Unique Summer Vegetables For Your Garden

Rather than getting your vegetables from the market, why not grow them at home? It is a much healthier alternative and one that is much more fulfilling. Homegrown veggies also taste a lot fresher as compared to one’s that you would buy. You might be thinking that it’ll be a hassle and that you don’t have time for it but believe it or not, some of them don’t require much looking after at all. While there are so many unique summer vegetables for your garden, here are our top 15 picks. They are ideal for the summer, and their yummy taste will have you thanking yourself later!

Kohlrabi

This vegetable is a sort of alien-looking vegetable. It is grown best from the second half of the summer, and it should be harvested before it becomes the size of a tennis ball. This vegetable is used in similar ways to turnip. You can bake them and eat them as fries; it’s healthy and tastes delicious!

Long Beans

One of our favorite vegetables to grow, long beans, get their name because of their ability to grow up to three feet in length. They tend to grow fast and can grow inches every day. These plants thrive in hot, humid conditions and are therefore ideal for the summer. Stir-fry them for an even better taste.

Purple Cauliflower

Did you know that cauliflower comes in other colors too? Yes, purple is one of them! Not only has it got a one-of-a-kind appearance, but it also has many more benefits as compared to the traditional cauliflower. This cauliflower produces purple heads that contain anthocyanins are therefore a lot healthier.

Romanesco

Romanesco is a unique crop that’s mesmerizing to look at because of its symmetry. You can compare this crop to cauliflower and broccoli in terms of its growing requirements and flavor. Because of its signature pattern, this vegetable is a natural fractal.

Tomatillo

Sounds intriguing. Tomatillo is a staple ingredient in Mexico and some parts of America. This plant requires cross-pollination, so you will need to plant at least two crops if you want a good yield.

Kiwano

Kiwano is a rather strange-looking crop and has many other names that it’s referred to as. Horned melon, African cucumber, blowfish fruit are just some of them. It has a cucumber-like texture and has a great taste. Kiwanis grow best in warm, sunny environments, so they are best for the summer.

Amaranth

This is an excellent grain, just like quinoa. Its seeds are full of hugely healthy omega-3 fatty acids. It can be harvested for either its grain or its nutritious leaves. A low-maintenance vegetable grows well in most soils and likes a warm, sunny spot; therefore, it is a great veggie to grow in the summer. Amaranth thrives in well-drained, fertile soil, so keep the soil moist. You can plant amaranth with eggplant or with corn to shade the soil and help to keep hydrated.

Kalettes

Have you heard of a kalette before? It is a cross between kale and Brussel sprouts. This vegetable is a result of research and testing of 15 years. It is great to grow it in the summer, and the taste is a perfect blend of sweet and nutty.

Dandelion

This may surprise you at first, considering dandelion is a weed but is, in fact, quite the healthy veggie to grow in your yard.  Dandelions are packed with vitamins. They have a lot more health benefits as compared to the normal crops that you find. The best part is that they are low maintenance so don’t need much looking after. However, keep in mind that they may taste a bit bitter, so don’t be too surprised.

Achocha

One of the strangest vegetables you’ll ever come across is the Achocha. It is also commonly referred to as the Bolivian cucumber, and it even tastes somewhat like a cucumber when picked early. When picked later, it takes like bell pepper. This vegetable is an ancient one and is part of the cucumber family. It is a great option to grow in the summer.

Okra

Okra is probably the easiest and most self-sufficient vegetable you can grow in your year. It loves the heat and adapts well to dry conditions. Not to mention that it tastes absolutely amazing too!

Malabar Spinach

If you are looking for a vegetable for the summer, then Malabar Spinach is a great option to turn to. Its foliage is a great leafy green that you can use for salads and in your cooking. It is a summer crop and grows best in hot conditions, preferably around 90 degrees.

Eggplant

Eggplant is another plant that loves the heat; it thrives in hot temperatures. You should harvest it in mid to late summer. Ensure that the soil is well-drained; its roots need to be moist throughout its growing period.

Sweet Potato

Who doesn’t love sweet potatoes? It is delicious and also easy to grow. They are best grown in the heat so are the ideal summer crop. One major advantage of growing them is that their vines choke out other weeds. Make sweet potato fries out of them later, and you’ll thank yourself.

Manoa Lettuce

Make the perfect summer salad with Manoa lettuce. It is different from most other lettuces because of its great tolerance to heat. This lettuce variety is small in size and is very popular in Hawaii. Consider it to be a “mini lettuce.” It loves the sun so make sure to grow it in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.

Each of these 15 summer vegetables is unique and great to grow in your garden! They are low maintenance, so that they won’t take up much of your time and energy. Just choose the ones that excite you most and grow them!