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  • 1. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds u20 12 Pu re Se ed Bo ok ! www.rareseeds.com1
  • 2. Dear Gardening Friends to school gardens and other non-profit organizations. In 2011 we sent out well over 250,000 free packets to Rosa, California. This event that we helped organize was beyond our dreams, bringing the heirloom seedWe hope you have had an abundant harvest and were non-profit groups, and it is our goal to get out even and small farming communities together like neverable to enjoy all the satisfaction a garden brings. Our more this season. We must reverse the trend that made before, with 11,000 farmers and gardeners attendinggardens were plentiful this season, with an unbeliev- America the most unhealthy nation in the developed from across America and beyond! It featured thou-able variety of rare and unique vegetables and flow- world, and there is no better way to do that than by sands of varieties of heirloom crops, animals, foodsers. Even after 20 years of collecting seeds, I still moving children back outside and into the garden, and over 70 of the foremost speakers in the “field” in-cannot believe the diversity of seeds that we are still getting sunshine and learning the benefits of good, cluding Dr. Vandana Shiva, Jeffrey Smith, Gary Pauldiscovering--like the vast wealth of vegetables that we wholesome food. Nabhan, Alice Waters, and the list goes on and on. Ithave received recently from the former Soviet Union, 2011 was also a year for festivals and events. was an incredible event of diversity that sent a clearincluding varieties of eggplants and tomatoes that ri-val or surpass many of our American varieties. It is Besides the regular Spring Planting Festival, and Heri- message to the big agricultural establishment thatalways so exciting to grow that newly rediscovered wa- tage Days that we host regularly at our Mansfield, Mis- Americans are waking up to demand food freedomtermelon, turnip or morning glory. With this catalog, souri, location, we also were involved in several other and our right to save seeds. Check out the events thatwe hope to share our passion for these incredible seeds events! That includes the 200th anniversary celebra- are listed in the catalog and happening this season.from our past, bringing them alive for future genera- tion at Comstock, Ferre & Co in Wethersfield, Con- Then come join us as we work to take back America,tions, giving our children pure food instead of the necticut. We had 2,000 people at this event that was and move back to an America that supports the farmerchemically laden, gene-altered crops that are offered not only celebrating 200 years of history, but also our and our right to real laboratories of multinational corporations and sold first year of operation there. But the big event this past Wishing you bountiful harvests and God Bless!to us by supermarkets and politicians. year was the National Heirloom Exposition in Santa It seems incredible that you hold in your Jere, Emilee and Sasha Gettlehands our 15th annual catalog; so much has happenedin the last 15 years. This year brings several changesand additions, including our larger catalog which nowhas 196 pages, up from 128 last season. This year weare printing 310,000 copies and now printing on re-cycled paper. We also have an Ipad edition and animproved website for you to check out! We hope youenjoy all the new varieties and photos we have addedthis year, including some of the best varieties we haveever offered. We feel blessed to be able to pursue ourpassion for growing good, pure seed, seed that is con-trolled and owned by the people; that is why every seedin this catalog is open-pollinated and non-patented.All these seeds are in public domain, meaning youhave the right to save your own seeds from any of thevarieties we offer, without interference from Monsan-to, Dupont, or our government. We must all work topreserve our right to pure food and to save seed, whichis why a number of companies, farmers and organiza-tions, including ours, have brought a class action law-suit against Monsanto, who has sued many farmersfor saving seed that was contaminated by Monsanto’spatented, genetically-engineered varieties. Not onlywere these farmers sued, but they also lost their abilityto save pure seed, and in many cases lost their marketfor their crops. We must all fight to insure the univer-sal right to pure, uncontaminated seed that is free ofcorporate patents and control. It was a very busy year for our family, withgardening, travel, writing and more! Some of the proj-ects included finishing our first book, The HeirloomLife Gardener, which is a work about our life withseeds, gardening methods, seed saving and much more.It was a quite an undertaking for us as we worked to puteverything about heirloom gardening into one colorfulbook. Right now we are working on our second bookwith Hyperion, an heirloom vegetable cookbook. Thissecond book brings to life our recipes and the recipesof our ancestors. Our other big news is that our maga-zine, the Heirloom Gardener, which we have publishedsince 2003, has grown from 48 pages to 84 pages andhas become a more professional publication that is nowon the newsstands! You can find it at Whole Foods,Barnes and Noble, Tractor Supply Co. and others. Wehave had a wonderful response to this magazine andhope to use it as a tool to spread the good food messageand encourage more gardening, coast to coast. Our daughter Sasha is now four years oldand is becoming quite the little gardener, and she alsoloves to spend time in our greenhouse on cold days,watering the plants and talking to the quail that livewithin. It is our goal to get more children interestedin gardening, which is the reason we offer free seeds 2
  • 3. CATALOG INDEX Grains 48 Roselle 94 Amaranth 12 Greens Oriental 49 Salsify 94 Artichoke & Cardoon 13 Greens Salad Blends 50 Seed Collections 158 Asparagus 13 Greens Other 52 Sorghum 94 Beans 14 Heirloom Gardener Magazine 188 Spinach 96 Beetroot 21 Heirloom Life Gardener Book 6 Spring Planting Festival 192 Books 184 Herbs 159 Squash Summer 97 Broccoli 22 Kohlrabi 53 Squash & Pumpkins 102 Brussels Sprouts 22 Kale 53 Sunflowers 179 Cauliflower 22 Leeks 53 Swiss Chard 118 Cabbage 25 Lettuce 54 Tomatillo 118 Carrots 26 Melons 57 Tomatoes Green 121 Celery 28 National Heirloom Expo 10 Tomatoes Orange 122 Corn 28 Okra 71 Tomatoes Pink 124 Cowpeas 30 Onion 75 Tomatoes Purple 128 Cucumbers 31 Parsnips 78 Tomatoes Red 134 Eggplant 35 Peas 79 Peppers Hot 80 Tomatoes Striped 140 Endive 44 Peppers Sweet 86 Tomatoes White 144 Fennel 44 Radicchio 90 Tomatoes Yellow 147 Flowers 163 Fruit 44 Radish 91 Turnip 149 Gifts & Tools 186 Rhubarb 94 Watermelon 152 Gourds 47 Rutabagas 94 Wild Flowers 1843
  • 4. About Our Company About Our SeedsJere Gettle always had a passion for growing All of our seed is non-hybrid, non-GMO,things, and at age 3 he planted his first garden. non-treated and non-patented. We do notEver since that day, he wanted to be involved in buy seed from Monsanto-owned Seminis.the seed industry. So at the age of 17, he print- We boycott all gene-altering companies.ed the first small Baker Creek Heirloom Seed We are not members of the pro-GMOcatalog in 1998. The company has grown to American Seed Trade Organization! Weoffer 1300 varieties of vegetables, flowers andherbs—the largest selection of heirloom variet- work with a network of about 100 smallies in the U.S.A. farmers, gardeners and seed growers to Baker Creek carries one of the largest se- bring you the best selection of seeds avail-lections of seeds from the 19th century, includ- able! Many of our varieties we sell wereing many Asian and European varieties. The collected by us on our travels has become a tool to promote andpreserve our agricultural and culinary heritage. We offer over 1300 fine varieties!Our company and seeds have been featured in Unique seeds from 70 countries!The New York Times, The Associated Press, Our Seed Site: www.rareseeds.comOprah Magazine, Martha Stewart, and many Our Forums: www.idigmygarden.comothers. Gardeners can request a free 196-pagecolor catalog that now mails to 310,000 gar-deners nationally. Baker Creek started hosting festivals in 2000as an idea to bring gardeners, homesteaders andnatural food enthusiasts together to exchange Visit Our Storesthoughts, seeds, listen to speakers and enjoyvendors, old-time music and much more. These Mansfield, Missouri Headquarters Come enjoy the beautiful Ozark hills and our farmfestivals gave birth to the idea for our pioneer and pioneer village; shop seeds, see gardens, animalsvillage, Bakersville. Other projects include our and village. Eat at our restaurant that is open fortrial gardens, seed collecting expeditions, ourpopular online forums at lunch. Learn about what we do first hand.and educational produce exhibits. DIRECTIONS - We are located 45 miles east of Over the last several years, Jere Gettle and Springfield, Missouri. Take Hwy 60 to Mansfield, andhis wife Emilee have branched out into other at the 2nd exit, turn north on Hwy 5. Go 1-1/2 milesrelated projects as well, including the nation- to London Road. Turn left on London Road, thenally distributed, Heirloom Gardener magazine, follow signs. Hours: Sunday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm.which is now in its eighth year of publication. Closed Saturdays & major holidays. Come enjoy allThey have also expanded to a location in So- the Ozarks region has to offer! Phone 417-924-8917Visit our Petaluma, California Store!noma County, California, in the beautiful town The location has proved to be a good choiceWePetaluma. Their most the West Coastis theof invite our friends on recent project and as this area of California has an increasing Petaluma, the country Storevisitors to that area to visit theof the Wethers-restoration and preservation Petaluma Seed interestthe home gardening, sustainable agri- of Stroll in streets in the quaint Victorian cityBank. Connecticut landmark, Comstock, Ferrefield, Occupying the beautiful and ornate So- culture, organics, our unique seed and garden store, Petaluma. Shop at self-reliance and heirloomnoma Countythe oldestBank Building that was& Company, National continuously operating seed saving. It also servesa grand, old, former bank that has found its home in as an excellent loca-constructed in the 1920’s, the Seed Bank at- tion for our staff tooffer hundreds of locally an- building. We also prepare for hosting the madeseed company in New England. They are nowtracts gardeners, foodies, shoppers, and tour- nual National Heirloom Exposition in nearbywriting several books with Hyperion, a division items! Then enjoy the best food in California at manyists alike. Visitors to the store are awed by its Santa Rosa. eateries all up and down the street!of ABC/Disney. These works will feature heir-high hammered-metal ceilings, ornate lights delicious localloom vegetables and their work with seeds and DIRECTIONS - Come to Seed Bank, be sure to Stop by for a visit, we are on the corner of Peta-and enormous windows. The building certainly After your visit to the Petaluma (30 minutes north luma and Washington, in the heart of one of a time when foods were health-reminds stroll the nearby and taketo enjoy the into town. We of San Francisco) streets any exit west best food They also work extensively to supply freeier and were not genetically modified. are on the corner of Petaluma and Washington, (199 in California at many delicious local eateries,seeds to many of the world’s poorest countries, Summer (PDT) Hours: we are open 9:30 am to to view the fine N.) Open: Sunday - Friday. Closed Petaluma Blvd. architecture of historic homes, 5:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Time, Monday throughAt the Seed Bank, we offer over 1,400 varietiesas well as here at home in school gardens and as well as to major holidays. Phone 707-773-1336 Saturdays & browse the many antique stores,other educational garlic, tools, books, and hun-of heirloom seeds, projects. It is their goal to Friday. We are also open Sundays 9:30 am to 5:30 gift shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries pm. We are closed Saturdays and major holidays.dreds of local hand-made gifts and food items. and a wide variety of& Company, LLC ofeducate everyone about a better, safer food sup-Remember—everything we offer is pure, natu- Comstock, Ferre retail stores, manyply and fight gene-altered, Frankenfood and the whichhistoric seed company isbuildings. the heart This are housed in historic located inral and non-GMO. Winter (PST) Hours: We are open 9:00 am to 4:00companies that support it. of old Wethersfield, the “most ancient” town in Con- pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Fri- You won’t want to miss our 3rd Anni-Located just 30 miles north of San Francisco Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company day. We are also open Sundays 9:30 am to 4:00 historic downtown Petaluma, we are on the versary Celebrationby the Gettle family and necticut. It is being restored on June 10th. 2278 Baker Creek Road Sign Come seeour amazing seed company with 11 staff. up for this online newsletter and Closed Saturdays and major holidays.corner of Petaluma N. and Washington, (199Petaluma Blvd. 65704 Phone 417-924-8917 Mansfield, MON). Petaluma’s well-preserved visit us on Facebook tofounder’s 1767 house! A historic buildings and the keep up with the free catalog is available upon request. The Petaluma Seed Bankhistoric city center, which includes many build- latest happenings. We schedule regular 199 Petaluma Blvd. Northings that us on facebook and twitter! Follow survived the 1906 San Francisco talks, workshops, or Wethersfield, CT.that 5 DIRECTIONS - Come to presentations (just Petaluma, CA 94952earthquake, is part of an extensive residential draw a good of downtown Hartford) We are on minutes south crowd. Also, make plans Phone 707-773-1336and commercial heritage handed down to us Printed on recycled paper, please to attend in“The National Heirloom Main street Old Wethersfield, (263 Main St.) Open: email: paul@rareseeds.comby the early citizens pass this book on to1880’s, recycle and of the prosperous friends! Sunday- Friday. Closed Saturdays & major holidays. Expo” in Santa Rosa, Sept 11-13, 2012!1890’s and 1900’s, when Petaluma was the cen- online 860-571-6590 Phone at, 4ter of commerce for the North Bay counties.
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  • 7. Why Grow Heirlooms? Anti-GMO Icon Quality: Decades of modern breeding in vege- Percy Schmeiser to speak at table crops has yielded some useful varieties, but The National Heirloom Exposition, at a price: quality has been sacrificed to the pro- in Santa Rosa, CA. Sept. 11-13, 2012 ducers’ convenience in harvesting and shipping. Too often, crops have been bred for uniformity, or to ripen all at once (to facilitate mechanical Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser didn’t harvesting), or tough skins (to allow the produce set out to become an iconic symbol of the to withstand rough handling and shipping, some- worldwide movement to defend biodiversity times thousands of miles!). and farmers’ rights. Nor did he choose to Quality, taste, and even nutritional value have play the heroic underdog in a David and Go- been the casualties of this trend. Increasingly, liath battle with chemical and biotechnology studies are showing that the nutritional values in giant, Monsanto Corporation. But life - and factory-farmed produce are actually lower. Pro- corporate power - does have a way of inter- tein content in corn is one example. Old-style open-pollinated field corn, the type grown for fering with the best-laid plans. feed or for milling into flour, often contains almost Along with his wife, Louise, Sch- twice as much protein as the new hybrids. Stud- meiser had farmed in Saskatchewan for ies have also shown higher levels of copper, iron over half a century. He ran a successful and manganese in at least some open-pollinated farm equipment dealership, and served as varieties. Mayor of his hometown of Bruno for nearly Performance: Heirloom varieties are often twenty years. Then, in 1996, Monsanto was the product of many generations of careful selec- allowed to introduce its Roundup Ready ge- tion by farmers and gardeners who knew what netically modified canola seeds in Canada. they wanted from their plants. If a variety has After three of their neighbors agreed to plant been carefully nurtured and its seed kept by gen- these GMO seeds, Percy and Louise soon erations of a family or in a small geographic area, it stands to reason that it must perform well in the found their lives had been forever altered. conditions under which it has been preserved. By In 1998 the family was informed by taking some care to choose varieties from your Monsanto that, not only had the company’s own area, or those that come from similar condi- GMO canola contaminated their crop, but tions, it is quite possible to select varieties that Monsanto intended to sue them for “infringe- will be very vigorous and productive in your own ment of patent,” unless they agreed to buy garden. their seeds from Monsanto in the future. Saving Seed: A great advantage of heirlooms Though their canola had been acciden- is the fact that, provided precautions are ob- tally contaminated - either windblown from served when growing a crop, seed may be saved their neighbors’ fields or dropped by pass- for use in future years, and it will be true to type, ing trucks - the Schmeisers were forced to year after year! You can’t do this with hybrids; if you save seed grown from hybrid parents, the defend themselves all the way to the Su- offspring will show a lot of variation and, in all preme Court, which ruled in Monsanto’s fa- likelihood, be markedly inferior to the parents. In vor, though it declined to penalize the Sch- fact, careful selection in your own garden can ac- meisers financially. In 2008, the family won tually produce a unique strain of the crop grown, a second court battle - and an award of $600 resulting in even better performance under your - against Monsanto, three years after again own unique conditions! finding GMO canola on their property. Tradition and Continuity: Heirloom veg- Percy Schmeiser’s case made etables represent a priceless legacy, the product worldwide news as it was among the first to of centuries of work by countless generations of involve a company claiming to own a patent farmers around the globe. When we grow heir- upon life itself. In 2007, Percy and his wife looms, we are the living link in a chain stretching back sometimes many hundreds of years. We received the Right Livelihood Award - the are taking our turn in a succession of growers, Alternative Nobel Prize - and have since be- each generation of which cherished their favorite come worldwide leaders in the battle for the crops and varieties and lovingly preserved fresh rights of farmers to save seeds and prevent seed for coming seasons. As the current custo- GMO contamination. By Chris Fisher dians, we are endowed with the opportunity to make our mark, as well, because like previous We are excited to have Percy join us generations, we maintain the varieties that we at The National Heirloom Exposition. love the most. Heirloom seeds are our living leg- acy, bequeathed to us from the past, and passed on, in turn, to the future. By Randel A. Agrella, An heirloom seed saver since 1982, he offers heirloom plants in season on his website, He7 also manages our seed growing program.
