I have this obsession with rainbow chard. I think I first heard of it when reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a book I loved so much I re-read it less than a year after my first reading. Anyway, isn’t it gorgeous? Uprising Seeds, an heirloom seed provider, has rainbow chard seeds available for sale.
Since I often fantasize about having my own vegetable garden, stocked with heirloom varieties, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. Basically, I love veggies in rainbow colors, and veggies in non-traditional colors. There are so many gorgeous varieties out there, but you most likely won’t find them at your local grocery store.
Another vegetable that caught my eye while browsing the Uprising Seeds website is the Painted Mountain Flour Corn. Isn’t this stuff gorgeous? I love it.
The story of the development of this corn is great, please do check out the link above to learn more about it. This variety of dry corn has been successfully grown from as far north as Siberia and as far south as South Africa. Even the husks look like they’ve been painted.
Other favorites from the site include:
- Ceylon heirloom tomatoes. This is a variety that looks like a big fancy tomato, in cherry tomato size.
- Cherry Tomato Sampler. This package includes one pack each of their most popular cherry tomato varieties: Snow White, Green Grape, Koralik, Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, and Red Fig. Check out this complete list of the cherry tomatoes they offer for photos and descriptions.
- Heirloom Black Tuscan Kale. I haven’t ever used kale, but this one has a long, almost black leaf to it, and the description, which claims it’s the tastiest kale out there, sold me on it.
Do any of you grow heirloom varieties at home in your gardens? What are your favorites?