BEETROOT - Don't discard the leafy tops! They are rich in vitamin C and make a boring green salad rainbow bright. The purple roots get their deep colour from the betalain pigment which has potent anti-inflammatory properties an abundance of health benefits. Hardy and easy to grow.
BROAD BEANS - If you have to stand around podding beans...make it a family occasion. Little hands can be of great assistance & it might be even more appealing to eat later!? Pardon the two-four year olds. How good would it make you feel though with every mouthful packed with nutrients.
LETTUCE - Crisp power packed addition to your lunch or dinner plate. Plant to devour or to admire the pretty green rosette form in rows. Not just for rabbits! What's a burger without some greenery?
RADISH - We all know don't judge a book by its cover, and the same can be said for the watermelon radish. Slice open once the globular root is 5-10cm in diameter and discover a pale green rimmed exterior with a rich rose red crunchy flesh - exactly the same colour as the perfectly ripped watermelon (well uhhh...it was never going to resemble a banana was it?). As eye catching as your primary teachers earrings (but in a good way) with a sweet yet mild peppery tone, the watermelon radish is easy to grow to brighten up your life and plate. Enjoy fresh or fermented. CRUNCH!
SALAD ROCKET - Include young rocket leaves in salads, garnishes, sandwiches for a mild peppery kick. This fast growing and easy crop gives the same health benefits as broccoli, kale & brussels sprouts but is waaaaaaaaay easier to grow.
SNOW PEAS - Tell me you've crunched on a bright green homegrown snow pea. Forget shucking inedible fibers of other pea varieties and throw in the edible flowers and shoots as a garnish. Less time, looks good and more nutrients. Win!
BABY SPINACH - Generally speaking the darker the vegetable the more nutrients it will obtain. Cut single leaves to extend the plants life and your harvest! Energy booster that is less addictive than coffee.
CARROT - Once they've sprouted pull out every second or so seedling. It'll give the ones in the ground more space to really stretch out and grow well - think aisle seat in a plane rather than seat 37B (squish!). Don't throw them out though; they can still be used as baby carrots in stir-fry. Yum!
TOMATO - If you are going to grow anything yourself for flavour, make it a tomato. Once you've tasted your own proudly grown fruit (yep it's technically a fruit!) you'll never go back to those floury red cricket balls at the grocery shop again. You'll taste the difference and enjoy watching them twirl up a trellis or stake like a real growing connoisseur.
CUCUMBER - Tired eyes? Grow some cucumbers to slice and rest those lids with a homemade rejuvenation mask. Best picked young at around 15cm. You cannot get fresher than a crunch cucumber!