Today’s Park Seed Blog Question of the Day! concerns one of my favorite topics, weird plants. These are those novelties that will get the attention of the most avid non-gardener and make him wish he had somewhere to plant it. Today’s question came from a garden writer who was looking for something a little different from Park Seed.
“Are there unusual fruits or vegetables in the Park Seed catalog this season.”
Yes, here is a list of Park Seed’s peculiar produce you won’t find in any supermarket.
First is the Kiwi Hardy Red. This tropical delight has a deep claret skin rather than the usual brown and a bright red center. This kiwi from Park Seed has the tangy sweet flavor you expect, and the plant produces a hundred pounds of fruit a season. Surprise your guests with the crimson deliciousness
Slice up a Carrot Purple Haze and a Carrot White Satin to toss in your salad, and your guests will definitely have a few questions. The All-American Selection Winner, Purple Haze, is the first purple hybrid ever, and when sliced it has a beautiful bright orange center. The White Satin is brand new this year and is pure white all the way through. They are straight, firm, extra-crunchy, and have that same sweet carrot taste you’d expect from the orange counterparts.
The next curious comestible is my personal favorite. A native of the Mediterranean, the Cauliflower Romanesco Veronica is probably the most interesting looking vegetable in the entire catalog. Italian cauliflower, as it is called commonly, has a sweet mild taste that some say surpasses its classic cousins, as if that pretty face wasn’t already enough to win me over.
My next pick is Park Seed’s odd-looking Tomato Pineapple. Many people sing the praises of this heirloom variety with it’s huge misshapen gold/red-striped fruit. For those who grow it, it has the best flavor of any tomato, an old-time flavor long-forgotten in a new age of mild hybrids. It has meat from skin to skin and each piece of fruit weighs up to two pounds. This beefsteak variety is a real tomato grower’s tomato.
Park Seed’s next bit of novel nutriment comes in the form of what we call an “edible ornamental,” the Tomato Tumbling Tom Yellow. It is a pleasant contrast to our Tomato Tumbling Tom Red. The Tumbling Tom is a weeping tomato plant that can grow in small areas, hanging baskets, window sills, and patio gardens. There will be fruit aplenty, and it is very delicious.
Park Seed’s final fancy food is a deliciously mild shell bean of a distinctive coat. This balanced heirloom bean sports the ancient symbol of eastern philosophy, the Yin Yang. The Shell Bean Yin Yang represents neither Chaos nor Order, but is each contained within the other, reflecting the other. Okay, maybe it’s just a funny looking bean, but what a unique pattern!
Well, there you have it, the Park Seed Blog Question of the Day!