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Growing Unusual Edibles

Updated on May 15, 2014

Grow unusual things in your garden

There are lots of things that you can grow in a kitchen garden. Growing common and easy to find vegetable varieties will keep you busy all year, but there are also more unusual things to try if you fancy moving off the beaten track!

Many of them are well known and easy to find information on. Some are a bit more unusual, but experimenting with unusual edibles is fun and can be tasty!

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs - Unusual edible plants, and the people who grow them

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs
Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs is a guide book to the world of unusual edible plants, whether they are old or new, rarely grown or from somewhere far flung. It looks at the history of plant hunters moving these plants around the world, and tells the stories of modern day enthusiasts, showcasing some of the unusual plants you may encounter as you begin your own incredible edible journey.

Beyond our familiar fruits, vegetables and herbs, edible plants can be exotic, old-fashioned, wild or just plain weird. Think of the things you consider to be unusual – things you've seen in the produce section, or the latest 'superfruit' to be mentioned in the media. Perhaps you encountered something new on holiday, and wished you could bring it home with you. A list of plants you consider to be unusual would be different from my list, which would be different from everyone else's, because what counts as unusual depends on both your past experiences, where you live and when you live – there are trends and fashions in food and gardening, as in anything else.

An unusual plant may have been commonly grown in the past, or it may have been bred only recently and be something truly new. Or it may come from far away. It may be a plant that is very commonly grown and known in agriculture, but not often cultivated at home - or the reverse, a plant that is common in gardens and on allotments but rarely commercially available.

Why would people want to step off the beaten garden path and grow something unusual? At the simplest level, I think there is a natural human impulse to seek out new and interesting things, to collect them, to experience them, and for gardeners to grow something new just to see if they can.

Jade Pearls and Alien Eyeballs tells the story of unusual edible plants and the people who grow them. It begins with a potted history of the plant hunters who first began moving edible plants around the world. Returning to the present, it examines the motivations of the modern day fans of unusual edibles, and showcases some of the unusual plants you may encounter as you being your own journey into this fascinating and intriguing world.

Read a free preview of this exciting new ebook now, via Smashwords, or visit the book's home page to discover more.

James Wong - Homegrown Revolution

James Wong is an ethnobotanist, and he wants us to grow something different in our gardens! Based in London, James has been patiently testing which unusual edibles will grow happily in the warmer parts of the UK, and this book is the result. He combines growing instructions with recipes - have a look at his website, as his blog has more recipes you can try. If you're in the UK, Suttons are selling a range of exotic seeds to go with the book, and they have a special offer that bundles the book with some seeds to get you off to a flying start!

James Wong's Homegrown Revolution
James Wong's Homegrown Revolution

A revolution in the garden - a completely new range of fruit and vegetables to grow and eat.

Whether it's a window box of homegrown saffron, your very own kiwi vine or a mini green tea plantation on your patio, TV botanist and best-selling author James Wong proves that 'growing your own' can be so much more exciting than spuds, sprouts and swede.

Breaking free from the 'dig for victory' time warp of allotment staples, James reveals the vast array of 21st century crops that will flourish outdoors, even in our blustery North Atlantic climate - no greenhouse necessary. From goji berries to food-mile free sweet potatoes, James' revolutionary approach to edible gardening will show you how to grow, cook and eat all manner of superfood crops that are just as easy (if not easier) and far more exciting to grow than the 'ration book' favourites.

Inspiring, fun and full of plant know-how, this book is set to revolutionise the whole concept of 'growing your own' for newbie growers to seasoned allotment veterans alike. You'll never look at your garden the same way again!

 
Jerusalem artichokes
Jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes

Tasty tubers that are fantastically easy to grow

Jerusalem artichokes have been out of fashion, but are poised to make a comeback. They contain inulin, an indigestible starch that makes them a very low calorie food. Inulin is also a prebiotic, helping to maintain healthy populations of bacteria in your gut.

Jerusalem artichokes are so easy to grow that they can take over the garden. Like potatoes, if you don't dig up all the tubers the ones left behind will grow again next year. If you want a low-maintenance vegetable garden then they're definitely for you!

