In Production Today: July 2012

Thanks to a damp, mild and gloomy Brisbane winter, succulent mushrooms have boosted my menu from a low of 112 taxa last month to 157 taxa.

July Menu at Bellis
While autumn sown radish and turnip have almost been eaten, the snow peas and beans have yet to mature. The best is still a few weeks away…

Fungi
White, or Button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus

Edible roots
Arrowroot, Canna edulis
Cocoyam, Xanthosoma saggitifolia
Golden sweetpotato, Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’
Radish, Raphanus sativus ‘Watermelon’
Daikon or Japanese radish, Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus ‘Long White’
Aerial potato, Dioscorea bulbifera
Winged yam, Dioscorea alata
Turnip, Brassica rapa subsp. rapa ‘Early Purple’

Edible shoots
Ceylon spinach, Basella alba

Edible pods
Podding radish, Raphanus caudatus
Pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan

Edible seed
Sword bean, Canavalia gladiata
Pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan
Coffee, Coffea arabica ‘First Fleet’
Chilean Wine palm, Jubaea chilensis

Edible shoots and leaves
Pigeon pea, Cajanus cajan

Edible seedlings
Snowpea ‘Dwarf Skinless’
Snowpea ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’
Snowpea ‘Melting Mammoth’
Snowpea ‘Delta Matilda’
Garden pea ‘Dutch Purple Podded’
Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum
Lentil, Lens culinaris
Chickpea, Cicer arietinum

Edible leaves
Stinking Roger, Tagetes minuta
Annual nettle, Urtica urens
Celery stem taro, aka Tahitian spinach, Alocasia esculenta
Chinese celery, aka smallage, Apium graveolens
Welsh onion, aka spring onion, scallion, Allium fistulosum
Multiplier spring onion, multiplier scallion, Allium fistulosum
Multiplier leek, Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum

Golden sweetpotato, Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’
Coriander, Coriandrum sativum
Shungiku, aka edible chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum coronarium
Lebanese cress, Aethionema coridifolium
Huauzontle, Chenopodium berlandieri
Common chickweed, Stellaria media
Miners’ lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata (syn. Montia perfoliata)
Watercress, Nasturtium officinale ‘Aqua Large-Leaf’
Chervil, Anthriscus cerefolius
Parsley, Petroselenium crispum ‘Triple Curled’
Parsley, flat-leaved, Petroselenium ‘Giant of Italy’
Mizuna, red-leaved, Brassica juncea var. japonica
Native mint, Mentha satureioides
Moroccan mint, Mentha spicata ‘Nana’
White peppermint, Mentha x piperita ‘Officinalis’
Vietnamese mint, Persicaria odorata
Curry leaf, Murraya koenigii
False cardamom, Alpinia nutans
Chives, Allium schoenoprasum
Garlic chives, Allium tuberosum
Society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea ‘Variegata’
Society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea ‘Fairy Stars’
Kaffir lime, Citrus hystrix
Sacred basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum
Cassava, Manihot esculentum
Variegated cassava, Manihot esculentum ‘Variegatum’
Variegated four seasons herb, Plectranthus amboinicus ‘Variegatus’
Lemongrass, Cymbopogon flexuosus
Lovage, Levisticum officinale
Phillip Island hibiscus, Hibiscus insularis
Aptenia cordifolia
Chaplu, Piper sarmentosum
Dwarf rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Benenden Blue’
Fastigiate rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Miss Jessopp’
Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa var. chinensis
Mizuna Mixed, Brassica juncea var. japonica
Chinese cabbage, Brassica rapa var. pekinensis ‘Tokyo Bekana’
Tatsoi, Brassica narinosus
Kohl rabi, Brassica acephala Gongyloides group ‘Purple Vienna’
Coriander, Coriandrum sativum
Lettuce, Lactuca sativa ‘First Fleet’
Lettuce, Lactuca sativa ‘Royal Oakleaf’
Lettuce, Lactuca sativa ‘Freckles’ (self-sown under ‘Ducasse’ banana)
French Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus
Endive, Cichorium endivia ‘Green Bowl’
Endive, Cichorium endivia ‘Green Curled’
Radicchio, Cichorium intybus ‘Red Verona’
Radicchio, Cichorium intybus ‘Palla Rossa’
Radicchio, Cichorium intybus
Mustard, Brassica juncea ‘Osaka Purple’
Dai Gai Choi, Brassica juncea var. foliosa ‘Wynnum Imperial’
Corn salad, Valerianella locusta ‘Large Dutch’
Japanese parsley, Cryptotaenia japonica
Wild rocket, Diplotaxis tenuifolia
Red mizuna, Brassica juncea var. japonica
Ethiopian cabbage, Brassica carinata ‘Old Women Meet and Gossip’
Tuscan Kale, Brassica oleracea Acephala Group ‘Laciniato’
Amaranthus tricolor ‘Flaming Fountains’
Love-lies-bleeding, Amaranthus caudatus
Garden cress, Lepidium sativum
Dill, Anethum graveolens
Purple fennel, Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus ‘Jewel Mixed’
Variegated kale, Brassica oleracea Acephala Group

Edible petals
Cobbler’s Pegs, Bidens pilosa
French marigold, Tagetes patula ‘Himalayan’
French marigold, Tagetes patula ‘Scarlet Sophia’
French marigold, Tagetes patula Mixed
Green banana, Musa x sapientum ‘Pisang Ceylan’
Heartsease, Viola tricolor ‘Johnny Jump Up’

Fruit
Green banana, Musa x sapientum ‘Pisang Ceylan’
Plantain, Musa x sapientum ‘Bluggoe’
Kaffir lime, Citrus hystrix
Lime, Citrus latifolia
Lemon, Citrus limon ‘Meyer’
Mandarin, Citrus reticulata ‘Parramatta Sweets’
Australian lime, Citrus hybrid
Finger lime, Citrus australis
Pumpkin, Cucurbita moschata ‘Jap’
Chilli, Capsicum annuum ‘Siam Gold’
Pawpaw, Carica papaya
Dwarf pineapple, Ananas nanus
Spice Cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum

Medicinal
Turmeric, Curcuma long – spice with anti-cancer properties
Ginger, Zingiber official – spice that helps decongestion of catarrh, aids digestion, blood flow
Galangal, Alpinia galangal – spice used like ginger with similar properties
Greater celandine, Chelidonium magus – stem juice kills warts on hands
Bulbine frutescens – leaf juice used to treat burns, rashes, as an infusion for sore throats
Aloe vera – leaf juice used to heal sunburn, scratches
Thyme, Thymus serpyllum – antibiotic, used as a gargle against sore throats
Phillip Island hibiscus, Hibiscus insularis – used as a tea to soothe sore throats

157 taxa

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Jerry Coleby-Williams
19th July 2012