Doucette d’Alger / Horn of Plenty (Organic)
Fedia cornucopiae. 30-40 days.
A delicious walnut flavored, tender salad green. Doucette d’Alger is a cousin of corn salad with larger leaves and can be used in a similar manner, however it is a hot weather loving plant that thrives in mid-summer. Flowers are an attractive lilac color that bees find highly desirable. While rare in North America, it is a wild edible in the Mediterranean and can be found growing in olive groves and grain fields. Native to Northern Africa, our seed originally came from Patrice Fortier of La Societe des Plantes in Saint-Pascal, Quebec. Aka, African Valerian, Algerian Corn Salad.
Best when direct sown spring through summer, 2-3 seeds per inch in 12” rows. Germination may be slow and erratic. Thin to 6” spacing. May also be sown indoors in pots for transplant 3-4 weeks after sprouting to 6-12” centers. Will self-seed.
Collect seeds from at least 5 plants. Seed shatters easily. Harvest whole plants & spread thinly on a tarp to catch seeds as they dry. Stir/flip plants daily to avoid mold. Finish air-drying seed if necessary. Winnow to clean. Very rare species; isolation for seed purity is not needed.