  • 8. Northern Seeds!Visit Comstock, Ferre & Company, LLC Old Wethersfield is a charming, historic Con- necticut River town founded in 1643. AlongThis historic seed company is located in a cluster Main Street, many of the homes are more thanof antique buildings in the heart of Old Wethers-field, the “most ancient” town in Connecticut. 200 years old, often with placards indicatingComstock, Ferre is the oldest continuously op- their establishment dates. Fifty houses in the vil-erating seed company in New England. It first lage predate the Revolutionary War, while one Request our Free Catalog of hundred others predate the Civil War. In addition to the white-steepled Congregational Church historic and hardy New Eng-offered seeds by James Lockwood Belden, asthe Wethersfield Seed Company, in the Hartford that George Washington occasionally attended, land varieties of vegetables,Courant in 1811 . The original tin signs adorn the one will find the grave sites of Revolutionary Warbuildings to this day. In more than a century and heroes buried in the historic cemeteries just pac- fruits, flowers and herbs!a half of business, the company has seen severales from the seed company. Be sure to walk thetransitions from local garden supplier to whole-tree-lined streets surrounding Comstock Ferre & Because the area is rich with deep fertile soil,saler and back to a wider retail operation underCompany and visit the historical museums, Hart it was a natural location for seed companies tothe Gettles entrepreneurship. Seed Co, antique shops and specialty boutiques. thrive a century and a half ago. While Comstock Ferre & Company, Hart Seed Company, andCome shop for seeds, gifts, tools, plants, and sundries! seven other seed companies set up shop here, only Comstock and Hart remain in business Come to our 2nd annual Comstock, Ferre. & Co. today—just one block apart. Comtock Ferre & “Heirloom Festival” Company is known for popularizing such veg- 263 Main St. etable standards as the Wethersfield red onion, June 3, 2012 (10am-6 pm) Wethersfield, CT. 06109 which it still carries today. In addition to sell- ing more than 250 varieties of the stores name Wethersfield, Connecticut brand heirloom garden seeds, we also offer Phone (860)571-6590 Baker Creek heirloom seeds, which are open- Join us for a full day of speakers, demonstra- pollinated, pure and natural, and non-GMO. tions, music, garden vendors as we celebrate Thus, Comstock Ferre & Company now offers being in the seed business for 201 years! one of the broadest choices of old seed variet- Last year we had 2000 guests come from ies in the country. across the North East and beyond, 8
  • 9. Organic Producers Fight FRANKENFOOD NEWS Protect Your Seeds and Back Against Monsanto Go GMO-free in 2012! Your Food from GMOs This past spring a lawsuit was filed against In case you missed it, the most radical change in Monsanto, preemptively seeking legal relief the history of our food and seed supply took place from the strong-arm tactics for which the in the mid-90s, and it may now be wreaking havoc firm has become famous. with our health and environment. Companies like The suit, filed March 29, 2011, in United Monsanto inserted genes from bacteria and vi- States District Court, Southern District of ruses into the DNA of soybeans, corn, and other New York, in Manhattan, seeks a declara- food crops. They promised that their genetically tory judgment against Monsanto. If granted, modified organisms (GMOs) would be safe, feed the judgment will prohibit Monsanto from su- the world, increase yields, and reduce agricultural ing for patent infringement in the event that chemicals. They were wrong on all accounts. its patented genes, such as the glyphosate Industry sleight of hand also played a key tolerance gene, should turn up in seeds or role in the approval process. Monsanto’s former at- plants grown by organic or heirloom farm- torney was in charge of FDA policy, which falsely ers. A number of seed companies, includ- claimed that the agency was unaware of informa- ing Fedco Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed tion showing that GMOs were substantially different. Exchange, Comstock, Ferre Seed Co., and Therefore, not a single safety study was required. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. joined with Monsanto, who told us their toxic PCBs, Agent Or- organic trade associations, other compa- ange, and DDT were safe, could determine whether nies, and dozens of individual farmers in their gene-spliced wonders were safe. filing suit against the gene-splitting giant, FDA memos released years after the Monsanto Corporation. policy went into effect revealed the fiction. The The suit alleges that Monsanto’s aggres- “Like I said before, I would rath- agency’s own scientists had repeatedly warned er be fishing with my grandkids sive tactics have, in the past, resulted in un- that GMOs might create allergens, toxins, new due hardships on small operations who in- diseases, and nutritional problems. But they were advertently experienced contamination from than fighting this but, by golly, ignored by Monsanto’s former attorney, who later GMO crops, especially those containing somebody, somewhere, some- became Monsanto’s VP, and is now back at the FDA as the nation’s Food Safety Czar. the glyphosate tolerance gene (commonly known as the “Roundup-ready” gene) as ex- time has to take a stand.” The concerned FDA’s scientists have emplified in the well-known Percy Schmeiser -Percy Schmeiser now been vindicated. The physicians group case. In that case, Schmeiser, a canola American Academy of Environmental Medicine farmer, was accused of patent infringement says that the GMO feeding studies show repro- 2.) Monsanto’s patents are not infringed ductive disorders, immune system damage, ac- because Monsanto-owned genes turned up Since there is no intention on the part of in his fields, in the absence of any license celerated aging, organ and digestive problems, contaminated farmers to infringe patents, and dysfunctional regulation of insulin and cho- from Monsanto. there can be no patent infringement. In- lesterol. They urge all doctors to prescribe non- The suit was filed by the Public Patent stead, contamination is in fact a trespass, GMO diets to everyone. foundation, or PUBPAT, a New York-based causing damage to the affected farmers. Since the government is not listening legal firm specializing in aspects of patent The complaint contends that it is “perverse” to scientists or doctors, we have to take action law pertaining to the public’s interest in such that farmers whose crops have been con- ourselves. The Institute for Responsible Technol- regulation. In a press release, PUBPAT said, taminated should also be subject to litigation ogy educates consumers about the dangers of “The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue for patent infringement. GMOs and is engineering a tipping point of con- preemptively to protect themselves from be- 3.) Monsanto’s patents are not enforce- sumer rejection. This will force GMOs out of the ing accused of patent infringement should able US food supply—like it did in Europe. Visit www. their crops ever become contaminated by If both previous arguments fail and patents to learn more, watch Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.” If are still admitted by the judge as being valid free videos, sign up for a free newsletter, and get the plaintiffs prevail, future situations like the and infringed, PUBPAT intends to demon- involved. To learn how to avoid GMOs, visit www. Schmeiser case would not happen, at least strate that they are not enforceable because in the United States, as Monsanto wouldn’t, or download the they are being misused to gain undue con- iPhone app ShopNoGMOs. have grounds to sue when the intention of trol over the market. the farmer was to raise GMO-free crops. 4.) Monsanto is not entitled to any rem- Safe eating. (The Schmeiser case happened in Canada; edy this ruling would affect only American farms.) Since the farmers in the group are seeking Jeffrey Smith PUBPAT cited four grounds for the suit, to produce only GMO-free crops, and GMO any one of which, if proven, should be suffi- contamination destroys the value of such Jeffrey M. Smith is the author of Seeds of Decep- cient to cause the court to issue the declara- crops, Monsanto has not lost revenue due tion, the world’s bestselling and #1 rated book on tory judgment: solely to the production of the contaminat- GMOs. His second book, Genetic Roulette, docu- 1.) Monsanto’s patents are invalid ed crops. Consequently, it is not entitled to ments 65 health risks of the GMOs Americans eat By law, patents must be new, non-obvious damages. everyday. Mr. Smith is the Executive Director of and useful. The suit asserts that not only are To be successful, the plaintiffs need only the Institute for Responsible Technology. GMO’s not useful, but they may actually be successfully prove any one of the four bases harmful to public health, the environment and for the suit. Monsanto, on the other hand, PS, I Will be speaking at The Spring Plant- society as a whole. Moreover, they are obvi- must successfully refute all four of the claims ing Festival, in Mansfield, MO and at The ous since they derive from gene sequencing. to prove its case. By Randel A. Agrella National Heirloom Expo, in Santa Rosa, The complaint cites a number of studies and CA. See you there!9 cases to support this claim.
  • 10. The National Heirloom Exposition was con- on non-GMO issues, all of whom were in-ceived to create awareness on issues sur- credibly well received. The Great Pumpkinrounding “pure food.” We could not think Patch from Illinois had the largest pump-of a better venue to showcase all elements kin display in the US as a centerpiece at thethe Expo has to offer than Sonoma County, event, and will be doing the world’s largestCalifornia, with its deep roots in agricul- display at the 2012 event!ture and the overall passion there for goodfood. The event is operated as a “not-for-profit,” whereby any funds generated over andThere were multiple components to the above the costs go to school gardens and2011 Expo, including over 70 educational other food programs. It is the intent tospeakers operating concurrently from maintain the event as affordable to all par-three speaking locations; several thousand ticipants: vendors, exhibitors and attend-varieties of produce on display to show- ees alike. As this is primarily an educationalcase the diversity our country has to offer; event, we wish to keep admission free forover 200 like-minded vendor booths; back- ages 17 and under. The National Heirloomto-back educational food, farm and garden Exposition encourages school groups torelated movies; a kids day packed with fun grow for, and attend the event, and we hadand educational activities; heritage breeds almost 800 school kids bussed in for theof poultry and livestock on display; chef 2011 Expo kids day on Sept. 14th, 2011demonstrations; a farmer’s market and “...I will be coming to the‘healthy’ fair food vendors. Almost 11,000 passionate “pure food” en- thuisiasts descended on Sonoma County National Heirloom Expo-The Expo’s keynote speakers were Dr. in 2011! It was featured on the Martha sition, because it is de-Vandana Shiva from India, nationally re- Stewart Show as well as on dozens of oth- fending our future...”nowned chef and author Alice Waters, and er media outlets. Dr. Vandana Shiva 10Jeffrey Smith, the nation’s top authority
  • 11. The World’s Largest Heritage Food Event! 3000 varieties, 300 exhibitors, 3 days! Join the World’s Premier Gardeners, Speakers, Farmers, Seedsmen, Chefs and Food Activists! Enjoy over 75 food, farm and garden speakers, including... The 2012 National Vandana Shiva Jim Long Heirloom Exposition One of the world’s leading supporters of the pure food Founder of Long Creek Herbs and popular herbalist. movement. Dr. Shiva drew over 1200 people to her He as written many books on the subject. is scheduled for Tues. – Thurs. talk last year. Jeffrey Smith September 11, 12 and 13, at the Percy Schmeiser Best-selling author and founder of the Institute for Re- Sonoma County Fairgrounds, A long time farmer who was sued by Monsanto after his crop was contaminated by their GMO canola. He sponsible Technology. A leading GMO-free activist. Bryant Terry Santa Rosa, California. has became the face of the GMO-free movement An eco-chef, food justice activist, and author. Anna Lappe Daniel Ravicher For more information A widely respected author and educator, renowned Attorney that is committed to protecting citizens from for her work as a sustainable food advocate. She is a unsound patent policy. He is the lead attorney in the founding principal of the Small Planet Institute. recent farmers vs. Monsanto lawsuit. or call (707) 773 1336. Eric Holt-Gimenez Sandor Katz Executive director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Culinary author and food activist who is America’s Development Policy. food fermentation expert. Join thousands of people from around the world at the National Heirloom Exposition to celebrate traditional crops, foods, seeds, poultry & animals.11
  • 12. HUBEI #AM120 MIRIAH #AM125Amaranth100-200 seeds per packet. Warm-season, New World native Attractive red flowers on short, sprawling plants that can reach 4’ across. We received our seeds for this variety from our Australian friend, Rose-Marie Lacherez. She received the seeds in 1995 from a Chinese researcher (Bi Jihuan) This variety is a good producer of green leaves. Popular in Asia eaten as a delicious spinach substitute; great cooked or pickled. Ornamental plants grow 5’-6’ tall and produce a flashy, golden-brown seed head. Very rare. Pkt $2.25adds lots of color to the garden. This crop is easy to grow, andmakes delicious greens and grain. A good ornamental plant for who, at the time, was the director of the agricultural college MOLTEN FIRE #AM127landscaping. Amaranth seed is one of the most complete pro- of Hubei, China. Pkt $2.50 Simply stunning, this old favorite produces leaves that are ateins available from any plant. Direct-sow the tiny seeds when JOSEPH’S COAT “PERFECTA” #AM130 fire-crimson color, so intense and beautiful! One of the bestsoil is warm, barely covering, and thin to 1-2 feet apart. Can Wavy-margined leaves in bright orange and yellow are varieties for edible landscaping as the young leaves arealso be started indoors and transplanted. reminiscent of lava spouting from a volcano! Plants reach quite tasty and nutritious when cooked. Pkt $2.25GOLDEN GIANT #AM117 3 ft in height. Makes a spectacular temporary hedge. Native OPOPEO #AM102 60 daysAttractive golden-colored flower heads produce up to 1 lb to Asia, where it is cultivated for its leaves. This variety was Beautiful, large, red, upright flower spikes and bronze-greenof white seed per plant, making this a very heavy producer. favored by Thomas Jefferson, as well as many others of that foliage make this Mexican heirloom a real knockout in thePlants grow to about 6’ and are easy to grow. Pkt (50 seeds) period. Pkt $2.50 vegetable garden. Tasty leaves are tender when picked$2.50 KERALA RED #AM122 young. Easy to grow from seed. From Opopeo, Mexico. PktGREEK GIANT #AM124 A beautiful red amaranth from the Indian state of Kerala, $2.25Seed sent to us by Dr. Joseph Philip of Pennsylvania. He where amaranth is a popular garden crop, making great ORANGE GIANT #AM121collected seed originally near the town of Herakleion, stir-fried and steamed greens. This variety has pretty stems, Ornamental 6’-8’ tall plants produce giant, golden-orangeCrete, years ago and has grown it ever since. Entire plant is foliage and flowers. Harvest leaves young when still tender. heads, with the stems golden as well. Each plant can pro-reddish-pink, reaching only 3 ½ feet tall in most situations, Pkt $2.50 duce up to 1 lb of seed; a beautiful variety that is tasty andbut may approach 5 feet in very rich soil. Plants branch rela- LOVE-LIES-BLEEDING GREEN #AM113 productive. Pkt $2.50tively little for an amaranth, and produce most of the red A wonderful green version of the lovely “Love-Lies-Bleed- POINSETTIA MIX #AM132 New!seed heads at the top of the plant. Very attractive! Pkt $2.50 ing” with long flower-ropes that are lime green; attractive Incredible range of foliage colors really lights up the gar-GREEN CALALOO #AM126 and easy to grow. A must to blend with the red. Pkt $2.00 den! This is a formula mix of Amaranthus tricolor colors:A popular green vegetable in many countries, including LOVE-LIES-BLEEDING RED #AM103 60 days green with creamy top leaves, rose-red to chocolate brown,many islands of the Caribbean where this plant is famous Tall 3’- 4’ plants are covered with very long rope-like flowers and brilliant red-orange to yellow. Superb in the border,for Calaloo Seafood Soup. Light green leaves are great in that are a deep, brilliant red color. One of the most striking where it reaches about 2 feet in height. Pkt $2.50stews, stir-fries and soups, having a tangy, spinach-like fla- plants for any garden and so easy to grow. Amaranth is one THAI RW TENDER #AM118vor. Easy to grow in warm weather. Pkt $2.00 of our favorite crops! A good seed producer, too. This is a A popular plant that is grown in Thailand, used as a salad very old heirloom, a pre-1700 variety, that was very popular. and cooking green; popular in soups, curries and stir-fries.“And God said, Behold, I have given you ev- Leaves are tasty as cooked greens. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.50 Smallish plants produce round, medium green-colored MERCADO #AM131 leaves. Pkt $2.00ery herb bearing seed, which is upon the Traditional grain type from southern Mexico. (“Mercado”face of all the earth, and every tree, in the means market in Spanish.) Apple-green seed heads give “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come fromwhich is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to way to delicious, tan grain. This lodge-resistant variety is people who have the habit of making excuses.”you it shall be for meat.” -Genesis 1:29 rather long-season for an amaranth, requiring 125 days to -George Washington Carver yield mature seed. Pkt $2.25 Molten Fire Golden Giant Kerala Red 12
