A slender, elegant bean often seen in European-style restaurants. They are mouth-watering and unsurpassed in flavor. Many filets available from seed are miniatures, but these dark green stringless beans are a full-sized, 7-inch pod. Maxibel arises on tall, erect plants that require no trellising, and harvest easily. They mature faster than pole beans yielding a huge and concentrated harvest.
This bush-type Romano is the classic flat bean with the robust, distinctive full flavor and very heavy yields you would expect from a Romano. The plants are compact, and the yield is not only abundant, but starts early, extends over many weeks and will continue to bear until frost. Beans are 6 inches long, excellent fresh, and lend themselves equally well to canning and freezing.
An extraordinary stringless French filet bean growing to over 10 inches long. The delicious round pods have a pronounced nutty bean flavor that can be harvested at any size, small and slender or large and plump. The yields are impressive and long lasting. A vigorous climber.
This jewel is a gift to the beet world from breeder Alan Kapular! Grex, a term from orchid breeding, alludes to ongoing variation in the gene pool. Expect a little less uniformity and a few surprises. With Lutz in its parentage, Golden Grex yields similar lush green tops and generous, elongated and tapered roots. Some interiors will have beautiful alternating concentric rings of yellow and red similar to a Chioggia. Sweet and tender!
While these extra large beets will never win a beauty contest, this HEIRLOOM variety from Europe has unsurpassed capacity for winter storage, earning it the name Winter Keeper. Provide them with plenty of compost, sow your seeds further apart than for other beet varieties, thin the roots to 4 inches apart, and you will have a harvest of crimson sweet treats that only gets sweeter with time. In season, the glossy, fuchsia-veined foliage is a delightful, hearty eating green.
A reliable golden beet with uniformly round roots and generous attractive green tops. Like other golden beets, Touchstone retains its color when cooked and has the sweet flavor prized by aficionados. It performs well even when overcrowded, making it perfect if your garden space is limited.
Aspabroc is a nutritional powerhouse resembling broccoli rabe but with an asparagus-like stem. The flavor of this “Broccolini” is sweet and delicate with subtle, peppery undertones. The entire plant is edible and can be enjoyed raw or gently cooked. After the initial central floret is harvested, the plant will continue to produce multiple side shoots.
Beautiful and delicious! These deep purple and rosy sprouts are an ornamental standout in the garden, and the mild, nutty, sweet and savory flavor has broad appeal. Slow to mature, Falstaff intensifies its lovely color if exposed to a bit of frost, so can be left quite late in the season without damage. When cooked, the sprouts retain their rich purple tones! Your plate will be as lovely as your garden.
This All-American Selection Winner deserves its honors. Hestia has an erect and tidy habit, yet wildly generous production! Expect hundreds of one-inch sprouts that both mature quickly, yet hold well in the field and remain tolerant of both heat and frost. Sugars develop more quickly in these little babies, making it a sweet choice for early production. Demonstrated disease tolerance.
Dutch variety that is relatively early, has fine color, a small core, and is very juicy and sweet. Top-rated for flavor among the early varieties. A nice “baby” carrot due to its high sugar content and rapid coloring, but also good for harvesting throughout the season. Holds sweet taste even in warm weather.
This nineteenth-century French HEIRLOOM is a great little round carrot, with shape akin to a globe radish. A great choice for containers or for gardening in heavy and rocky soils. A legendary flavor that is highly sought after by organic gourmet restaurants, and a size that kids love!
Also known as “Stick Cauliflower” or “Flowering Cauliflower,” this wonderful new introduction from Japan produces a loose bouquet of bright green stems topped with white florets. The entire plant, from the stem to the florets, can be eaten. Sweeter, softer and more flavorful than traditional large-head cauliflowers, ‘Fioretto’ is a true delicacy! Enjoy raw, steamed, sautéed or grilled. Virtually immune to pests.
More aromatic and flavorful than regular celery, Afina is a cutting and seasoning celery that does not produce an enlarged stalk. An easy grower, it reaches about 18 inches tall, looks like flat-leafed parsley and is packed with big celery flavor. The leaves and hollow stalks are great for snacking right out of the garden, embellishing salads and flavoring soups and stews. Both stocks and leaves are cut at a younger, more tender stage than regular celery. It may also be dried for later use.
