Other vegetables and small fruits


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Achocha     (var. Lady's Slipper)     (Cyclanthera pedata)  Cyclanthère, concombre grimpant

Vigorous climber producing small edible pods similar to okra.  The 5 to 8 cm fruits have a tender, crunchy white flesh with a bean, cucumber flavor. Nice in salads or for stir fries. They can also be made into novelty pickles. Pick fruits young, when they are still green.
Divided foliage and delicate flowers make this plant also a valuable ornamental. But take note that this plant is requires a lot of space to grow. It can cover a 10 m (30 feet) fence.
Flowers begin to appear in July, pods follow in august. Cultivated in South America at high elevations  (up to 2000 m). Grow like cucumbers. Full sun. 90-110 days. Annual in zone 5. "Lady's Slipper" strain. Rare.

Packet of 5 seeds: $2,99

Picture of foliage and flowers

Beet Chioggia
             (Tonda di Chioggia)  

Heirloom from Italy with pinkish red roots showing in a cross section a beautiful concentric pattern. Click pictures for details. Nice, sweet flavor. Good for cooking. Edibles leaves. Introduced in America around 1840. Also called Candystripe and Bull's Eye. 55 days.
Packet of 50 seeds: $2,49

Beet Cylindra 

Long carrot shaped roots. Dark red. Edible dark green leaves. For cooking or canning. 60 days.
Packet of 100 seeds: $1,99

Broccoli Calabrese     (Green Sprouting)

Italian heirloom with dark green heads that can be picked between 8 and 15 cm. Resistant to diseases. Easy to grow. Side shoots appear afterwards. Introduced in North America in the 1880s. 60-80 days.
Packet of 2 g: $1,99

Coztomatl    (Costomatl)    
  Physalis coztomatl, costomatl      

A rather unknown Physalis species producing small golden fruits, like groundcherries or goldenberries. Crawling plants (30-60 cm high) with blue-green foliage and purple stems. Small golden fruits (1-1,5 cm) with pleasant smell similar to goldenberries (P. peruviana). Take note however that all fruits produced in 2009 developed a bitter aftertaste (normal or not?). Later than groundcherries, at about 90 days. Rarely cultivated.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,99

Ground Cherry   (Physalis pruinosa)

This one is a must for every garden. The small, 1/2" golden fruits have a wonderful fruity-tropical flavor reminiscent of pineapple. They are good fresh and they make a terrific jam. The small berries are enclosed into an easily removable papery husk. Easy easy to grow and fun. Pick fruits when husks turn brown or when they have already fallen onto the ground. Height: about 1 to 2 feet.
Packet of 50 seeds: $1,99

Ground Cherry Little Lanterns

Smaller, more compact strain of ground cherry, well suited for pots. Smaller fruits (11-14 mm) and lightly colored husks. Good ramification, starting right at the base of the stems, and short internodal spaces. About 25 cm high.
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49

Ground Cherry Pineapple

Looks very much like the standard variety, except for a greater ramification of the plants, a darker colored husk, a more zesty or tangy flavor, and maybe a more intense fruity smell.
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49

Goldenberry, Cape Gooseberry        
(Physalis peruviana)

Interesting plant from the Andes producing golden orange 3/4"-1" berries on a 4-foot plant. The fruit is enclosed into a papery husk, just like tomatillos and groundcherries, and has a sweet, tangy orange-like flavor. Grow like you would tomatoes, but without pruning. Needs staking. This sub-tropical species can be grown north up to zone 5 if started inside early (2-3 months before last frost). Harvest late in October.
Packet of 35 seeds: $2,49

Kohlrabi Superschmelz

A giant variety that can reach the size of a volleyball (25 cm) and weigh up to 4.5 kg (10 pounds). Does not get fibrous, even when large. Space 60 cm apart if you want to grow big ones. From Switzerland.
Excellent crunchy flesh, good raw or cooked. 70 days.
Packet of 50 seeds: $3,49

Huauzontle - Red Aztec Spinach     
(Chenopodium nuttalliae, Chenopodium berlandieri ssp. nuttaliae)

Domesticated chenopodium from Mexico, similar to Lamb's Quarter
(chenopodium album), except for the red color it takes in fall. Flower buds are harvested and cooked like spinach or broccoli, and often fried in batter. Nice, pleasant taste. Still, the plant looks very much like the wild growing Lamb's Quarter, so you might as well save garden space by picking up the wild Lamb's Quarter growing everywhere! For the aficionados of obscure mexican food. Tall, large plant that can reach 1,5 m and more.
Packet of 100 seeds: $1,99

Links: photo of Huauzontle flower heads

Related to quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), seeds are edible.
Looks very much like the wild growing weed known as "lamb's quarter" except that the plant takes on a red hue at the end of the summer.

