I just found a group of purple vegetables. ANY of you tried these? Looks fun to grow.
Sweet, Lovely, Purple Peas!
It's so much fun to shake things up a bit in the veggie garden, to grow something unexpected, yet so comfortingly familiar. That's how we feel about purple Peas. What fun it is to see these vibrant jewels adorning our gardens as spring turns to summer!
We feature two purple Peas: Sugar Magnolia Purple Snap Pea, and Shiraz Purple Snow Pea. Both have bicolored flowers and deep, blue-purple pods. While each will turn green when cooked, luckily, both of these varieties are exceptionally sweet, so they are gorgeous and delicious raw. Enjoy them right off the vine, or adorning creative crudité platters with a savory veggie dip. However, we suspect that not many will make their way to the kitchen ~ you won't be able to resist munching on them as you pick them!
Sugar Magnolia Purple Snap Peas
70 days. This brilliant, beautiful tendril Snap Pea features bicolored pink and purple-red flowers and deep bluish-purple pods that add an extra dash of flair to both the veggie garden and crudité platters. The pods are sweetest when picked before they fatten to their maximum size. Vines grow up to 8 feet tall and cling tightly to any trellis. (OP.)
Shiraz Purple Snow Peas
70 days. This gorgeous Snow Pea will turn heads in your spring veggie garden, from the pink and purple bi-colored flowers to the high yield of sweet, deep burgundy pods on 3' to 4' tall, powdery mildew-resistant vines. Harvest the pods when they're still small for the sweetest flavor. To preserve the striking color, enjoy these babies raw! (OP.)
Tyrian Purple Broccoli
70-80 days. This stunning and delicious variety looks just as beautiful in the garden as it does in the kitchen. Rosettes of thick, vivid blue-green leaves frame loose heads of the most gorgeous cool purple-green Broccoli. Once the main head is harvested, additional side shoots may form, extending the harvest. While the purple color fades with cooking, it'll turn heads when served raw on veggie platters and in fresh salads. (F1.)
Amethyst Purple Filet Bean
70 days. Pretty purple flowers metamorphose into incredible violet-colored, long, slender, stringless pods. Crunchy and ever-so pretty served raw with dips and other crudites, gourmet Amethyst Purple is tender and richly flavored when lightly steamed or sauteed in butter. Its compact plants are perfect for containers and raised beds. (OP.)
Purple Passion Asparagus
Without question, Purple Passion Asparagus is a connoisseur's delight. Its tender spears are beautiful, deep burgundy with a creamy green interior, tight buds and a rounded tip. More tender, mild and sweet than standard varieties, Purple Passion is very vigorous and productive and will yield spears ready for harvest a year earlier than most varieties.Tender Purple Passion is best appreciated raw in salads or steamed with just a bit of butter and lemon (and chopped, hard boiled eggs-the Dutch way). When cooked, it develops a rich yet mild nutty flavor and a paler purple color. For a special treat, lightly toast a slice of French bread or garlic bread. Butter it and place steamed Asparagus on top of the warm toast raft. Pour equal parts fresh lemon juice and melted butter over the Asparagus. It is simple, and simply delicious. Asparagus ambrosia! (OP.)
Black Nebula Carrot
75-80 days. Black Carrots may seem like a new-fangled curiosity, but in all truth, they have deeper roots (pun intended) than their orange cousins, having originated in the Middle and Far East long before orange and yellow Carrots were cultivated. Their purple color comes from a high concentration of anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants. Many so-called black Carrots are dark purple on the outside with an orange core, but our Nantes-style Black Nebula is deep purple through and through.
Purple Plum Radish
25-30 days. To complete our Radish rainbow, here is a plump, round, deep purple Radish with firm white flesh. It has a mild, sweet flavor that holds all season without becoming pithy
Taken from https://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/seed-index/fruits-and-vegetables/peas-and-pea-pods/snap-pea-sugar-magnolia.html
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org 641-794-3337 641-903-9365