  • 13. Joseph’s Coat Artichoke and mental plants, especially when the buds open. Rare outside Europe. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 PURPLE OF ROMAGNA #AR105 Cardoon Large, round-headed purple chokes, tender and tasty, perfect for warm season areas, or grow with shelter. So popular with chefs, and is a sure seller at the finer Originated in the Mediterranean region. Long-season plants markets. We are proud to introduce this regional Ital- that won’t overwinter reliably north of Zone 7. To get a crop of ian favorite. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 artichokes in one year, start seeds indoors in pots 2-3 months ROUGE D’ALGER #AR106 before last frost date in spring. Move the pots outdoors This exciting heirloom Cardoon was developed in when four leaves have developed, when temperatures are Algeria, hence the name. It has big, edible and or- occasionally freezing, protecting them if temps fall below namental stalks that are blushed in red, which is so below 29 degrees. 2-4 weeks of exposure to cool temps striking against the blue-green leaves. The flowers “vernalizes” young seedlings, preparing them to bloom later in are also beautiful and can be cooked before the buds the season after plants have grown large. Cardoon may also open, like a small artichoke. One of the prettiest his- be started early indoors but vernalizing isn’t necessary. Both toric varieties you can plant. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 kinds are then grown on in very rich soil, in full sun. They need Asparagus excellent drainage but ample moisture. They may benefit from some mid-afternoon shade in hot-summer areas. GOBBO DI NIZZIA #AR103 A rare cardoon from Italy, its broad white stalks are Beloved early-spring crop in Europe since ancient times, eaten fried, sauteed, pickled and in soups. Italians eat asparagus is a perennial plant that starts slow but it raw, dipped in olive oil. The root is also edible, tasty, yields for many years. The best way to grow from seed and can be used like parsnips. The plant is similar in is to start indoors 2-3 months before last frost. Be sure culture and appearance to artichokes. Cardoons have that the young seedlings receive bright light, to make been popular in Europe since ancient Rome. Beautiful the strong growth. Set young plants outdoors when ornamental plants. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 weather is warm, growing them in a nursery bed of your GREEN GLOBE #AR101 finest soil, where they will receive attentive care. In fall, Tasty; needs a fairly long, mild growing season, or grow as or the following spring, set the plants into their final garden location—spacing them 2 feet or more from an annual. A colorful plant that makes a great ornamental. their neighbors. Modest yield may be taken the third Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 or 1 oz $7.50 year, and a full harvest every spring thereafter. VIOLETTA PRECOCE #AR104 MARY WASHINGTON #AS101 Lovely, pointed, purple artichokes. Purple varieties Popular variety, long green spears. Pkt (100 seeds) have been popular in Italy for hundreds of years and $2.00 or 1 oz $7.00 are more tender than green types. Needs a mild cli- mate. We are glad to introduce this heirloom to the PRECOCE D’ARGENTEUIL #AS102 USA. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 An old traditional heirloom, this gourmet variety is VIOLET DE PROVENCE #AR107 highly esteemed in Europe for its delicious stems with This French heirloom is noted for its fine flavor and rose-colored buds that can be blanched white. Italian13 pretty purple buds that are lovely on the big, orna- Seed. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50
  • 14. season; these must be started very early in all areas except the deep South. Caution: The seeds and pods are poisonous, but the small pods are cooked in the Philippines. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) 40-60 seeds per packet. An ancient staple crop grown throughout North and South America. BOLITA #BN133 This bean was one of the original varieties brought by the Spanish as they settled New Mexico. It is still grown by a few Spanish farms to this day, due to its dry bean rich flavor and creamy texture. Better than the Pinto bean, this small, creamy-tan bean cooks fast and is the tastiest part of several centuries of NM history. Vines produce very early. Pkt $2.50 CHEROKEE TRAIL OF TEARS #BN134 This heirloom was brought from Tennessee by the Cher- okee people as they were marched to Oklahoma by the Federal Government in 1839 over the infamous “Trail of Tears” that left so many dead and suffering. This pro- lific variety is good as a snap or dry bean and has shiny, black beans. Hardy, vining plants. Pkt $2.75 CONTENDER (BUFF VALENTINE) #BN102 50 days A superb bush bean with huge yields of excellent-quality pods. Earlier than most others & perfect for market. Intro. 1949. Pkt $2.00 BEURRE DE ROCQUENCOURT #BN128 A productive heirloom wax bean named for Rocquen-Asian Beans Hyacinth Bean “Moonshadow” court, France, a town in France’s rich farming country. Wax beans were introduced to France in the 1840’s from Algeria, and this variety is surely a descendantA diverse group of many relatives of the common of those early beans. The bush plants set good yieldsbean. Many grow much better than common early and produce well in most climates. These beansbeans in warm weather, and most tend to be more are favored by cooks for their fine-flavored pods thatdisease-resistant. are a bright waxy-yellow in color. This variety was list-ASIAN WINGED BEAN #AB112 ed in Mother Earth News as a favorite of well-known(Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) This is one of the writer William Woys Weaver. Pkt $2.75most unique beans; it produces delicious pods BLUE LAKE BUSH 274 #BN119 60 dayswith four winged edges, the leaves are cooked like This dark-green bean has been a standard for over 40spinach and the roots have a delicious, nutty flavor. years. The bush plants set heavy yields of flavorful podsThis high-protein bean is an excellent crop and is so that are tender and crisp. Developed in 1961 from theuseful in the kitchen. The plants are tropical and do Pole Blue Lake. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50best in warm areas. They will not produce well when DRAGON TONGUE #BN126 the days are long, so it may not yield until fall. Soak This famous Dutch heirloom bean has an incompara-seeds 24 hours before planting. We have had a hard ble flavor. The tender and superbly delicious 7” podstime keeping any winged beans on the shelf ever are yellow with amazing purple streaks! Also makes asince Mother Earth News ran an article on this bean. tasty shelled bean. Popular with chefs and gourmets.Limited quantities. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 Compact plants set high yields. Pkt $2.75HYACINTH BEAN - “MOONSHADOW “ #AB106 FEIJAO FIDALGO #BN139 New!(Dolichos lablab) Beautiful purple pods are used Interesting new addition to the garden, suppliedin Asia as a curry and stir-fry vegetable. Pick when originally by our Portuguese friend, Joao Barroca.small and tender, as old pods and dry beans may Bush plants produce loads of very straight, long, flat,be poisonous! The long, rambling vine is also very stringless pods that are great for snaps. Pkt $3.50ornamental with lilac-colored blossoms and purple GOLDEN WAX #BN104 55 daysstems. Thomas Jefferson planted this fine bean at Delicious golden-yellow pods are stringless and are ofMonticello. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 good quality with extra-fine rich flavor. This old-timeHYACINTH BEAN - “RED LEAVED” #AB115 favorite has bush plants. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50Here is one of the most beautiful and lovely of all le- HENDERSON’S BLACK VALENTINE #BN103 53 days.gumes. Vines display pretty crimson-red-tinged foli- Introduced in 1897 by Peter Henderson & Co., thisage! A perfect display of brilliant color and these also excellent fresh snap bean has tasty pods. Also makesproduce lovely, deep purple flowers and pods. One a fine dry soup bean. Great yields! Any seed that hasof the most fascinating plants for ornamental land- “Henderson’s” name on it just has to be good­ that’s —scaping. These will amaze your friends. If pods are why we offer so many of his fine varieties throughouteaten they must be picked when small, as old pods our catalog. A perfect all-purpose pole bean! Pkt $2.00and seeds can be poisonous. Pkt (20 seeds) $3.25 JACOB’S CATTLE #BN115KABOULI BLACK GARBANZO #AB111 An old-time bean from the New England states, theThis unique heirloom variety was collected in Kabul, white and maroon-mottled beans have long been aAfghanistan. The 2’ plants produce unusual dark staple for baking and soups. This early, bush variety ispurple beans. The purple color comes from a pig- also good as a snap bean. Pkt $2.50ment called anthocyanine, which enables seeds to MAYFLOWER #BN111sprout in cool soil, making this variety perfect for This is the bean that is said to have come to Americashort season areas. Perfect for hummus and other with the Pilgrims in 1620. This old cutshort green beanMiddle Eastern dishes. Pkt $3.00 has great flavor and the red/white beans are quiteJICAMA OR YAM BEAN #AB105 120 days tasty. A long-time staple in the Carolinas. Pkt $2.50(Pachyrhizus erosus) Long vines can grow twenty MCCASLAN 42 POLE #BN108 62 daysfeet long and produce delicious tubers. These have Winged Beans This is a selection of the old McCaslan bean that was 14become very popular in the last few years. Very long
  • 15. grown by the McCaslan family of Georgia before 1900. This strain was selected by the Corneli Seed Company of Saint Louis in 1962. The dark-green pods are string- less and full of flavor. The white seeds are also great for a dry bean. Extra productive and hardy. Pkt $2.00 MISSOURI WONDER #BN112 70 days Old-time cornfield type. Vines produce flavorful pods even under stress. The dry beans look like pintos. In- troduced around 1931 and grown in corn fields, as corn stalks support them quite well. Pkt $2.50 OJO DE CABRA #BN140 New! (pole) The name means “Eye of the Goat” and the lengthwise brown stripes that some of the seeds ex- hibit are certainly reminiscent of the vertical pupil of a goat’s eye. There are a number of native varieties of this name; ours appears to be the Tarahumara Indians landrace type, since it throws a few dark purple beans. A favorite variety in Baja California and northern Mex- ico, this unusual bean cooks up firm and sweet and keeps its rich color. Pkt $3.00 OLD HOMESTEAD (KENTUCKY WONDER POLE) #BN105 65 days. This homesteaders’ heirloom was first men- tioned in The Country Gentleman magazine in 1864 under the name of Texas Pole. It was not until 1877 that it was introduced as Kentucky Wonder by James J.H. Gregory & Sons and has been popular ever since. It is a pole bean with 6”- 8” green pods that are very ten- der when cooked and have a great flavor. In 1896 Pe- ter Henderson & Co. said, “This we regard as far ahead Purple Podded Pole of any other green Pole Bean.” They also said it was 10 days earlier. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50 PURPLE PODDED POLE #BN114 This delicious heirloom was discovered in the Ozark mountains by Henry Fields in the 1930’s and is still re- quested by many old-timers of this region. The pods are bright purple, stringless, and tender. Plants grow to 6’ and produce heavy yields. Pkt $2.75 RATTLESNAKE POLE #BN109 New! This pole bean is easy to grow and produces lots of green pods that have purple streaks. Good flavor and very tender; the speckled seeds are popular in soup. This variety is great for hot, humid areas. Pkt $3.00 ROMA II #BN107 55 days This is an improved Romano, bush-type, green bean that produces loads of 6” to 7”-wide pods that are very flavorful. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50 ROYALTY PURPLE POD #BN101 56 days Tender, bright purple pods turn green when cooked. Very ornamental, beautiful and tasty. A good home garden variety. Bush plant. Pkt $2.00 or 1/2 lb $5.50 SAINT-ESPRIT À OEIL ROUGE #BN135 This unique dry bean name “Holy Spirit in Red Eye” is due to its unique markings near the bean’s eye that resemble Blue Lake Bush Golden Wax an angel, dove, soldier or nun, depending on a garden- er’s point-of-view. Also called “Soldier Bean”, a once pop- ular type in the Southern U.S.A. It is an excellent soup and baking bean that is produced on bush plants. This type of bean was known by many names, like “Beans of the Religious” and “Navel of Good Sister.” Pkt $2.75 STATE HALF RUNNER #BN110 60 days Short, 3’ semi-vining plants produce 4” pods that have a very strong, beany taste. Popular in many areas and high yielding; bushy vines do not require staking. Se- lected by West Virginia University. Pkt $2.00 WHITE RICE #BN116 An old heirloom that produces slender seeds that are about 1/3 “ long. They are great in rice dishes and casseroles, as they cook fast and have a delicious, rich taste. Pkt $2.50 YELLOW CHINA #BN138 100-110 days--Very pretty bush dry bean known prior to 1800. Plump yellow bean with a dark ring around the hilum or “eye” was once widespread throughout the world, giving rise to numerous local varieties. Re- nowned for the way it boils down into an excellent thick soup. Pkt $2.75 Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes15 later. -Benjamin Franklin Dragon Tongue Roma II
