The roots have a very sweet taste, reminiscent of parsnip, and should be cooked. Savoured even at the royal table until the 17th Century, skirret then gradually fell out of favor. This decrease in popularity was probably due to the huge success of both carrots and beets, for which breeding brought spectacular improvements. Regardless, for permaculture gardens, skirrets remain a must. Easy to grow, its roots’ soft white flesh will surely make it popular again.
Package: 30 seeds
* Must go through stratification in the fridge, please see the details below
Here’s recipe from 1460:
“Take skirrets, parsnips and apples, and parboil them. Make a batter of flour and eggs. Cast ale, saffron and salt into it. Wet them in the batter and fry them in oil or in grease. Pour on almond milk and serve it forth.”
— From John Russell, Boke of Nurture, c. 1460
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Latin name : Sium sisarum
Common names : Skirret, crummock
French : Chervis, berle des bergers, chirouis, girole
Family : Apiaceae
Plant type : Perennial
Habit : Herbaceous
Height : 1.5 m
Width : 30 cm
Days to maturity : 2nd year
Sowing : Moisten a potting soil cup, sow the seeds in it, and insert all of this in a Ziploc bag. Put the bag in the fridge in March. A month later, the seeds will start to germinate. Remove from the fridge and handle as a regular seedling.
Depth : 5 mm
Germination : 1 month in the fridge
Soil : Rich
Exposure : Sunny
Planting : End of May, after the last frost
Plant spacing : Sow in rows just like carrots, and then thin out so that every plant ends up being 25 cm away from the others.
Row spacing : 30 cm
Watering : Frequent
Care and other considerations : Skirret likes to remain cool, and proper root development requires regular watering. Add mulch as soon as temperatures start to increase to retain moisture.
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KEEP REFRIGERATED AS SOON AS RECEIVED AND UNTIL PLANTING TIME!
Also known as potato bean, hopniss, Indian potato, hodoimo, America-hodoimo, cinnamon vine, American groundnut, or groundnut. Quebec-native climbing plant. It belongs to the legume family Fabaceae. Grows well on river banks and shores, but also in the garden. Its flowers have a strong perfume, reminiscent of glycine. It is sometimes referred to as 'glycine tubéreuse' (tuberous glycine). The bean part of some of its common names refers to the edible beans produced from its flowers, when climate allows. Its tubers, also edible, are interconnected by a liana-root giving it a rosary-like appearance. The apios was widely eaten by First Nations. Nowadays, it is still common to see it growing where their settlements once were. Highly nutritional, it contains up to 18% proteins, 3x that of potatoes. It can be eaten boiled or fried. However, make sure to peel it thoroughly as the skin contains latex. Please note, although very rare, that some people might feel unwell from Apios americana consumption.
Package: 8 small tubers. Germination rate: 100%
Developped in 1912 at MacDonald College, it remains the most common variety grown in Quebec fields today. Originally used to feed livestock, humans quickly discovered its pleasant taste. Enjoys cold climate and can resist low temperatures. Fall crops taste sweeter after frost.
Heirloom variety.Package: 250 seeds
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KEEP REFRIGERATED AS SOON AS RECEIVED AND UNTIL PLANTING TIME!Plant between October and December, or between April and May. Vigorous and productive perennials, Chinese artichokes grow small tubers that taste somewhere between hazelnuts and water chestnuts. Very hardy in the Quebec climate, even though it comes from China. Harvest when the leaves have wilted at the end of the season.
Package: 5-6 tubers.
Germination rate: 100%