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.

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 . . .
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 . . .
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