8 Unusual Foods To Grow In Your Garden
Unusual plants are great garden decorations but many of them are also edible. These amazing fruit and vegetables can find place in your garden and allow you to enjoy not only their unusual appearance but also taste.
Unusual Foods In Your Garden
Some of these may be present in your diet almost constantly but here you can see them in very different varieties like these blue bananas.
‘Blue Java’ Banana
Blue Java banana
Blue Java or Musa ‘Ice Cream’ banana has a powdery blue skin and white flesh that tastes like ice cream. Grow it indoors or outdoors, this hardy variety will not only provide you with your own tasty bananas but will also decorate the garden with its beautiful blue tint.
Cucamelons look like mini-sized oblong watermelons but they have cucumber taste with a hint of lime and the white seeds and flesh just like cucumber. Native to Mexico this plant is drought and pest-resistant as well as easy to grow. It requires a trellis as it grows in vines but it can be planted close and tight in small spaces.
White strawberries definitely look unusual. But they aren’t genetically altered or anything. White strawberries simply lack a certain protein that allows regular strawberries to turn red. Instead these berries turn cream white with yellow seeds or in case with Pineberry (white strawberry variety) red seeds and sometimes pink blush (depends on sun exposure during rippening). The downside to growing white strawberries is that they yield substantially less crops than red ones, so if you want a long and fruitful strawberry season it’s better to have a couple of red varieties planted along with your white one.
Romanesco broccoli is a stunning vegetable. Being of a cabbage family this cauliflower brother can be eaten raw or cooked. It needs a well-drained soil and full sun and it also likes moisture. Romanesco broccoli has a more delicate nutty taste than the cauliflower. Its heads remain green while its form is fractal. It’s rich in Vitamin C and K.
Blue honeysuckle berries
Blue honeysuckle berry or a honeyberry is a shrub with peculiar looking blue fruit that taste like blackcurrants and honey and look like overgrown elongated blueberries. By the health benefits they even outweigh the latter. The plant that grows up to 1.5-2 meters tall and wide is quite hardy and can survive in almost any soil.
Pineapple mint is a variegated cultivar of Apple mint. This fragrant plant has the white edging around the leaves and white and light pink flowers that attract pollinating insects. Though its hairy leaves and strong scent keeps away deer. The plant is vigorous and can overgrow if not contained. Also apple mint sprigs can often be found among the leaves so pinching them is very important as the parent plant can eventually take over. Put pineapple mint into beverages or use to garnish desserts.
Fiddleheads are heads of young fern that unfold into new leaves if left on a plant. Instead though these fiddleheads make great salad or stir fry ingredient and are widespead in New England region. You can grow your own fern or gather from the wild but some of the fern variaties are carcinogenic so you have to be knowledgeable and careful when and what to gather.
Cocktail Kiwi also known as hardy kiwi
Mini kiwi, also known as hardy kiwi, is native to Korea, Japan, North China, and Russian Siberia. This fuzz-free mini-sized kiwi is perfect for cocktails (hence the name), fruit salads, and desserts. To grow it in the garden they need a little prunning and strong support.