Colorful Vegetables That Will Spruce Up Your Garden
If you want to spruce up your garden and still be able to eat your favorite foods there are these unusual varieties to consider but you can grow so much more. For instance, did you know your carrots could be purple or red as well as orange and yellow? Or that your cauliflower could also come in orange, purple, and green?
Grow Colorful Vegetables To Spruce Up Your Garden
Cauliflower has a lot of different varieties so you’d have to look for the ones that are available in your zone. There are beautiful purple and orange cailliflowers, the latter of which has a variety named after Cheddar cheese since they both share its beautiful orange tint. You can find a green cauliflower that looks both like a cauliflower you know and love and a completely gorgeous Romanesco broccoli that looks nothing like broccoli actually but also has a way more dramatic flouret than cauliflower.
By the way, cauliflower brown spots have been bothering me for a while now so I decided to look them up. Turns out that brown spots aren’t excatly harmless or indicative of a veg disease as I previously thought. It is discoloration that happens during storage. You can cut it off and store cauliflower upside down to prevent moisture from sitting on a flouret, allthough you might want to skip washing it till right before cooking.
Carrots come in a range of colors just like potatoes, corn, and cauliflower. There are purple, red, cream, and yellow carrots out there that you can plant together by buying a mix of seeds. These may not show in your garden just like corn but you will definitely find your cooking table much more diverse.
Blue Jade Corn is a great purple blue heirloom that can be grown in containers but if you want something even more dramatic there is a deep purple Suntava or Ruby Queen Hybrid, which is aptly named for its ruby-colored kernels. If you are feeling especially lucky and adventurous you can find a Glass Gem corn more to your taste. The multicolored corn that resembles a cluster of colorful glass beads has regained its popularity thanks to its photo and the Internet in 2012 and is now available at $5-$8 for a packet of seeds.
Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard
This Swiss chard actually comes from Australia as its country of origin and it shows off an impressive coloring that includes five gorgeous hues. The usual white and red stem can now also be pink, yellow, and orange. Plant them together and you get an amazing colorful bunch of greens that are not only ‘very mild’ in taste but also gorgeous and ornamental.