Cherry on Top Whence these delicious treats? PRUNUS avium, the main ancestor of the sweet cherries that are grown commercially worldwide, is native to parts of Europe, Turkey, Africa and Asia. PRUNUS cerasus is the ancestor of the sour cherries that are grown mainly for cooking, and it originated in Europe and southwest Asia. Cherries […]
Grow to Eat
If you are looking to get the best out of your garden, then look no further than this!
Grow to eat is a unique guide to vegetables, fruit, herbs and the many other wondrous, edible plants in your garden. Below you will find tips on growing your own produce, articles on the latest advancements in food gardening and, of course, hundreds of recipes for you to try!
Spanspek Salsa This delicious salsa, which is spicy, sweet, hot and sour, is a perfect accompaniment to seared tuna or any grilled fresh fish. ¼ spanspek, deseeded, peeled and cut into small cubes 2 spring onions, chopped 2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped a few sprigs fresh coriander 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice 2 […]
Ooh, Melons! Known as cantaloupe in much of the world, here the sweet melon is generally referred to as spanspek by English and Afrikaans speakers alike. Apparently the name arose in the Cape – the tale goes that Lady Juana Maria de los Dolores de Léon Smith, the Spanish wife of Sir Harry Smith (Governor […]
Pomegranate Cut a pomegranate fruit in half and the beauty that is revealed inspires artists to paint it, draw it, use the pattern on fabric and write about it. Common name: Pomegranate Botanical name: PUNICA granatum Origin: Southern Asia, Southeast Europe Propagation There are several ways to propagate pomegranates. They will grow easily from seed, […]
Get rid of those pouts, grow brussel sprouts! A sprout from Brussels…? BRASSICA oleracea variety gemmifera, the vegetable we know as Brussels sprouts, arose from the same parent plant as cabbage, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi and cauliflower and thus shares the same genus and species names as them. The ‘Brussels’ in the common name comes from […]
Perfect Peaches Imagine the taste of a juicy peach, picked straight off the tree that you have nurtured through the seasons. One peach tree can produce more fruit than a family can eat so it is well worth the investment. Common name: Peach Botanical name: PRUNUS persica Origin: China Propagation Peach trees can be grown […]
Kiwi Fruit Common name: Kiwi fruit, also called Chinese gooseberry Botanical name: ACTINIDIA deliciosa Origin: China History At least 300 years ago the Chinese were already cultivating ACTINIDIA deliciosa on a very small scale, yet much of the crop consumed there still comes from wild vines scattered over the Zhejiang counties. It was when seeds […]
Bay, the noblest of leaves It may come as a surprise, but sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) has a long association with December festivities, even predating Christmas. In Roman times branches of bay were used to decorate homes during the festival of Saturnalia in mid-December, coinciding with the winter solstice. Bay leaves werealso burnt as a […]
Lavender If you plant just one herb, it should be lavender, for no other herb combines so many qualities in one plant. Its beauty and fragrance are self-evident, it is a significant healing and tonic herb, it has a myriad of culinary, beauty and household uses, and can play a role as a pest-repelling plant […]
Dilly for Dill With its feathery, blue-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in summer, dill (Anethum graveolens) is an elegant, 1 m-high feature plant for the herb, veggie and flower garden. The showy flowers attract many beneficial insects, such as tiny wasps and flies that prey on aphids. For this reason, dill is often […]