9 Miniature Vegetables and Fruits You Can Grow in Your Garden

Shrink your garden down to doll-sized with these adorable edible plants.

Tiny things are everywhere right now—tiny foods, tiny gardens, tiny toys, and tiny plants are taking over Instagram and Etsy. Edible gardening is also getting more and more love on these sites. So what if you put the two together? These small fruits and veggies (often dwarf varieties or hybrids) are easy to grow in your backyard or in containers next to your kitchen window. Find the varieties that make you say, "SO CUTE!" and get growing!

fence detail white painted terra cotta planters strawberries
Marty Baldwin

Wild Strawberries

Wild strawberries, also known as alpine strawberries, are much, much tinier than the strawberries you see in the grocery store. The plant features large, lobed leaves and tall stems that hold the fruit above the foliage. Gorgeous white flowers appear in the spring and fruit appears throughout summer months. Beware: deer and rabbits love to nibble on these plants, so put a fence or netting around them for protection.

Buy it: Red Wonder Wild Strawberry 75 Seeds, $3.00, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

group of green onion crop
Kevin J. Miyazaki

Pearl Onions

Pearl onions (Allium ampeloprasum) are the adorable little onions you often see in stews. These mini onions usually only grow to be about an inch in diameter. They grow similarly to full-sized onions, but this variety matures faster, so you can enjoy sooner.

Buy it: Pompeii Onion Seed Packet, $5.15, Johnny Seeds

Kiwi Berries

Snack on these baby kiwis like you would grapes. Called baby kiwi or kiwi berries, these little fruits look like kiwis without the coarse, brown skin. They're packed with vitamin C and are best eaten when they are slightly soft to the touch.

small yellow summer squash in garden
Peter Krumhardt

Patty Pan Squash

Just a small variety of summer squash, patty pan squash (or sometimes called scallop squash) is typically harvested when it's between only two to four inches wide. The little squashes are shaped like flying saucers and have a mild taste, similar to zucchini. Their small and distinct shape and size make them fun to play with in the kitchen.

Thumbelina carrot
Peter Krumhardt

Thumbelina Carrots

These carrots are harvested when they're just the size of a golf ball. 'Thumbelina' is a short and stout variety and doesn't have the classic, tapered shape that most carrots have. The skin on this variety is very soft and doesn't have to be peeled before you eat it.

Fairytale Eggplants

These miniature eggplants are adorable and pack just as much flavor as a full-sized eggplant. 'Fairytale' eggplants are ready to be harvested when they are four to five inches long and are notable for their purple-and-white patterned skin. They do great in containers and grow best in full sun.

Buy it: Fairy Tale Eggplant Seed Packet, $5.15, Johnny Seeds

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Kindra Clineff


Cucamelons are the fruits you probably didn't know existed but definitely need to start growing. They look like little watermelons but taste like a mixture of limes and cucumbers. Not only do they look cute, but they are also full of antioxidants and vitamins that have earned them the title of 'superfood.'

Buy it: Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber 25 Seeds, $3

single small green pepper garden plant
Bob Stefko

Miniature Bell Peppers

You've seen them in the produce aisle, but did you know you can grow them yourself? Miniature bell peppers are just a dwarf variety and can easily be started from seed. These little guys do very well in containers, but keep the containers up high to keep hungry rabbits from getting a taste.


Kalettes, or kale sprouts, are a hybrid of kale and brussels sprouts. The small florets of foliage are much easier to manage when cooking and can be eaten raw or cooked. Only on the market since 2014, there are already three varieties available with slightly different harvest times.

Buy it: Autumn Star Kalettes Seed Packet, $8.60, Johnny Seeds

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