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Michael Perry's Gardening Blog

Michael Perry's Gardening Blog

Unusual things to eat, July 2012


In this blog I’m going to make you hungry, as we explore things you can grow in your garden to eat… and it’s not just fruit and veg! Here’s a brief overview of some of the highlights right now.

Goji berry and raspberry Allgold

I’m sure my friends and gardening buddies are all bored of this by now, but one of my big plant finds was the goji berry, don’t you know! I’m fairly sure too that T&M; were the first to source commercial quantities of this plant and bring it to the masses. It’s a superb, easy to grow berry with tonnes of vitamins, antioxidants and goodness.

Another unusual fruit is raspberry Allgold and tasting it is on my to-do list this year. The really unusual YELLOW fruits are said to taste of a mix of banana, apricot and raspberry. I must find some and give it a try!

Vegetables - why not try Oca, the New Zealand Yam! An attractive plant similar to an oxalis and those shamrock leaves can be used in salads and the tubers boiled or baked. They’re lemony and nutty - a good alternative to potatoes if you can’t stand them, like me!

Oca and Beetroot Chioggia

I love really different vegetables and you don’t have to go all exotic just to have something different. Try our rainbow carrot selection or our tricolour cauliflower collection. And there’s a trio of unusual beetroot, just look at that striped one, ‘Chioggia’.

Flowers, you can eat those too. And, 9 out of 10 people are guaranteed to give you a strange look as you do it! Some fun ones to try are violas, daylilies (hemerocallis), gladioli (taste like lettuce), jasmine (or, of course, make your own tea!) and oniony chives.

Edible flowers

There are tonnes more, but don’t forget shoots too, bamboo shoots, pea shoots, the fresh pods of radishes, young nasturtium pods (good alternative to capers) and unripe hollyhock seed discs. With all those you can make a really fun, very different salad which totally avoids those sweaty bags of supermarket leaves!!

So, that’s just a few, there are so much more I might blog again about them in a few days. Right, I’m off to harvest some borage flowers for my afternoon Pimm’s!

Follow me on twitter @gardening_greek keep up to date with all the new plant developments!

See you for now,

Michael Perry, New Product Development Manager, Thompson & Morgan

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