Vegetables

Tropical Vegetable List from Echo

Fruits

Tomatoes

Especially recommended for Central Florida:  Currant Tomatoes:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BarefootGardener/message/2567

Message from John Starnes:

Some tomatoes, especially Roma and Cherry types, can tolerate summers here fairly well, but the Currant Tomato, Lycopersicon pimpinellifolium, LOVES summers here. Huge sprawly indeterminate plant, bears thousands (literally) of very tasty tomatoes the size of a large blueberry. Does even better in winter though when most tomatoes are grown.
 
If my plants sell out, look for seeds of various strains on line, some from Mexico, some hybridized here, some from South America. This is one of the wild species used over the years to help breed the modern tomato. Be sure to save a number of the ripe fruit for seeds for a permanent supply. This one is fun to graze from directly, or to drop into salads and omelets.

Blueberries

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG359        http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/HS215

Pineapples

 

Roots, Tubers

Leafy Greens    Food & Culture Encyclopedia: Leaf Vegetables

Malabar Spinach        http://www.worldcrops.org/crops/Malabar-Spinach.cf

Grasses, Grains

Amaranth

http://newfarm.rodaleinstitute.org/international/pan-am_don/may05/index.shtml

http://www.jeffersoninstitute.org/pubs/amaranth.shtml

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg0817321118484.html

http://www.helpfulgardener.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=10323

http://www.saltspringseeds.com/scoop/powerfood.htm

Amaranth keeps on flowering until hit by the first hard frost. Seed will often ripen many weeks before that, usually after about three months. The best way to determine if seed is harvestable is to gently but briskly shake or rub the flower heads between your hands and see if the seeds fall readily. (Numerous small and appreciative birds may give hints as to when to start doing this.) An easy way to gather ripe grain is, in dry weather, to bend the plants over a bucket and rub the seedheads between your hands. My own preferred threshing method is to rub the flowerheads through screening into a wheelbarrow and then to blow away the finer chaff using my air compressor. Cutting and hanging plants to dry indoors does not work very well: the plants become extremely bristly and it is difficult to separate the seed from the chaff.

Herbs

You'll find that herbs and spices:

Thanks Dr. Mercola!

Turmeric

 

 

Trees

moringa - for life                  moringa 2

Citrus

Fig Trees

Papayas

Avocados

Bananas

Peach

 

 

Edible Flowers

An excellent, detailed link to using edible flowers:

 http://whatscookingamerica.net/EdibleFlowers/EdibleFlowersMain.htm
 

 An interesting table of edible flowers:

Flower

Taste

Agastache

Licorice

Allium

Onion

Hollyhock

Bitter

Chamomile

Apple Flavored

Tuberous Begonia

Citrus

English Daisy

Bitter

Borage

Cucumber

Marigold

Peppery

Chrysanthemum

Mild

Chicory

Bitter similar to endive

Squash Blooms

Squash

Dianthus

Cloves

Fennel

Licorice

Daylily

Asparagus/Zucchini

Hyssop

Similar to tonic

Lavender

Floral

Bee Balm

Tea like

Rose

Highly perfumed/sweet

Scented Geranium

Like variety selected, lemon, rose etc

                                                              

 

 

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