Growing a garden with edibles is like having a supermarket at hand. Easy to reach, organic, and self-sufficient. With your own garden, you’ll be able to have a selection that is not usually found in the market. So here are some of the unusual edibles you can try to add in your garden family.
Water Melon Radish
Normal radish is white on the inside and out. Often, it has a long shape but this red meat – watermelon radish is not your usual one. This is a rather large radish that has a white and green outside skin with a whitish magenta color on the inside. You need to plant this in late autumn or summer because it can burst if planted too early. Make sure to pull them in cooler months.
Pineberries are like strawberries, only they are whiter in color. They are an old variety of strawberries. Don’t worry, they are not GMO. This taste a mixture of sweet and citrus rush. Imagine the taste of the pineapple and strawberry as one.
New Zealand Yam “Oca”
This is known to be the Lost Crops of the Incas that originated in South America. It has an appearance and the same use as wood sorrel. When cooked they are like lemony potatoes and lemony water chestnuts if raw. It can have skin colors such as pink, white, and red during autumn. You can harvest between November and January.
Also known as Physalis (Ground Cherry), Cape gooseberries look like miniature yellow tomatoes. It has a mild sweet taste. They seem to look like a berry wrap in a paper lantern. These quirky berries grow annually on a soft-stemmed bushy plant. With the right condition, it can grow up to 5 feet tall.
This one is like an alien vegetable. Its skin color can come in varieties. You can harvest them once it r grow to the size of a tennis ball. Roast, cut, and add them to your savory dishes. Unusual look but edible and tasty!
Reality check, chufa is a grass that grows loads of sweet treat under the ground. Tigernuts look like peanuts. This is an African edible that is grown traditionally in Spain. Wow right! They are often grown in warm areas but can still be planted in mild climate areas.
Mouse Melons “Cucamelons”
These edible is quick to grow and can vine to vertical objects up to eight feet high. They look like small watermelons because of their skin. Just make sure not to leave them too long in their vines as their skin can be too tough to eat if left too long. Place them in a sunny area once planted. Give them wind protection to keep them from falling too early.
One of the oddest but edible plants you can grow is Romanesco broccoli. It looks like a pyramid of swirly seashells. Their look is a wonder for you to see. Their taste is not far from the usual broccoli and cauliflower.
“Fat Babies” Achoca
This is a South American pod tagged as Fat Babies. Their green little spikey pods taste like a green bell pepper with a mix of cucumber. Let them beside your wall and they’ll surely cover it all. Easy to grow and a fantastic alternative for pepper.
“Fall Gold” or Golden Raspberry
If there’s a white strawberry, raspberry has it’s own variety too. Golden raspberry, also known as fall gold is the not so sweet version of raspberry. They are a good combination color to your fruit platter.
Out of the ordinary but Edible
These are just a few of the unusual edibles you can add to your garden family. They may seem different but do not hesitate to try, plant, and taste their greatness. In gardening, there’ll be no right or wrong, it’ll just be a try and try and discover. Do not be afraid to see, learn, and try the weird stuff. You might be surprised by the end.
In gardening, it’s continuous learning with a sprinkle of surprises!