These 30-inch tall, glossy, bright green plants develop beautiful, thick and crisp 12-inch stalks. This Vigorous grower is heavy yielding, resistant to bolting and tastes great even when grown in less than ideal conditions. As long as young plants receive adequate moisture, Ventura will reward you for the season.
This stunning HEIRLOOM brings the glory of stained glass to your garden and home with eye-catching translucent kernels in an endless range of colors. Thank Carl “White Eagle” Barnes, a Cherokee corn collector whose life’s work was preserving and sharing Native corn varieties. Yielding 4- to 8-inch ears on sturdy 8-foot tall plants, Glass Gem is primarily grown for its unique ornamental value, but can also be popped or ground into cornmeal and flour. Join Glass Gem’s nearly 15,000 Facebook followers to explore the possibilities and see what all the buzz is about!
A truly gourmet sweet corn for your home garden! Eight-foot tall stalks boast 9-inch ears with superb husk protection. The “sugary enhancer” gene, introduced to Incredible by cross pollination, is what makes this selection super sweet. Not only has Incredible stolen the show at multiple taste trials, but several of our vendors rate it among the most admired offerings in their catalogues!
A perfectly sized sweet corn to summer in your favorite container and add edible, vertical interest to your deck, patio or terrace! An ever-so-tasty breakthrough bicolor variety that is super sweet. Simply plant 4-6 plants in an (at least) 24-inch container and get ready to harvest in about 2 months!
This Diva is no temperamental star but a true garden performer. Considered a Beit Alpha type that is both gynoecious and parthenocarpic. As such it is one of the smooth, thin-skinned class of cukes that originated in the Middle East, and produces exclusively female flowers which do not require pollination to set fruit. Tender, crisp, sweet and bitter-free, they are nearly seedless and best harvested between 5 to 7 inches. An All American Selection Winner renowned for taste, exceptional yields and disease resistance. A premium cuke for fresh eating.
This aptly named Croatian HEIRLOOM sets massive yields of smooth, round and creamy white, 4- to 6-inch, palm-sized globes. Fruit is mild, bitter-free and just the right amount of sweet, crisp and juicy! Fun to grow and a treat for all ages.
Especially bred to be the quintessential pickler. Ideal size, shape, crisp texture and superb flavor all rolled into one. Whether picked small for tiny gherkins, medium size for dill spears, or large for bread and butter slices, these green, short, plump cukes are perfect. At whatever size, they are firm and tender-sweet! Plants grow vigorously over a long season, with great disease resistance for appreciable yields. The bountiful vines do well supported with a trellis or staking.
A gourmet mini cuke! Gynoecious and parthenocarpic, these thin-skinned, crisp beauties produce entire female flowers and do not require pollination to set fruit. Don’t be fooled by the plant’s relatively compact size. Iznik is an extraordinary yielder that will perform equally well in your containers, trellis garden, raised beds or rows. The spineless, seedless, dark green snackers, best picked when 3- to 4-inches long, are tasty fresh or pickled. Highly resistant to powdery mildew and scab.
This HEIRLOOM, also known mouse melon, cucamelon, and sandíita (Spanish for “little melon”), is not a real cucumber, but an honorary one belonging to another genus entirely, Melothria. These little charmers pack a powerful, sweet, cucumber flavor with a tangy, citrus twist into an adorable-sized treat. Expect delicate foliage and baskets of fruit that look like doll-sized watermelons. Perfect to trellis or cascade in a hanging basket. The 1-inch fruits are terrific tossed in a salad, and the plants are productive enough to have plenty for pickling.
Also known as Armenian Cucumber or Snake Melon, this HEIRLOOM native to Armenia was taken to Italy in the 15th century. Botanically Painted Serpent is a muskmelon, Cucumis melo, more commonly known in the form of a cantaloupe, yet the species is closely related to the cucumber. You will be captivated by the slender, slightly fuzzy, flexuous fruits that delicately coil like a serpent with alternating light and dark green stripes. And the flavor will astound you. A farmer’s market favorite when folks have the opportunity for sampling!
A French HEIRLOOM dating back to the late 1800s, Parisienne Cornichon de Bourbonne was used extensively in France as the premier pickling Cornichon. Expect buckets of gherkin or Cornichon-sized cukes — dark green and seedless, nubby and bumpy, tart and crunchy-sweet. Harvest fully developed, no more than 2-inch long, the width of a child’s finger and have your mason jars and favorite pickling ingredients on standby.
Mini English cucumbers are sweet little crispy gems. Best picked at 4-5 inches long. Skin is medium green and thin. Not only prolific, but independent – plants are parthenocarpic, allowing for fruit set without pollination.
This compact and space-saving All-America Selections winner is easy to grow anywhere, though ideally suited for containers, raised beds or even hanging baskets. Yields full-sized and full-flavored 8-inch, uniform slicers over a long season. High disease resistance.
An outstanding, open-pollinated variety from Japan offering three large seeds per pod. Excellent, sweet flavor with a pleasing dark green color once blanched or frozen. Karikachi is very reliable with high yields and good disease-resistance.
Thriving in gardens since its debut in 1902, Black Beauty is a very well-adapted, open-pollinated variety that boasts big yields of large, blocky, nearly-black glossy fruit. The plants are compact and easily adaptable to small spaces and containers. They will benefit from staking to support the heavy yields of fruit.
Once upon a time there was an eggplant so magical… This 18 to 24 inches All-America Selection sets masses of show-stopping lavender-purple blooms that give way to enchanting and irresistible little lavender-striped beauties. The fruit only grow to 4 inches in length and an inch in diameter with very few seeds and not a hint of bitter. A splendid edible and ornamental, bound to lend you a happy ending.
A specialty mini eggplant and perfect companion to Hansel and Fairy Tale, Gretel has clusters of pure white, elongated and teardrop-shaped, 3-4 inch fruit. This All-American Selection Winner will reward you with an abundance of mini, tender, bitter-free fruits.
A specialty mini eggplant and perfect companion to Gretel and Fairy Tale, Hansel sets an abundance of dark, solid purple fruit in easy to harvest clusters. The fruits of this All-American Selection Winner, like Gretel, are 3 to 4 inches, tender, and bitter-free.
Asian HEIRLOOM. An open-pollinated oriental eggplant variety, imported from Taiwan. Fruits are elongated and slender, averaging 10 inches long and 1 1/2-2 inches across with a lovely, lavender-plum colored skin and white interior flesh. Bred to be resistant to many diseases, as well as tolerant to wet and hot conditions. A good yielder, with fruit weighing about 1/2 lb. each.
A wonderful Turkish HEIRLOOM that is both stunning in color and overwhelming in its production. The little buggers are almost too cute to eat, but don’t let that stop you. The are best eaten as they transition from green to light orange. Sweet and flavorful, imparting a strong, rich flavor to your palate or any dish.
A prized Polish HEIRLOOM tomato best harvested once it has fallen to the ground. Noteworthy flavor with hints of pineapple and vanilla. Their high pectin count makes them ideal not only for summer snacking but also for preserves and pies and over ice creams. Expect an abundant harvest from July til frost.
A wonderful German leek offering heavy, yet shorter stalks with thick white shafts, blue-green leaves, and exquisite taste. One of the finest of the “blue-green” winter types that only sweetens up with time.
This Scottish HEIRLOOM from the early 1800s is a handsome old-time favorite that has stood the test of time. Yielding whopping 2- to 3-inch diameter stems that remain tender, Giant Musselburgh is one of the most dependable and best winter-hardy leeks you can grow.
These French delicacies bear pale yellow, smooth skin, with distinctive green stripes and a richly aromatic perfume. They have a generous layer of salmon-orange flesh, a silky-but-firm texture, and rich, sweet full-bodied cantaloupe-type flavor. Alvaro takes the mystery out of growing Charentais type melons. They are early to mature, and easy to harvest before splitting.
This one-of-a-kind melon will amaze you with its taste, texture, sweetness and aroma. Winner of the Fedco melon taste-off, Sensation has the highest brix of any their melon offerings. Sparsely netted 2- to 4-pound fruits have small seed cavities surrounded by glistening white flesh. Flavor is sweet yet complex, with haunting hints of hazelnut, amaretto and cinnamon. A must try!
An all-around high performer, from appearance to flavor to yield to storage-capacity. Redwings are delicious, uniform, round, large onions with a dark purple glossy skin and magenta interior rings. Thick skin and hard bulbs put Redwing at the top of the list for long-storage red onions.
