Have you ever paged through a seed catalogue and been amazed at the variety you see? Take cucumbers, for instance. Cucumbers range in color from the standard dark green, through lemon yellow, and on to white, with all shades in between. There are cucumbers with smooth skins and cucumbers with spines. The spines may be tiny, or they might more appropriately be called spikes. There are cucumbers that originated in Mexico, and cucumbers that hail from Armenia.
Or consider the eggplant. We grow varieties that are dark purple, delicate rose-colored, and pure white. There are large ones and petite ones, slim ones and round ones. We found this unusual scarlet specimen highlighted on National Public Radio’s food blog, The Salt.
We love to discover unusual varieties of old favorites like this. They’re pleasing to the eye, interesting to the palate, and fun to cook and serve. They also remind us of the immense variety and beauty of things that can be grown and eaten.
What unusual veggies and fruits have you come across recently?