Como Park Zoo & Conservatory served up some scrumptious garden fun for the third year in a row in the Chipotle Edible Garden.
The Chipotle Edible Garden featured an array of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and flowers. All plants are grown from seed, and every plant in the garden has at least one edible part. It is an exhibit for visitors of all ages designed to teach about planting and preparing foods that can be grown at home. The Como gardening staff hopes that the exhibit will give visitors an appreciation for how easy it is to grow a large variety of plants in Minnesota.
In 2013, Chipotle Edible Garden staff harvested 972.5 lbs. of produce that has gone to the Saint Paul Recreation Centers for various cooking classes and summer programs and 231.2 lbs that has gone to Como Zoo animals. Como is on track to exceed last year’s harvest which totaled 1518 lbs. Some of the more interesting plants grown in the garden this year are Bitter Melons, Kiwano Horned Melons, ‘Polar Bear’ variety pumpkins and purple Brussels sprouts.
Please check back next spring for information about the 2014 Chipotle Edible Garden