When your climate, soil or style make a crop you’d like to grow less feasible, sometimes there are related plants which will do well in your area which fit a dietary niche even if the taste isn’t the same.
High caloric starches – irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, winter squash
Cold weather greens – lettuce, spinach, collards, kale, celery, parsely, swiss chard, chinese cabbage (bok choi)
Hot weather greens – new zealand spinach, malabar spinach, tree spinach, orach, amaranth, dock, purslane, correl
Spicy greens – arulgula, mustard, cress
Lower starch roots and tubers – turnips, radish, celeric, beets, carrots, parsnips, salsify, rutabaga
Cabbage-like crops – kohlrabi, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, broccoli rabe, collards, kale, chinese cabbage (bok choi)
Tomato-like vegetables – tomato, tomatillo
Alliums – onions, walking onions, chives, garlic, leeks, shallots
Cold weather legumes – English peas, snap peas, broad beans (fava beans)
Hot weather legumes – cowpeas (like black eyes peas), dry beans (pinto, black, navy, and many more), green beans (pole or bush), runner beans, lentils
Do you have any favorite alternatives?
(By Nicole Castle)