Prolific edible plants

I half-heartedly planted a choko underneath our grape with a handful of compost. Big M shook his head and said I’d regret it. Neither of us like chokos. It only took a few months for the choko to overtake the gnarly aged vine and started ascending the garage wall. A weedy tomato is also mixed into the montage. Chokos are notorious for being fast growers.  

I wanted to know what other plants were heavy yielding. In retrospect, these are the types I wish I had leaned towards growing for our self-sufficiency challenge.

Here’s a list of prolific edible plants:

Bean, Broad – Coles Dwarf; Egyptian; Long Pod
Bean, Bush – Blue Lake; Brown Beauty; Cherokee Wax; Dwarf Snake Bean; ES 58; Frenchie; Golden Wax; Hawksberry Wonder; Provider; Strike; Roma; Stringless Green Pod; Tendergreen; Violet Queen; Walter; Windsor Long Pod
Bean, Climbing – Blue Lake; Climbing Princess; Daydream; Green Zebra; Kentucky Wonder; Lazy Housewife; Natural Salt (Lohey’s Special); Purple King; Zebra
Beans, Dried – Red Kidney
Beetroot – Detroit
Broad Bean – Big Ben; Coles Dwarf; Early Long Pod
Broccoli – Waltham
Capsicum – Californian Wonder; Jimmy Nardello; Lipstick (Pimento); Orange Bell
Carrot – Nantes
Chilli – Cyklon; Jalapeno; Serrano;
Cucumber – Crystal Apple; Double Yield; Giant Russian; Green Gem; Japanese Climbing; Lemon; True Lemon; West Indian Gerkin; Wisconsin Pickling
Eggplant – Black Beauty; Little Finger; Rosa Bianca; Thai Green; Turkish Orange
Honeydew Melon – Early Silverline
Kale – Red Russian
Leek – Musselburg
Pea, Bush – Greenfeast; Southern Cross; Sugarsnap
Pea, Climbing – Alderman (Telephone)
Pea, Snowpea – Melting Mammoth; Oregon Sugar; Sugarsnap
Pumpkin – Delica; Golden Nugget; Jack Be Little; Waltham Butternut
Rockmelon – Noir des Carmes
Silverbeet – Fordhook Giant; Lucullus
Snowpea, Climbing – Melting Mammoth; Roide Carauby; Youkumo Giant
Spinach – Winter Giant
Squash, Button – Early White Bush; Golden Scallopini; Green Tint; Patterson Juane et Verte; Yellow Bush Squash
Squash, Winter – Blue Hubbard; Table Queen (Acorn)
Tomatillo – Toma Verde
Tomato, Bush – Budiah; Burpees Quarter Century; Burwood Prize; KY1; Napoli; Pink Ping Pong; Roma; Thai Pink Egg; Tiny Tim; Yellow Sausage
Tomato, Climbing – Baby Red Pear; Beans Yellow Pear; Beefsteak; Black Cherry; Break O Day; Broad Ripple Yellow Currant; Cherry Fox; Cherry Yellow Pear; Cherokee Purple; Daydream; Golden Sunray; Green Zebra; Gross Lisse; Harbinger; Lemon Drop; Moneymaker; Mortgage Lifter; Olomaic; Oxheart; Peruvian Cherry; Ponderosa Pink; Purple Lalabash; Purple Russian; Raspberry; Red Cherry Cocktail; Red Cloud; Red Fig; Siberian; Snow White; Speckled Roman; Sunray (Golden Orange); Super Sioux; Tigerella; Tommy Toe; Verna Orange; Yellow Pear
Watermelon – Northern Sweet;
Zucchini – Black Beauty; Early Prolific Straightneck; Golden Arch Crookneck; Rondo de Nice; Round; Yellow Straightneck

It’s pretty long list, but please let me know if I’ve missed any heavy bearing edible plants.

From comments:

Potato
Sweet potato

3 thoughts on “Prolific edible plants

  1. David

    I really enjoyed reading several of the posts on your blog. I was very impressed by the watermelon growing hidden. I can imagine the feeling of finding that unexpected gem. I am more impressed by your avocado tree. I am growing an avocado tree in a container as an experiment. I remember how big they can get from my childhood in more temperate climates.
    Happy gardening!

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  2. Darren (Green Change)

    I didn’t see potatoes or sweet potatoes in your list. Both are pretty prolific, giving good yield for the amount of space they take up. Neither requires very much effort, either.

    I’ve bookmarked your page and will come back next time I get the seed catalogues out!

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