Try your hand at growing this unique looking and sometimes unique tasting produce from around the world.
Watermelon radishes are an heirloom variety of daikon radishes and originated in China, where they are called shinrimei. They’re a root vegetable and member of the Brassica family, which also includes arugula, broccoli, and cabbage. The watermelon radish doesn’t taste like watermelon.
Domestic carrots are available in purple, red, and white have originated in Afghanistan while yellow carrots have their roots set in Turkey in the 900’s. The roots are full-sized at 7″ long, thrive in heavy soils, and are very hardy.
Dragon fruit, also known as pitahaya or strawberry pear, is a tropical fruit known for its vibrant red skin and sweet, seed-speckled pulp. Its unique look and acclaimed superfood powers have made it popular among health-conscious. Since dragon fruit is a good source of vitamin C, it helps in strengthening immunity, aiding the absorption of iron by the body, producing collagen makes teeth healthier, and promoting healthy and glowing skin. Vitamin C also helps boost your immunity, thereby keeping you from getting sick.
Other English common names of calamansi include Philippine lime, calamonding, calamondin orange, calamandarin, golden lime, Panama orange (also used for kumquats), musk orange, bitter-sweets, and acid orange. While the two fruits look quite the same, their usage is often different. Lemon is more often used as a food supplement, while calamansi is also fit to be applied to the skin. Therefore, lemon can be considered a calamansi juice substitute if you’re using it as a source of vitamin C.
Kohlrabi, also called German turnip, is a biennial vegetable, a low, stout cultivar of wild cabbage. It is another cultivar of the same species as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, Savoy cabbage, and gai lan. It can be eaten raw or cooked.
The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica and Physalis ixocarpa), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era.
Goji, goji berry, or wolfberry, is the fruit of either Lycium barbarum or Lycium chinense, two closely related species of boxthorn in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. L. barbarum and L. chinense fruits are similar but can be distinguished by differences in taste and sugar content.
Galeux d’ Eysines squash is medium to large in size, averaging 10-20 pounds, and is round, squat, and flat on the top and the bottom. The skin transforms from green to salmon-peach when ripe and is covered in peanut-shell like protrusions. When maturing, the sugars in the flesh leech through the skin and this process is what causes the unique swelling, or wart-like bumps. As the sugar content grows, the more nodes appear on the outside of the squash and the sweeter the squash will become. The firm flesh is bright orange and moist with a medium-sized seed cavity free from the fibrous strings found in many other squash varieties. When cooked, Galeux d’ Eysines squash has a smooth, velvety texture and a sweet flavor reminiscent of sweet potato and apple.