Archive for the ‘Offbeat Edibles’ Category

Asparagus Peas

Tetragonolobus purpurea or Lotus tetragonolobus (asparagus pea)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I’m always on the hunt for plants that really earn their space in the garden, so when I ran across a listing for asparagus pea (Tetragonolobus purpurea; also known as Lotus tetragonolobus), I knew I had to try it.

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‘Red Noodle’ Beans

Yardlong bean 'Red Noodle' (Vigna unguiculata)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

The topic of arbors and pergolas for January’s Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop has gotten me thinking about some of the climbers I tried on my new arches last year. I’d decided that the orchard arch ought to have something edible, so when I found ‘Red Noodle’ (also called ‘Chinese Red Noodle’) bean in the Territorial Seed catalog, it seemed like a good choice.

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Couve What?

Couve Tronchuda and 'Purple Tulsi' basil

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

You know how there are some plants you just can’t grow, no matter how often you try? For the longest time, I drooled over pictures of sea kale (Crambe maritima), and I desperately wanted to grow it. I bought plants, I grew them from seed, but I couldn’t get them to last more than a year. Eventually, though, I found what I consider a great substitute: couve tronchuda.

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