Originating on the French island of Corsica, Walla Walla was brought to Washington state by a French soldier and has become a juicy, sweet, regional favorite of the Northwest. Now a customer favorite among New England growers because is matures so early, this cold-hardy, Spanish type has a flattish shape, tan skin, and white flesh. Walla Walla is sweet enough to eat like an apple, yet with an onion “zing” that adds zest to any dish! A short keeper, so it is best enjoyed soon after harvest for fresh eating or cooking.
The 6-foot tall vines, of this rare, beautiful and delicious HEIRLOOM from India, deserve center stage in your garden. Enchanting two-toned purple flowers are followed by striking lemon-yellow pods amidst a glorious spray of lush green foliage. The flat, sweet, crunchy pods are great fresh and fabulous in stir-fries.
A customer favorite, Oregon Giant stands distinguished among among it snow pea kinfolk for its sweet, rich, fat and wide 4- to 5-inch pods. Retains sweetness, so may be picked a little plumper than the thin-podded varieties. Great for stir-fries, steaming, and eating out of your hand!
Stunning bicolor purple flowers, two-toned blushed green and purple pods, and a unique hyper-tendril habit make this Pea is a real show-stopper. Like Sugar Magnolia and Magnolia Blossom, Spring Blush is another great offering from breeder Alan Kapuler PhD.
An incredible edible ornamental snap pea that keeps on giving! The dusty purple pods and bi-color purple blossoms are eye-catching in the sea of showy green tendrils that adorn this dainty, yet vigorous climber. Sugar Magnolia, reaching up to 8 feet tall, is more than just a looker. It is a performer! The sweet, flavorful, 3- to 4-inch pods just keep coming! They beat the mid-July heat, producing long after the earlier, shorter day varieties give up.
Native to the Caribbean, this strain of Aji Dulce packed with rich, tropical sweetness heralds from Puerto Rico. Also known as the “sweet habanero,” Aji Dulce offers the rich, complex flavor of a habanero with hardly any of the heat. It ripens from lime green to red and is an essential ingredient for sofrito and many other Caribbean dishes.
This All-American Selections winner is colorful and versatile and easy to grow! Dark midnight leaves, with flashes of bright emerald green are topped by bright purple flowers from midsummer through fall. The clusters of small, round peppers that follow, mature from green to black and ultimately crimson red. Flowers, fruit and foliage are stunning in containers, as a border plant or as a cut flower in mixed bouquets. Fruit is edible and HOT!
Colorful fruit and dazzling foliage makes this an ornamental standout! Subtle white star-shaped flowers, and black maturing to red peppers are carried in abundance on the purple stems of this well-branched plant with leaves of creamy white and purple variegation. Flowers, fruit and foliage are stunning in containers, as a border plant or as a cut flower in mixed bouquets. Peppers are edible and very hot.
A delicious Italian HEIRLOOM whose name translates to “horn of the bull,” a tribute to the peppers’ full, tapered shape. The 8-inch fruits mature from glossy green to dark red, are crisp with a full-bodied flavor, and pack a sweet and spicy tang. A versatile addition to your harvest, these peppers can be enjoyed raw, fried, stuffed or grilled. Excellent yield.
Better adaption to cool conditions makes this pepper successful as an early-yielding Jalapeño variety. Prolific yields of 3- to 4-inch long blunt fruits with the distinctive Jalapeño flavor. The spicy fruits can be harvested dark green or allowed to ripen to red for maximum heat.
An African-American HEIRLOOM said to have originated in Baltimore in the 1870s, the Fish pepper is a very striking ornamental pepper. Both the fruit and the foliage are variegated. The peppers ripen from cream with green stripes, to orange with brown stripes, to fiery orange-red with a burning hot Scoville ranking of 45,000-75,000 units. Commonly held to be the “secret” ingredient by Chesapeake Bay fish houses, the Fish Chile Pepper can be used to spice up your own seafood recipes, liven up your hot sauces and lend a gorgeous ornamental element to your kitchen garden.
A thick-walled, juicy, succulent bell pepper, infused with zesty and refreshing citrusy undertones. The elongated and blocky, thick-walled fruits are 4 inches long, nearly as wide, and ripen from lime green, to yellow then yellowish orange. Uniform and heavy yielding. If you like Bells, Flavorburst will not disappoint!
Habanada is the heatless habanero with irresistible tropical and floral sweetness. The flavor and sweetness evolves as they ripen from lime green to fluorescent orange. Yields are abundant in average garden soil with minimal fertilization. Habanada is as versatile as it is flavorful. Seared, roasted, braised or raw, it will transform your concept of peppers.
