Rare Produce

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As the garden is developing, I’m keen to introduce some more unusual varieties of plants.  Most produce available in the supermarkets are farmed due to:

a. Ease of growing and resilience; and

b. acceptance by mainstream consumers.

In my search for unusual food, I came across a great website for a company selling rare seeds. The Baker Creek Rare Seed company in the U.S. specialises in precisely that, rare heirloom seeds:   http://www.rareseeds.com

Their website shows so many unusual varieties of fruit and vegetables.  I knew that there were a lot of varieties of tomatoes, but had no idea there were well over 50 varieties of watermelon.  Here is an example of an interesting one that looks like a combination of a rockmelon, honeydew and watermelon.

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 The Sweet Siberian Watermelon

Luscious, apricot-colored flesh is very sweet and flavorful. Grown at New Hampshire’s Ag Experiment station in 1901. It is early and a great melon for the north. In 1937 McFayden Seeds of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada said, “Largest of very early strains. A very early yellow-fleshed variety extensively grown by Russians. It is supposed to have come from Siberia. The melons are oblong, dark green, borne abundantly on the vigorous vines. The flesh is a golden yellow, sweet and delicious. Grown extensively by Hutterite Colonies, who find ready sale for them in many districts in Manitoba.” It is now rather rare and hard to find.

One thing I love about seeding fruit, is that from one fruit, hundreds, even thousands, can be reproduced. It’s just a continuous natural cycle that is so awesome.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rach says:

    That looks delicious! I hope Black Sapote is in the mix? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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