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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Strawberry

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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Cal Green Globe Artichoke

The hardiest artichoke variety, to zone 6. Produces big flavorful 3-5" flower buds (the part you eat). Likes sun but not excessive heat, so give afternoon sh...
  • Planting depth: 1/2"
  • Germination days: 10-20
  • Days to maturity: 120
Cardoon+butterfly

Cardoon

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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Connover's Colossal Asparagus

This extremely choice European variety is large, tender, and grows well from seed. BOTANICAL NAME: Asparagus officinalisGROWING INSTRUCTIONS:Start early in...
  • Days to maturity: 1460
  • Seeds per packet: 35
  • Germination days: 10-21
Chard+erbette+

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
Vgr 3760 sorrel web

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
Vrh 5140 glaskins web

Glaskin's Perpetual Rhubarb (pie Plant)

When we had to discontinue Glaskins for a few years, we got calls from people searching for this fast-growing English heirloom rhubarb. More low-acid variety...
  • Days to maturity: 360
  • Germination days: 6-18
  • Seeds per packet: 35
Vgr 3770 good king henry web

Good King Henry Greens

This rare plant, also known as Mercury or Lincolnshire Spinach has long-stalked, arrowshaped leaves very mild in flavor and nutritious. It is perennial at le...
  • Seeds per packet: 75
  • Spacing: 12-18
  • Days to maturity: 80
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Lovage

Sweet aromatic undertonesWith a complex flavor somewhere between celery and parsley.The root is used as substitute for Dong Quai. The leaves are terrific in...
  • Seeds per packet: 45
  • Spacing: 36
  • When to plant: Late summer
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Malabar Spinach

A very unusual productive and delicious Asian vegetable. Thick, darkgreen leaves on handsome 6' vines provide abundant tasty greens throughout the summer. He...
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Seeds per packet: 50
  • 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
Artichoke+green+globe

Perennial Vegetables Collection

Some vegetable crops are permanent, and in the times before long-distance transport and supermarkets they were the main source of early spring vegetables in ...
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Perpetual Spinach Chard

Smooth green leaves, small stems-can be hard to tell from true spinach in looks or taste. Frost and bolt resistant, needs water after a dry spell. Popular in...
  • Seeds per packet: 80
  • Spacing: 8
  • Days to maturity: 50-60
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Salad Burnet

Easy to grow and adaptable to all climates and soils, from bogs to very dry. Winter-hardy in all zones. Leaves used very young in salad mix. Medicinal: astri...
  • Spacing: 15
  • Planting depth: 1/8
  • Seeds per packet: 100
Vsa 5219 salsifyflower

Salsify

Other common names are vegetable oyster, haverwortel, and havrerod. Long white roots with rich flavor and smooth firm texture. Eaten boiled, steamed, fried, ...
  • Germination days: 6-18
  • Days to maturity: 120
  • Spacing: 3
Bean+scarlet+runner

Scarlet Runner Bean

Traditional pole runner with brilliant red edible flowers that attract hummingbirds. Beautiful climbing on a fence or trellis. Large beans with a unique flav...
  • Spacing: 1
  • Days to maturity: 70-90
  • Seeds per packet: 35
Arugula sylvetta

Sylvetta Perennial Arugula

Same flavor as annual arugula with deeply-cut leaves to 6". Overwinters to zone 6. Compared to annual arugula, it makes a thick bed of  smaller, spicy leaves...
  • Days to maturity: 37-50
  • Germination days: 5-10
  • Planting depth: 1/8
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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