HEIRLOOM immigrant from the Caribbean Islands and a close relative of the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet. To complement its searing heat, Habanero has a delicious, pungent, smoky quality unlike any other pepper. Wrinkled 2-inch by 1 1/4-inch fruits ripen from dark green to salmon orange. If you are after a taste of tropical heat, this pepper’s for you.
If you like citrus and peppery heat, then this HEIRLOOM, hailing from Peru, is one you should get to know. Also known as Aji Limon and Kellu Uchu, these 2-foot plants are covered with thin-walled, conical fruits that reach 2 to 3 inches in length and ripen to golden yellow. They offer a glorious clean, uncomplicated, flavorful bright heat. Although the heat is intense, it does not linger, instead leaving behind a lemony finish.
A staple in specialty markets, where it is considered by many to be the ultimate sweet pepper for gourmet salads, salsa and cooking. These super sweet and attractive, 4-inch long, tapered and blunt-tipped, pimiento type fruits ripen to a thick, red flesh. As reliable as it is pretty, with heavy yields, even where cool summers prevail.
A festive and charming mix of wee little peppers to adorn your garden or patio. While the 15-inch plant is compact, the yields are prolific. Your harvest of sweet, firm, mini Belles will be bountiful. Great fresh in salads and for snacking, yet hold up to stuffing, grilling and cooking.
Sunset-colored fruits start out purple and ripen to yellow, orange, and then red. 12″ tall when grown in pots, 24-30″ tall in the field. Spaced closely together, plants make a colorful hedge. The 3/8″ x 3/4″ fruits of this Piquin-type chile are very hot.
A sweet French HEIRLOOM yielding 3- to 4-inch long, blocky, thin-skinned fruits that ripen to a sunset orange-yellow color. These compact 18- to 24-inch tall plants are an all-summer heavy producer, from mid-season until frost. Great for a mild sauce, roasting, salads, stuffing or pickles galore! Performs well in containers.
Clusters of marble-sized ebony fruits ripening to fiery red perch atop smoky-black and violet foliage, streaked with white. The stunning colors coupled with the layered, scaffolding habit of this ornamental will lend great architecture to your garden all season! Fruits are edible, but really pack the heat.
A heavy-bearing, well branched, spreading, and full-bodied ornamental that will liven-up any container or nook in your garden. Bold and bright upturned peppers emerge green, then march through a wonderful parade of orange and purple, then finally on to a glorious red. The eye-catching fruits are edible, but not typically grown for their flavor, and lack intense heat.
Hailing from the foothills of Puebla, Mexico, the Serrano bears abundant candle-flame shaped fruit up to 3 inches long. The flavor is bright and biting, with a delayed fuse. Harvest at any stage, keeping in mind their kick intensifies as they age from green to orange to red.
This prolific producer, popular in Japan, is a favorite among chefs worldwide. The 3 and 1/2 inch, thin-walled, heavily wrinkled fruits are mild when green and become slightly sweet when aged to red. The thin walls blister and char easily when pan-fried, roasted, grilled, and take on a smokey-rich flavor. There is an element of surprise when growing Shishitos — every now again one will have a shot of heat!
Bred by hot pepper prodigy Chris Fowler of Wales, these exquisite sweet-hots are a happy accident courtesy of adventurous pollinators buzzing between various varieties of Aji Peppers. The fruits of this sumptuous snackers are packed with super sweet, tropical flavor, and the seeds bring a smokey, complex heat that in combination, creates an unparalleled flavor experience! Expect super early, high yields of these little beauties.
Compact, 1-foot tall pepper, both edible and ornamental, is laden with festive, upturned 1-inch green fruits that mature to blazing red color with heat, zest and flavor to match! Scoville Rating: 50,000 to 100,000
This one-of-a-kind Asian HEIRLOOM radish is grown, not for its roots, but for the profusion of long, slender, curving purple seedpods that grow in breathtaking fashion. Akin to lacy clouds, these 3- to 4-foot leafy plants first produce a serene cloud of pink and white wildflowers, followed by a glorious display of 3- to 6-inch purple and green pods. Crisp and tender, delicious raw or cooked, the pods have a more nuanced spicy accent than a typical radish, and with none of the harshness. Scrumptious when pickled. Gourmet treat!
