10 New Variety Pack
Get to know some of the “old” but new varieties that we added!
1.) Lazy Housewife Bean – Originally introduced by W. Atlee Burpee and Company in 1885. For the past 15 years another variety has been sold as Lazy Housewife, but it was not true-to-type. This is the true Lazy Housewife as originally described by Burpee’s description, “the pods are green, entirely stringless, of extra fine flavor, exceedingly rich and buttery when cooked.” The beans, when dry, are perfectly round and white. They look like little pearls. If you miss using them as a snap bean, you can still use them for shelling or even as a dry bean.
2.) Double Red Corn – Brilliantly colored kernels in shades of red and purple. High yields from stocky short plants. Beautiful red stalks with red husks. Shows some color variation in stalk and husk color. A
delicious early sweet corn that is excellent for eating fresh from the cob, but also good for drying and grinding to make traditional corn flour (dating back to its Hopi ancestry). Bred by Alan Kapuler PhD.
3.) Little Fingers Eggplant – Slender and petite. Dark purple skin is thin and tender. Flesh has a silky texture with few seeds and mildly sweet flavor needing very little cooking time. Harvest when young – 3-6″ long and glossy.
4.) Pike Melon – Bred in the 1930’s in Monmouth, Oregon by Aaron Pike. Fruits weight 3-6 pounds depending on the growing conditions; irrigation will produce larger fruit. Heavily netted fruits are very sweet and fragrant. Vigorous plants.
5.) Australian Brown Onion – First introduced by W. Atlee Burpee in 1897. The firm, medium-large size globes are pungent, yet very flavorful. It’s thick, brown paper coating makes this an excellent storage onion. Intermediate day.
6.) Champion of England Pea – Said to have originally been selected out of Knight Dwarf White Marrow around 1840. This great old heirloom introduced in 1846 by Fairbeard. Sturdy plants need support and can grow 5-8′ tall in ideal conditions. Although rather tall, this variety is great for small gardens where space is limited because of the vertical growing potential. Large pods contain 8-10 very sweet peas.
7.) Ozark Giant Pepper – Great flavor with impressive (up to 8” long) size, this heirloom sweet pepper produces heavily. Enjoy in salads, salsa and many other recipes.
8.) Gill’s Golden Pippin Squash – From the Gill’s Brother Seed Company in Oregon. This is one of the best tasting acorn-type squash varieties. Small, single-serving sized fruits have a superb sweet (almost nutty) flavor. Bright yellow coloring and deep lobes also make this a wonderful fall decoration.
9.) Carbon Tomato – Winner of the “Best Tasting Tomato Award” at the Heirloom Garden Show in 2005 and continues to rate very high in taste tests. One of the darkest of all tomatoes. Heavy yields of 10-12 ounce fruits.10.) Arkansas Traveler Tomato – Been around since the 1800’s. Medium-size pink fruits produce about 20#’s of fruit per plant!
10.) Patio Plum Tomato – A super dwarf variety that was selected by the late Jim Reeves, a home gardener in the United Kingdom. A very short jointed determinate variety that produces an abundance of small trusses each bearing 3-5 grape shaped cherry tomatoes. Patio Plum is perfect for pots as it continues to grow for a very long period. If you move your pots inside, it is possible to have ripe fruits through November and December in northern areas. Well balanced flavor, a great snacking or salad tomato.