Jaltomato                (Jaltomata procumbens)

Dark purple berries looking somewhat like blueberries. White flesh tasting like grape and tomatoes. Eaten fresh, dried or made into jam. Grown in some areas of Mexico. 3 to 4 feet plants. May need staking. Rare.
Packet of 50 seeds: $1.99

Jicama   (Pachyrhizus erosus) 

Tropical climber grown for its crunchy, juicy tuber. Sweet, refreshing taste, similar to water chestnut. White flesh, crunchy like an apple. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Used in Mexican and oriental cuisine. Tall vine that can reach more than 2 m tall. Tested in Quebec in 2007 (see below). Start plants inside and harvest tubers around the end of october (when leaves wither). Full sun, with very rich, well drained soil.
150 days.
Packet of 10 seeds: $3,49

The plants grown in zone 5 yielded some large tubers (around 11 cm in diameter) and some smaller (5-6 cm). But all of them tasted great, especially raw, with a pleasant sweet taste. Plants were started in May and planted outside in early June. Can be grown with some success in the north (zone 5) if you give it extra care.

Kiwano       (Cucumis metuliferus)

(African cucumber, Horned melon)

This climbing vine looks very much like its cucumber relative except for its stinging hairs and its strange, 6-8" orange-yellow fruit covered with horns. The dense, liquid pulp is of a beautiful emerald green, smells like banana and tastes like a mix of lime and cucumber. It can be eaten raw or, preferably, made into a juice or used in sorbets. Grow like cucumbers. Needs warmth and rather long growing season (100 days +). Watch out, foliage stings like stinging nettle.
Packet of 5 seeds: $2,99

. Chinese Lantern      (Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii)

Perennial. Known mainly for its decorative husks, this plant can also be appreciated for its beautiful bright orange berries. The 2-cm fruits have a pleasant, tart flavor reminiscent of lemon. Can be used to make jams. Start plants early in February for first year fruits. Full sun. Zone 4. Warning: can become invasive with its extended root system.
Packet of 25 seeds: $2,49

Corn Blue Shaman

Popcorn type with translucent, dark blue kernels. 15-20 cm long. Also used to make blue tortilla chips. Good production (hybrid F1). To make popcorn, just place the dried cob into a paper and put into the microwave oven. 110 days.
Packet of 15 seeds: $2,49

Corn Indian      (Maïs Indien)

Indian corn with multicolored ears about 8" long (20 cm). Makes great popcorn. Also good for fall decorations. 5 feet tall. 100 days.
Packet is 20 seeds: $1.99

Corn Japonica Striped      (Japonica Striped Maize)

Brightly colored foliage with white, yellow and purple stripes. Click photos for details. Small cobs with dark purple kernels, 15 to 20 cm long. Ornamental foliage. Small plants. Dried cobs used for decoration and popcorn. From Japan, 1890. 80 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,99

Corn Carousel Indian

Ornamental type with tiny cobs, only 12 cm by 2,5 cm. Nice contrasting, multicolored shades. Makes nice fall decorations. Can also be ground into flour or popped in the microwave oven. Short plants, about 120 to 150 cm. 105 days.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99

  Corn Peaches and Cream

Sweet corn with white and yellow kernels. Sweet and tasty. 20 cm ears. Well adapted to northern latitudes. Hybrid. Quite early:  80-85 days.
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99

Corn Morado        (Peruvian Morado, Maiz Morado)

Corn variety from the Andes with large dark purple kernels used for making a sweet refreshing drink called  chicha morada or chicha de maiz morado. Also used like barley malt for brewing a corn beer of the same name. Very dark-colored, big flattened kernels. This corn needs a very long growing season, definitely more than 120 days. Cannot be grown in Canada (ears begin to form in October!). For long-season countries.
Packet of 10 seeds: $2,49

Popular drink in Lima and along the peruvian coast. The chicha recipes also includes a pineapple, cinnamon, orange peels, lemon, and some other ingredients.
Link to chicha recipes and pictures (en espanol)

Link to chicha beer recipes (en espanol)

Corn Strawberry Popcorn

Small cute cobs with ruby red kernels. Tiny: 5-6 cm. For fall decorations or to make popcorn. Small plants, 1,5 to 1,8 m high. 100 days.
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49