If you don't have a garden, or don't want to risk it being overrun with artichokes, then try growing Jerusalem artichokes in containers.

Martynia
Martynia

Martynia

Grow the unicorn plant, or devil's claw

The martynia is an old-time garden curiosity very much unrecognized for its culinary merits. You might call it the okra lover's Holy Grail because the martynia has the flavor of okra, only intensified, and sometimes with an undertone of the highly rated morel mushroom. Also, the interesting hooked shape of the baby pods lends them to all kinds of culinary applications, from stir-fries to pickles.

Read more at Mother Earth News.

The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z - by Emma Cooper

The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A-Z
The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A-Z

376 pages, 190 colour photographs

RRP £14.95

Praise for 'The Alternative Kitchen Garden: An A to Z'

"An indispensable compendium for a new generation of eco-conscious kitchen gardeners." Elspeth Thompson, The Sunday Telegraph gardening columnist

"An ideal companion for anyone getting dirt under their fingernails for the first time." Tracey Smith, writer / broadcaster on sustainable living, author of The Book of Rubbish Ideas

"Emma's style is light and friendly yet at the same time informative and based on personal experience.... A dual purpose book - a concise and valuable practical guide, but at the same time a lovely little read for the deck chair or hammock!" Graham Burnett, permaculture teacher and author (read his Permaculture Magazine review here)

"Emma Cooper is an unstoppable force, one of life's positive people, and The Alternative Kitchen Garden sets out her inspiring personal vision of how to grow your own." Emma Townshend, Independent on Sunday gardening columnist

"Hallelujah - a kitchen garden handbook for the genuine newbie. Instead of dry facts and statistics, here you have a description of the life and soul of a garden." Corrina Gordon-Barnes, award-winning writer of The World Needs Your Passion web site

"The Alternative Kitchen Garden is not just an A-Z, it is an inspirational tour of an edible garden that can be recreated in the smallest of backyards. An essential guide for a new generation of gardeners who are keen to join the kitchen garden revolution." Karen Cannard, blogger and author of The Rubbish Diet

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Yacon fruit salad
Yacon fruit salad

Yacon

Add a few tubers your to fruit salads!

"Easy to grow and store, high-yielding, supernutritious and crunchy like an apple, yacon (pronounced ya-kon) is one of the many “new” vegetables coming to us from South America. In reality, this fruitlike vegetable has been cultivated throughout the Andes for more than a millennium. South Americans eat it as a fruit; they also use the huge leaves to wrap foods during cooking, in the same way cabbage leaves are used in Germany, grape leaves in the Mideast and banana leaves in the tropics. Only recently — thanks to some adventurous green thumbs — have North Americans begun to see yacon in produce markets."

Read the rest of William Woys Weaver's article on Yummy Yacon.

Japanese Knotweed
Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

One way of controlling weeds is to eat them!

Some unusual edibles can be tricky to grow - they may not like your climate, they may need special attention to thrive. But if you look at the weeds that naturally want to grow in your garden then you may find that some of them are edible as well. My article No Hoe Zoe in the Guardian covered some common weeds - nettles, dandelions, brambles (blackberries) among others - but also mentions Japanese Knotweed, which can be an invasive problem weed. However, it's also edible and can be used as a rhubarb replacement. There are plenty of tasty recipes floating around on the internet, including several for Japanese Knotweed crumble. As with any unusual edible, though, (particularly ones you haven't deliberately grown yourself) be careful that you have correctly identified the plant before you tuck in!

Hemp, growing at the Eden Project in 2006
Hemp, growing at the Eden Project in 2006

Hemp

The edible and useful plant you can't grow

Hemp (Cannabis sativa) used to be widely grown for its useful products - fibre, seeds and leaves. It can be used for clothing and rope, for food and medicine, for paper-making and for repelling insects (have a look at PFAF for more information on its uses).

But in many places it is now illegal to grow hemp because of its narcotic relations. There are strains of Cannabis sativa that produce virtually no narcotic compounds - you'd never get high from them - and these are grown commercially in the UK for use in many different industries, but they are not available to the home farmer or kitchen gardener. For more information read my blog post Crazy Ideas: Hemp.

