This is a perennial grass species with a sugary stem that can be chewed on, or refined into sugar. In North Florida, it has historically been used to make (cane) syrup.
It enjoys moist soil that is high in organic matter, and if you [...]
May be grown in your vegetable or herb garden or as a potted specimen. The leaves of this succulent herb are fleshy and strongly aromatic. Leaves are often used Caribbean cooking and also as a substitute for sage. The leaves are used medicinally in India as a cure for coughs.
Soil and [...]
Yuca is a delicious starchy root vegetable that is grown extensively in the poor soils of the tropics. It is a tall, graceful, easy-to-grow plant.
Soil: Yuca tolerates soils of low fertility, but sure seems to grow better if manured and fertilized. Do this with caution, as tilling manure in near the [...]
Lettuces grow well in Gainesville in the winter. They appreciate rich soil, so load up on the manure.
Green Oak Leaf Lettuce
You can harvest leaf lettuce by removing the older leaves occasionally, or alternatively, by cutting everything except a couple young leaves. You can do the latter twice or three times.
Lettuce will [...]
This Florida native is a large shrub (growing up to 20′ tall) that produces terminal clusters of red fruit in the fall before its leaves turn a brilliant red and fall. The flowers attract butterflies and the fruits are eaten throughout the winter by a variety of birds … if you don’t eat them first! [...]
This sunflower relative grows through the warm season, and produces abundant crunchy tubers for harvest in the winter. The tubers are one of the best sources of a carbohydrate called inulin, which is a long-chain fructose polysaccharide. Inulin is not well digested by humans, but passes into the lower intestines, where it feeds bacteria of [...]
AKA the Queensland Arrowroot this plant is closely related to the garden canna. It grows 6 or more feet tall and has a small brilliant red flower so it is an excellent backdrop for smaller flowers and herbs.
Soil: It loves wet soil and can grow in boggy conditions but it also thrives in [...]
Sochan, cut-leaf or green-headed cone flower, is native to most of the continental United States. Its native distribution dips into the Florida panhandle, so some consider it native to here. It is one of the favored greens of the Cherokee.
Soil: We expect [...]
Chinquapin is a small tree or shrub native to the Southeastern US, that is closely related to the chestnut. It makes small sweet nuts that are said to taste like the American chestnuts, which were wiped out by Asian chestnut blight. These are considered native to FL, but they grow differently than the locals. These [...]
I used to call this Fermented Sweet Potato Cheese Cake – but a friend told me it tastes a lot like key lime pie and since it does have more of a key lime pie custardy texture I’ve changed the name. The surpising thing about this recipe is it does not taste at all like [...]