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.

    There’s a new corn on the block. Okay, it’s not new, it’s actually an heirloom popcorn variety called strawberry popcorn. What could be more fun . . .
    Unless you live in tropical South America, Central America or the Caribbean, you may not be aware of Solanum mammosum. Its scientific name demonstrates that . . .
    We have all heard the old German legend of the pied piper who led all the plague infected rats out of the village of Hamelin . . .
Up until fairly recently, Americans’ favorite sweet white corn was Silver Queen. Today, this hybrid is queen in name only and has been usurped by . . .
Having trouble getting your family to eat vegetables? One interesting and fun way to increase consumption is to try unique and quirky options. Mexican sour . . .
Giant Prague celeriac (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum) won’t turn heads in the produce aisle. Its knobby bulb, the size of a baby’s head, is a . . .
I was the lucky beneficiary of some spectacular cucumber plants this year. My neighbor has a friend that has a greenhouse and loves to experiment . . .
The broccoli we commonly eat in the United States is called Calabrese, and it matures rapidly over a longer season. Depending upon who you ask, . . .
The plant world boasts more than 500 species of passionflower plants, almost always on vines but occasionally as shrubby plants. Either way, this beautiful heirloom . . .
“Arbor beans, white, scarlet, crimson, purple, at the trees level on both sides of the terraces and on the long walk of the garden,” Thomas . . .
When you think sweet potatoes, chances are you think of those orange fleshed things at Thanksgiving, maybe with marshmallows on top. While there’s nothing wrong . . .
Asparagusis a crop that takes some patience. If you’re short on patience, Precoce d’Argenteuil is a good choice. You’ll still have to wait, but not . . .
Gourds are always an interesting addition to the garden. If you’re growing gourds, you’re likely more interested in ornamentals than food. And with some gourds, . . .
I have to admit I hate eggplant. Although it has value in a number of cuisines, the fruits can be too mushy and sweet for . . .
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