Hemp at Eden - Why is there a hemp fence at the Eden Project?

There's plenty to find out about Hemp, growing in the Outdoor Biome

A Year in a Forest Garden - Perennial Crops for a Changing Climate

Get a sneak preview of 'A Year in a Forest Garden - Perennial Crops for a Changing Climate', a DVD by Martin Crawford that's being released in April 2009.

Perennial Vegetables - From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles

An outstanding encyclopedia of perennial vegetables and fruits - unusual and delicious edible plants for your garden. Arranged by plant family, and complete with detailed instructions on how to grow each plant, the climate it thrives in, and how to eat it when you get your harvest.

Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Edibles
Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Edibles

There is a fantastic array of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food.

Imagine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as the flowers in your perennial beds and borders—no annual tilling and potting and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season. It sounds too good to be true, but in Perennial Vegetables author and plant specialist Eric Toensmeier (Edible Forest Gardens) introduces gardeners to a world of little-known and wholly underappreciated plants. Ranging beyond the usual suspects (asparagus, rhubarb, and artichoke) to include such "minor" crops as ground cherry and ramps (both of which have found their way onto exclusive restaurant menus) and the much sought after, anti-oxidant-rich wolfberry (also known as goji berries), Toensmeier explains how to raise, tend, harvest, and cook with plants that yield great crops and satisfaction.

Perennial vegetables are perfect as part of an edible landscape plan or permaculture garden. Profiling more than 100 species, illustrated with dozens of color photographs and illustrations, and filled with valuable growing tips, recipes, and resources, Perennial Vegetables is a groundbreaking and ground-healing book that will open the eyes of gardeners everywhere to the exciting world of edible perennials.

 

Oca tubers are one of the Lost Crops of the Incas and come in a range of colors. They are grown like potatoes (but they don't suffer from blight), although they benefit from a longer growing season.

Oca has a lemony flavor and you can save a few tubers from your harvest each year to replant the following season.

Ulluco is an even more colorful tuber. Also available from Real Seeds, they're a very new and unusual crop outside of the Andes.

Ulluco tubers sprout (like potatoes) early in the year, as you can see at Daughter of the Soil.

Book review: Growing Unusual Vegetables - Weird and Wonderful Vegetables and How to Grow Them

One of my favorite gardening books is Growing Unusual Vegetables by Simon Hickmott.

Simon walks you through how to grow over 90 different unusual edible plants, including details of their history and how you use them once they've grown.

You'll learn about unusual leafy vegetables, fruits and roots and even some grains, herbs and spices.

If you want a taster, check out this interview with Simon Hickmott which includes details on growing chickpeas, water chestnuts and sea kale and some suggestions of plants for an edible border.

Growing Unusual Vegetables: Weird And Wonderful Vegetables And How to Grow Them
Growing Unusual Vegetables: Weird And Wonderful Vegetables And How to Grow Them

Growing Unusual Vegetables is for gardeners who like to try something different. In this book they will find more than ninety unusual plants, all of them edible. The book is divided into sections on greens, roots, fruits, seeds, grains, and flavorings for easy reference. Each plant entry comes complete with comprehensive cultivation instructions, hardiness zones, and fascinating notes on the plant’s origin, history, and uses.

With this indispensable guide, you can turn your garden into a unique storehouse of useful and unusual edible plants, many of which are surprisingly easy to grow.

 
Saffron crocus in flower
Saffron crocus in flower

Saffron - Crocus sativus

Grow the world's most expensive spice

Saffron is expensive because it is made from the stamens of Crocus sativus - and each plant only has 3 strands. There's no mechanical way to harvest saffron, so all the work is done by hand. Despite this, many cuisines from around the world use saffron as a staple spice.

It is possible to grow your own if you can recreate Mediterranean growing conditions. Check out Simon Hickmott's 'Growing unusual vegetables' for detailed growing instructions, but two important points to note is that deep planting of the corms encourages flowering and that you need to make sure you have the right species of crocus as some species are poisonous.

