Plant of the Month: Coriander

Plant of the Month: Coriander

Coriander, also known as Cilantro, is a herb that divides people – you either love it, or you dislike it, it seems there is no ‘take it or leave it’!! For those who think that coriander tastes like soap, apparently it’s a matter of genetics...
Plant of the Month: Beets

Plant of the Month: Beets

The beloved addition to Australia hamburgers is not just a root vegetable. The species that we call ‘beets’ includes plants grown for their roots, such as beetroot, sugar-beet and mangel wurzel, and plants grown for their leaves, such as silver-beet and...
Plant of the Month: Purslane

Plant of the Month: Purslane

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea), commonly called pigweed, is an annual ‘weed’ in season during summer and into autumn. It is a succulent plant, containing 93% water, with red stems and small, green teardrop-shaped leaves. The taste is a little sour, a little salty.1 The...
Plant of the Month: Lettuce

Plant of the Month: Lettuce

How many varieties of lettuce can you name? If you’re like most people, the answer is about five: Iceberg, Cos, Salad Bowl, Oakleaf and Buttercrunch. Given that some, perhaps many, of you are members of Permaculture Sydney West, you can probably name a few more:...
Plant of the Month: Cape Gooseberry

Plant of the Month: Cape Gooseberry

What is that strange looking fruit? It looks like a little paper lantern! This is ‘Cape Gooseberry’, also know as ‘Peruvian Ground Cherry’, ‘Golden Berry’ or ‘Aztec Berry’. Sometimes, in USA, it is marketed as ‘Pichuberry’. It comes from South America, around Peru,...