Since our climate in SoCal has decided to mimic an English spring (cold and rainy) vegetables from San Francisco and Seattle are suddenly apropos.
Cardoon, a favorite in Victorian kitchen gardens, could be a fall planted vegetable in SoCal. It needs 5 months of cool weather--we've got 'em. Cardoon is spectacular and still highly favored in parts of France, Spain, Italy and New Orleans where ..."chef Mario Batali calls the cardoon one of his favorite vegetables and says they have a "very sexy flavor" (W)
In San Francisco, Chinatown has an array of vegetables to puzzle and inspire.
Bok choi, kohlrabi --- don't usually think if that one--- pale celadon with odd bumps here and there. See -http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/kohlrabi/
Slim Japanese eggplant are wonderful for grilling. Likes our foggy coastal summer weather just fine. Also makes superb pickles. Easy to grow.
Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), is a staple in Chinese cooking,
It would be a summer vegetable for us. It's bitterness is prized. Bitter Melon is anti-viral, increases insulin sensitivity (good!) and is used for folk healing all over Asia.
|Bitter Melon Sambal|
For adventurous cooks and gardeners. The vine looks a lot like a cucumber.