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Homegrown Spices

Tagetes lucida – Mexican Tarragon is perennial in its native Mexico and Central America but is grown as a frost-tender annual elsewhere. The leaves taste just like French Tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus) and along with the yellow blooms, are brewed to make … Continue reading

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Berries with High Antioxidants

Morus nigra – Black Mulberry is a deciduous tree native to southeast Asia which produces dark berries with a flavour of currant and blackberry. They’re a favourite of birds, who often descend on the tree when the fruits are ripe, making … Continue reading

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Edible Flowers

Acmella oleracea (syn. Spilanthes oleracea) – This tropical rarity goes by many common names including Toothache Plant (it has natural antibacterial qualities), Buzz Buttons and Electric Daisy. The strange looking ‘alien eyeball’ blooms are yellow with a reddish-brown pupil and when … Continue reading

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Figs

Ficus carica ‘Dauphine’ (syn. ‘Violette Dauphine’, ‘Argenteuil Red’) – Commonly grown in southern France, this San Pedro-type fig will bear one crop without pollination. The fruit ripens to a deep purplish-brown skin with strawberry-amber flesh that is quite sweet and juicy. … Continue reading

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Citrus

Citrus x aurantium – The Seville Sour Orange is primarily grown for its tartness which is invaluable in the production of marmalade. It is self-fertile with fragrant white flowers and can be brought indoors into a bright room for winter protection. … Continue reading

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Rare Fruits

Cornus mas ELEGANT – A newer variety of Cornelian Cherry out of Ukraine with pear-shaped fruit which mature to a dark red. These are quite sweet and can be eaten fresh or processed into jams, liqueurs and sauces. The bright yellow … Continue reading

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World Crops

Cucumis metuliferus – Horned Melon, Kiwano or Jelly Melon is an African native with green pulp that sports tastes of banana, cucumber and lime. The ripe fruit has a yellow to orange skin with prominent spikes and the hollowed-out shell makes … Continue reading

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