Backyard to Table
A curated list of what to cultivate in your garden this summer.
- CategoryEat & Drink
Our long, hot summers make the Valley a prime veggie-growing region. Cat Gantz of Cat’s Culinary Garden (catsculinarygarden.com) shares some of her favorite heirlooms tomatoes as well as some other stand-out plants.
MENTHA SPICATA MINT (spearmint)
My favorite herb! I grow it everywhere in my garden. For teas, salads, chutneys and sauces … delicious with tomatoes.
FRENCH BREAKFAST RADISH
This classic variety is white-tipped, mild and crispy, and they grow well all year round. In France we eat them with butter!
SUYO LONG CUCUMBER
Extra long with light and dark green stripes. Delicious taste, almost seedless. Must have strong trellis support if grown vertically.
PURPLE OPAL BASIL
Beautiful color, mild taste with a hint of licorice. It’s easy to grow in the summer and into fall. Adds a splash of color to salads.
GIANT BELGIUM TOMATO
Gargantuan, dark pink fruit. It takes two hands to hold just one! Great for salads.
BLACK KRIM TOMATO
Dark black, green, reddish fruit. Matures quickly and has a unique taste that tomato connoisseurs will appreciate.
COSTOLUTO FIORENTINO TOMATO
Ugly with uneven shapes but super tasty. Great for slicing fresh off the vine or cooking down into a rich sauce.
If you’ve been to the Studio City Farmers Market, no doubt you’ve tasted a sample of Morgan Simon's sweet and savory pies from Pi Bake Shop, as she's been a weekly fixture at the market for two years. If you haven’t, you are missing out; her pies are as perfect as they come, with a light, flaky crust and a fresh, […]
Take a drive (or Uber or Lyft it) downtown or "over-the-hill" this weekend and on Fat Tuesday, February 17 for a little bit of NOLA fever. Los Feliz: MessHall Kitchen MessHall’s new executive chef, Shane Pritchett, comes to Los Angeles direct from New Orleans, where he worked at Emeril’s Restaurant as well as Emeril’s Delmonico, where he was […]