  • 16. Christmas Pole Lima THE BEAN STORY Beans are one of the most important types of food on Earth and are packed with fiber, protein, calcium, iron, and potassium. Dried beans can be prepared in myriad ways and are a great, inexpensive pantry staple at Baker Creek. This is one of the first vegetables I rec- ommend to people just starting out, because of how simple they are to grow. There is a kalei- doscopic variety available, and Emilee and I eat beans nearly every day. What we call “beans” are actually a di- verse assemblage of related plants, all of which yield an abundance of large, high-protein seeds. They all belong to a single plant family, the Fa- baceae family, which formerly was known as the Leguminosae. Beans are grown for both dried seeds as KING OF THE GARDEN LIMA #LB105 90 daysFava or Broad Beans Large 8’-10’ vines yield very LARGE white lima beans well as tender young pods that can be eaten raw. and give huge yields over a long season. An heirloom Though at first glance it might seem overwhelm-(Vicia faba) Mediterranean native that is quite dif- from 1883, introduced by Frank S. Platt. An old-fash- ing to try and understand them, due to the sheerferent from ordinary beans. Prefers cool weather. ioned favorite, excellent for home gardeners. Pkt (40 volume of varieties and types of beans, there are seeds) $2.50 a lot of similarities between types, and they’re allAQUADULCE #FB103 85 days grown in a similar way. Here’s a look at some ofThis 19th-century Spanish heirloom produces large, Runner Beans my favorite kinds.white beans, extra early in the season; a great protein Common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris),source for cool climate areas. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50BROAD WINDSOR #FB101 75 days such as the pinto, red kidney, and green beans,Yields gourmet high-protein beans on upright non- (Phaseolus coccineus) Another New World na- are the most well known of all beans, and you’vebranching plants. An old English favorite. Pkt (25 tive. Grown like ordinary beans with one major seen them in many different dishes, most famous- difference: they prefer cooler temperatures. ly the pinto beans in frijoles refritos; plump kid-seeds) $2.50 SCARLET RUNNER #RB101 80 days neys in a spicy Mexican chili; and green, purple,EXTRA PRECOCE A GRANO VIOLETTO #FB105 Used by native Americans, large, beautiful, vigorous or yellow fresh pods sautéed and simmered inThis extra early variety produces long pods that are vines grow over 10’. Flowers are very ornamental, infilled with 6 large beans that are a pretty purple tomato sauce, or even in salads and with dipping clusters of the brightest scarlet. Good for snap, shellcolor and are sweet tasting. A unique and colorful or dry beans. The huge seeds are very colorful, violet- sauces on vegetable plates. This type of beanvariety from Italy. Pkt $3.00 purple mottled in black. These beans like fairly cool originated in Mexico, the great center of earlyIANTO’S FAVA #FB104 weather. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 agricultural development, and the colors of theOriginally introduced by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds. A STREAMLINE #RB107 seeds never cease to delight me, as they comelarge-seeded Guatemalan variety that reaches 6 ft tall! The Amazingly prolific, produces clusters of tender, in blood-red, white, blue-black, green, yellow, andbright yellow seeds are reputed to contain elevated lev- straight pods suitable to be used as snaps. Pods can every conceivable shade of beige, tan, brown,els of dopamine, and may have benefits for those at risk reach 18 inches in length and are fine for freezing. and pink. Some are solid-colored, and othersfor Alzheimer’s disease. A fine plant for improving garden Seeds can also be used as shell beans or when dried. have stripes and speckles. They grow in one ofsoil. Abundant production of delicious fava beans. Pkt (20 Brilliant scarlet flowers are an attractive bonus! Very two ways: as bush beans, which are stocky plantsseeds) $3.50 popular European variety. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.25 that grow up to one or two feet high, and as poleLima Beans beans, which vine upward along a trellis, fence,(Phaseolus lunatus) Originally grown in South America.CHRISTMAS- POLE LIMA #LB104 95 days. Soya (Edamame) Beans (Glycine max) One of the world’s oldest crops. Scarlet Runner Bean Grown in Asia for thousands of years where it isVery large white beans with beautiful, dark red splash- a staple protein, rich flavor; heavy yields even in very hot weather; ENVY #SY101long vines. Heirloom. Pkt (40 seeds) $2.50 Early 80-day variety is great for the North. Perfect forDIXIE SPECKLED BUTTERPEA #LB103 Edamame, fresh shelling or dried; nice green-colored76 days. Very productive. Beans are about the size of beans have good flavor; developed by the late Prof. El-peas; red-speckled with a deep purple-rust color and wyn Meader, UNH. Pkt (100 seeds) $3.00grow well in hot weather. A delicious baby lima. Bush FLEDDERJOHN #SY105 New!plants. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 68 days—Edamame-type soybean with unusualHENDERSON’S BUSH LIMA #LB101 71 days brown seed. Grown by the Zack family of Crys-Introduced in 1888 by Peter Henderson & Co. and tal Lake, Illinois, for two generations, the variety isone of their most famous varieties; still popular to named after their ancestor, who received the seedsthis day. In 1888 Henderson offered $100 cash for from a missionary to Japan. The beans have a full,plants bearing the most pods and proclaimed it “A nutty flavor. Pkt (50 seeds) $3.00VEGETABLE WONDER!!!” “Can and should be grown TOKYO VERTE #SY104in every garden,” and also said “of all the Novelties ... 115 days. Lovely green edamame type on medium-ever sent out, there is nothing so entirely distinct and sized, heavily branched plants. Very productive vari-valuable as this New Vegetable.” Dwarf bush plants ety, and extremely rare! Pkt (50 seeds) $3.00can be grown like regular bush beans. Very tasty, ten-der beans, and very early too! Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50JACKSON WONDER BUSH LIMA #LB102 “Uniformity is not nature’s way; diver-75 days. Introduced in 1888 by David Landreth & sity is nature’s way.” -Vandana ShivaSons. Heavy yields of small-to-medium-sized, tanand purple-brown-speckled beans. Pods can also becooked when young. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 16
  • 17. or anything else vertical. Pole beans can grow which lays eggs on the beans when they are in anywhere from four to fifteen feet high. the garden. The eggs usually hatch on the dried The Scarlet Runner bean (Phaseo- beans, often after you have them stored a few lus coccineus) is another type from Mexico, so- weeks; the weevils then eat many holes in the called because of its bright red flower, which is seeds. To avoid this happening, freeze your showy enough to earn it a place as an ornamen- dry beans for at least five days after harvesting tal in many gardens. These beans are big—they them—this will kill the larvae. can get up to an inch in diameter! Some varieties have white or pink flowers, and the seeds them- Seed Saving selves may be white, purple, mottled pink and When it comes to beans, of course, the seed is brown, or some spectacular combination of all actually the mature bean. So if you have beans, those in one! These beans should be trellised, then you have the basis for future crops. as they are climbers. They prefer temperatures Depending on the species, you may that are slightly cooler than many beans (they do need to isolate varieties in order to avoid cross- best in sixty to seventy-five degrees) and so grow pollination. Common beans, long beans, and best along the coasts, in the northern states, and soybeans are self-pollinating and rarely get pol- at higher elevations. The seeds are edible at linated by insects. Ten to twenty-five feet is usu- all stages, and the pods, despite their size and ally enough isolation between varieties to assure somewhat coarse appearance, are tender and purity. Favas, limas, hyacinth beans, and runner juicy, perfect French-cut or julienned. beans are frequently pollinated by bees, espe- Lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus) are cially bumblebees, so a half mile of isolation is from South America. They work well in warmer recommended if you are trying to save seeds. climates and have flat, angular seeds. The Christ- The winged bean’s propensity for crossing is a mas pole lima can get very large. Limas grow in little unclear, but since there are very few winged both pole and bush varieties. Envy Soya Bean bean varieties in the United States, crossing is Long beans (Vigna unquiculata var. probably not likely. sesquipedalis), are one of my all-time favorites. states and Southern California. If they have the Planting other flowers nearby, such as Related to cowpeas, long beans are hot-weather right conditions, wing bean plants will grow up lemon balm or basil, will often divert the bees beans that are grown primarily as snap beans. to twelve feet tall, flower, and also develop pods away from the bean flowers, which really aren’t When summer heat has shut down common with four curious “wings.” The pods are the main their favorite, leaving the latter to self-pollinate and beans, long beans will yield stalwartly. And the crop, but the stems, leaves, and high-protein tu- thus reducing the chance of unwanted crossing. name is literal— some pods are known to grow bers are also delicious. Before planting, nick the up to three feet in length. Yet, for all their great rock-hard seed coats with a knife or a file and From the book THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GAR- length, these beans are still very tender and mild- soak them overnight to help germination along. DENER by Jere and Emilee Gettle with tasting until nearly fully grown. Varieties include The hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) Meghan Sutherland. Copyright © 2011 by Jere- green, red, purple, and lavender colors that are is grown throughout the tropics, mainly for its miath C. Gettle and Emilee Freie Gettle. Reprint- stunning in the garden and on the plate. pods. If they’re picked young, the pods have a ed by permission of Hyperion. All rights reserved. One of the finest, richest sources of robust flavor, but we recommend growing this Available wherever books are sold. human food on earth, soybeans (Glycine max) bean as an ornamental. Lavish, fragrant, violet- are bush beans that are indigenous to northern purple or white sweet pea–like flowers bloom Order a signed copy from us today! China, where they were domesticated more than on its climbing vines. It’s easy to see why these three thousand years ago. There are two types of plants were popular in the Victorian era. Be care- soybeans: the “oil” type, which is grown for its oil ful about this bean, because if it’s not properly content, and “edible” or edamame beans, which prepared, it can be poisonous. are also called soya beans, and are the best kind The cold-weather-loving fava bean (Vi- for eating fresh. The soya bean is one of the most cia faba) marches to the beat of a different drum- popular of all beans in the world. On my travels in mer. Hardy to temperatures as low as fifteen Asia, I’ve seen how important this crop is to the degrees, this versatile bean withers in the heat. diet of more than a billion people. If planted in the fall, it has a good chance of over- Sadly, in America, soya beans have wintering successfully, at least as far north as been genetically engineered and patented, and Zone 7 and often in Zone 6 as well. Though the the safety of modern soy varieties from compa- pods aren’t edible, they do set high yields of me- nies like Monsanto is in question. As a result, dium- to large-sized beans, which can be dried many small soy product manufacturers have for winter or eaten fresh in a puree or casserole, started to use traditional varieties only. To make or added to soups. sure you aren’t consuming genetically engi- Many health-conscious, hippie-types neered soy, which may have unknown health would starve without garbanzo beans (Cicer risks, read the label before consuming soy prod- arietinum), which are also known as chickpeas. ucts. These heat-loving Mediterranean natives have One of the most interesting beans is been cultivated since before the days of Babylon the spectacular winged bean (Psophocarpus and are an indispensable part of Middle Eastern tetragonol- obus). Also known as the asparagus cuisine, as they’re the main ingredient in hum- bean, the winged bean is native to New Guinea mus and falafel. The entire two-foot-tall plant is and is an important crop that grows abundantly in edible, including the pods and the finely cut com- the twenty-five thousand or so islands that make pound leaves. The seeds can be sprouted in a jar up the Pacific Islands region, including the Philip- or colander indoors, and the sprouts are a deli- pines, Indonesia, and Micronesia. I tried this re- cious addition to salads and stir-fries. markable bean when I first visited Thailand, and I was instantly drawn to its great taste and its Pests and Disease unique appearance and waxy texture. I’ve tried Beans are occasionally bothered by aphids, cu- many times to grow winged beans here in Mis- cumber beetles, and bean leaf beetles. When souri but have met with only moderate success those pests arise, we recommend applying or- because they prefer areas with shorter days than ganic spinosad or pyrethrin sprays. One insect17 that can be a real problem is the bean weevil, we have here. This bean does well in Gulf Coast
  • 18. Long BeansChinese Red Noodle (Vigna unguiculata) A staple crop of East Asia, where they have been grown for centuries. 25-35 seeds per packet. CHINESE GREEN NOODLE BEAN #LG102 Here is an early variety of long bean imported from China. 20” pods are straight and smooth, bright green, and of excellent quality. This hardy long bean is easy to grow almost anywhere. Very tasty stir- fried. Pkt $2.50 CHINESE MOSAIC LONG BEAN #LG110 Lovely, lavender-pink-shaded pods measure 12”-18” long and are crisp and flavorful. The vigorous vines produce loads of tender Chinese beans. Very popular here at Baker Creek and sure to become a favorite of gourmets everywhere! A real standout that is quick to come into production. Pkt $3.00 or 1/4 lb $12.00 CHINESE RED NOODLE BEAN #LG109 80 days. This is the most stunning and unique bean I have grown yet. Fantastic, deep red, 18” pods are so delicious and full of nutrition, and they even keep most of their color when sauteed! Long vines produce all summer and do well under many conditions. This incredible variety will draw lots of attention in your home garden or at market. We are so excited to of- fer this unique, Chinese ethnic variety that produces fairly early. Small red seeds. Pkt $3.00 or 1/4 lb $12.00 RED-SEEDED ASPARAGUS BEAN #LG101 75 days. Very long pods grow to 24”! Very tender and tasty; no strings, small seeds; huge yields on 10’ vines. They grow well under almost any conditions– very resistant to heat, humidity and insects; great for the South. Pick for snap beans when 12”-14” long; delicious stir-fried! The ‘Vigna’ genus does well for us all summer at Baker Creek. Pkt $2.25 TAIWAN BLACK SEEDED LONG BEAN #LG103 This is the true “Yard Long” bean, with light green pods 38” long, with black beans. The long vines set heavy yields of these delicious pods that will amaze your friends! Long beans should be lightly fried and not boiled. They have superior flavor to common beans. This variety was collected from a Taiwanese immigrant in the 1970s. RARE! Pkt (10 Seeds) $3.00 THAI #2 RED SEEDED LONG BEAN #LG113 Pretty lime-green pods are tender and delicious. This variety has brownish-red seeds and is late-maturing, so it is better for the South. Collected in Thailand. Pkt $2.50 THAI #3 EXTRA LONG BEAN #LG116 Very long, green pods can reach 30” or more! A great-tasting variety that is so fun to grow and pro- duces well, too! It has unique red and white-spotted seeds. Pkt $2.50 THAI KHEW DOK LONG BEAN #LG115 Tasty, light-green, 20”-25” pods are tender, smooth and meaty. A good quality Thai variety that has red seeds. Easy to grow on a trellis or fence. Pkt $2.50 THAI PURPLE PODDED YARD LONG #LG117 New! Vigourous, high-yielding Thai variety. The lovely, deep- purple pods have green tips, are crisp and stay tender to amazing lengths often reaching 20 inches! The productive variety is a local favorite in Thailand where long beans are appreciated as a very important staple crop. Pkt $2.50 THAI SURANAREE BUSH LONG BEAN #LG114 A great bush variety of long bean from Thailand, it is easier to grow in small gardens than the pole types. This variety produces 12” long green pods that are perfect for stir-frying. Dark reddish-maroon seeds. Pkt $2.50 THAI WHITE SEEDED LONG BEAN #LG112 Smooth, light-green, 25” long pods from Thailand. These are delicious and crisp, great in curries and stir-fries. They have creamy-white seeds. I am sure you will enjoy this great variety! Pkt $2.50 “Starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.” -Ron Paul 18