An HEIRLOOM treasure from China, sometimes called Roseheart or Red Meat Radish, the Watermelon Radish has a ball-shaped root that is about 4 inches in diameter. Deep green shoulders fade to a bright white skin and finally a bright rosy, red flesh reminiscent of a summertime watermelon. Crispy, and with a mild, sweet flavor, it lends itself well to salads, garnishes and your favorite Asian dishes.
This bunching and slow-spreading HEIRLOOM from Japan will reward you all season long and for years to come! As a herald of spring, each April greenish-white playful round flowers, adorn the tops of mature shoots on this perennial. As the plant multiplies naturally by division throughout the growing season, a perpetual supply of fresh, green slender and zesty shoots will continue to emerge. A must-have for any onion-lover!
This French HEIRLOOM is a “banana” type shallot yielding plump, long, torpedo-shaped bulbs. Very popular with chefs, this gourmet treat is technically a cross between a shallot and an onion. The flesh is mild, savory and sweet and their flavor only deepens as they store all winter long!
Conversation starter! Rainbow Treasure is a festive edible with a trifecta of beautiful spring blooms in white, pink and rose, followed by juicy-sweet berries. With a creeping habit, it makes a great ground cover and will also excel in hanging baskets and containers.
An All-America Selections Winner with a relatively tidy bush habitat bred for growing in containers. Cream-colored skin accented with forest-green stripes envelops smooth, orange flesh with a sweet, nutty flavor. Has yields superior to the classic Delicata and requires less space! The 1 1/2 – 2 lb. fruit store well, remaining edible for about 100 days. As a bonus, tolerant of powdery mildew.
The brilliant yellow color, crunchy texture, buttery flavor, and high productivity are all first rate. Designated as an AAS in 1985, Sunburst is the standard scallop-edge dish-shaped squash. The plant is a compact, open habit bush. For optimum tenderness and flavor, pick the squash young, when it is 2-3″ in diameter.
A high-yielding, versatile All-America Selection winner yielding 6- by 9-inch, pale yellow, oval fruits, packed with a delicious, sweet, creamy flesh that easily fluffs with a fork after roasting. This short-vined variety, with a sturdy, upright, 2-feet tall and 3-feet wide bush habit, is perfectly suited for containers. Like other Spaghetti Squash it will acquire a hard shell for long-term storage if let grown to full maturity; however, Tivoli may be picked young for use as a soft-shelled summer squash. Never get overwhelmed by your abundant harvest. Pick just what you need, and let the rest keep growing!
A beautiful and great tasting squash that will produce like crazy all summer long! The distinctive, slender fruits are yellow with faint white stripes and light-green blossom ends and best harvested young at 4 to 6 inches to best capture the nutty flavor and firm texture. Zephyr has some great genes — a hybrid of yellow crookneck, Delicata and yellow Acorn squashes— and a larger open habit that makes for easy picking!
Next stop, Salsa Verde! This purple tomatillo yields a sharper and sweeter flavor than the classic green tomatillo. Harvest when husks have split and skins have achieved a deep purple hue. The flavor is superb when eaten right from the plant. Try adding a twist to your kabobs with this grilled gem.
The tomato-like fruit, resembling Chinese lanterns, grows to about 2 inches inside a papery husk and is considered the source of the “piquant” flavor in authentic Mexican cuisine. Harvest green fruits when their papery husks split for a great salsa verde, or allow them to turn slightly yellow for a tangy, nutty, raw snack. Verde has been a standout for the sweetest flesh in many trials. Can be stored for 1 to 2 months in a cool, dry place.
An HEIRLOOM with plentiful clusters of juicy, beautiful, dusky, black and deep-red tomatoes that fully merits a place in your garden and on the dinner table. Flavor is complex, full, rich and sweet.
A favorite snacker in my garden. Blush is an extremely prolific yielder of elongated, oblong cherry-type tomatoes with a bright yellow bicolor, red stripes, blossom-end marbling and a pearl-like iridescence. They are very crack-resistant, have excellent field standing, and flavor is bright, sweet and tropical.
This Wild Boar Farms’ release won best in show at the 2017 National Heirloom Expo! Elongated fruits in generous clusters range from large grape to plum-sized. A full-blown assault on the senses — lavender and purple stripes, turning to technicolor olive-green, red, and brown/blue stripes when fully ripe. Olive green interior is blushed with red when dead-ripe. These sweet, crack-resistant beauties hold well on or off the vine.
