“HOT” CHOCOLATE PLANTS MARCH 2008 FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE YUMMY NORTHWEST MARY ROSEWOOD, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER LESLIE PHILLIPS, COPY EDITOR Five Chocolate Corn (Corn „Mayes Double Red‟) Another Chocolate Flower Farm edible. I have no experience growing corn, but I‟m fabulous excited to try it out. You can see pictures of this beautiful, edible corn on the Chocolate Flower Farm Web site. Sow these seeds outside in the spring when it‟s warm years enough. Grow it and report your results to Yummy! Yummy Northwest is five years old! Native Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) This year, instead of cups of hot chocolate, The maritime Northwest has a native Yummy celebrates with the latest thing in chocolate lily. Don‟t you want one? Local chocolate plants. The Growing Gardener Where to find plants scientists do, too, as this native is listed as shows Yummy readers what kind of plants and gardening a sensitive species. It has deep purple, can make a garden look tasty. Many of the information almost black, nodding bell-shaped flowers. plants are edible, too, so you can enjoy And, interestingly, 18th-century explorer them in the same meal as your cup of hot Chocolate Flower Farm Captain Cook reported that he boiled the chocolate. Langley, Wash. tubers and ate them as potatoes. The www.chocolateflowerfarm. flowers are dainty looking, grow in Spring is almost here – take a sip of hot com meadows, tolerate some shade, and like chocolate and get digging! moist, acid soil. Also, the flower is stinky Great Plant Pick and attracts pollinating flies. Chocolate Gardening Seattle, Wash. www.greatplantpicks.org Chocolate Mint By The Growing Gardener (Mentha piperita species) Log House Plants Don‟t plant this anywhere near the native Who knew there were so many way to chocolate lily! It will most definitely grow flavor your garden with chocolate! From Cottage Grove, Ore. www.loghouseplants.com there, but, like all mints, it makes itself a edible to ornamental . . . you don‟t have to little TOO comfortable in the earth. This stay in the kitchen to get your fix. mint is wonderfully aromatic and smells like chocolate. Grow mint in a container. Here‟s a list of plants to consider for your Harvest and cut back frequently to avoid chocolate garden, beginning with edible Warning reseeding. varieties. Do not eat flowers from Chocolate Nasturtium Edible the florist or ones that (Nasturtium „Black Velvet‟) have been sprayed with Nasturtiums add extra fun to veggie Milk Chocolate Calendula pesticides. gardens and will bloom all summer long. (Calendula species) Both the flowers and the leaves are edible. Not your typical marigold. The milk Watch for allergic Add the large, flat leaf of the Nasturtium to chocolate variety, available at the reactions. any sandwich (like you would spinach Chocolate Flower Farm leaves) and enjoy the peppery flavor. (www.chocolateflowerfarm.com), is so Eat only the petals of a pretty with its milk chocolate middle and flower, unless you know pale yellow petals with burnt toast edges. for sure other parts are Continued on page 2 Use the petals on your salad. Bees, edible. butterflies, and birds love calendula, too. Continued from page 1 at the Mount Vernon tulip festival in 1996 or so. Just love those flowers. And, Chocolate Cherry Tomato wonderful for us, the Chocolate Flower (Tomato „Cherry Chocolate‟) Farm has the gorgeous Chocolate Sundae Every gardener has a story or two that Dahlia. Grow these in pots, too! started him or her down the garden road. Growing tomatoes in pots on my sunny Chocolate Delphinium south-facing patio rocked my world. I didn‟t (Delphinium „Chocolate‟) know heaven existed on earth until I ate I‟m a practical gardener . . . sticking to one of those amazing vine-ripened mostly natives and reliable, drought- tomatoes. I haven‟t yet ventured into tolerant plants … but if I ever wanted to try growing tomatoes in the ground. My sister, something a little more exotic, I would Amy, grows her “toms” in the ground every definitely take on this Chocolate year in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Delphinium available from Log House mountains with amazing results. I‟m going Chocolate Mint Plants in Cottage Grove, Ore. You can to do pots again this year and try these chocolate ones. If you decide to grow this Hot Chocolate read more about it on their Web site (www.loghouseplants.com/). Look under heirloom variety (again, from the Chocolate Plant Curiosities. Gorgeous! Flower Farm), we want to know how you The original recipe calls for like it! regular mint, but you can Milk Chocolate Foxglove use your garden-fresh (Digitalis parviflora „Milk Chocolate‟) Frosted Chocolate Viola Chocolate Mint. Old-fashioned plants are in again. And you (Viola x williamsii „Velour Frosted Chocolate‟) can‟t get more old-fashioned than A must-have for any garden . . . those 3 cups milk Foxglove. This variety, though, with its happy-face violas (or pansies) are 3 ounces bittersweet or elegant reddish-brown spikes takes the wonderful all year round in our climate. A semi-sweet chocolate, Foxglove to another level. Find this rare chocolate-brown pansy with a yellow face chopped into small bits and perennial plant at the Chocolate and a frosted wing. Start this edible flower 6 to 8 mint leaves Flower Farm. This plant is toxic, so now (Feb./March) inside your house. I‟ve although you may be tempted: Do NOT started mine. Note that the seeds are teensy. Heat milk in a saucepan Eat. just until it begins to boil. Eupatorium Chocolate Non-Edible Take off heat and add mint (Eupatorium rugosum „Chocolate‟) leaves and let steep for 10 If you‟re interested in non-edible chocolate Chocolate Vine minutes. Strain out the (Akebia quinata) foliage, this plant is a great one, and it‟s a mint leaves, then reheat 2004 Great Plant Pick One of my first gardening success stories. I the milk. (www.greatplantpicks.org). It reportedly is was given an Akebia many, many years ago by my good friend and garden muse, not prone to reseeding itself around the Add the chopped garden like some of its relatives. You‟ll Anja, and this vine flourished, well, took chocolate, and stir or attract butterflies and bees to the fall over, but I loved it! This twining vine has whisk until well blended. garden. Grow in part shade and full sun. dainty chocolate-purple colored flowers and weird-looking non-edible fruit. It‟s perfect Pour into 2 or 3 mugs and The Growing Gardener is Gina Renee Lozier, a for growing on an arbor or fence but will Seattle-area resident, a landscape and garnish with a mint leaf. smother other plants if you let it. container garden designer, and an enthusiastic adapted from student of horticulture. Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineu) www.taunton.com/finecook Editor’s note: The Growing Gardener will soon When I first smelled this dark maroon ing/recipes/hot_chocolate. supply a monthly gardening column for Yummy flower, I was amazed that it smelled like aspx Northwest. real Belgian chocolate. Every sunny garden needs one! It‟s a tender perennial and, About Yummy Northwest unlike other Cosmos, it‟s a tuber. Dig it up Each monthly issue highlights an edible and store over the winter. One idea is to delight available in the Pacific Northwest grow chocolate cosmos in a pot mixed with and Montana. the pale yellows of Calendula. 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