  • 19. Chinese Mosaic19 Chinese Green Noodle Thai Purple Podded Taiwan Black Seeded
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  • 21. Chioggia Yellow Cylindrical Bulls Blood dark, with almost black flesh that is of superior quali- Solid white flesh with high food value”. These big Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) 250 seeds per packet. An Old ty and sought after by chefs who want real flavor. We are proud to offer this rare old selection. Pkt $2.50 CROSBY’S EGYPTIAN #BT105 55 days yellow-skinned roots are perfect for growing as animal food, a tradition that is finally being brought back on many small farms. Pkt $2.50 Introduced to this country in 1869 and trialed by Pe- GOLDEN BEET #BT102 55 days World crop known to the Romans, but not cultivat- ter Henderson, who recommended it in 1871. This ed for roots until much later. A delicious and easy- This variety dates back to the 1820s or before. The improved “Crosby’s” strain was first offered by J. H. beets are a rich, golden-yellow and very sweet. A to-grow crop, sown in early spring or late summer Gregory. This beet is early, tender, & fine flavored. Pkt beautiful beet that won’t bleed like red beets. The in most areas, succession-planted spring through fall in cooler summer climates. Forage types yield $2.25 greens are also very tasty. A favorite of many. Pkt amazing quantities of large roots for livestock, CYLINDRA OR FORMANOVA #BT111 55 days $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 or 1/4 lb $25.00 but may also be harvested for table use, both for A wonderful heirloom from Denmark, this one is fa- LUTZ SALAD LEAF #BT118 greens and roots, when taken young. The “seeds” mous for slicing with its long, cylindrical roots. Pro- 63 to 75 days. Quite possibly the best storage beet are actually capsules containing several seeds, so duces much more uniform slices than round beets. known. Top-shaped red roots with concentric lighter thin plantings adequately; be sure to use the thin- This tender and sweet variety is also known as “But- zones. Pink-stemmed leaves are renowned for use nings as baby greens. ter Slicer” because of its wonderful texture. Pkt $2.00 like chard, superb in salads. Roots remain tender and or 1/4 lb $7.00 ALBINO #BT108 55 days sweet even when grown to quite a large size, having DETROIT DARK RED #BT110 55 days A pure white, fairly smooth round heirloom beet reached 3-4 pounds! Also known as “Winter Keeper.” The most popular, old standard, all-purpose red beet; from Holland. Its super sweet white flesh is unusual Pkt $2.50 uniform and smooth, blood red flesh that is sweet and and tasty. The greens are also good. This beet can be MAMMOTH RED MANGEL #BT107 100 days tasty. 14” tops make good greens. Heirloom variety in- used for making sugar. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.75 or 1 oz Huge, up to 20 lbs each; large yields per acre. Highly troduced 1892. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $6.50 $14.00 used for livestock feed in the 1800’s. Or picked small EARLY WONDER #BT103 50 days BULL’S BLOOD #BT101 50 days for table use. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $8.00 An old heirloom, pre-1811 variety. Early, smooth, This beautiful beet has deep reddish-purple leaves! YELLOW CYLINDRICAL #BT106 round beet; makes lots of tall tender greens, too! Very sweet and delicious, the baby leaves are a rage Very large, oblong, golden-yellow mangel beets are Perfect pickled, fresh, cooked, or in borscht. Pkt in salads. The beets are tasty too, and have pretty sweet and tasty if picked small, or let them mature $2.00 or 1/4 lb $6.50 pink rings inside. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 lb $9.00 for high-quality stock feed. A rare European heir- FLAT OF EGYPT #BT113 50 days CHIOGGIA (BASSANO) #BT104 60 days In 1885 Vilmorin said, “An exceedingly early variety, loom that can grow huge. It also makes tasty greens. A pre-1840 Italian heirloom beet, this variety arrived and certainly the best of the early kitchen-garden Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $8.00 in the USA prior to 1865. They have light red skin kinds.” This is a very quick beet of great quality, pro- and beautiful rings inside, like red and white candy stripes. The flesh is very tender, mild, and sweet. ducing flattened 3”, crimson purple roots and short “It is vitally important that we can con- leafy tops. Pkt $2.25 Named after a fishing town in Italy; a favorite here. GEANTE BLANCHE #BT115 tinue to say, with absolute conviction, Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 lb $9.50 that organic farming delivers the high- A “Giant White” fodder beet that is a mainstay in CRAPAUDINE #BT114 In 1885, the French book The Vegetable Garden France as a beet for livestock. Long, pointed white est quality, best-tasting food, produced stated this is one of the oldest varieties. Today some roots with a green collar are sweet and keep well for without artificial chemicals or genetic winter use. Pkt $2.00 experts feel this may be the oldest beet still in exis- GIANT YELLOW ECKENDORF #BT116 modification, and with respect for ani- tence, possibly dating back 1000 years. This unique mal welfare and the environment, while The 1927 Henry Fields catalog said, “Giant, smooth, variety is one of the most flavorful, with carrot- shaped roots that have rough, dark colored skin long roots of cylindrical shape, weighing up to 20 helping to maintain the landscape and21 pounds each and growing two-thirds above ground. rural communities.”  -Prince Charles which looks like tree bark. Inside, the roots are very
  • 22. Calabrese Green SproutingBroccoli(B. oleracea) 300 seeds per packet. Brussels Sprouts CATSKILL #BS103 100 days (B. oleracea) Cauliflower GIANT OF NAPLES #CA104 (B. oleracea)CALABRESE GREEN SPROUTING #BR101 Hardy, dwarf plants produce tasty, uniform sprouts. Large, 3-lb white heads; a vigorous grower; very goodAn Italian heirloom brought to America in the 1880s; Developed by Arthur White of Arkport, NY, in 1941. Pkt leaf cover; a delicious Italian heirloom that is hard to5”-8” heads and many side shoots. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 (150 seeds) $1.50 find. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.50lb $8.50 LONG ISLAND IMPROVED #BS101 100 days GREEN MACERATA #CA105EARLY PURPLE SPROUTING #BR102 A delicious Italian variety with 2-lb, bright apple- The standard open-pollinated variety since the 1890’s. green heads that are superb cooked or raw in salads.An English heirloom variety, bred for overwintering. Heavy yields of delicious sprouts. Pkt (150 seeds) $1.50 Very attractive, vigorous plants, fairly early. Pkt (200Produces lots of purple broccoli sprouts in the spring. or 1 oz $3.50 seeds) $2.50Grows slowly through the winter; very frost hardy. A PURPLE OF SICILY #CA103great variety that is very hard to find in this country; de- Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower Beautiful, brilliant purple heads weigh 2-3 lbs and arelicious! Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.50 (B. oleracea) Old World cabbage relatives are grown for of a fine, sweet flavor. The heads cook to bright green.RAPINI #BR103 succulent flower heads or buds. All need rich soil, abun- Insect-resistant variety that is easier to grow than many(B. rapa) An Italian non-heading broccoli grown for dant moisture, and cool weather (but avoid prolonged white varieties; rich in minerals. A colorful heirloom.flavorful, asparagus-like spring shoots and leaves. exposure to temps below 50 degrees). Broccoli is har- Select Italian seed. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.50 or 1 oz $9.00Great to cook or in salads. Pkt $2.00 vested when the tiny buds are full-sized, but before SNOWBALL SELF-BLANCHING #CA101ROMANESCO ITALIA #BR104 they begin to open. “Sprouting types” need a winter’s An old, white type; ivory heads, good size. The stan-The true and popular Italian heirloom with spiraling, chill before they will yield reliably; for spring planting, dard American favorite for over 100 years. Pkt (200apple-green heads that are so superbly flavored. choose Waltham 29. Rapini is planted spring or fall; en- seeds) $2.25 or 1/4 lb $10.00This variety is widely grown in northern Italy. A must tire plants are harvested when the first flower buds be- VIOLETTA ITALIA #CA102with many of the finest chefs. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.50 gin to open. Cauliflower is grown just like broccoli, but Large healthy plants produce nice-sized, beautiful is even more dependent upon cool weather to mature purple heads that turn bright green when cooked;WALTHAM 29 #BR105 sweet and mild. Brussels Sprouts are best sown in sum- very tasty. A fine Italian variety. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.50Standard type, produces 4”-8” green heads that arenicely flavored. Compact plants also produce some mer to ripen in cool autumn weather, except in climates “Blessed are the young for they shall inherit where summers are quite mild. 22side shoots. Introduced in 1954. Pkt $2.00 the national debt.” -Herbert Hoover
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  • 25. Cabbage (B. oleracea) 300 seeds per packet. Cabbage does best in a long season of mild weather, but it is also very hardy and may be grown to mature in the cool weather of late autumn. Spring plantings are best started indoors and transplanted out about the time of last frost; summer plantings may be seeded right in the garden. We recommend early varieties for spring planting, longer-season, large-heading varieties for a fall crop. BACALAN DE RENNES CABBAGE #CB112 Listed by Vilmorin in 1867, this French heirloom was grown in the Saint-Brienc and Bordeaux localities. The oxheart-shaped heads grew especially well in the mild, seaside climate along the west coast of France. Early, flavorful, green heads are still grown in France today. Pkt $2.00 BRUNSWICK #CB102 90 days A large drumhead cabbage, very cold-hardy. A fall/winter-type cab- bage, stores very well. Introduced in 1924, it is an excellent market variety that is becoming rare. Pkt $2.00 COUR DI BUE #CB108 Tender, 3 to 4-lb, pointed, oxheart-type heads; very good for home use or specialty markets. We offer quality Italian seed for this old Eu- ropean heirloom. This type of cabbage was very popular 150 years ago. Fairly early and of superb quality. Pkt $2.00 Nero di Toscana COUER DE BOEUF DES VERTUS CABBAGE #CB111 A delicious, pre-1856, French bull-heart type cabbage that has tall, pointed green heads that are early and quite tender. A great market variety. Pkt $2.00 EARLY JERSEY WAKEFIELD #CB103 70 days Introduced in the 1840’s, with tasty, 2-lb, sweet and flavorful, coni- cal heads. This very early variety was sold commercially by Peter Henderson in the late 1860’s. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $4.00 GLORY OF ENKHUIZEN #CB104 90 days Introduced in 1899 by Sluis & Groot in Enkhuizen, Holland. Has me- dium-large, hard round heads. An early, excellent-keeping variety that is a good producer and good for kraut. Pkt $2.00 HENDERSON’S CHARLESTON WAKEFIELD #CB106 Larger than Early Jersey Wakefield (4-6 lbs), and only a little later, this fine variety was developed by Peter Henderson & Co. in 1892. It is a good variety for the South. Pkt $2.00 MAMMOTH RED ROCK #CB105 90 days A large heirloom cabbage from 1889 with deep red heads that have good flavor and are very colorful. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00 NERO DI TOSCANA OR BLACK PALM TREE #CB101 60 days. This loose-leafed cabbage dates back to the early 1800’s at least. It has beautiful, deep black-green leaves that can be 24” long. They are heavily savoyed. This Italian heirloom is popular in Tuscany and central Italy for making fabulous soups and stews. One of the most beautiful and flavorful types you can grow. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.00 PERFECTION DRUMHEAD SAVOY #CB110 95 days. This large drumhead-type has finely-crinkled, savoyed leaves that are mild and sweet in flavor; compact short-stemmed plants. This heirloom was introduced before 1888 and is an excel- lent keeper. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $4.50 PREMIUM LATE FLAT DUTCH #CB109 100 days The standard, giant flat cabbage that is good for storage. 10 to 15- lb heads are of high quality; delicious flavor. This heirloom was in- troduced by European settlers in the 1860’s. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $4.50 TETE NOIRE #CB113 The traditional French variety is very rare outside of Europe. Solid, deep-red heads are of good quality and are mostly grown as an autumn variety in France. Pkt $2.00 Cabbage Health Tip... 3,000 year old Chinese scrolls mention using white cabbage as a cure for bald- ness in men.25 Early Jersey Wakefield
  • 26. pickling. Sweet 3” carrots are great for Carrot (Daucus carota) 800 seeds per packet. snacks. Pkt $1.75 LUNAR WHITE #CR113 75 days Here is a vigorous producer that has creamy white roots that are very mild, Carrots are originally from central Asia and they come in so many colors besides delicious, and have a fine flavor; very orange—purple and red types are actu- small core. White carrots were grown in ally the original ones! The tiny seed must the Middle Ages, but now they have be- be sown very shallow; to avoid drying come very rare. We are glad to offer this out, especially when sown in hot weather, productive new variety. Pkt (300 seeds) shade the seed bed or row with boards, $3.00 or 1 oz $14.00 paper, or something to exclude the hot MUSCADE #CR118 sun and hold in moisture. Long-rooted A delicious North African carrot that pro- types need a deep, mellow soil; in heavier duces blocky, 7” orange roots that have soils, grow half-long or round types. exceptional flavor and a crisp, crunchy tex- AMARILLO #CR114 75 days ture. They hold up well at market and are Lovely, lemon-yellow roots have sweet, late bolting. Rare and almost impossible to bright yellow flesh. Good for a summer to find! Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 fall crop, large 8” roots and strong tops. Yel- PARISIENNE #CR115 low carrots always taste the best to me; they Small, round carrots that are so popular are so crunchy and full of juice. Pkt $3.00 or in France. Tender, orange globes are su- 1 oz $12.00 perb lightly steamed. Easy to grow even ATOMIC RED #CR109 75 days in heavy soils. This little carrot is great for Brilliant red carrots are so healthful and home and market gardens, as this variety unique-looking, sure to add color to your gar- is fairly uniform. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $9.00 den. The 8” roots are high in lycopene, which SHIN KURODA 5” #CR106 75 days has been shown in studies to help prevent The baby Japanese variety with short 3”-5” several types of cancer. Crisp roots are at their tender carrots with fine flavor. Perfect for best when cooked, and this helps to make the specialty markets. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $6.50 lycopene more usable. Very flavorful. Pkt (300 SNOW WHITE #CR119 seeds) $3.00 or 1 oz $14.00 An attractive creamy-white carrot with BERLICUM 2 #CR117 a delicious, mild-sweet taste and a good Beautiful 8”, good-sized roots are extra- crisp crunch. Roots grow 7”-8” long and smooth, long and blunt-ended. A deep or- are great raw or cooked. White carrots are ange color with a fine carrot flavor makes again becoming popular with home gar- this variety popular in the markets of Europe. deners and specialty growers after many Slender roots tend to stay tender and not get years of neglect by the commercial seed woody. A perfect variety for gourmet cooks trade. White varieties were common in and upscale markets. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 the middle ages through the 19th cen- CHANTENAY RED CORE #CR111 75 days tury but then became scarce. Pkt $2.50 One of the sweetest, this variety was intro- or 1 oz $12.00 duced in 1929 and is a large stump-rooted ST. VALERY #CR101 70 days carrot with a deep red-orange center, great The Vilmorins of France mentioned this for juicing or fresh eating. A good market variety in 1885 and said it had been variety that is smooth and refined in shape. grown a “long time” then. A large hand- Pkt $2.00 some variety with bright red-orange COSMIC PURPLE #CR112 roots; smooth, 10”-12” long & 2”-3” in di- This one is causing excitement at farmers’ ameter. Sweet & tender. Rare. Our favor- markets. Carrots have bright purple skin and ite! Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 lb $9.50 flesh that comes in shades of yellow and or- TONDA DI PARIGI #CR104 60 days ange. Spicy and sweet-tasting roots are great The round, 19th-century Parisian heirloom for marketing. Pkt (300 seeds) $3.00 or 1 oz carrots are harvested at 1”-2”; uniform $14.00 and deep orange. The flavor is excellent DANVERS 126 HALF LONG #CR102 70 days and very sweet. These tender carrots are The original Danvers Half Long dates back to very popular for marketing. Plant thick for the 1870s. This strain “126” was improved in bunching. Pkt $2.25 or 1 oz $7.50 the 1940s. The old standard American carrot, WHITE BELGIAN OR BLANCHE A COL- adaptable and dependable. Thick 7” roots LET VERT #CR116 have good flavor. Productive. Pkt $1.50 or A big, heavy carrot that was once com- 1/4 lb $4.50 mon on many of Europe’s small farms, JAUNE OBTUSE DU DOUBS #CR120 but has now become quite scarce. The A delicious, bright, lemon-yellow carrot long roots are white with green shoul- that comes from France. Mentioned in ders and can be used in the kitchen or, 1894, it was originally used as a stock car- as used in the 1800’s, as animal feed. rot for livestock. This big, thick yellow carrot Vilmorin said in 1885, “This is a field car- has been winning over chefs and garden- rot par excellence. There is hardly any ers, for it has a fine, sweet taste that is hard farm on which it is not grown to some to duplicate in modern carrots. Pkt $2.50 extent for feeding cattle, and especially KURODA LONG 8” #CR107 75 days horses.” They also said it was developed Popular variety for Oriental markets; deep or- from the Long White carrot, which was al- ange, stubby roots are mild and sweet. Excel- most gone from France at that time. Not lent for juicing. Grows well in many climate frost-hardy, but a great old carrot that is conditions; good for home or market. Pkt perfect for farmers wanting to grow their $2.00 or 1/4 lb $6.50 own feed. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $9.00 LITTLE FINGER #CR103 55 days “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers A superb baby-type carrot with deep orangeAtomic Red color; developed in France for canning and all offenses.” Proverbs 10:12 26
  • 27. Little Finger27 Cosmic Purple Chantenay Red Core
  • 28. Celery & Celeriac Photo: David Cavagnaro(Apium graveloens) Moisture-loving Old Worldcrop grown since antiquity. They are best startedindoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost of spring.The tiny seeds must be surface-sown and neverallowed to dry out. The young plants are set outat about the time of last frost, preferring a moistersoil than most vegetable crops, and very rich in or-ganic matter. Requiring to be kept moist all seasonlong, they are otherwise easy to grow and surpris-ingly reliable in most climates.CELERIAC- GIANT PRAGUE #CE103 110 daysRoot Celery, this variety is grown for its large, whiteroots that are superb fried, or in soup. Taste and cul-ture much like regular celery. Introduced in 1871,popular in parts of Europe. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.00 or1 oz $8.50TENDERCRISP #CE101A very large type of celery, excellent flavor. Pkt (200seeds) $2.00ZWOLSCHE KRUL #CE104A leaf celery that looks like curly parsley. Very orna-mental; much stronger flavor than regular celery;used as a culinary and ornamental herb. This is anold Dutch heirloom that can grow to 3’. Very hardy.Pkt (200 seeds) $2.00UTAH TALL #CE107 New! 110 days-- Thick crisp medium-dark green stalksreach a foot or more when well grown, thick, sweetand of very high quality. The plants themselves oc-casionally approach three feet tall. Introduced in1953; dependable, beautiful, and still a standard. Pkt(200 seeds) $2.50Corn(Zea mays) 125 seeds per packet. The quintessentialNative American crop, corn was a staple of indigenouspeoples from South America to the Great Lakes. It’s be-lieved to have been domesticated in Mexico, and maybe of the world’s oldest agricultural crops. It’s best seed-ed directly into the garden, in good, rich, well-drainedsoil, right about the time of the last spring frost. Plant it inblocks rather than long narrow rows, to improve pollina-tion. Corn can be very drought tolerant, but ears fill bestwhen there is good soil moisture when tassels and silkfirst emerge. Harvest sweet corn when the kernels arefull of milky-colored juice; allow other types to remain onthe stalks until fully dry.BEDWELL’S SUPREME WHITE DENT #CN148 New! Stately plants usually produce 2 ears, 12-14 incheslong. These are white, but the variety has alwaysthrown an occasional rosy-colored ear, and an occa-sional shoe-peg type (random kernels, not in rows).Originally grown in Clarke County, Alabama, whereit has been family held in the Bedwell family for atleast a century. Fine for roasting ears, cornmeal, andhominy. See Edna Bedwell’s recipe, to make incom-parable creamed corn. Pkt $4.00CHEROKEE WHITE EAGLE #CN144Beautiful white and blue kernels on 8”-10” ears, makessuperb corn meal or can be used as roasting ears ifpicked young. This great Cherokee variety gives goodyields on sturdy stalks, some kernels have eagle-likemarkings on them, hence the name. Very rare and hardto find. Pkt $4.00COUNTRY GENTLEMAN #CN10590 days. Introduced in 1890 by S.D. Woodruff & Sons.Sweet, delicious and milky; tender white kernels on 8”ears. The ears have no rows, as this is a shoepeg type,and kernels are packed in a zigzag pattern. One of thebest heirloom sweet corns. Pkt $3.00 Golden Bantam Corn 28
  • 29. DAKOTA BLACK POPCORN #CN136 Dark reddish-black ears are quite attractive for fall decorations, or popping into tasty popcorn! This va- culture, and was offered in the Richmond, Virginia area in the 1930’s. An excellent choice for the middle South. Pkt $3.00 GMO Tested - riety is easy to grow, and does well in almost all grow- WADE’S GIANT INDIAN #CN141 Genetically Modified Organisms ing climates. Fun for children’s gardens. Pkt $3.50 This is the best Indian flint corn we have found; huge GOLDEN BANTAM 12-ROW #CN143 ears are about 12” long, very thick and heavy! This were NOT detected in test samples Released in 1922 by the Clark Seed Company of beauty comes in a whole range of lovely hues from Milford, Connecticut. Although developed from yellow, blue, red, orange, white, purple and more. of any corn varieties listed here. the original Golden Bantam, this is definitely an im- This one is perfect for stunning autumn displays and proved type—larger ears mean higher yields, and for selling at market. Also great for producing lots of Each year we have a harder time get- the golden yellow corn stays tender longer. Equally corn for meal or feed. We were really excited to find suitable for freezing and fresh eating, this variety this beautiful corn that was carefully selected for ting seeds that test GMO-free. It is get- was for decades the standard for home and market giant size and superior quality by Wade Nursery of ting to the point where most heirloom gardeners. Pkt $3.00 Macomb, Michigan. Pkt $4.00 PENCIL COB DENT CORN #CN131 corn varieties test positive for GMO’s; This old classic “shoepeg” type corn has very thin Edna Bedwells even growers in remote areas are having Southern-style Cream Corn: cobs, hence the name. Long white kernels are great for corn meal, or picked young and used as a roast- problems with Monsanto’s GMO corn. ing ear; sturdy 6’ stalks produce 2-3 ears. Pkt $3.00 Harvest ‘Bedwell’s Supreme’ ears when RAINBOW SWEET INCA #CN135 “Science has tried to assume a monopoly A beautiful multicolored corn that was developed they are at the milk stage. Working with - or, rather, a tyranny - over our understand- by Dr. Alan Kapuler. This sweet corn is wonderful one ear at a time, just nip the tops off the kernels with a corn cutter or very sharp ing of the world around us … We are only cooked fresh, when the colors are still very pale; delicious real corn flavor. Mature ears are great for knife. Continue cutting around each ear, now beginning to understand the disastrous grinding into flavorful flour, and are perfect for fall shaving more deeply with each pass until results of this outlook.” -Prince Charles decorations. The kids will love this one. Pkt $4.00 all that remains on the ear is the fibrous Let’s Join the Prince and fight for PURE FOOD! STRAWBERRY POPCORN #CN119 The popular, cute, little ears look just like big straw- bases of the kernels, collecting the juice berries, just 2”-3” long. The 4’ plants produce 2-4 ears and pulp into a bowl. When you have two cups of cut corn, pour into a skillet, add “And the earth brought forth grass, and each, great for fall decorations or making delicious popcorn. Pkt $2.75 a little water, salt to taste, and a stick of herb yielding seed after his kind, and the THOMPSON PROLIFIC #CN140 margarine. Simmer on very low heat un- tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in it- Excellent pale yellow dent type, very productive. til thickened, about 20-30 minutes. Serve Sturdy, 8-9 foot stalks frequently make two heavy self, after his kind: and God saw that it was 8-inch ears. This variety was recommended for Ten- with fried okra, a mess of purple hull peas, good.” -Genesis 1:12 nessee farmers in the 1936 USDA Yearbook of Agri- and cornbread. Photo: David Cavagnaro29 Country Gentleman Corn Strawberry Popcorn
  • 30. HOLSTEIN CW101 area, who received them from Arnold and Elisha Bush,Cowpeas(Vigna unguiculata) 30-75 seeds per pkt. Very Very unique, this pea is mottled half black and half white, just like a Holstein cow. The small bush plants yield well and are easy to grow. Very rare. Pkt $2.50 MAYO COLIMA #CW134 75 days who in turn had the seeds from Arnold’s father. Medi- um sized plump peas are red and white, and grow on sturdy, modestly running vines. Pkt $2.50 RED RIPPER #CW106easy to grow, colorful, and tasty. Cowpeas are Mixed-color peas, gray, gray-mottled, or orange-tan- Large running vines yield 12”-14” pods that are loadedpopular in the Southern US, Africa, and Asia. mottled. Seed from this variety was collected from with peas! This heirloom has red seeds and great flavorThey originated in Africa, and tolerate heat, the low desert of Los Capomos, Sinaloa, Mexico, from fresh or dried. Pkt $2.50drought and humidity much better than common a Mayo village. Pkt $2.50 RISINA DEL TRASIORFINO #CW128 New!beans do. They are great picked young for use as MONKEY TAIL #CW147 Tiny cream-colored peas; dwarf plants give verygreen snap beans, and stir-fried or boiled. They Hardy, rambling vines produce extra-long pods with early yields. A drought-tolerant variety that is goodalso make a great cover crop, sown in spring or unusual cocoa/tan-colored beans. From the UCD for small gardens. A rare heirloom from the Perugiasummer and tilled into the soil when flowers be- Seed Saving Project, collected in Africa. Pkt $2.50 area of Italy, collected by our Italian friend Angelogin to appear. Plant seeds about an inch deep OLD TIMER OR PURPLE HULL SPECKLED CW138 Barbetti. Pkt $2.50after frosts have ceased and soil is warm. Most Short, bush plants produce colorful, purple, 7-inch RUNNING CONCH #CW154types “run,” meaning they grow long vines, and pods that are filled with medium-sized, tan peas that Good yields of small, delicious cream-colored peas,so 3-5 feet should be allowed between rows. have dark speckles. A fine variety that is good for one of the parent varieties of “Zipper Cream”. An heir-BLUE GOOSE CW103 small gardens. Pkt $2.50 loom from the late 1800’s, great for growing in theThe 36” vines produce purple-gray peas with up to PENNY RILE #CW116 New! South. Long vining plants. Pkt. (30 seeds) $2.5020 in a pod! A rare old Southern heirloom (pre-1860). Khaki-tan color, medium-sized peas, heavy yields. The SHANTY PEA #CW157Great for table use. Pkt $2.50 peas are great for soup. Grown by a Mr. Martin, whose South Carolina heirloom produces peas in varyingCALIFORNIA BLACKEYE PEA #CW108 70 days family grew these vines to feed their livestock and as shades of tan, on vines of medium length. Produc-An old standard variety; vigorous, high-yielding vines. a food source for the family to help with long winters. tive, noted for its ability to yield over a very long sea-Thomas Jefferson grew Blackeye Peas in the 1770’s. Pkt $2.50 son, even up to frost from an early planting. OriginallyOriginating in Africa, cowpeas are easy to grow and are PIGOTT FAMILY HEIRLOOM #CW153 from one A. D. Huckabee. Pkt $2.50very popular in the South. A very ancient crop. Pkt $2.00 A Louisiana variety that has been in the Pigott family, SIX-WEEK PURPLE HULL #CW145CARRAPICHIO #CW130 Washington Parish, since the 1850’s. Prized by the fam- An early Pink Eye, Purple Hull type, produces lotsGood yields of khaki-colored peas and long pods. An ily as the best-tasting cowpea of them all. Brown seed of tasty cream-colored seeds that have a “pink eye.”attractive pea that is very rare and uniquely colored. is speckled and of good size. Pkt. (30 seeds) $2.50 Small plants and reddish-purple pods. Sent to us by aPkt $2.50 PURPLE HULL PINKEYE #CW109 70 days customer. Pkt $2.50GRAY-SPECKLED PALAPYE #CW107 The preferred variety of many Southerners; delicious STICK UP #CW129 80 daysFlavorful, gray-speckled peas in large pods; very early flavor. Hulls are purple; an old favorite. Pkt $2.00 Pods tend to “Stick Up” on the vines, hence the name. Thisand perfect for the North. From a market in Palapye, RED BISBEE #CW156 New! heirloom was once popular in French Fork, Louisiana,Botswana. Rare. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 Long pods, brick-red to brown seeds. Thrives in heat. and it helped the local people of the area get throughGREEN EYED PEA #CW143 Original seed said to have originated in Bisbee, Ari- the Great Depression. Small brown seed. Pkt $2.50Very rare, Missouri heirloom is larger than the stan- zona, south of historic Tombstone and famed for its TURKEY CRAW #CW133dard Blackeye pea. The peas are named for their mines. There, a Native American shared seed with a Vining, old-fashioned variety that produces delicious“green-colored eye” on each seed. We have finally Native Seeds/SEARCH member from Missouri. A little maroon and white peas. Large, fat pods. Pkt $2.50procured some seed for this great variety. Pkt $2.50 piece of Southwest history! Pkt $2.50 WHITE WHIPPOORWILL #CW155HARICOT ROUGE DU BURKINA FASO CW117 RED EYE PEA #CW158 We at last have the hard-to-find, white-seeded Whip-An heirloom from Burkina-Faso, West Africa. Colorful An historic Kentucky variety, having been grown in poorwill. Plants produce loads of these creamy-whitered-purple pods have deep red seeds. This pretty vari- south-central Kentucky for many years. Foundation peas that are great when picked young and stir-fried;ety produces well even in extreme conditions. Pkt $2.50 seed was supplied by Rick Ashby of the Bowling Green or harvested when dry for soup. An old Southern heirloom. Pkt. (30 seeds) $2.50 Green Eyed Pea Monkey Tail Haricot Rouge du Burkina Faso Red Bisbee Old Timer Holstein 30
