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i'm looking to grow some strange or unusual fruit and veg next year with several community groups, we grew oca (New Zealand Yam), liquorice and lemon eucalyptus this year.

one thing that has been mentioned is growing peanuts. has anyone out there grown peanuts in the UK? we're in the NE of England, but I have access to a polytunnel.

and apart from peanuts, can anyone think of anything I should be able to grow with my community groups?



  • I grew Huckleberries one year, easy from seed and seemed to crop well but didn't eat them myself, so can't comment on the taste.

  • imageimageTromboncino seeds are the strange veg I have to sow next year treehugger ?..taste like courgette/squash...looking  forward to trying them.?

  • B3B3 Posts: 18,759

    Squirrels used to plant peanuts in my London garden and they grew like weeds. They were a bit of a nuisance as we had a postage stamp garden.  I never let one grow to maturity so I don't know if you'd get a crop.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • VishuVishu Posts: 191

    How about water chestnuts or taros? Or maybe lotus if you have a pond.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I would say Chilli Willies are certainly unusual, very easy to grow... but perhaps not suitable for community growing ;)

  • VishuVishu Posts: 191

    You can also grow requires no care at all

  • peanuts are a definite, but i'll have a go at taro and passion fruit, I have also thought about growing turmeric roots from the supermarket, and maybe ginger?

    i'll try growing anything interesting to be honest!

  • thanks another one to try

  • VishuVishu Posts: 191

    If you are interested in unusual herbs and spices, then try holy basil, coriander and curry leaf plant.

    Another option is fenugreek leaves. Fresh leaves can be cooked as leafy vegetables(my favourite is fenugreek leaves with potatoes), can be dried and used as a herb( after it dries, it acquires a very pleasant aroma which is not in fresh green leaves) and the seeds can also be harvested and used as spice or in traditional medicine

    Last edited: 21 December 2016 09:54:25

  • Aster2Aster2 Posts: 629

    I grew stevia this year, it's lovely to bite into a bit of leaf and taste the incredible sweetness. It's tender, though, so it perished when we had -5C, even though I'd wrapped it up.

    The book James Wong's Homegrown Revolution has lots of unusual plants.

    Last edited: 22 December 2016 22:33:13

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