Originally posted on Williams Street Farmhouse:
This year my dreams are fueled by an excellent book called Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson. The premise of the book is that many of the nutritious aspects of fruits and vegetables have been bred out in our quest to make our food sweeter, less bitter, store better, etc. The more wild a plant is, generally, the more nutrients it has. The book is loaded with information on how to buy, grow, and store the most nutritious foods.
As gardeners we are lucky because we can grow a greater variety of vegetables than what is available in the supermarket. Instead of choosing between “baby” and regular carrots, we can grow 50 or more different types. Did you know that carrots were originally red, purple, yellow or white? It wasn’t until some Dutch plant breeders wanted to pay tribute to their royalty, the House of Orange, and crossed a red carrot with a yellow one that we got orange carrots. In the process they lost all kinds of nutrients.
Without going into the stories or the science behind it, here is what to look for in the seed catalogs so you can grow the most nutritious garden: