12 Unusual Fruits and Veggies You Should Grow This Year
Brad's Atomic Grape Tomato
These bite-sized tomatoes have skin with purple, green, yellow and red streaks. Brad's Atomic grape tomatoes have a sweet flavor and grow in clusters on indeterminate plants. You can grow these in a container or in the ground—just give them some sturdy staking or other support structure to climb up.
Chinese Pink Celery
Your ants on a log snack is about to get a lot more colorful. Chinese pink celery is lightly sweet and has the same crunchy texture as the green celery you find in grocery stores. Even the baby plants have bright bubblegum pink stems, so you'll have exciting color throughout the growing season.
Dragon Tongue Bush Beans
Want to amp up your bean-growing game? How about a pod with chartreuse and purple patterns? Dragon Tongue bush beans can be eaten in-pod or shelled. Each pod is about seven inches long and grows on a compact bush-type plant that stays under two feet tall.
Heirloom Pineapple Alpine Strawberry
When you bite into this strawberry, you'll taste hints of pineapple and rose. Heirloom pineapple alpine strawberries grow on a mounding plant that provides small fruits all summer long. You can grow these in containers like hanging baskets and window boxes to keep them out of rabbits' reach.
Blue Jade Corn
Black Nebula Carrot
This carrot variety will add deep, rich color to your plate. Black Nebula carrots are a deep purple that almost looks black. It keeps its color when cooked and has a white center when you cut into it.
This underused native plant is as beautiful as it is tasty. Both the leaves and the scarlet berries of this spinach relative are edible—you can create a summery salad with just this plant alone.
Oyster leaf is an uncommon green that has a briny, earthy flavor similar to its namesake shellfish. It can be tricky to grow when starting these plants from seed, but well worth the effort.
Autumn Star Kalettes
A cross between Brussels sprouts and kale, kalettes give you the best of both vegetables. The leafy florets sprout all over a thick stalk. Autumn Star has blue-green foliage on the florets and a deep purple stem.
Silver Queen Okra
These pale green pods will bring mild flavor and color to homemade favorites like fried or pickled okra. Silver Queen okra pods grow to be about six inches long. Pick okra when it's young for the most tender texture.