Feeling hot! Grow unusual peppers

There's more to peppers than meets the eye

Peppers (both sweet capsicums and hot chillies) need a long, hot summer to thrive. For many people this means they're greenhouse plants, but if you have a sunny spot then you can succeed with a pepper outside in a good summer. Or they make decorative and fruitful houseplants.

The great thing about peppers is that there are a huge numbers of varieties. Growing your own from seed means you can choose between large and small, bell and long, different colors and a whole spectrum of heat.

You may even be able to keep an indoor pepper alive through the winter - they're perennial plants in their natural habitat.

Most cultivated peppers are Capsicum annum, but for the more adventurous there are other species you could try. For more information, read my article The pepper plant and growing your own peppers on Helium.

Or just try sowing seeds from store-bought peppers.

Places to visit: Ryton Organic Gardens, Warwickshire

'A Great Day Out in the Heart of England'

Ryton Organic Gardens is the demonstration garden of Garden Organic, the UK's organic gardening charity.

As well as proving that organic methods can give you a beautiful garden, Ryton is home to the Heritage Seed Library. You will find some of the heritage varieties growing in the Vegetable Inspirations garden, and if you're lucky you might be able to buy some heritage plants in the shop.

There's also the Cook's Garden, where everything is edible. As well as a traditional veg patch, there's also plenty of edible perennials here - roses and herbs are just the tip of the iceberg.

To hear more about Ryton Organic Gardens, listen to episode 24 of The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast.

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Minute mouse melon
Minute mouse melon

Mouse melons

AKA Mexican sour gherkins

These little cukes were on my list of things to try - easy to grow, scrambling plants, they are disease and pest resistant and produce a bountiful harvest of tiny cucumbers that kids (big and small) will love.

So far so good - the plants are flowering and starting to fruit, and they're tiny and so cute!

You Grow Girl grew them in 2007 and has some good photos. And they featured in MotherEarth News in 2005.

In the UK, seeds are available from Suttons Eden Project range. In the US, try SeedSavers.

Pea shoots

A very Chinese vegetable that's easy to grow at home

Pea shoots are the leafy tendrils of peas, grown to be used as a salad, or stir fry vegetable. Very popular in China, they haven't caught on as a commercial crop because they would be too expensive.

But if you have spare pea seeds then they're easy to grow - just load up a shallow tray with compost and pea seeds. Keep them moist, wait a couple of weeks for them to grow their first leaves, then cut the shoots off above the first joint. The plants can be left to grow on for more harvests.

Pea shoots have a delicate flavor and should be eaten raw or just lightly cooked (stir fried or steamed).

You can even grow them in winter, if you have a sunny windowsill or frost-free greenhouse.

To hear more about growing peas and peashoots, listen to episode 21 of the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast.

Book review: Plants for a future - Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World

Plants for a Future, by Kern Fern, is an encyclopedia of edible and useful plants that grow in temperate climates.

Ken Fern's aim is to draw attention to the wealth of plants which are useful, but not commercially grown and so virtually unknown.

Many of the plants in the book are perennials, and valuable additions to low maintenance gardens. There are ground cover plants, herbs, shrubs and trees and climbers.

Chapters include: pond gardens, edible lawns, wild habitats and an index of plants listed according to their use.

This is an absolutely fascinating book for the keen gardener.

Permaculture Plants - Ken Fern and his unusual edibles

Ken Fern talks about some of the unusual plants he grows in Cornwall (and which will all be mentioned in his book, Plants for a Future (see above)).

Places to visit: The RISC roof garden, Reading

See unusual edibles in all their glory in this rooftop oasis

The RISC roof garden, in Reading, is only a few years old. All the plants grow in just 1 foot of soil. And yet there's trees reaching for the sky - a cherry and a medlar are just two - and much of the work in the garden is based around controlling over-exuberant plants.

This is a forest garden, designed along permaculture principles. Plants are chosen to occupy different niches, so that no inch of space is wasted. Every vertical surface is covered with climbing plants.

