That's a really difficult question. I think I'd have to say lettuce/salad leaves simply because I eat so much of them and growing your own means they are fresh, not washed in chemicals and much much cheaper. But very close contenders would be tomatoes, beans (runners, if I have to be specific), and herbs (its just so convenient to pick handfuls from the garden instead of buying manky looking tiny portions from the supermarket). And then there's spuds - if you'd asked in June last year I would have voted or spuds. I think on the whole it's for the best that I can't only grow one vegetable...
Although they are so cheap to buy I'd have to say onions. We use so many of them in salads and cooking that I really couldn't do without them. I have home-grown onions twelve months of the year although at the moment I'm limited to spring onions which I overwintered in the greenhouse.
Easy.........TOBACCO, closely followed by hops.....
wild rockets! you can use them in many dishes. They are easy to grow and slugs don't eat them. Their flowers are lovely too.
Don't forget........Bruschetta al pomodoro...
Samantha Smith said:
Mine would be Tomatoes, although Runner's come a close second. There is so much you can do with toms, I fry them up for toms on toast for breakfast and smother them with brown sauce..yum, I have tom sandwhich..yum, you can through them in curries and stir frys and make pasta sauce with them, roast them with aubo's and courgettes and herbs..ok I have made my point, I'll stop now. I LOVE TOMATOES!
Definitely tomatoes... the flavour of home-grown is superior to what I can buy 99 times out of 100 and I love growing different varieties too!
I love everyones comments, looks like tomatoes is a popular choice.
It has to be onions for me. I love them in everything. You can't beat, bread covered with cheese, tomato and chopped onion and then put under the grill !!! Tomatoes would also come a very close second
Tomatoes for me, though Chilies would come a close second.
GARLIC for me, I grew loads of it last year and it is still coming up, the flavour on them is so strong to what I would buy in the shops (so mellow), I use garlic in all my cooking, I suppose my second would be carrots the taste is just lovely
Perpetual spinach. Use it for loads of dishes. Always difficult to get hold of organic spinach. So just grow your own. Put a row in in early spring then keep picking until the following spring. Although if herbs are allowed then Parsley must come a close second
All you tomato growers are going to regret your decision when thee blight wipes out your crop. Me, I'd grow grapes - sour ones, obviously!