Feb 7th, 2012
Growing for kids is not the same as growing with kids – that’s a whole other post. Growing for kids is about growing things that your kids will eat, as opposed to growing things that your kids will like to grow. Are you following me?
In my nearly four years of experience growing for kids (which isn’t a lot so if you a have older children bare this in mind), I’ve found that they like the following:
- Peas – green podded to begin with, then purple podded to add wow factor.
- Mangetout – so sweet when they are picked fresh that they are like candy.
- Carrots – small, quick growing ones that they can pull themselves. You’ll be amazed at how harvesting their own food can make them actually want to eat it!
- Strawberries – by the bucketload.
- Raspberries – ditto.
- Blueberries – ditto.
- Blackberries – ditto.
- Apples, Peaches – not so much Pears as they can’t be eaten directly from the tree.
- Teeny Tiny Tomatoes, or cherry Tomatoes – again it’s a pick your own thing.
- Sweetcorn – Summer BBQ, butter dribbling down chin = happy children.
- Pumpkins – Watching and waiting and talking about Halloween is great fun.
- Gherkins – Small Cucumbers are a novelty and once the spikes have been washed off will be tolerated in small quantities.
Avoid things that are tough, stringy, need lots of sugar (Rhubarb) or have pips in.
You’ll notice that disappointingly there’s not much that’s green on this list. In our house, at least, there is still a moratorium on the acceptance of green things on the plate – even if they have been grown by Mummy’s own hands. I’ll try again this year but I’m not holding out much hope. At the moment I can only get them to eat Courgettes if I lie and say they are Cucumbers – and that’s not sustainable (or morally acceptable, I suppose).
So there you have it – my non-scientific list of things my children tend to eat from the garden. I’m sure there are children out there who happily munch bucketfuls of Spinach and Kale but they certainly don’t live in my house.
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