Each plant is edible or otherwise useful. Many have multiple uses. They all come from temperate climates (a lot are from China and North America) and so grow well in this environment.

The Roof garden opens to the public several times a year. If you're too far away for a visit, you can find pictures and a list of the plant species on the RISC roof garden website.

To hear more about the RISC garden, listen to episode 13 of The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast.

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Welsh onions

A perennial onion the bees will love

Welsh onions Allium fistulosum are perennial, clumping onions. You can grow them from seed, and once you have you need never be short of onions again.

Welsh onions can be used like spring onions or leeks. They're so hardy that in most climates you can harvest them all year round.

Bees love their white flowers, which are attractive to humans as well.

To learn more about Welsh onions, listen to episode 20 of the Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast.

Achocha

A vegetable the Incas would have grown

Achocha (Cyclanthera pedata or Cyclanthera brachystachya) is a climbing plant that likes warm, rather than hot weather. It's not fussy about soil and is easy to grow - once it has established it can be quite rampant and makes a nice screen.

Achocha flowers are tiny and pale green and you can easily miss them, but hoverflies love them and so achocha attracts these beneficial insects into your garden.

The flowers are followed by green fruits in the shape of a tear-drop. Picked young they can be eaten raw. Older fruits need to have the hard seeds removed (save them for next year!) before they can be cooked. Fruits can be used like green peppers.

Achocha plants are not frost hardy. Sow your seeds when you would plant your bean seeds and you won't go far wrong.

For more information, check out the article on growing achocha on my website.

Unusual Tree Fruit

If you're in the UK, Thompson & Morgan are offering the Paw Paw for delivery in Feb 2011!

Unusual Edibles websites

Where to source and find out more about unusual edible and useful plants.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This is a fun-tastic group of unusual plants. I have not heard of most of these. Learning that the Crocus produces saffron was really curious. Neat lens!

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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      Strange..Pawpaws are native to my area of New York, but I can't find them to plant one in my yard.

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      Mirrie 4 years ago from France

      If you are gardening with kids it is always a good idea to throw in some weird and wonderful choices, it seems to help keep them interested

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      Sue Dixon 4 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      We had Japanese Knotweed in my area- I didn't know you could eat it. Great lens. Hope you're book goes well.

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      Maybe this will be the year we plant some PawPaw trees. I've been wanting o for a while. Wish we could grow hemp in the US. Maybe someday...

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      When I get my own garden I'd love to have a go at growing some of the more unusual vegetables and fruits such as Jerusalem artichokes.

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      @LadyDuck: The fruits on strawberry spinach don't taste of much, it's true, but you can also use the leaves like spinach. And they do tend to self-seed, but the seedlings are easy to weed out if you don't want them. If you don't like self-seeding plants, don't grow Wonderberries! They come up everywhere....

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I like to plant unusual edibles. I also tried a strange vegetable called "strawberry spinach", but it was quite invasive and the tase not really good.

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      CornellMarCom LM 4 years ago

      This was one of the most interesting lens I've read in a very long time..Interesting and useful.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Yes I do like your lesn and I would be interested in locating some of these here in Australia. I shall certainly try.

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Love your article about the unusual edibles. A lot of them I didn't know, but I know the medlar in your intro. We have a medlar tree in the garden. Blessed.

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      wonderfully interesting lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      That Ulluco looks amazing and yes, I also love the amazing variety of peppers available now.Growing oriental veg is amazing too - have you tired pak choi? I get a lot of my seeds from England and a really good company is called Nicky's Nursery - huge variety and excellent service. (I hope I'm allowed to promote someone in a comment. If not would someone please tell me??) great lens and I'll be looking for Ulluco.

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      EmmaCooper LM 4 years ago

      @suepogson: Nicky's Nursery are great if you're looking for unusual seeds :)

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      flicker lm 4 years ago

      Lots of wonderful ideas here. I've been gradually adding bushes and trees to my gardening venture. Perennial vegetables is one of my big interests now. I'm planning to plant some sunchokes in containers this spring.

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      norcalkitten78 lm 4 years ago

      Super cool lens!

