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Hi Bryce (or anyone who may be reading this and can be of help),

I'm currently in the PDC Winter 2016 course and was directed here by Becky in hopes that you could help me with some plant suggestions. I'm looking for any sort of vegetables/fruits that grow in Asia that could grow in Chicago and surrounding areas for my final design project. If you know of anything that could potentially work that would be awesome. Thanks!!

-Rebecca

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One of the best sources will be the Natural Capital Plant Database. It is available online. Also try the online catalogs for Johnny's Seeds, Baker Creek Seeds, and Simply Medicinals Seeds. The last one is a gold mine for Permaculture species. For me to make a complete list of possible species here would take a very long time. The cultivation details for all of these are available from the above sites. Also check Eric Toensmeier's book Perennial Vegetables as its heavy on lesser known Asian species. Your public library will also be a gold mine for info on Asian species, including perennials. Sorry to not have seen this earlier. The messages here are not ending up in my email inbox and I only check the ning site once a week.

Anyways here are a few species. Allium tuberosum. Daikon radish. Kapoor, Amrita, Vana,  Rama, and Thai basils. Angelica sinensis. Andrographis. Ashitaba. Yomogi. Ashwagandha. Astragalus membranaceous. Balloon flower. Siberian balm. Nigella sativa. Burdock. Brahmi. Yunnan chickweed. Codonopsis. Luffa. Jiao-gu-luan. Lemongrass.Chinese licorice. Khella. Ku-shen.Chinese motherwort. Peony. Poppy. Che-qian plantain. Turkey, ooficinale, Himalayan, and Alexander rhubarbs. Dan-shen sage. Shiso. Baical skullcap. Barbat skullcap. Zaatar. Dioscorea yams. Eleuthero. Paulownis tree. Goji. Loquat. Ginkgo. Lotus persimmon. Sea buckthorn. Schisandra vine. This list from available seeds and plants at Simply Medicinals just scatches the surface of species that are not just used as edible greens. Many of these are multi purpose for medicinal as well as culinary uses. For a listing of edible pines check the NCPD database mentioned earlier.  For greens look in  the vegetable seed catalogs mentioned earlier. The library will help you further. There are also plant databases online such as Flora of China.

Hi Rebecca--If Bryce's giant list isn't enough, try a few from Eric Toensmeier's tome -- in the 90's he compiled an extensive list of perennial vegetables from all over the world with their appropriate USDA zone designation which eventually published as Perennial Vegetables & experimented with on his own zone 6 farm in Massachusetts. He's very enthusiastic about cold-hardy Asian perennials for the US...there's a sampling from his book listed on the following site (also pasted below)...http://www.perennialsolutions.org/a-global-inventory-of-perennial-v...   BTW, his newer book Paradise Lot is a fun & inspiring read!

