Did you know that you can now grow many of your favouritevegetablesinreallyweirdcolours?
We’ve all grown up expecting carrots to be orange but these delicious orange sticks of yumminess were originally purple!
However, they now come in red, orange, yellow, purple, black and white. A true rainbow of crunchyliciousness.
So let’s stop expecting the usual white cauliflowers, green beans and pink radishes, let’s take advantage of the wide array of exciting colours these unique vegetables can also be grown in.
What’s more, the different colours of vegetable can actually mean better flavour, as well as, a higher nutrient content!
So what’s stopping you tasting these amazing variations in taste and colour??
Well to taste these unique vegetable your going to have to buy some seeds and grow your own.
But don’t panic you don’t need a full allotment. Just a pot on the balcony or a corner in a raised bed is all you need to grow these vegetables.
Start with a seed your familiar with like carrots but choose a wacky variety and grow a few in a pot.
There’s nothing like pulling up your own wonky home grown carrots.You can even eat the leafy tops as greens in a salad, that’s a bonus you don’t get in shops often.
And you get to taste a wider variety of foods not just the tasteless, uniform ones the supermarkets sell.
Get munching those black carrots, blue potatoes and pink spring onions!!
Growing unique and unusual vegetables is great fun, the worst that can happen is you don’t grow anything, but if your successful, you can grow some weird vegetables,
I’d like to share with you some of my favourite unusual coloured vegetables I have come across.
Maybe even get the kids involved. I have found that giving kids food that they least expect can make a big change to their diet.
They see a familiar comforting shape like a pea. But it’s purple?? It’s intriguing to children who will try anything weird and wonderful.
Unique Vegetables To Grow With Your Kids
This one isn’t as unusual as it may sound, Purple Sprouting Broccoli is an allotmenteers stable although it can be expensive to buy in store.
Extremely hardy to grow and puts up with our cold Scottish weather very well. Sow in April to May and It’s ready to harvest in early Spring the following year.
It produces a succession of succulent purple spears of broccoli. As you harvest it the plant will continue to make more shoots in its attempt to flower and produce seeds so be sure to keep picking every few days.
Full sun, sheltered, Height : 90 cm, Spread : 50 cm, Harvest : February – May
Multi coloured carrots have higher nutrient value than the standard orange ones. Vitamins such as Beta carotene. Coloured carrots also act as powerful antioxidants, grabbing and holding on to harmful free radicals in the body.
This amazing but mostly un-sung hero of the vegetable plot is one of my favourites. The deep fuchsia balls of flavour we used to have pickled as kids are amazing to go with salads, but there is so much more to this humble vegetable. Beetroot are known to boost the bodies immune system, and the roots are rich in potassium and folate, plus vitamin C.
Remember boiling beetroot can actually increase the nutrient value whereas pickling will reduce it.
Bright Lights Chard
Leaf Beet is an easy to grow spinach like vegetable packed with vitamin A. The leaves are delicious eaten raw in salads or cooked.
Most varieties are plain green with coloured stalks including gold, pink, orange, purple, red and white. They look wonderful mixed in a flower border just as much as they do in the vegetable plot.
The stalks can be eaten too as a vegetable boiled or steamed until tender.
Sow these seeds indoors in April and plant out after all frosts. Then pick as you like, right through to the following April. It stands well over winter and provides a tasty addition to Spring when not much else is growing.
Flying Saucers, Yellow, Stripy, Summer Squash and Courgettes
Courgettes (Zucchini) are high in vitamins A, C and E and taste delicious when either grilled, stir fried or lightly boiled. Generally varieties are a uniform dark green colour, but there are other colours available such as these yellow summer squashes.