Edible landscape plants are becoming increasingly popular for their health benefits and attractive appearance. There are many types of edible landscape plants, from low-growing annuals to tall shrubs, and they can be used in a variety of ways. Pick your favorite healthy edible landscape plants and get planting.
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Healthy Edible Landscape Plants
Some people prefer to grow their own food, while others use edible landscaping to complement their regular diet. There are many reasons to choose edible landscape plants, from the environmental benefits to the nutritional value.
When you have embarked on your edible landscaping journey, you will likely want to know which plants give you the biggest health boost.
Most edible landscape gardeners are keenly aware of nutrition, and the many benefits that growing your own produce and other edibles provide. Here are seven of nature’s best edibles, for consideration in your landscaping plans.
One of the most popular plants to grow in one’s garden, tomatoes have a wide variety of uses. Tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, which helps prevent cell damage in the human body.
Made into tomato sauce, added to any side dish, or even eaten plain with a shake of salt. You’ll never run out of uses for this delicious plant. Try to grow at least one tomato plant, which will yield many of these beauties.
Add a deep, beautiful purple hue to your edible landscape with eggplant. This makes a beautiful border for any garden area. Full of fiber, and containing iron, calcium, and phytonutrients, it makes a healthy addition to whatever you happen to be cooking.
Eggplant is the main ingredient in the popular dish of ratatouille and is a delicious addition to many other meals.
Every edible landscape should contain at least a few varieties of peppers. From bell peppers to hot peppers, sweet to spicy, there is at least one kind to suit each gardener. A vast array of colors can be enjoyed, depending on the type.
Peppers contain many nutrients, including Vitamins C and E, as well as a variety of carotenoids.
Be sure to include berries in your edible landscape. Whether your priority is beauty or nutrition, you cannot go wrong. Raspberries are full of Vitamin C and B6 and contain a significant amount of manganese. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and contain Vitamins C and K.
Eat them plain, sprinkle them on yogurt, or add them to smoothies for a burst of nutrition and flavor.
Because they grow on trees, apples make an aesthetically pleasing addition to your edible landscape by providing a variety of plant heights in your garden. An apple tree will provide shade for low plants that require it.
Apples are a great source of a type of fiber called pectin and are one of the most versatile and well-liked fruits available. They also contain quercetin, which gives your immune system a boost and helps prevent allergies.
Zucchini adds an interesting twist for your edible landscape. They provide potassium, and Vitamins C and E. Zucchinis are low in calories yet filling, as the peel provides fiber. Cook them, or shred them and use them in the baking of breads and muffins for a healthy filler.
Cilantro is an herb that is a nice addition to your edible landscaping adventures. Cilantro is a heavy metal detoxifier and has been shown to inhibit oxidation, which helps preserve any food it is added to. Use cilantro to create a tasty, homemade salsa, or add it to soups and meat dishes.
Edible landscaping pleases all the senses. It is also a super way to provide great nutrients to your family. Try some of these plants as they are among the healthiest additions you could have in your edible landscape.
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Ashley is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, turned homesteader, living in Canada. I have been homeschooling for years and love it. Now my children and I get to learn about and help others homeschool and be able to provide for their families and teach our children about where their food comes from.