Miltomato Vallisto          

Dark purple berries with sweet fruity flavor. Larger fruits (1 cm) than Sunberry. Can be eaten fresh. Make a good jam or pie filling. Highly pigmented. Plants are larger (1 to 1,2 m). Produce well. Full sun. From Mexico.
Packet of 100 seeds: $2,99

(Morelle Noire)    (Solanum melanocerasum, scabrum)

Dark purple berries used like blueberries or saskatoons to make jam and pie filling. Very tasty when cooked and sweetened. Can actually replace blueberries in recipes. Beautiful, intense color. Easy to grow. Plants are about 1 m tall and yields quantities of 1-cm berries. Make sure to cook huckleberries before eating them as this eliminates the slightly toxic alkaloids.
Packet of 50 seeds: $2,49

Sunberry               (Sunberry, Wonderberry)  (Solanum Burbankii)

Smaller huckleberry strain with superior taste. Berries are naturally sweet and taste like blue grapes. Can be eaten fresh or to make jam. Smaller plants, 1-2 feet. Tiny, pea-size berries. Can be grown in pots. Bred by Luther Burbank (1909).
Packet of 50 seeds: $2,49

Greenberry         Morelle verte    (Solanum opacum)

Small pea-size green fruits with spicy-sweet taste. Ripen to yellowish green. Gets sweet when real ripe. The small berries look like green sunberries. Crawling plant, 30 to 50 cm high. Rare. From Australia.
Packet of 20 seeds: $2,49

Okra Clemson Spineless           (Hibiscus esculentus)

Okra is a hibiscus grown for its tender seed pods that are harvested before maturity. Spineless strain with long green pods. Early 55-60 days. Plants are between 50 and 120 cm high. Okra pods are used in cajun cooking to make gumbo. Also used in indian cuisine. Needs heat to thrive.
Packet of 20 seeds: $1,99

. Okra Red            (Hibiscus esculentus)

Long red pods follow nice hibiscus-like cream flowers. Pods are picked young and used cooked in soups, stews and gumbo. Foliage and stems are red. Ornamental value. 1 m. Heat loving plant. Full sun. Moderate yield in the north. Packet of 10 seeds: $2,49

Peanut Valencia

An early type that can be grown even in the north (zone 5). Yield is about 20 pods per plant, each containing 2 to 4 small pink peanuts. Sow in warm soil or start inside in pots (do not disturb roots). Dig out the pods in late september and let them dry 2 weeks. Then roast in the oven. Very tasty. Prefers a light, well drained soil. Be careful with seed rot when sowing*. Full sun.
Packet of 40 seeds: $2,99

Side shoots do not have time to grow extra pods. So you can space plants close together, maybe 20-25 cm, like you would do with bush beans. 
*Seeds sown in damp soil tend to rot.
To prevent rotting, pre-soak a few minutes in a water-bleach solution (a few drops of bleach per liter of water).

Quinoa Rainbow
(Chenopodium quinoa)

Annual. Variety with nice multicolored seed heads. Can be used for food or just as an ornamental. Plants are about 1,2-1,8 m high. They have been grown in the Andes for centuries for their nutritious seeds. Selection that can be grown at lower elevations. Blend of pink-red, yellow and orange seedheads. Start plants indoors a few weeks before last frost. 90-110 days.
Packet of 100 seeds: $2,49

One of the most nutritious plant on earth. Seeds contain between 12 an 18% proteins, 8 essential amino acids, iron and calcium (more than milk), and leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals. Seeds are most often cooked like rice, they look and taste then like couscous. Leaves and young shoots are a nutritious and a nice addition to salads. They can also be cooked like spinach. Seeds need to be thoroughly rinsed before use in order to remove saponin, a bitter tasting compound.

