[gardeners] Have you grown these?

Liz Albrook (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 10 Dec 1998 22:14:39 -0800

I've been looking at the Pinetree catalog and talking myself out of 
buying lots of seeds.  Some of them sound too interesting to let 
pass by -- isn't that always the problem?  Then there are the seeds 
I'm debating buying.

I'm looking at Tri-fetti -- a medium-hot purple pepper with green, 
cream and purple leaves.  Sounds like it would work well in the 
ornamental bed.  Anyone grown it?

I'm interested in finding a flavorful, non-bitter eggplant that produces 
largeish fruit.  Eggplant in my area stayed expensive throughout 
this year and I am certainly not going to let another year go by 
without growing some.  Any suggestions for a suitable variety?

I tried growing epazote once.  Got seed from Johnny's and I direct 
seeded it into the garden.  None of them germinated.  I seem to 
recall someone saying that epazote seed have poor germination 
rates but my memory is not what it once was.  Any comments or 
suggestions about what I did wrong/the seed/germination of 
epazote seed?  (BTW, how is epazote pronounced?)

Can anyone who has grown cutting celery comment on whether it's 
worth the effort to grow?

Does anyone know a source for kari AKA curry -- the large-leaved 
herb used in some Indian dishes (not the narrow leaf stuff that 
occasionally goes by the same name)?  Anyone know the 
botanical name of the same?  Does anyone know of a source for 
some of the more unusual Indian veggies and spices?  Seems like 
sources for Far Eastern veggies and herbs are everywhere but I 
haven't found any good sources for Indian produce.

Speaking of eastern herbs can anyone give me a botanical name 
for yellow chives or a source for seed?  No, they aren't garlic 
chives.  What about the plant known as bunching mustard that is 
eaten pickled in dishes all over far eastern and southeastern asia?

I don't even want to think about tomatoes.