COLD TEMPERATE: This is a large and highly populated region covering much the eastern and central United States, as well as much of the warmer parts of Canada. Much of Europe and Asia, as some of temperate South America is in this climate type. This region corresponds with USDA Zones 4–7, and Sunset Zones 2–4, 6, 11, and 32–43.
Latin Name Common Name Origin Form Edible Parts Sun & Shade Moisture Notes
Allium ampeloprasum perennial leek Eurasia herb whole plants sun mesic
Allium cepa aggregatum multiplier onion Eurasia herb bulbs sun mesic
Allium cepa proliferum walking onion Eurasia herb scallions sun mesic
Allium cernuum nodding wild onion Eurasia herb greens sun to part dry to mesic
Allium fistulosum Welsh onion Eurasia herb scallions sun mesic
Allium tricoccum ramps North America herb whole plants part to shade wet to mesic
Allium tuberosum garlic chives Asia herb greens, flowerbuds sun to part dry to mesic
Apios americana groundnut North America vine tubers, beans sun to part wet to mesic
Aralia cordata udo Asia giant herb shoots part shade mesic
Arundinaria gigantea river cane North America* bamboo shoots sun to part mesic
Asclepias syriaca, A. speciosa showy & common milkweed North America herb shoots, flowerbuds, young leaves, pods sun dry to mesic
Asparagus officinalis asparagus Eurasia herb shoots sun mesic
Asphodeline lutea yellow asphodel Eurasia herb tubers sun mesic
Beta vulgaris maritima sea beet Eurasia* herb greens sun mesic
Bunias orientalis Turkish rocket Eurasia* herb greens, broccolis sun to part dry to mesic
Camassia cusickii camass Western North America herb bulbs sun wet to mesic must be cooked
Camassia leichtlinnii camass Western North America herb bulbs sun wet to mesic must be cooked
Camassia quamash camass Western North America herb bulbs sun wet to mesic must be cooked
Camassia scillioides camass Eastern North America herb bulbs sun wet to mesic must be cooked
Cedrella sinensis fragrant spring tree Asia tree greens sun mesic
Centranthus ruber red valerian Eurasia herb greens sun to part dry to mesic
Chenopodium bonus-henricus good King Henry Eurasia herb greens, shoots, broccolis sun to part mesic
Cichorium intybus chicory Eurasia* herb greens sun to part mesic
Crambe cordifolia colewort Eurasia herb greens, broccolis sun dry to mesic
Crambe maritima sea kale Eurasia herb greens, broccolis, roots sun dry to mesic
Dioscorea japonica jinenjo Asia vine tubers sun mesic must be cooked
Dioscorea opposita Chinese yam Asia* vine tubers sun mesic must be cooked
Diplotaxis muralis, D. tenuifolia sylvetta arugula Mediterranean* shrub, herb greens sun to part dry to mesic
Hablitzia tamnoides Caucasian spinach Eurasia vine greens, shoots part shade dry to mesic
Helianthus maximiliani Maximilan sunflower North America giant herb shoots, seeds sun dry to mesic
Helianthus tuberosus sunchoke Eastern North America giant herb tubers sun mesic
Hemerocallis spp. daylily Asia herb flowerbuds, flowers sun to part mesic
Laportaea canadensis wood nettle Eastern North America herb greens part to shade mesic stings, must be cooked
Lemna spp. duckweed Worldwide** microherb greens sun floating aquatic
Levisticum officinale lovage Eurasia herb greens, shoots, leafstalks sun to part mesic
Lomatium spp. biscuit root North America herb tubers sun dry to mesic
Lycium chinense leaf goji Asia shrub greens, fruits sun to part mesic spiny
Malva moschata gumbo leaf mallow Eurasia herb greens sun to part mesic
Matteuccia struthiopteris ostrich fern Eurasia, North America fern shoots part to shade wet to mesic must be cooked
Morus alba mulberry Asia* tree greens, fruit sun to part dry to mesic must be cooked
Nasturtium officinale watercress Eurasia** giant herb leaves sun emergent floating aquatic to wet
Nelumbo lutea American lotus North America** giant herb tubers, seeds sun deep emergent aquatic
Nelumbo nucifera Chinese lotus Eurasia** giant herb tubers, seeds sun deep emergent aquatic
Oenanthe javanica water celery New Guinea, Asia** herb greens sun to part emergent floating aquatic to wet
Oxyria digyna mountain sorrel Eurasia, North America herb greens sun to part mesic
Perideridia gairdnerii yampah North America herb tubers sun wet to mesic
Petasites japonicus fuki Asia* giant herb leafstalks part to shade wet to mesic
Phyllostachys spp. running bamboo Asia* bamboo shoots sun to part mesic
Physalis heterophylla clammy ground cherry North America herb fruits sun mesic
Physalis longifolia longleaf groundcherry North America herb fruits sun mesic
Physalis pruinosa ground cherry North America herb fruits sun mesic
Phytolacca americana pokeweed North America* giant herb young shoots, cooked in three water changes sun to part mesic
Polygonatum commutatum giant Solomon’s seal Eastern North America herb shoots, tubers sun to part mesic
Rheum australe Himalayan rhubarb Eurasia herb leafstalks sun mesic leaves and roots toxic
Rheum palmatum turkey rhubarb Eurasia herb leafstalks sun mesic leaves and roots toxic
Rheum x cultorum rhubarb Eurasia herb leafstalks sun mesic leaves and roots toxic
Rhus typhina staghorn sumac North America shrub shoots sun mesic
Rumex acetosa French sorrel Eurasia herb greens sun to part mesic
Rumex acetosella sheep sorrel Eurasia herb greens sun to part mesic
Rumex scutatus buckler-leaf sorrel Eurasia herb greens sun to part mesic
Sagittaria latifolia arrowhead North America** herb tubers, shoots sun deep emergent aquatic
Sasa kurilensis running bamboo Asia* bamboo shoots sun to part mesic
Scorzonera hispanica scorzonera Eurasia herb leaves, roots, broccolis sun mesic
Semiarundinaria fastuosa running bamboo Asia* bamboo shoots sun to part mesic
Sium sisarum skirret Asia herb tubers sun to part wet to mesic
Stachys sieboldii Chinese artichoke, crosnes Asia herb tubers sun wet to mesic
Taraxacum officinale dandelion Eurasia herb greens sun mesic
Tetragonia tetragonioides New Zealand spinach Australia herb greens sun dry to mesic
Tilia spp. linden, lime, basswood Eurasia, North America tree greens sun to shade mesic
Typha spp. cattail Worldwide** grasslike shoots, root shoots, root starch, flowerbuds, pollen sun shallow emergent aquatic to wet
Urtica dioica stinging nettle Eurasia, North America herb greens sun to part mesic stings
Wolffia spp. water meal Worldwide** microherb greens sun floating aquatic

Great list Tina. I never thought to check his site and put a link up. His newest book is phenomenal and just was released last month.

The Carbon Farming Solution. Its about putting carbon dioxide into soil storage and plant growth.

http://carbonfarmingsolution.com/

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