2010-11-25 / News

Consumers get answers from Ga. Department of Agriculture

Prepared by the Office of Public Affairs, Georgia Department of Agriculture Tommy Irvin, Commissioner www.agr.georgia .gov. Find us on www.facebook. com.

Q: What is edible landscaping?

A: Edible landscaping is the use of food plants in the home landscape. Ideally, they will be aesthetically pleasing as well as productive. Edible landscaping blurs the line between the vegetable garden, orchard or herb garden and the rest of the landscape. Examples include planting basil among flowers, rosemary as a foundation plant, muscadines to cover an arbor or blueberries as an informal hedge. Parsley, red mustard and kales such as ‘Lacinato’ are especially pretty throughout fall, winter and spring when planted in beds or containers with violas or pansies (whose flowers are also edible). Oriental persimmon, American persimmon, feijoa, fig, sarvisberry (serviceberry), crabapple, peach, plum, blueberry, pear, bunch grape and muscadine are a few fruiting trees, shrubs and vines that may be liberated from the orchard and vineyard and utilized in the home landscape. Texas tarragon, bay, anise hyssop, thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, garlic, eggplant, hot peppers, okra and chives are a few herbs and vegetables that have ornamental qualities. Garden writer Rosalind Creasy has been one of the leading proponents of edible landscaping. You can get many ideas from her books, but a trained horticulturist at your local nursery or garden center will also be able to offer advice.

Q: What is tasso ham?

A: Tasso ham is a flavorful, spicy and peppery version of smoked pork made from the shoulder butt. It is a Cajun specialty and is used to flavor stews, vegetables and other dishes. It may be found from internet sites or in grocery stores that specialize in Cajun products.

If you have questions about services or products regulated by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, visit our website at www.agr.georgia.gov or write us at 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Room 227, Atlanta, GA 30334 or email us at info@agr.georgia.gov.

*** There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better, nobler, holier than it knows now. -Henry Ward Beecher

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