  • 31. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) 25-35 seeds per packet. Cu- cumbers originated in India or western Asia, and have been known to gardeners for at least 3,000 years. Their diverse forms and flavors are now appreciated and utilized in local cuisines around the world. Warm growers, they are best sown in place after the last frost of spring. Very rich soil, well-drained yet moist, suits them best. Full sun exposure is usually preferred, except that in hot-summer areas, the plants might benefit from some mid-afternoon shade. The vines run to about 5 feet in length. Or, to save space, grow them on a trellis. BEIT ALPHA #CU150 A delicious, very sweet cucumber that is usually picked small and does not need peeling as the skin is very tender. This variety is very popular in the Medi- terranean, having been developed in Israel at a kib- butz farm. Now becoming popular with Americans because of the fruits’ fine flavor and high yields. They are also burpless and have great shelf life. Pkt $2.25 BOOTHBY’S BLONDE #CU118 60 days Dragon’s Egg Heirloom variety from Livermore, Maine, where the Boothby family has grown it for several generations. It sets high yields of 6”-8” cream-colored cukes that are mild and sweet, thin skinned. Good producer. Pkt $2.50 CHINESE YELLOW #CU112 Beautiful, yellow-orange cucumber from mainland China, the young fruit is green. 10” fruit are as crisp as an apple. Very mild and delicious, great for slic- ing or for pickles. This was our largest-yielding va- riety ever -- just a few plants produced hundreds of cucumbers! Our favorite cucumber for 2003. A very rare Chinese heirloom. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 CRYSTAL APPLE #CU149 New! Small 3” oval fruit are a bright, creamy white, about the size of a small apple; sweet, mild and very tender. This variety has become almost extinct in America after being introduced here from Australia around the year 1930 from Arthur Yates and Co. But this type of cucumber is likely to have originated in China. The small fruit are so tender you can eat them skin and all. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.00 DE BOURBONNE #CU144 Tiny pickling cucumbers are ready in about 50 days. This old French heirloom is used to make the 2” long Cornichon pickles that are so tasty. Still popular in France for this purpose. High-yielding vines will be Jaune Dickfleischige popular with all those who preserve food. Pkt $2.00 DELIKATESSE #CU109 60 days 10”-long, unique fruits are pale green with small warts. Superb taste, excellent for slicing or pickling; bears abundantly. A rare variety from Germany. Pkt $2.00 DRAGON’S EGG #CU147 Beautiful cream-colored fruit are about the size and shape of a large egg! Mild, bitter-free and sweet- tasting, this little cucumber set massive yields in our gardens. So fun to grow, and very unique-looking; great for children and all who like delicious cucum- bers. We were sent this new favorite by Reinhard Kraft, a German seed collector, but this heirloom originated in Croatia. Pkt (12 seeds) $2.50 EARLY RUSSIAN #CU130 55 days This early heirloom was introduced in 1854. It pro- duces loads of short, medium-green fruit over a very long season. They are mild and sweet in flavor. Uni- form in shape and the vines are quite hardy, making it perfect for northern areas with short seasons: a great little cucumber for salads or pickles. Pkt $2.25 EMPEREUR ALEXANDRE #CU135 Named for Russian Emperor Alexander. Medium -green fruit are best picked at about 6” long, quite uniform, very mild flavor and vines are amazingly31 productive. Pkt $2.50 Sagami Hanjiro
  • 32. FIN DE MEAUX #CU145Slender, little green fruit are picked when 2” longand are used to make delicious cornichon pickles.A popular French variety that is hard to find. Veryproductive plants bear fruit that is darker green thanmost types. Pkt $2.00GELE TROS OR LARGE DUTCH YELLOW #CU159This is a large yellow cucumber that was popular inHolland for making yellow, sliced pickles. The Dutchcall this cucumber the “ancient race”. The ripe fruitare quite colorful in their sunny yellow color. A fineold strain that is very rare now even in Europe. Pkt(15 seeds) $2.75HORACE BOYETTE BURPLESS #CU15860 days—Fine, mild-flavored, burpless all-purposecuke for pickles or slicing. Thin-skinned fruits con-tain very few seeds when harvested at 4-6 inchesin length. Originated from a cross of Straight Eightmade by Horace Boyett in the 1940’s. Not recom-mended for trellising as the somewhat compactvines appeared brittle in our trials. Pkt $2.50JAPANESE LONG #CU111 68 daysLong, slim fruit that are very crisp and mild. Easy-to-digest, firm flesh with few seeds; a great Japanesevariety for home use or farmers’ markets. This cu-cumber is a personal favorite, being very productiveand delicious. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $13.00JAUNE DICKFLEISCHIGE #CU140A variety that is described as “ancienne” or old by theFrench, it also bears a partly German name and is ofGerman origin, making this old heirloom a real pieceof European cucumber history. Huge, yellowish-green fruit turn a lovely lemon color at full maturityand can weigh 5 lbs! Beautiful fruit are very crisp andflavorful. Vines produce good yields of this impres-sive, tasty cucumber. Rare! Pkt $4.00 West India Burr Gherkins 32 Richmond Green Apple Lemon
  • 33. Mexican Sour Gherkins Sikkim LEMON CUKE #CU103 ally fun to grow. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 seeds, vigorous high-yielding vines, great for green- 60 days. The shape, size, and color of a lemon, but RUBY WALLACE’S OLD TIME WHITE #CU153 house production; also good cultured outdoors. This the flavor is sweet and mild! This heirloom was intro- 65 days. Grown for over 50 years by Mrs. Ruby Wal- is an excellent English heirloom variety, introduced duced in 1894 and is still a favorite today. Pkt $2.25 lace of Dallas, North Carolina. Ruby first got a start around 1897. Pkt $2.75 or 1 oz $8.00 from her mother-in-law Myrtle, who grew them for THAI “MAE SAI” #CU141 LONG ANGLAIS #CU151 many years before that. The Wallace family uses the Named after Mai Sai, which is the most northern Attractive 12” green fruit are slender and fine for fruits for pickles when they are very small. (Be sure to town in Thailand and right on the Thai-Myanmar slicing. This is an old English variety that we received use white vinegar to make white pickles!) Or the fam- border. Produces 8-to 10-inch, smooth, medium from France. Good for trellising and growing verti- ily let the fruits get a bit larger for slicers. It’s the only green fruit. Slightly bitter taste. Used in cooking and cal. Mentioned in the French book “Dictionnaire one they grow! A real Carolina heirloom. Pkt $2.50 pickling. Pkt $2.00 d’agriculture” in 1888. A fine variety that is bitter-free SAGAMI HANJIRO #CU165 New! UZBEKSKI #CU148 and mild. Pkt $2.25 Traditional Japanese variety used primarily for slic- A fascinating heirloom from the Mideast country LONG DE CHINE #CU146 ing. Sagami is an area in Japan; “hanjiro” means two- of Uzbekistan. Big, fat 6”-8” cucumbers turn brown Types of Long China cucumbers have been men- toned, and this one is dark green and lime green. when ripe. Very crisp even at large sizes. This vari- tioned in France since the 1860’s. Long, bright Like many Japanese varieties, these are fantastic for ety is a good keeper and will store well into the fall. green-colored fruit are mild and tasty. They are the fresh eating. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.75 Unique and fun to grow. Pkt $2.75 sweet oriental type that so many people enjoy. Vines SIKKIM CUCUMBER #CU124 WEST INDIA BURR GHERKINS #CU107 65 days produce well, and this variety is still commercially The historic cucumber of Sikkim. Fat, large fruit (Cucumis anguria) Not a true cucumber, but used grown in Europe. Pkt $2.50 can reach several pounds in size. The ripe fruit is a much like it. Will not cross with C. sativus. Very beauti- MARKETMORE 76 #CU101 70 days. unique rusty red color and is good eaten cooked or ful long vines and hundreds of small tasty fruit. Yields Dark green, 8”-9” fruit; great slicer! Good yields! raw. In Asia, cucumbers are often stir-fried and are better than any cucumber. These are becoming rare. Excellent flavor. A real standard for superb eating quite tasty. This variety is grown in the Himalayas of They do great in hot, humid weather. Introduced to cukes. Pkt $1.75 or 1 oz $6.00 Sikkim and Nepal. Sir Joseph Hooker first discovered the USA in 1793 from Jamaica; it had been pickled MEXICAN SOUR GHERKIN #CU125 70 days it in the eastern Himalayas in 1848. Here is part of and boiled by the Colonists in Jamaica. Pkt $2.50 (Melothria scabra) Incredible, small cucumber-like what he wrote about it: “So abundant were the fruits, WHITE EMERALD #CU154 New! fruit are shaped like baby watermelons. They are that for days together I saw gnawed fruits lying by White Emerald cucumber is vigorous and prolific. good added to salads or can be pickled. They have the natives’ paths by the thousands, and every man, Fruit is crisp with light green color skin. Thick, cylin- a cucumber-like taste with a touch of lemon. The or- woman and child seemed engaged throughout the drical in shape. A good resistant variety that is well namental vines have tiny leaves and flowers and are day in devouring them.” Pkt $3.50 adapted to a wide range of growing conditions, but perfect for the cottage garden. Very unique and fun SOLLY BEILER #CU157 especially in hot, humid areas. From Thailand. Pkt for kids. Huge yields. Read about these in “Mother This cucumber makes superior pickles when har- $2.25 Earth News”. Pkt $2.75 vested at about the size of your thumb. Spectacular- WHITE SPINE #CU166 New! PARISIAN PICKLING #CU106 60 days ly productive in our trials, the plants yield very uni- Classic slicing variety from which many other newer The old French gherkin or cornichon pickler. Listed form fruits, which at full maturity are russeted like slicers have been bred; this variety was developed in America in 1892 by Gregory. Great for making tiny a Poona Kheera. Stays crisp and mild even at larger and grown before 1800. Fruits are medium green, sweet pickles. Rare. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 sizes. Developed in the 1930’s by Solomon “Solly” often lighter at one end, with white spines, and are POONA KHEERA #CU129 60 days Beiler, then a bishop in the Beachy Amish Menno- usually around 7-8 inches in length. May be used for Creamy, light-green fruits; very delicious flesh, crisp, nite Church, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Our pickling if the fruits are picked very small. Pkt (10 and juicy. Sweet and mild; one of my favorite variet- original seed was furnished by Martin J. Hughes, a seeds) $2.50 ies. Fruit shaped like a potato, with skin turning brown present day member of the same church in Elmira, WHITE WONDER #CU104 as they ripen. One of our best varieties that is disease- New York. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 60 days. A great yielder. Creamy-ivory, 7”-long fruits, resistant and very hardy. Vines produce early and the SUYO LONG #CU132 65 days delicious and great for pickles or slicing. W. Atlee yield is very heavy. A wonderful heirloom from India Long, ribbed, dark green fruit can grow to 18”. They Burpee introduced this heirloom in 1893 after they that has become our most asked-for cucumber. Pkt are very mild, sweet and burpless. One of my per- received it from a customer in New York. Pkt $2.00 $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 sonal favorites for fresh eating. This productive heir- or 1oz $5.00 RICHMOND GREEN APPLE #CU108 loom comes from northern China and is very attrac- YOK KAO #CU133 70 days. A unique heirloom from Australia and is still tive. Pkt $2.75 Greenish-yellow, short, 5-inch fruit. Very crisp and popular there. The fruit are the size of a lemon but TELEGRAPH IMPROVED #CU110 60 days with good cuke flavor. Another good tasting Thai va- are of a beautiful light green color. These are excel- Smooth, straight, dark-green fruit, 18” long. Flesh is riety that is easy to grow and great for fresh eating or33 very crisp, tender and mild; superb flavor. Very few preserving. Pkt $2.50 lent, very mild, sweet and juicy. Hard to find and re-
  • 34. Seed Saving Tips Cucumbers are pollinated by bees. To assurepure seed, isolate different varieties by a quar- ter mile if possible, though a few hundred feet is better than no isolation at all. Saving seedfrom cucumbers is very simple. Let fruits grow to full maturity. They’ll be large and deep yel- low or brown, instead of green. Harvest the ripe fruit by cutting or pulling it off the vine. Then cut in half lengthwise and scoop the seeds into a bucket or large bowl. Add enough water to cover the pulp, and let themixture ferment for three days, stirring daily (be careful not to leave the mixture out too long, as the seeds might sprout). Once fermentation is complete, add a lot more water, stir vigorously for two minutes, and wash away the fermented pulp by rinsing in several changes of water. Pour off therotted pulp and bad seeds that float to the top, and discard. The seeds are clean when the rinse water is clear; the good seeds will sink to the bottom.Spread seeds on a piece of cardboard todry. After two weeks, put them into a jarand store in a cool dry place. Cucumber seeds should keep for five years.From the book THE HEIRLOOM LIFEGARDENER. Used by permission. Availablefrom Hyperion wherever books are sold. Cucumber Seeds being saved by Sasha Gettle 34
  • 35. ASTRAKOM #EG174 These are great eating, and have a deep, full bodied egg- Eggplant (Solanum melongena and others) 25-35 seeds Compact plants reached barely two feet in our trials. Each plant yielded several 4-inch, teardrop-shaped fruits, of a rich, glossy purple-black. Grown from seed plant flavor. Pkt $3.00 CANNIBAL TOMATO #EG153 (S. uporo) Beautiful, attractive plants are covered with provided by our Belorussian friend Andrey Baranovsky. loads of shiny green and red fruit that are shockingly bit- per packet. We offer the best selection of qual- ter and about 3” across. They are very cute, as they look ity heirloom eggplants in the USA. This is my fa- Pkt $2.00 ASWAD #EG175 New! like little pumpkins covering the plant. A native to Fiji vorite crop, as it is easy to grow, and the fruit is and Tahiti, this plant has quite a history, as it is said that This incredibly delicious Iraqi variety comes from our nutritious and incredibly delicious. Another of the the fruit was made into a sauce and used on a cannibal’s friend Nael Aziz. Satiny, dark purple-black fruits get very great staple agricultural crops of India, eggplant meal! The leaves were also prepared as cooked greens. large—to 3 pounds or more. Shaped like a squat tear- varieties have long been appreciated in tradition- One of the more interesting and infamous plants we’ve drop, the flesh is sweet and tender, perfect for grilling al communities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East grown. Hardy and easy to grow. Pkt $3.00 or baking. The fruit are abundantly produced. Very heat DIAMOND #EG102 70 days and Mediterranean coast, and, more recently, tolerant and productive in our trials. Pkt $3.00 the Americas. With their often large and showy Mild, dark purple, 6”-9” x 2”-3” slender fruit; superb BANGLADESHI LONG #EG146 flavor and firm flesh. Becoming popular with market purple or white blooms and velvety leaves, egg- Cylindrical fruit are very attractive-looking, being pur- growers and home gardeners. This variety from the plants are ornamental enough to grow in the bor- ple-gray with dark purple streaks. This variety was col- Ukraine was collected by Seed Savers Exchange in der or even in the front yard! Heat-loving plants, lected in Bangladesh. Pkt $2.25 1993. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $7.00 eggplants are best started indoors about 8 weeks BLACK BEAUTY #EG113 90 days EDIRNE PURPLE STRIPED #EG160 before the last frost date of spring. Be sure to set Standard old type, large black fruit of excellent qual- Originally collected in Edirne (Adrianople), Turkey, out transplants only after carefully hardening ity. Very tasty but is lower yielding and much later in 1948, and stored by the USDA ever since, until them to outdoor conditions, and only after warm than many types and needs a long season. Pkt $1.50 we grew it out in 2008! Gorgeous 6-8 inch fruits are weather has really arrived. or 1 oz $6.00 richly striped in purple and off-white. May be even APPLEGREEN #EG103 70 days BLACK STEM #EG168 superior to Listada de Gandia in appearance due to An early, light-green eggplant. Good yield, very ten- This ornamental variety is grown for its stunning black its deeper luster, and actually preferred over it in our der and delicious. Smooth oval-round fruit growing stems and red, pumpkin-shaped fruit that is used by flo- trials! Vigorous plants, very productive. Pkt $2.50 on small plants. We highly recommend this fine vari- rists in Japan in flower arranging. Stunning and elegant FENGYUAN PURPLE #EG176 New! ety! Developed by the late Prof. Elwyn Meader, UNH in a vase, and a real beauty in any ornamental garden. Very long, slim, 16” fruit are light lavender-purple in 1964. Pkt $2.00 Perfect for landscaping. Pkt $2.00 color. One of the best long varieties we have seen: ARUMUGAM’S EGGPLANT #EG149 CAMBODIAN GREEN GIANT #EG177 New! mild, sweet and tender, good yields. Unique Taiwan Here is a large, round, flat variety from the kingdom of heirloom. Pkt $3.00 This variety produces an assortment of green, white and Cambodia. We collected this variety in 2004, when we FLORIDA MARKET #EG114 85 days lavender fruit, many are striped. It is used in Tamil Nadu Very large plant; large purple bell-shaped fruit. An old State in vegetable stews and curries, as well as stuffed. were touring this once war-torn southeast Asian coun- standard market variety and an excellent type for the It was given to a traveler by the Arumugam family of try. Attractive fruit are pale green with dark green stripes, South. Pkt $2.00 Ambal, India, who have a small rice farm near the island and are lightly ribbed. This is a very unique color pattern GBOGNAME or COLLARD EGGPLANT #EG154 of Karaikal. We are proud to offer this great little Indian for a large variety. We are proud to be among the first An ancient vegetable from Togo, West Africa. The young, eggplant. Pkt $2.00 companies to offer varieties from Cambodia, a country green leaves are cooked into delicious dishes, like you with a delicious cuisine that is in danger of being lost. would cook collard greens. Easy and fun-to-grow plants35 Malaysian Dark Red
