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SSGP Episode 50 Three Unusual Crops

This is a short episode about three crops that I plan on trying or have already tried that are way interesting in regards to their histories, uses and rarity. In fact, if anyone has grown all three, I’d be very interesting in hearing from you or for that matter, any of them. I could use the help!

Roselle – a hibiscus relative. Grown for its many different uses and native to Asia/Middle East. Its unopened flower pods (calyxes) are notable for use in flavoring drinks or as wine, jelly or sauce fodder. Said to taste like citrus/cranberries with a great red color. The leaves and also used as a pot herb in salads. The fibers at the base are a great substitute for hemp. This entire plant is medicinal with a very low toxicity.

Quinoa – pronounced Keenwa, this grain has been a staple of the Incan descendants for years. It has quite an interesting history as it was banned by the Spanish missionaries and had to be basically hidden in the Andes mountains. It is a wonder grain full of Omega 3 fatty acids, protein. It is also resistant to insects thanks to a substance coating the grain called sapponin.

American Ginseng – I spent many of my formative years searching the woods for this valuable plant. Little did I know that with a lot of effort it can be grown. I planted some sprouted seed on my homestead property in West KY. I’ll let you know how that works. This plant is edible but mostly medicinal (disclaimer-this is a strong medicinal-work under doctor’s orders).

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2 comments to SSGP Episode 50 Three Unusual Crops

  • Ken

    Quinoa is great in the garden. Very lovely tall plant. We’ve grown it on occasion, and collected the grain. If you apply your standard of effort for reward, it falls short. Once coating is removed, tastes about the same as store bought organic. I think of it as a tasty ornamental! I don’t think I would grow it in any quantity. But grow it for fun!

  • Jason


    That is good to know. I wondered if it actually got as tall as the literature claimed. I don’t know if I mentioned it but the plan is to use it (along with sunflowers) to form a kind of privacy fence around the borders of my property. Any tips on cooking?


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