We have been searching these out

for decades now. There are many perennial 

vegetables in the tropics, but few in temperate climates. 

In the past the filled the "hungry gap" in April. when last year's crops had been eaten over the winter, and the newly-planted crops were barely up. 

We have listed zones for these since they overwinter. 

Please look under the individual vegetables for more on how to grow them. 
See also our permaculture books. 
All of these are seeds except the Tree Collard Cuttings. 

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Alpine Strawberry

Perennial with no runners. Like a wild strawberry in size and intense, old-fashioned flavor. Popular for edging flower beds, in edible landscapes, or window ...
  • Germination days: 30+
  • Days to maturity: 100
  • Seeds per packet: 150
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Similar to Artichoke in looks and taste, but grown for its fleshy young leaf ribs instead of the flower buds. A good alternative for gardeners in colder clim...
  • Days to maturity: 100-150
  • Spacing: 24-36
  • Germination days: 10-20
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Erbette Chard

Heirloom from Italy, this is a very refined and delicious leafbeet type chard, with leaves that cook quickly and have the tender texture and mild taste of tr...
  • Days to maturity: 40-60
  • Spacing: 8
  • Seeds per packet: 50
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French Sorrel Greens

Perennial in all zones. Likes partial shade and any soil. Leaves appear in very early spring from the perennial rootstocks. Large leaves have a lemony tang t...
  • Days to maturity: 60
  • Seeds per packet: 200
  • Germination days: 7-14
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Minutina, (Erba Stella, Staghorn)

Crunchy, succulent leaves Ultra cold-hardy for winter saladsMinutina, like miner's lettuce, corn salad, and mizuna, stands all winter, even in Maine, in an u...
  • Days to maturity: 50
  • Seeds per packet: 500
  • Spacing: 8
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New Zealand Spinach

Not actually spinach, but a good hot-weather substitute. Salt tolerant and will even grow in sand. Has small arrow-shaped leaves, thicker than spinach, with ...
  • Days to maturity: 50-70
  • Germination days: 3-4
  • Seeds per packet: 40
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Tree Collard cuttings

Perennial Greens on a tall stalk sweeter and more tender than regular collards.This delicious perennial vegetable (in zones 7-10) is an important permacultur...
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Welsh (Scallions) Onion

Perennial in all zones. Native of Siberia. Likes deeply-dug, rich loam; keep watered and weeded until established. This is a perennial bunching onion, which ...
  • Spacing: 1-3
  • Days to maturity: 80
  • Seeds per packet: 150