Throw Back Thursdays

Get a blast from the past in our version of #tbt. Take a journey in time with interesting factoids and history of our hand-picked heirloom plants and vegetables. Who knows, we may even throw in an old tool or two as well.

If you are seeking a sweet, densely fleshed, medium to large eggplant, look no further than Mitoyo. Picture chubby, round to oval, glossy, black-skinned fruits . . .
The sugar maple (Acer saccharum) captures the imagination with its sweet sap harvested with a little spigot and its inspiring autumn display. It is one . . .
Wild strawberries are not uncommon in backyard gardens. They tend to crop up along fence lines in particular. These tiny, wild original strawberries look like . . .
Red Rubine Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleraea gemmifera ‘Rubine’) are unique, colorful plants that produce an abundant harvest of striking, reddish-purple sprouts. The plants are tall, . . .
Gardeners in hot climates love the okra plant, and for good reason – it seems like no amount of heat can kill it. If you’re . . .
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are over 25,000 varieties of tomatoes in existence, so I guess I can be forgiven for never . . .
Did you know that at one time there were actually no orange carrots? It seems hard to believe now with the popularity of the “baby . . .
The Chinese Green Luobo radish, also known as the Qingluobo radish, is an exciting and unique heirloom vegetable that is known both for its delicious . . .
The history of figs is not a tale quickly told, since it is thought to span some 11,000 years. Archaeobotanists suggest that this plant might . . .
Ginger is the root of a plant that has a history of medicinal and culinary uses dating back thousands of years. While most westerners might . . .
A low-growing plant with white to purple blooms atop leafless, succulent stems, bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) is found across much of the Western United States. In . . .
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