Pandanus - Eat The Weeds and other things, too
During several visits over the course of a year it looked like a large berm of tall grass, about the size and height of a one-story house. For some reason it was trimmed back and began to fruit which led to its general identification: Pandanus. That naturally leads to a Pandanus problem: Which species is […]
Seasonal Spotlight: Pink Pearl Apples
These Pink Pearl apples made me gasp when I saw them in San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market last week. I was so excited I almost overturned the display! Like little ambassadors of fall, this forgotten heirloom variety is hard to find these days. Don’t know Pink Pearls? Read on for more about these little jewels.Pink Pearls are delicious eating apples. Their vibrant, deep pink flesh is crisp, juicy and has an excellent sweet/tart ratio.
GOLDEN FRUIT OF THE ANDES
Huge furry leaves tinged with purple are enough reason to grow this rare subtropical fruit. At home in a pot as a house plant or in the garden in a sheltered spot. Spheres of orange-green fruit yield juice that is said to be the finest in the world. Hand pollinate for fruit in its first spring.
Moon & Stars (Van Doren) Watermelon
Originally introduced in 1924 as Sun, Moon and Stars by Peter Henderson & Co of New York. It created a sensation in 1981 when Merle Van Doren of Macon, Missouri shared this legendary long-lost variety with SSE. The 15" dark green oval fruits are covered with pea-sized bright yellow stars and usually one larger moon. Foliage is also spotted. The fruits have sweet pink flesh and brown seeds. 90-95 days.
Rich Sweetness 132 Melon | Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Incredible little melons from the former Soviet Union. The fruit are a beautiful red, striped with golden yellow and weigh only about ¼ lb!