Quiz: Guess these 9 Plants

The EDEN in SEASON booth had 3 trivia quizzes at the 2017 Guelph Organic Conference. We now show you the most popular quiz which was embedded in the slideshow, likely incentivized by a chance to win a prize.

Can you identify these hardy edible plants growing at the Garden of Eating?

Spoiler alert: answers follow the slideshow…

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Congratulations to Guelphite Sean Spender for answering 8 of 9 correct and returning home 23lb heavier with a ready-to-fruit pet shiitake mushroom log. Honourable mention goes to Jeanette Ewert who also scored 8 of 9 early Saturday with a bit of coaching.

Thanks to all who participated in the plant quiz. Catch us next year for the 2018 edition!

All are perennial, edible, and establishing well at the Garden of Eating.


  1. anise hyssop / licorice mint (Agastache foeniculum) Plant available for sale
  2. Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata) Plant available for sale
  3. red currant (Ribes sylvestre) Plant available for sale
  4. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Plant available for sale
  5. chestnut / sweet chestnut / American-Chinese chestnut hybrid (Castanea mollissima x dentata) Plant available for sale
  6. pawpaw (Asimina triloba) Georgian Bay seed stratifying
  7. heartnut (Juglans ailantifolia) Plant available for sale
  8. walnut / Persian-English-Carpathian walnut (Juglans regia), showing Minnie Sheridan’s 70 year old tree Plant available for sale
  9. pecan / ultra-hardy northern pecan (Carya illinoiensis), another of Minnie Sheridan’s 70 year old trees!

Most difficult entries (limitations of a 2-D screen fully acknowledged):

  • Sweet cicely: the only perennial among a few similar annual plants
  • Heartnut: not Asian pear. Lacking the detail closeup, the biggest giveaway are the leaves.
  • Pecan: 2 guessed cacao bean

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