Unique Vegetables to Grow in 2024

Reestablishing a connection with nature and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle have become more important in the past few years. For some, growing vegetables is a way to accomplish both. Beyond the enjoyment of tending to plants, growing your own food has several advantages for the environment and your health.  This article explores those advantages and gives you ideas for unique vegetables you should try growing this year and how our team at Stoney Creek Farm can support you in this new endeavor.

Advantages of Growing Your Own Vegetables

Growing your own vegetables gives you instant access to a healthy and nutrient-dense food source. It also allows you to harvest your own vegetables at their ripest, ensuring optimal nutritional content, unlike store-bought crops that might have traveled vast distances and spent time on shelves.


Adding a garden also gives you a cost-efficient way to improve your diet. As you become less dependent on store-bought produce, the initial investment in seeds, soil, and gardening tools can pay off handsomely in the long run. Or, you can opt for our garden rentals, which give you access to garden space, resources, and more as you take the first steps toward better eating.

Increased Sustainability

Vegetable gardening also reduces the demand for commercially cultivated produce, meaning fewer carbon footprints from packing and transportation and increased sustainability. Even better? Vegetable gardens sustain local ecosystems by giving beneficial insects a place to live and eat.

Improved Mental Health

There is also quite a bit of research that’s been completed on the effects gardening has on mental health. Taking care of plants, seeing their growth, and spending time in nature are all effective ways to lower stress and anxiety. You can detach from the digital world and establish a connection with the natural world through this fulfilling and contemplative experience.

Unchartered Territory

Finally, you can cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, including unique options that might not be easily found in stores, when you have your own vegetable garden. This enhances your cooking experience by enabling you to experiment with various flavors, colors, and textures. Some of these unique options are detailed further, providing you with the information you need to think outside the typical potato and green bean box.

Unusual Vegetable Options to Try

There are many unique vegetables you can try. Doing so not only broadens your vegetable education but there’s also an excitement in trying something new. The options below are just a few to consider.

Dragon Tongue Bush Beans

First, dragons bring about fantastical visions of magic, enchantment, and lore. Second, who doesn’t love beans? When we mentioned thinking outside the potato and green bean box above, this is exactly what we meant. These beans offer a cool look with their blend of chartreuse and purple, and their bush-type plantings stay under two feet tall, meaning you don’t have to worry about a supportive growing structure.

Apollo Brokali – Another Unique Vegetable

One look at this unusual vegetable will have you doing a double take. Is it broccoli? Kale? It’s both. Apollo Brokali is a hybrid of these two popular vegetables, giving you broccoli-type florets and leaves like kale. When planting, be sure to give this option plenty of sunlight.

Once it’s fully grown, you can steam it, roast it, or stir-fry it. The taste is also a bit of a mixture, giving you a sweet, nutty, and slightly bitter flavor.

Armenian Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a staple in most vegetable gardens. This is thanks, in part, to their ability to be eaten with minimal prep. On the other hand, if you enjoy fermented vegetables, cucumbers might also be at the top of your list. This growing season, give Armenian cucumbers a try.

First, it’s fun to see just how long they’ll be when finished growing, with some of the vines growing six to eight feet in length and the cucumbers themselves reaching up to three feet. The good news is that the vines are easily trained to grow along trellises or other growing structures.

It’s interesting to note that Armenian cucumbers aren’t cucumbers at all. Instead, they’re melons-which technically makes them fruit, but with the cucumber taste, we’ll let this one slide.

Chioggia Beets

Beets sometimes get a bad rap, which might cause you to keep scrolling. However, we think these beets are a good option for your vegetable garden, so hold off on the scrolling for now and read more about the Chioggia beets. Typical beets offer a vibrant reddish-pink color, which is also true of these. But once you cut into them, you’ll see they’re anything but typical.

The Chioggia beets are vibrant inside and out, with a bull’s-eye appearance that flows from white to red throughout. They’re also rounder than your normal beet with a flat top. As far as taste goes, they can be very sweet, depending on the soil they’re grown in.

White Eggplant

You might have seen this vegetable in your local supermarket and wondered what it was. After all. It looks like an eggplant, but rather than the deep aubergine color you normally associate with eggplant, this vegetable is white. What you might not realize until now is that eggplants can also be white. And while you can prep and eat them just like their purple siblings, you’ll find that white eggplants don’t have the same bitterness. Rather, they’re mild-tasting and have fewer seeds. When considering adding these to your vegetable garden, you might also look at the variations offered. If you’re a fan of mushrooms, you can trick your mind beyond just the color and choose a “Casper” white eggplant, which gives you the taste and texture of a mushroom.

These are only a few of the unique vegetables you might consider for your 2024 vegetable garden. Each of these options offers a brand new experience and a way to expand your palate, as well as giving you something to talk about with your friends and family.

Start Your Vegetable Journey Today

Want to grow some of these unique, delicious veggies? If you live in the middle TN area, come to our farm, and rent a garden for the April–October season. We can help mentor you as you learn to grow your own healthy food without pesticides!  If you don’t live in our area, we have a great ebook to help you grow veggies without pesticides!

We’re also familiar with a wide range of vegetables—even the ones that are technically fruits but taste like veggies—and can answer any questions you have as you start your gardening adventure.