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Kitchen Gardening

Miniature Fruits and Veggies that Tout Big Flavor

These single-serving-size edibles are perfect for those times when you don’t need to feed an army.

Fine Gardening – Issue 173

In the vegetable garden, “good things come in small packages” is more than just a cliché. While a standard eggplant or a soccer-ball-size cabbage makes a meal for a family of four, it’s too much food for a table of one or two. Miniature vegetable varieties, however, are the perfect fit for smaller households.

Often comparable to their full-size counterparts in taste and yield, miniature veggies bring big flavor in smaller packages. They help cut down on waste while still offering the endless kitchen opportunities of home-grown vegetables.

The edible portion of a miniature vegetable is substantially smaller than that of its standard-size cousin, but miniature vegetables are not the same as baby vegetables. Baby vegetables are full-size varieties harvested before they reach maturity (think baby carrots, baby beets, and baby greens), while miniature vegetables remain small statured even after they reach maturity.

Though some miniature vegetables are produced…

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