Although their appearance is unremarkable, dahlia bulbs can have a striking range of flavors.
PHOTO: ROB CARDILLO
The ornamental value of dahlia flowers has long been recognized, but their edible tubers also make them an excellent addition to kitchen gardens.
Dahlias are nice in fruit salads, especially with apples. Here they are paired with carrots and green beans.
Start dahlia seedlings in January in flats of warm, moist potting soil.
Choose the plumpest seed pods to get the maximum number of seeds.