18 Delicious Vegetables

Learn more about these delicious vegetables — particularly eggplant, peppers, sweet corn, asparagus, artichokes and celery — with our thorough guide that shows when to sow and harvest, plus the best conditions for these plants.

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Eggplant 'Moneymaker' F1

This is one of the most dependable eggplants in cool climates. The upright plants look good in containers, and while the best long, dark purple fruits are achieved under glass, plants also do well in a sunny outdoor spot.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to early fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Eggplant 'Black Beauty'

A prolific variety, producing many glossy, deep purple, oval-shaped fruits. The highest yields are achieved with the protection of a greenhouse. Plants are best tied to supports to help bear the weight of the fruits.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to early fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Eggplant 'Mohican'

With its compact bushy habit and immaculate white fruits, this eggplant makes a striking container plant for a sunny patio or greenhouse. Plants reach only 24 inches. Pick the fruits small to increase the yield.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to early fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Pepper 'Gypsy' F1

Good, early crops are reliably produced by this sweet pepper, which performs well under glass. Tapering fruits ripen to bright red from yellow-green and have thick, succulent flesh. Plants are resistant to tobacco mosaic virus.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Pepper 'Marconi Rosso'

The elongated fruits of this pepper are best eaten when red, because at this stage they are extremely sweet and ideal for roasting. Plants are high-yielding indoors or in a warm, sunny spot outside.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Pepper 'Corno di Torro Rosso'

Delicious, long, thin-walled peppers are sweet once they have turned to purple and red. This early variety appreciates the extra heat in a greenhouse, but crops outdoors in warm areas.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Pepper 'Hungarian Hot Wax'

An attractive, compact chili pepper bearing tapering fruits that are sweet and yellow when young, but hot and bright red when mature. The best crops are achieved with the protection of a greenhouse or large cloches.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Pepper 'Prairie Fire'

These tiny, bullet-shaped chilies are extremely fiery and look decorative pointing up from the bushy plants, which reach no more than 8 inches tall. Ideal for windowsills or against a sunny wall. Plants crop heavily.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Pepper 'Friar's Hat'

Best grown in a greenhouse, these tall plants produce heavy yields of bizarre chilies shaped like floppy sun hats. Plants need staking, while fruits need a long, hot growing season to ripen and build up a hot chili flavor.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Midsummer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Sweet Corn 'Butterscotch' F1

A super-sweet mid-season variety, forming large cobs up to 8 inches long that are filled with tender, sugary, butter yellow kernels. Grows vigorously and crops well even in cool weather conditions.
Sow: Mid- to late spring
Harvest: Late summer to early fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Sweet Corn 'Indian Summer'

These spectacular multicolored cobs have sweet-tasting kernels in shades of yellow, cream, red, and purple. Keep the plants separate from other sweet corn varieties to prevent cross-pollination and maintain the colors.
Sow: Mid- to late spring
Harvest: Late summer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Sweet Corn 'Lark' F1

This variety consistently produces a high proportion of healthy seedlings from each sowing, and is ideal for beginners. The sweet, tender cobs are delicious when boiled briefly and topped with melted butter.
Sow: Mid- to late spring
Harvest: Late summer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Asparagus 'Connover's Colossal'

A traditional variety that yields a heavy crop of thick green spears early in the season. Buy young crowns and try not to harvest in their first year— just cut a few spears in the second and reap the reward in the third.
Plant: Late winter to early spring
Harvest: Late spring
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Jerusalem Artichoke 'Fuseau'

This relative of the sunflower produces long, smooth tubers, with a flavor similar to globe artichokes, which are usually eaten cooked. Plants may reach 10 feet in height, each yielding about 10 tubers.
Plant: Late winter to late spring
Harvest: Early to late winter
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial or dappled shade

Globe Artichoke 'Green Globe'

Often difficult to find in stores, but easy to grow, this reliable globe variety has large flower heads with delicious, tender hearts. Grow from offsets where available.
Sow: Late winter to early spring
Plant Offsets: Late spring to early summer
Harvest: Late spring to early summer
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial or dappled shade

Celeriac 'Monarch'

Easier to grow than celery, with a milder flavor, celeriac is delicious raw, steamed, or roasted. This cultivar has unusually smooth skin, making it easier to clean than most, and has fine-textured, creamy flesh.
Sow: Early to mid-spring
Harvest: Mid- to late fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun, partial or dappled shade

Celery 'Victoria' F1

The attractive pale green stems of this variety have a particularly good flavor and crispness. There is no need to earth up the stalks to blanch them, and the plants are slow to bolt.
Sow: Late winter to mid-spring
Harvest: Late summer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun

Celery 'Celebrity' F1

An excellent self-blanching variety that grows equally well outdoors or in a greenhouse. The light green stems have a delicious, strong flavor, and plants resist bolting well.
Sow: Late winter to mid-spring
Harvest: Late summer to mid-fall
Soil Preference: Well-drained soil, moist soil
Sun or Shade: Full sun