March 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm #254639
Hi Alsers, I am still getting my head around how varied the same species of F & V can be. Tomatoes are a great example with so many varieties making up a single species. However its fairly evident that a Black Russian, Grosse Lisse, Tommy Toe & Beams Yellow Pear, for example, are all Tomatoes.
What I am particularly after is what other F & V species have markedly different varieties that dont resemble each other. For example Beta vulgaris consists of Silverbeet of different colours and shape but also Beetroot & Manglewurzel that looks totally different and Brassica oleracea has Cabbages of all different colours & shapes but also Khol Rabi which looks totally different.
What other examples do you know of marekedly different forms/varieties in the same species. Any info greatly appreciated. Cheers, porgey.March 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm #492367
different varieties of pear… from the small bunching types, to the round nashi’s to the brown skinned ones…
Carrot too… has many different colours and types… currently I have purple dragon (which is purple skinned yet orange fleshed), an heirloom mix of white, yellow, purple and orange carrots, also touchon which is long and slender… as well as chantenay which is round and bulbous…
I guess there’s heaps of examples out there….March 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm #492368
Are you after only fruit/ veg varieties.
We touched on this at uni last week. Many species of the begonias have different shaped leaves etc, depending on the location/ climate it is found in.
As an addition to the roots of carrots being different, I noticed in my salad seed mix there is a variety of carrot that is grown for its tops, rather than the roots.March 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm #492369
Thankyou both. I am after examples of different varieties of the same species that look totally different and the edible part(s) is different. Different Carrots, like different tomatoes, all look like Carrots but Silverbeet is totally different to the edible part of Beetroot for example even though they are the same species.March 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm #492370
There is enormous variation in heirloom melons, and cucumbers and gourds too. My step-mum grows bitter gourd, which could be mistaken for a leb cucumber until you cut it (it’s hollow) and taste it (it’s bitter, obviously).
Hope the picture works!March 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm #492371
Edensgate, there great examples, thankyou. Lovely photo to.
Another one is Cucurbita pepo that is really varied with different varieties of Zucchini, Pumpkins & Squash that all look so different in shape, size, colour and even taste.March 11, 2011 at 10:11 am #492372
Don’t forget the brassicas also include cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli etc, all the same species as cabbage. Going outside plants, think of all the varieties of dog!!
Beans come in all colours and uses – dried as well as purple king, butter beans, borlotti etc. Think of all the different colours of dried bean and the fact they climb or are a bush.
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