetables. Here is an album of pictures of mostly edible plants and scenery!