Every winter when the seed catalogs arrive in the mail, I have a hard time not being lured by unusual varieties of produce.
Something about all of those glossy photos of exotic fruits and vegetables just sucks me right in.
I wonder if pea eggplants would do well in my garden? Or maybe Japanese mugwort? I bet I could devote enough space for a jujube tree… Oh, and I’ve simply got to try a hardy kiwi this year. Sure it’s not technically in my growing zone, but maybe with global warming…
If you’re anything like me, invariably a packet or two of weird seeds get ordered along with the usual sure-things like heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, and salad greens. Like all gambles, sometimes the risks pay off, and sometimes they don’t.
As the growing season draws to a close, I thought that this would be a fitting time to talk about this year’s garden success and failures.
So, Eat Drink Better readers, which exotic seeds will you be reordering this winter, and which ones will be forever banned from your garden?
Since I’m living in the woods right now, I only had enough sun for an herb garden this past summer. I was particularly happy with the exotic varieties of basil that I grew. Thai basil and cinnamon basil turned out to be just perfect for summer cocktails.
I was also lucky enough to raid my friend Lucy’s garden a few times this summer. We were both really happy with her new crops of bitter melon and pickling melon. The bitter melon was really wonderful in curries, while the pickling melon was great fresh in salads and made a perfect quick pickle.
Post your garden successes and failures of the year as comments!