The Rare Pit & Plant Council


Who are The Pits?
What kind of Pits do you grow?
Do you answer Pit Questions?
What about membership?

Who are The Pits?
"The Pits" is the nickname for the Rare Pit & Plant Council--a group of nice but slightly eccentric people from New York City dedicated to growing seeds and tubers of edible plants found in local and ethnic markets. Our activities earned us a front page story in the Wall Street Journal, so be warned.

We have newsletter subscribers in all 50 US states, in every Canadian province, and a few in Europe and Australia. We have officers in New York, Boston and Seattle.

Growing orchids is grand opera--growing pits is a song we can all sing. We have a bimonthly newsletter ("The Pits," naturally) to hold our disparate group together. It is an off-the-wall mixture of serious informative articles, illustrations, tips on what's in the produce market and how to grow it, book reviews, recipes, puzzles and much more.

What kind of Pits do you grow?
Here are some (see our publications for more info, including pits to avoid).
  • Arrowhead (aquatic)
  • Trapa Bicornis (aquatic)
  • Water chestnut (aquatic)
  • Avocado (Pits 101)
  • Black Sapote
  • Carambola (Star Fruit)
  • Carob (St. John's Bread)
  • Citrus Fruits (lots of these)
  • Kiwi
  • Litchi and Longan
  • Loquat
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Tamarillo
  • Tamarind
  • Tubers (Taro, Malanga, Name, White Sapote)
  • And members have grown many other kinds... including some for bonsai

Do you answer Pit Questions?
Yes. Send questions to:
The Rare Pit & Plant Council
17 Circuit Avenue
Scituate, MA 02066

Or e-mail us at
Put "Pits" on the subject line.

What about membership?
Our active membership is limited to 25 (but our subscribers number over 500). This is because we meet in each other's apartments. Each spring we have an exhibit at the New York Flower Show, and in the fall we have an Open House/Plant Sale, open to non-members. Dates are announced in the newsletter.

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