Drought tolerant edible plants

I’ve been doing some research about different types of seeds and their characteristics. I love making lists and flicking through seed catalogues, so this little exercise has combined these two joys in one.

Although, I’m not a big fan of watering. It’s…. well…. it’s boring. Thankfully we’ve had lots of rainfall recently so I’ve been able to skip the odd day or two. Matt has a water gauge and has been faithfully recording the rainfall on a registration chart. Sadly, between bush fires and torrential rainfall Australia remains a predominantly dry sunburnt country.

Here’s a list of tough drought tolerant edible plants:

Bean – Scarlet Emperor Runner
Broccoli – Waltham 29
Cucumber – Sweet and striped
Leaf Amaranth
Rockmelon – Planters Jumbo
Tomato – Cherry Yellow Pear, Purple Calabash Climbing
Warrigal Greens (New Zealand Spinach)
Watermelon – Sugarbaby

Once again, if you know of any other edible varieties that are drought tolerant, please let me know.

3 thoughts on “Drought tolerant edible plants”

  1. Okra! Yucca! My favorite is Grain amaranth…can be popped like popcorn, cooked for cereal, ground and baked for bread, dye your clothes, use roots like potatoes, leaves like spinach. My favorites are Hopi Red Dye and Love-Lies-Bleeding. I do not grow them in my soil beds. I sprinkle the seeds between the bricks of my sidewalk where they grow to 5 feet tall and beautiful. I take what grows in the middle to the kitchen first so i can still walk through my edible jungle.

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