question for cooks in rural/small towns
I currently live in a metropolitan area, but I have lived in a small, Midwestern town in the past. One of the frustrations I encountered, as a cook with an adventurous palate, was the unavailability of certain recipe ingredients.
I'm not sure this is the proper forum to post this, but I'm wondering what you plant in your garden simply because it is hard to find locally, and you enjoy cooking with it?
What are some of the recipe ingredients that you encounter in recipes that leave you dead in the water, because you can't find it at the local market? I'm talking about vegetables, herbs or fruits...
Maybe you like persian cucumbers, but would never find them offered at the stores around you, for example. Or maybe you like cooking Caribbean food, but can't find scotch bonnet peppers anywhere.
Is this a common frustration, and does it play a role in what you plant in your garden?