Posted on 17 July 2007 by

Garden Like a Winetaster

Garden Like a Winetaster - UrbanGardenCasual

By Reggie Solomon

If you’re a winetaster, you’ll enjoying gardening like one as well.

Grow two or more types of each vegetable in your garden so you can compare and contrast tastes like a wine taster.

In this way you can build your palette to recognize and discern the subtleties in taste within a particular vegetable group as was noted in a previous posting.

You can conduct this experiment with every vegetable in your garden or choose two of three of your favorite vegetables on which to experiment.

Garden Like a Winetaster - UrbanGardenCasualAs someone who enjoys learning about and tasting different wines, a favorite tasting format of mine is tasting the same grape varietal expressed in three different styles.

For example, at a wine tasting you might try three different wines made from the Shiraz grape. When you taste the Shiraz grape in this format, you learn more about the grape’s essence because you’re comparing it with its cousins rather than with an entirely different grape family.

The same goes for vegetables.

Rather than plant two of the same zucchini plant, use the same space to grow two different types — perhaps a globe-shaped zucchini or one that grows in the shape of a saucer shaped UFO.

ZuchhiniDon’t feel bad buying two packets of seeds when you’re thinking only one would do, you can store them away, use them again next year, and share with friends.

I’m looking forward to hosting a zucchini-tasting where I serve an appetizer course using one zucchini type and an entrée course using another zucchini type and seeing which zucchini my guests enjoy more.

And just for fun, I think I’ll serve two different Shirazes. 😉

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7 Responses to “Garden Like a Winetaster”

  1. Karen (Karooch from Scraps of Mind) Says:

    What a cool idea. I have to Stumble this one Reggie.

  2. reggieCasual Says:

    Many thanks Karooch!

  3. Ray White Says:

    Good Morning, Reggie, You do so much for this old man, I don’t feel worthy of any of it. But I do thank you so much. Do come and see me when you can.

  4. reggieCasual Says:


    You’re SO terrific! I can’t tell you how much it means that we’re able to bring you a little tomato and urban garden joy. Next time I’m in Tennessee; I’m definitely coming for a visit 😉

  5. skye Says:

    Creative fun; what a good idea!

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  7. Kit Says:

    This practice can also lead to new, interesting and unexpected hybrids! Especially when dealing with nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, chiles, eggplants, tomatillos) and cucurbits (cucumbers, squashs, pumpkins, gourds, luffas, melons). Remember that the two plants can be of different varietals, but have to be of the same species.

    These hybrids won’t show up in this year’s fruit. In order to enjoy the fruit of this cross-pollination, you must save the seeds from the fruit and plant them next year.

    You can increase the probability of successful cross-pollination by rubbing a male flower (or a male flower’s pollen) against a female flower. I use my finger, but have heard of people having good results with a mascara brush…

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