Mediterranean Diet Garden


| 1/14/2014 9:20:00 AM


The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be great for your health. It is also fun and easy to grow! The diet is heavy in fruits, nuts, and vegetables — all things you can grow in your own back yard or patio. That is a triple win — the freshest produce is the highest in nutrition, growing your own is cost effective, and it tastes great.

You may think that you can’t grow what they can grow in the Mediterranean region, but Zone 6 is at the same latitude as France and Italy.  Their temperatures are more moderate than ours so some things we can’t grow without taking indoors for the winter, but this is the exception.  We can grow almost everything right here in the Midwest.

Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts

Artichokes
Asparagus
Beets and turnips
Broccoli raab
Carrots
Celery
Cucumber
Dates (needs to winter indoors or heated greenhouse)
Eggplant
Beans-chickpeas, fava beans, green, navy beans
Fennel
Figs
Grapes and grape leaves
Oranges, Lemons & Limes (need to winter indoors or heated greenhouse)
Lettuce, radicchio, spinach and other greens

Potted pimento pepperMelons
Mushrooms
Nectarines
Nuts-almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts
Okra
Olives (needs to winter indoors or heated greenhouse)
Onions, shallots & leeks
Peaches
Peas
Peppers-sweet and spicy
Potatoes
Radishes
Tomatoes
Zucchini and other squashes

HThymeerbs

Basil
Bay
Chervil
Chives
Cilantro
Dill
Garlic
Marjoram & Oregano
Mint
Parsley
Rosemary
Saffron (stamen from a crocus flower)
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme



Dates, olives, pistachios, and citrus are the only things on this lengthy list that cannot be grown outdoors in our zone without bringing indoors for the winter or spending the winter in a heated green house.





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