HEIRLOOM 1885 Indeterminate. Flavor is the main reason that this 19th century Amish heirloom tomato remains available. Large fruits range from 10-24 ounces and are borne on vigorous vines. They are flattened and irregular, a pinkish red. Many call it the best tasting tomato they have ever had.
Habit, yield and flavor won this currant tomato an All-America Selection award! While indeterminate, Candyland is neat and restrained, with exterior fruit setting on branched trusses to accelerate maturation and simplify harvest. This trouble-free plant yields ruby red, 1/4-ounce, super sweet gems, bursting with flavor all season long!
Another superb variety from heirloom tomato collector Craig LeHoullier who grew out Cherokee Chocolate and Purple. Medium-sized, 8-ounce fruits burnish yellow-orange on the blossom end when ripe. Lots of bold, acidic, complex tomato flavor. One of the best tasting and most flavorful of all the greens!
A beloved HEIRLOOM believed to have originated with the Cherokee nation in Tennessee. This heavy-bearing legacy sets giant beefsteaks weighing about a pound and filled with intense violet-purple hues. Each tomato is a masterpiece of color and unmatched flavor that consistently ranks at the top in taste tests. A must have for tomato connoisseurs!
A treasured HEIRLOOM, this fluted, old Italian favorite has been around since the early 19th century. It sets a long, generous crop of rather flattened, heavily lobed, fluted and deeply ribbed fruit. Costoluto Genovese is the secret ingredient in countless Italian family recipes and has recently gained popularity with chefs in this country. The flesh is deep red, robust, very acidic, tangy and intensely tomatoey! Not only a beautiful slicer, but a fabulous tomato for sauces, canning and juicing.
This Galactic Beauty, with mottled skin resembling a scene from deep space, is another stunning introduction by Brad Gates from Wild Boar Farms. Each tomato is a unique work of art — two to eight ounce flattened fruits with red and orange stripes, random speckles, and swaths of deep blue. Even the vines boast a purple blush. A perfect balance of tangy-sweetness!
A selection from renowned Dutch seedsman, the late Kees Sahin, this nearly wild-type tomato yields wee little 1/4-inch gems on large, fruit-laden trusses. Fruits ripen to a deep, rich golden orange, are exceptionally sweet and pack a wallop of flavor in a tiny package! Perfect for snacking, salads, sauces and preserves.
An ultra early bearer that continues to reward throughout the growing season with delightfully sweet tomatoes. Glacier ushers in loads of flavorful, round, 2- to 3-inch, orangey-red fruit on compact, potato-leafed plants. It will be your first tomato of the season, and likely your last in the fall.
As appealing to the palate and eyes as its name implies. The trusses of these delectable little cherry tomatoes bear green fruit, which then develop purple tops and crimson bottoms. Ultimately they ripen to a midnight black tone with deep, maroon-colored bottoms. These Indigo babies are not only sparkling with flavor, but brimming with the same glorious antioxidants found in the pigmentation of blueberries. A stunningly beautiful addition to your garden.
This delicious HEIRLOOM from West Virginia sets massive 1- to 2-pound beautiful, sunny orange beefsteaks. The globes are rich, meaty, full-flavored, and superbly sweet. Simply unforgettable!
A Czechoslovakian family HEIRLOOM dating back to the early 1900, Marianna’s Peace is a potato-leaf variety with luscious yields of 1- to 2-pound, beefsteak-type fruit akin to Brandywine. This talk of the tomato world has found its way to Top 10 favorite tomato lists of gourmands worldwide for its rich, well-balanced, sublime and complex flavor reminiscent of the greatest “old-fashioned” tomatoes.
A legendary HEIRLOOM courtesy of “Radiator Charlie’s” crossbreeding efforts. These huge beefsteaks average 2 1/2 pounds, but can weigh in at up to 4 pounds. Size aside, with their sweet, rich flavor they are consistently a standout in taste tests.
Heirloom quality meets modern-day disease resistance in this supersweet, Campari-type tomato. These “vine-ripened” tomatoes proffer clusters of 2-ounce, crack-resistant exquisite tasting fruit over the long harvest, with great ability to withstand both late and early blight.
