How to Grow Fruiting Vegetables
All the vegetables in this category—with the exception of—are either Cucurbits or Solanaceous plants and are grown solely for their fruits. Cucumber, gherkins, vegetable , , vegetable spaghetti, melon, pumpkin and squashes make up the first group while tomato, aubergine and peppers are in the second family. Sweet corn is, of course, a member of the grass family—Gramineae—and is cultivated for the seed head or cob.
Many of these crops are best grown under some form of protection in Britain and outdoor cultivation is only likely to succeed in sheltered southern and western districts. Sweet corn, vegetableand spaghetti, courgettes, pumpkins and squashes usually produce mature fruits outside however, even if the young plants require protection during the plant raising stages. Many of the plants have—or can be given— a climbing habit and may be trained up supports. This makes them useful plants for growing on such features as patios where ground space is usually a limiting factor to vegetable production. Sweet corn is also a decorative plant in its own right and forms a very useful living screen as well as producing cobs.
Once again with the exception of sweet corn—which is an ideal subject—most of the fruiting vegetables are not particularly suitable for freezing but tomatoes, aubergines and peppers can be frozen in a number of ways. The fruits are generally used either raw in salads or as a separate cooked vegetable, although melons and pumpkins maybe cooked or eaten raw as desserts.