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.

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 . . .
Wethersfield red onions (Allium cepa) are among the best-known of America’s heirloom onions, with a rich history inextricably tied to the nation’s earliest years. Read . . .
Imagine you could blow a banana up like a balloon so that it got a longer and much, much plumper. That’s what a ripe banana . . .
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