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      Asher Socrates 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wonderful Lens! Keep up the good work. Thanks

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Very cool lens. I hadn't heard of many of these! We grow vanilla out here in the tropics.

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Very cool! I learned so much

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      Great lens! I would second your suggestion to grow Jerusalem Artichokes in containers. I made the mistake of planting them in the ground, and now I can't get rid of them :) They have pretty flowers in the fall though.

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      JohnCumbow 5 years ago

      One more unusual edible to grow... Mushrooms.

      There are several varieties that you can establish in your home garden or woodlot.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Awesome! Trying new vegetables in the garden is one of my favorite adventures, and there are several here I'd never even heard of! My garden and I thank you!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      Great resources..thanks! Winter is the best time to plan for next year's garden!

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      DementiaAdventure 5 years ago

      Wow what a fantastically helpful lens - thank you

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      joel7223 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Very interesting lens on a rather unique topic. Blessings from a gardening squid angel. your lens is now featured on "Wing-ing it on Squidoo," our page about angel blessings featuring some of the best lenses we've found.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Very cool. I am doing my best to grow ordinary veggies for the first time. Maybe next year I will branch out with some of your choices.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Great job here! I found it on GonnaFly's Growing Vegetables and Herbs - congrats on your blessing.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This page is packed full of good information including using Japanese knotweed as a vegetable while, I presume, you're trying to rid your garden of it! Blessed.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Just returning to say that this lens has been blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

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      Adriana 6 years ago from New Market

      Very interesting lens! I also like your writing style: went all over the place following your links :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This was such an interesting read. I had never heard of some of these Unusual Edibles.

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      So many edibles, so little time :) Nice lens.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I am seriously GAME to try some unusual edibles -- let's start with "A" ... artichokes!

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Very cool lens! Lots to think about.

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      TheDivasDish 6 years ago

      I did not know one could grow yacon in garden...thanks for the tip and the interesting article.

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      Magicality LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, lots of info !

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      Great lens about unusual edibles!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Nothing really unusual in my garden, but I do have some Aussie bush tucker in pots and my Mum grows oca. Your lens made an interesting read, thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      world best fruitjuice monavie

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Angel blessings and Happy New Year!

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a really interesting lens...I've never heard of most of these vegetables but you've sure piqued my interest. I'd especially like to try the Welsh onions. Not sure if they'd be a perennial here in Minnesota but it's worth a try. Thanks.

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      Phildave 8 years ago

      I thought that my Bananas were unusual, but this lens has really given me food for thought - and great inspiration (liked the sweet potatoes)

      Phil

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      thesuccess2 8 years ago

      Useful lens, apparently Purslane which most think of as a weed is edible and very good for you ,Purslane is also known as Little Hogweed.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My mouse melons didn't grow well this year :( I will have to try again!

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      lhiller 9 years ago

      Great lens. I love trying new things. The Welsh Onions sound interesting amd the artichokes. 5 stars for you thanks for an interesting read.

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      CleftyToo 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. I'll add it as a favourite from my vegetable gardening page...

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      Imogen Crest 9 years ago

      Fascinating!

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      flicker lm 9 years ago

      Good work! Those "mouse melon" cukes are cute! I grew some round yellow cukes this year. Yummy.

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      marasco2001 10 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing your tips and the unusual plants. The Mouse Melons really got my attention! I'll have to learn more about those little yummies!

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      teamlane 10 years ago

      Great lens. Unfortunately, I get all sorts of unusual things in my garden. Keep up the good lens workmanship.

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Fabulous lens, I gave you 5 stars. I shall give some of your tips a try. All the Best, Karen at Karen's Kinkade Art Store

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      SPF 10 years ago

      Hey! Welcome to my group Backyard Habitat. I love your lens. Great job!

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      Benedict 10 years ago

      Hello Emma,

      This is Benedict, I'm a Squidoo intern (Squidtern!) for the summer, just want to drop a line to say "great lens", I've never heard of these unusual edibles before, also liked your pics and personal recommendations, keep up the good work, looking forward to more unusual edibles.

      Cheers!