The Incredible Edibles Range
Many garden stores (as well as hardware stores like Bunnings which have garden sections) now sell the Incredible Edibles range of fruiting plants, and there are so many delicious-sounding things I would love to try!
Here are some that I have seen for sale:
- Chilean guava (a.k.a. NZ cranberry)
- Japanese raisin
- Mountain pawpaw
|Orangeberry plants next to a sign with precautions because of the Queensland fruit fly.|
Unusual Citrus Fruit
Apart from the lemons and limes, there were some interesting citrus varieties for sale. I was particularly intrigued by the finger limes and limequats.
|Finger lime plants.|
Asian Herbs and Vegetables
Asian ingredients are widely available these days, but if you want to grow your own, you can do that too! Growing herbs (Asian or otherwise) is always a good idea because you only need a little bit, and they are so expensive if you buy them when you need them.
Here are some Asian herbs and vegetables I came across at the garden centre:
- Vietnamese mint
- Curry tree
- Snake bean
- Edible chrysanthemum ("tong ho" in Chinese)
"Superfoods" and Medicinal Plants
If you are after plants with supposed health benefits, you are also in the right place. For example, you could grow your own:
- Goji berry
- Gotu kola
|Chia seedlings, amongst other plants.|
|Gotu kola and goji berry plants.|
I don't have a big enough garden, or enough time and experience to grow these things, but it's good to know the option is there!