Beautiful Edibles

herbsborage (297x300)Borago officinalis – Borage is an old-fashioned herb with bright blue starry flowers (white and pink can also be found) borne from June to September and hairy green foliage. Both the cucumber flavoured leaves and blue flowers are edible, with the latter often candied and used on cakes. This European native is best grown by direct sowing. Grows 24″ high by 18″ wide. Self-seeding annual.

swisschard (300x300)Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla ‘Ruby Red’ – If only this Swiss Chard tasted as good as it looks – as the mild flavour hardly compares to its very showy exterior. The bright red stalks are beautifully complimented by crinkly, glossy green leaves with red veining – both are edible, but most people choose to just eat the leaves. Cool season vegetable. Harvest in 60 days. Grows 12 to 24″ high.

rosemarygolddust (300x294)Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Gold Dust’ – This sport of ‘Rex’ Rosemary (which is an excellent strongly-flavored culinary cultivar) features 1″ long needles that are a bright gold with a central deep green stripe. It bears bluish-purple flowers from late spring into summer. Requires part to full sun with excellent soil drainage. Good container plant. Grows 24-36″ high and wide. Zone 7.

carrotspurplehaze (300x299)Daucus carota var. sativus ‘Purple Haze’ – This F1 hybrid produces 8-12″ long orange-fleshed carrots covered with a thick purple skin. They are high in antioxidants and Vitamin A but lose some of their colour and flavour when cooked – so I suggest you cut them into raw medallions and use in salads and dips. 2006 AAS winner. Matures in 70-75 days. Grows 12″ high by 6″.

tomrussianorang (300x300)Lycopersicon lycopersicum ‘Orange Russian 117’ – This Oxheart type tomato produces large, meaty tapered fruits (3/4 to 1.5 lbs) that are golden-yellow with red or pink highlights. This is a Russian variety with superb flavour, a dense texture and few seeds. The plants are heavy producers and the fruit is resistant to sunscald and cracking. Indeterminate habit. Matures in 85 days.

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