Every year we try seeds and/or plants that are uncommon to our area and uncommon in general, especially if they are edible or contribute to the edible garden itself. It’s probably the classic example of our one-thing-leads-to-another approach.
A couple of years ago, we stumbled across Charlie Nardozzi’s Unusual Edible Berries column when we were looking for more info on the honeyberry we had ordered on a whim. Some research on the 8 berries he mentions led us to plant 4 of them in our garden – goji, goumi, honeyberry, and seaberry. In the process of researching these plants, we stumble once again, this time across Lee Reich‘s book,
We were growing some of the plants on his list – black currant, Nanking cherry and lowbush blueberry. And we started sourcing others. That took us to, among others, Trade Winds Fruit. Last year we ordered goumi, chaste tree (to use as a possible pepper substitute, and Schisandra.
This year we ordered more on December 29, 2010. We order early from speciality seed houses because they often have limited supply and sometimes sell out.
- Ziziphus jujube – Jujube
- Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry (apparently sold out since it no longer appears on the website)
- Crataegus oxyacantha – English Hawthorn
- Hamamelis virginiana – Witch Hazel (apparently sold out since it no longer appears on the website)
- Hovenia dulcis – Raisin Tree
- Panax quinquifolium – American Ginseng (apparently sold out since it no longer appears on the website)
- Pinus edulis – Pinyon Pine
- Ribes rubrum – Red Currant
- Ribes sativum – White Currant
- Rosa rugosa – Red Rugosa Rose
- Thymus fragrantissimus – Orange Scented Thyme