Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Bamboo Shoots

Words by Peter Gilmore; photos by Brett Stevens

Discover fast-growing bamboo shoots, a versatile resource and vital food source in many Asian countries.


Umbrian Wild Peas (Roveja)

Words by Peter Gilmore; photos by Brett Stevens

Dating back to ancient Rome, this Italian wild pea had lapsed into obscurity by the 1990s. Find out how this pea made its comeback in the culinary world.


Tea Terroir: Native Bergamot

By Dawn Combs

When tariffs made imported Chinese tea too expensive for American colonists to purchase, they turned to native bee balms for tasty drinks.


Spread the Wild with Summer Cherries

By Christopher Nyerges

Learn to identify wild cherries, and even grow them in your own backyard.


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Procure the Blessings of Basil

By Sheryl Normandeau

Dig up expert advice on growing heirloom basil, the praiseworthy plant that inspires a world of flavor, healing, protection, and spiritual elevation.


Seeking the Best Okra Cultivars

By Chris Smith

In a World-Cup-style elimination trial of 76 okra cultivars, 15 prevailed as the most productive, beautiful, and delicious choices.


Growing Ancient Legumes

By Nan Fischer

Invite rich nutrients and history into your garden with chickpeas, one of the oldest crops in the cultivated world.


Fragrant Dianthus

By Jessica Mitchell

With their spicy scent and bold colors, these centuries-old heirloom flowers can invigorate any garden, bouquet, or meal.



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