  Radish Icicle 

Carrot-shaped white radish with crunchy flesh and mild taste. Short tops. Root about 15 cm long. 30 days.
Packet of more than 100 seeds: $1,99

 Radish Zlata      

Very unusual strain of round radish with yellowish skin! White flesh with mild to medium pungency. Summer radish that will grow well even during summer (tested). From eastern Europe. 40 days. Rare.
Also known as, or very similar to, Helios radish.
Packet of 1 g (about 75 seeds) : $2,99

Rapini                 (Brassica rapa)

Fast-growing type of broccoli that can be eaten whole (stems, leaves and flower heads). Usually sautéed or steamed, but not eaten raw. Spicy and slightly bitter taste. Smaller flower heads than the typical broccoli but produces more side shoots. Early and easy to grow. 40 days. Height: 20 cm. Preferably grown in spring and fall. Also known as "Broccoli Raab". Popular in Italy.
Packet of 200 seeds: $1,99

               Sesamum indicum

Plant grown in the tropical and subtropical regions for its edible seeds. White to pink flowers similar to foxgloves, with some ornamental value, followed by seed pods. Around 1 m high. Needs a well drained soil and full sun. Seed pods begin to dry in fall. In temperate climates, start plants inside, 1 or 2 months before last frosts.
150 days (for seeds). Black-seeded variety.
Packet of 100 seeds: $2,49

Sorghum mix       (Sorghum bicolor)              

Tall annual grass somewhat similar to corn in shape and size except it has only one terminal, loose seed head. Mix of differently colored seed heads, from reddish to yellow to brown. Used in fall decorations, or to make brooms (hence its name "broom corn"), syrup or molasses (from the stems) or to eat the grain. Very tall plant: 2 to 3 m high. Full sun.

Packet of 50 seeds: $1,99

Wikipedia link on sorghum

Strawberry Spinach  (Strawberry Sticks)
     (Chenopodium capitatum)

Interesting plant bearing bright red, strawberry-like fruits along its stems. Flavor is unusual, somewhat like a mix of watermelon and beet (thus its other common name: "beetberry"). Add sugar to taste. Height: 16". Full sun. Sow directly outside or start 2-3 weeks before last frost. Easy to grow. Can be used for borders or in containers. Reseeds itself. 60 days.
Packet of about 200 seeds: $2,49

Tomatillo Cisineros

This is a giant strain with fruits reaching up to 6 cm in diameter. They also have a nice, fine lime taste. Great in salsas, salsa verde or anywhere limes can be used. For best flavor, pick the fruits when they are still green. Plants are about 1 to 1,5 m high and might require some staking. Easy to grow. Uncommon. A relative of the groundcherries, with fruits enclosed in a papery husk. Please note that you need to grow more than one plant at once (needs cross-pollination). 75 days.
Sold out.
For a very similar variety, with large fruits, see "Tomatillo San Juanito" below ($2,49).

Tomatillo Dr. Whyche's Yellow     

Medium size yellow tomatillo bred by Dr. John Whyche. Fruits ripen from pale green to lemon yellow. Can be used either green or yellow (then sweeter). Tart taste, reminiscent of green apple or lime. For salsa verde and ketchup. Please note that you need to grow more than one plant at once (needs cross-pollination). Around 90 days.
Packet of 25 seeds: $2,49

  Tomatillo Yellow Giant            (Mexican Strain)

This variety is also larger than the average tomatillo, with big yellow fruits reaching 5 cm in diameter. Crunchy, like apples. Good texture. Zesty taste reminiscent of lemon. Never bitter. Good for sauces, salsas, chutneys and ketchups. Easy to grow. Might need some staking. Please note that you need to grow more than one plant at once (needs cross-pollination).
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49

Tomatillo Purple                  
(Purple, Purple of Milpa)

Green fruits ripening to purple with a tangy, green apple taste. Unripe fruits have more of a lemony flavor. 4 to 5 cm Easy to grow. 1,5 m high. Full sun. You need to grow more than one plant at once (needs cross-pollination).
Packet of more than 30 seeds: $2,49

Exposure to sunlight gives these tomatillos their purple color . Most are actually bicolored and even show some strange patterns.

Tomatillos are popular in Mexico, where they are used to prepare salsa verde. They make a tasty green ketchup.

Tomatillo Purple Coban   

Smaller, purple variety from Coban, Guatemala. About 2 to 4 cm (1 to 2 inches). Green flesh. Easy to grow. You need to grow more than one plant at once (needs cross-pollination). About 90 days.
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49

Tomatillo San Juanito

Very similar to Cisineros (if not identical), with very large green fruits, weighing up to 100 grams. Needs cross-pollination to set fruits (grow at least 2 plants).
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49

Tomatillo Toma Verde 

A relative of the tomatoes and groundcherries, producing green golfball-size fruits enclosed in a papery husk. Mainly used in Mexico to prepare the popular salsa verde. They make also a very tasty green ketchup. Very easy to grow and quite productive. Needs staking. Please take note that you need to grow more than one plant (needs cross-pollination).
Packet of 35 seeds: $1,99

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