The vivid, rosy-blushed fruit of Pink Berkeley Tie Dye has an iridescent green skin with sunny yellow streaks and an interior that’s a fascinating array of green with trails of red and yellow. The compact plants produce beautiful 8 – 12 ounce fruit with a very sweet, rich, complex, dark tomato flavor akin to the finest heirlooms. If you are a fan of Cherokee Purple, this one is a must! In a farmers market taste off, ten out of ten people preferred this tomato to Cherokee Purple.
A true yellow beefsteak that starts off with green stripes and fully ripens to a radiating golden beauty, like sunshine on a vine. Fruits of Pork Chop are 8 to 12 ounces, slightly flattened, sweet, with a hint of citrus and oodles of flavor.
This Swiss émigré, often called the “Brandywine of Europe,” is a beloved HEIRLOOM topping a host of taste tests. While only medium-sized, it delivers the robust flavor of the larger types. The dark rose-pink hue embodies a sweet, meaty flesh wonderfully balanced by a bit of zing.
Developed by John Swenson of Seed Savers Exchange, this elongated roma tomato is a cross between ‘Antique Roman’ and ‘Banana Legs.’ Fruit average 6-8 ounces, with bright red skin and golden streaks, a meaty flesh and few seeds. It not only looks extraordinary, it’s a first-rate performer in the garden and in the kitchen. A profoundly flavorful paste and sauce tomato!
A great, potato leaf variety from Czechoslovakia boasting extreme earliness, cold-tolerance, superior flavor and high yields. Expect buckets of beautiful red, small to medium sized fruits over a very long season!
“Without these little babies, there’s no summer.” A perfect combination of deep sweetness with a hint of acid tartness. Small fruits, borne in prolific clusters, ripen very early to a rich apricot color and keep producing till frost. A must for garden snacks with a taste that can’t be beat.
English HEIRLOOM Indeterminate. Unique fruits noted for their stripes. When immature they are a light green with dark green stripes. When mature the stripes alternate between red and a yellow orange. Two inch fruit have a very tangy flavor, Yields are very heavy, and quite early.
A stunningly beautiful bicolor HEIRLOOM. Beefsteak-type fruits are large, weighing in at 1 pound each, ripening to yellow with red stripes that blush ruby on top. Great taste, more sweet than acidic, rich flavor and abundant harvests. The interior is exquisite, the flavor sublime.
Bred by Dr. Harold Martin in Pennsylvania in the early 1900s, this irregular, flattened, large HEIRLOOM beefsteak, also known as True Black Brandywine, looks like coal-dusted over crimson, with shadows of green, purple and brown. Flavor is delightful — the earthy, smokey depth of “black” tomatoes balanced with the full tart and sweet of Pink Brandywines.
Gold in Gold, a 2017 All American Selections Winner, is a looker! Cheery, 11- to 16-pound bright yellow fruits with golden stripes envelop a crisp and sweet golden-orange flesh. Early producing, high yielding, improved disease-resistance and a strong rind that resists cracking.
Deliciously sweet and very aromatic, the petite yellows weigh in at 6 pounds and are just the right size to fit in your refrigerator. Perfect for New England, they are early to mature, prolific and well-suited to shorter growing seasons.
A summertime treat, this compact watermelon will not fight for space in your garden or refrigerator. The high-producing plants make small, bowling-ball-like fruit, with bright-red flesh bursting with sweet flavor. Picnic-perfect, space-conserving and big flavor – Sugar Baby has it all.
Butta’ lives up to its name with its soft yellow color and creamy texture. The blocky, tapered fruit are borne on vigorous bush plants with an open growth habit, allowing for an easy harvest. When picked around 6 inches, the taste of ‘Butta’ will put other yellow zucchini to shame. Expect high yields of this garden treat.
A bush-type Italian HEIRLOOM suitable for smaller gardens. Characterized by dark and light green stripes with a gentle ribbing. Flavor is nutty, akin to Costato Romanesco. Harvesting when 12 inches or smaller will prolong season. Excellent for slicing, frying, and steaming.
Costata Romanesca is a traditional Italian HEIRLOOM with unsurpassed flavor. Deeply striped and ribbed, Costata resembles Cocozelle, with its distinctive sweet and mildly nutty flavor. An excellent yielder of tasty male squash blossoms for cooking. While fruits can be picked at any size, these even retain their taste and texture when harvested large. So not to worry if you miss the “harvest window.”