  • 36. take heat well and are quite attractive with their greenand yellow bitter fruit. A great piece of African culinary Little Greenhistory that is rare and hard to find! Pkt $2.75GOYO KUMBA #EG144Brilliant, shiny red 3” fruit. This African variety is amongthe most colorful and ornamental we offer. Tall, spread-ing 4’ plants produce loads of fruit. Perfect for the flowerbed as well as the vegetable garden. Pkt $2.25JAPANESE PICKLING #EG161A beautiful, long, slender Japanese variety that producesfruit up to 16” long. Beautiful, glossy purple skin, withpure white flesh that’s sweet and mellow tasting. Greatfor home or market. Pkt $2.25JAPANESE WHITE EGG #EG110 65 daysFull, rich flavor; lovely 2”-3” white fruit are perfect forstir-frying. The plants give heavy yields all season.Pkt $2.00KAZAKHSTAN #EG170Seed collected at a state-run market in Alma Ata, Ka-zakhstan, by A.T. Whittemore, and donated to the USDAGermplasm Repository in 1991. The plants are rathercompact, reaching 24 to 30 inches in our trials. Palepurple flowers give way to dark purple-black, teardrop-shaped fruits to 6 inches or so, produced early and inabundance. To our knowledge this variety has neverbefore been offered for sale in North America. Pkt $2.00KOREAN RED #EG171Rounded bush to 3 feet tall, yields tender, sweet greenfruits very early for an eggplant. Left to mature, the fruitsreach 4-6 ounces, taking on a red-orange color and arequite decorative—perfect for arrangements. Unusualeggplant grown from seed originating in the formerUSSR. Pkt $2.50LAO GREEN STRIPE #EG140Colorful, green-white-purple striped, 2”- 4” ball-shaped fruit have pleasant eggplant flavor that is per-fect for curries, soups and other dishes from South-east Asia. This productive heirloom comes from thebeautiful mountain country of Laos. Pkt $2.50LAO PURPLE STRIPE #EG143 90 daysA lovely little eggplant that is the size and shape of aping-pong ball. Fruits are a pale lavender with deep pur-ple stripes. A great little eggplant for using in stir-friesand Asian dishes. This variety was brought to the US byHmong students from the Southeast Asian country ofLaos. Pkt $2.50LAO WHITE #EG141White, 2” ball-shaped fruit turn deep yellow as theyripen; a colorful and good-yielding heirloom from Laos.This very rare variety needs to be preserved as it is usedin many traditional Laotian recipes. Pkt $2.50LISTADA DE GANDIA #EG137 90 daysOne of the most popular heirloom types; this onehas 7”-long fruit that are white with lovely brightpurple stripes. They are so beautiful and have fabu-lous flavor with sweet, tender flesh. This excellentvariety hails from Spain, a country that is renownedfor fine food. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $10.00LITTLE FINGERS #EG16965 days. Small, purple-black fruits are produced in clus-ters on sturdy, compact plants. The blunt-ended fruitsmay be harvested when finger-sized, but may also beallowed to grow larger with no sacrifice of their mild,sweet taste and tender texture. Pkt $2.25LITTLE GREEN #EG172 New!Charming, single-stemmed plants yield an abundanceof brilliant, neon-green fruits that are of medium size.They are sweet, mild and firm. One of our favorite egg-plants baked. A new introduction grown from seed sentto us from the former Soviet Union. Try this in cooler-summer climates. One of the most beautiful and of su-perior quality. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50LOUISIANA LONG GREEN #EG115 100 daysLarge, 8”-long, light green banana-shaped fruit thathave pale stripes; tender and mild. Excellent quality,prolific yields. A rare heirloom from Louisiana. Pkt $2.00 36
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  • 39. MALAYSIAN DARK RED #EG148 RED CHINA #EG142 ROUND MAUVE #EG130 85 days Tender and delicious, violet-colored fruit are long and One of the most ornamental of all eggplants, the upright Round, 4” fruit are a lovely, deep mauve color; purple slender. This productive and tasty variety comes from plants produce loads of small, flattened fruit that look calyx. Plants are compact and have purple stems. the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia. A hard-to-find similar to ‘Jack-Be-Little’ pumpkins. In color the fruit is They start producing very early. A very good spe- but very good variety that is perfect for frying. Pkt $2.25 a beautiful fiery-red when mature. They have a slightly cialty variety. Pkt $2.00 bitter taste which is milder when they are only slightly THAI CHAO PRAYA #EG166 MA-ZU PURPLE CHINESE #EG159 orange; great for Asian foods. The long-keeping fruit are Chao Praya is a Thai matti-gulla type eggplant that Delicious, sweet and tender describe the flavorful is vigorous and prolific. Fruit are round and creamy- fruit of “Ma-Zu” eggplant. This variety bears deep perfect for fall displays. Was listed as ‘Scarlet Chinese’ in Vanderbilt’s 1879 seed list. Pkt $2.25 green in color, 2-3 ounces in weight. Used in many purple fruit that are 8”-12” long and 2” in diameter. dishes that are used in Thai kitchens and sold by food This favorite of Taiwanese farmers grows perfectly in RED RUFFLED #EG145 vendors on the city streets in Thailand. Pkt $2.00 warm areas and produces lots of fruit over a long pe- Also known as ‘Hmong Red’, this bitter-tasting Asian THAI LIGHT ROUND GREEN #EG118 riod of time. Pkt $2.25 variety is used in Vietnamese cooking. The 2” fruits are Same as above except these are a nice light green flattened, ribbed and bright red in color. Used by florists with stripes. Sold in markets everywhere in Thailand. NIPPLE FRUIT #EG135 (Solanum mammosum) and crafters as miniature pumpkins, which they closely Delicious. Pkt $2.00 This is one of the most amazing plants I have grown. resemble. One of the most beautiful eggplants we’ve THAI LONG GREEN (Green Elephant Tusk) #EG119 Beautiful tall, thorny plants bear purple flowers, fol- ever seen. Pkt $2.50 85 days Very mild and sweet, the 10” to 12” long, very lowed by long spikes of 3” yellow fruit that are curi- ROSA BIANCA #EG105 80 days slender fruit are a beautiful light-lime green. One of ously shaped, sort of like a cow’s udder and glowing Colorful, light pink-lavender fruit with white shad- the best-tasting eggplants; superb flavor and very yellow-orange in color. These 2’-5’ stems are sold for ing. Rich, mild flesh is very popular with chefs and tender. Good yields on 2’ to 3’ tall plants. This heir- display in arrangements or alone. They fetch top pric- gardeners alike! No bitterness. A great variety for loom from Thailand is becoming popular with gour- es at stores and are great for farmers’ markets. I first heirloom market growers. Grow the color that sells! met chefs. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $8.00 saw these in Thailand several years ago being sold as Pkt $2.00 THAI PURPLE EGG #EG125 potted plants along a road. The long-lasting, bitter ROTONDA BIANCA SFUMATA DI ROSA #EG116 Hard-to-find, small, purple egg-shaped fruit. We col- fruit are not edible. Pkt $4.00 120 days. This beautiful, round, white eggplant is lected this variety in Thailand. A nice specialty variety PANDORA STRIPED ROSE #EG129 shaded with rose-pink color. The lovely fruit grow that is very tasty. Pkt $2.00 A great market variety, teardrop-shaped fruit are a to large sizes, making this one of the most striking THAI DARK ROUND GREEN EG117 lovely lilac-rose color with thin white stripes. Strong, types we sell! Excellent for market growers, this Ital- Very nice 2 1/2-inch dark green fruits striped with thornless plants give heavy yields; tender and deli- ian heirloom is mild and delicious. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 white are excellent stir-fried. Large yields on good size bushy plants. Very extensively used in Thai cui- cious. A real eye catcher. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 oz $9.00 sine; a choice variety and popular in Oriental mar- PING TUNG #EG109 70 days RONDE DE VALENCE #EG162 ket;, easy to grow. Pkt $2.00 A wonderful eggplant from Ping Tung, Taiwan. Fruits Lovely, black fruit are almost perfectly round in shape THAI ROUND GREEN “PETCH PARISA” #EG151 are purple and up to 18” long and 2” in diameter. This and the size of a grapefruit, with deep purple color. A A 2-3” round light-green eggplant with cream stripes. variety is so sweet and tender, superbly delicious! wonderful variety for stuffing, with great tasting, tender Tasty in stir-fries, and sold extensively throughout Thai- One of the best Chinese eggplants on the market. flesh. A traditional French heirloom named after the city land. We’ve found this variety to be hardy and produc- Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $7.00 of Valence, a quaint city on the Rhone River. Pkt $2.00 tive here in Missouri. Pkt $2.50 Fact... Ladies in the Orient used to make dye from the skin of eggplants, which they then used to stain their teeth gray, because it was thought to be very stylish.39 Thai Yellow Egg
  • 40. Aswad Eggplant: A delicious andtruly massive variety from Iraq Fact... Ladies in the Orient used to make dye from the skin of eggplants, which they then used to stain their teeth gray, because it was thought to be very stylish. 40
  • 41. THAI ROUND GREEN “PETCH SIAM” #EG152 Tasty, 2-3” dark green and light-green striped fruit are Cambodian Green Giant popular in South Asian cooking. Productive plants are unique-looking when covered with fruit. We collected this variety in Bangkok. Pkt $2.50 THAI ROUND PURPLE #EG150 An attractive, productive variety. Pretty, grape candy- colored fruits are marbled in lilac streaks. Flavorful and great for frying, they are 3”-4” in diameter. A hardy va- riety that does well here in Missouri. Seed collected in Thailand. Pkt $2.50 THAI WHITE RIBBED #EG147 The most unique-looking of the Thai eggplants, these are pure white, flat and deeply ribbed; the flesh is mild and tasty. This was our first Thai variety listed in 1998. We are happy to have it back again as it is a personal favorite of Jere’s. Pkt $2.50 THAI YELLOW EGG #EG122 Famous in Thailand, the egg-sized fruit are picked when they are bright golden-yellow. They are used in many Thai dishes and as a garnish. A unique variety for specialty growers. Pkt $2.50 TURKISH ORANGE #EG134 80 days This beautiful heirloom comes from Turkey. The 3” round fruit are best cooked when they are green to light orange. This variety has very sweet and flavorful flesh. It imparts a strong, rich flavor to any dish. The small plants yield well. This variety is great for ethnic markets. Very ornamental-looking. Pkt $2.00 UDMALBET #EG104 90 days A rare colorful eggplant from India. Egg-shaped fruit are light green, streaked in purple. Used in chutneys & curries; from a Tamil village. Pkt $2.00 UKRAINIAN BEAUTY #EG156 Big, beautiful, purple-black fruit are great for baking. This great variety comes from Ukraine and sets heavy yields on the 3’-4’ tall bushy plants. We like large egg- plants breaded and baked, then served with spaghetti sauce. Pkt $2.00 VIOLETTE LONGUE HATIVE #EG163 The historic “Early Long Purple” has been a standard for many years in France and other parts of Europe. In 1885, Vilmorin said that this variety was best for Paris because of its earliness. Indeed this variety is still a great- producing early variety that yields delicious, elongated fruit that are quite beautiful and refined-looking, superb for slicing and many other uses. Pkt $2.0041 Listada de Gandia
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  • 43. Black Beauty Japanese Pickling Ping Tung Thai Purple Egg Ronde de Valence Cannibal Tomato Thai Chao Praya Round Mauve Goyo Kumba Nipple Fruit43 Rosa Bianca Black Stem Thai White Ribbed
  • 44. serves. Larger than the common ground cherry. Pkt (50 Fruit & Berries BANANA PASSION FRUIT #GR127 seeds) $2.00 GROUND CHERRY (STRAWBERRY HUSK TOMATO) #GR101 70 days. Huge yields of tart-sweet berries. (Passiflora mollissima) Originating in Andean valleys, This is the common type used by the Pilgrims; excel- the Banana Passionfruit was domesticated shortly lent for pies, jams, and preserves of all kinds; also de- before the time of Columbus. Its vines, bearing large, licious fresh. The fruit grow inside a paper-like husk deep pink flowers, may reach 20 feet, but in most of (the same as Tomatillos). Grow it the same as you the US it must be grown in the greenhouse, as it can would tomatoes. Pkt (50 seeds) $2.00 or 1/4 oz $7.50 tolerate only the lightest occasional frost. Pendulous, JALTOMATO #GR111 elongated, yellow-skinned fruits have leathery skins (Jaltomata sp.) Used in Mexican cuisine, Jaltomatos outside, delicious pulp within. The aromatic, salmon- are native to Central and South America. The one we hued pulp is used in juices and desserts. (Seed cannot offer has pea-sized purple berries that have a tart be shipped to Hawaii.) Pkt (10 seeds) $4.00 flavor. Only completely ripe fruit are to be eaten, as CHINESE LANTERN GIGANTEA #GR125 green berries and the rest of the plant may be De Louviers (Physalis franchetii) This lovely 2’ perennial produces poisonous. Fruits must be cooked and sweetened to prettyseed pods, which are bright red-orange and obtain flavor. Used in relishes and jellies. AttractiveEndive & Escarole look like glowing Chinese lanterns. Great as a fresh plants are very prolific. Pkt $2.50 cut flower or dried for craft projects. So popular at LITCHI TOMATO OR MORELLE DE BALBIS #GR112 farmers’ markets, as everyone just loves these. This (S. sisymbriifolium) This was a favorite with custom-(Cichorium endivia) A long appreciated European ers who saw and sampled it in front of our store onedelicacy, these crops add a lightly bitter piquancy variety is extra large, and the berries inside the husk summer. Large plants grow to 5’, and are covered withto salads. All are best grown in rich soil, and cooler are edible when fully ripe; cook similar to a regular thorns; sweet red fruit and large white flowers. Lovelyweather; in most of the country, this makes them ground cherry. Fun to grow. Pkt $2.50 to look at, but be careful with the thorns! We enjoyedbest-suited to the fall garden. Grown in about the DWARF COFFEE PLANT #GR126 the fruit all summer right from the plant. They’re aboutsame way as lettuce. (Coffea arabica nana) Tropical houseplant or green- house subject, eventually reaching 3-4 feet in height. the size of a cherry and taste like a cherry crossed withBATAVIAN FULL HEART #EE101 a tomato. A very pretty and attractive plant that origi-AAS Winner 1934. Broad, thick, curled leaves; heart Large, thin, glossy leaves are followed in due course nated in South America, but has been naturalized inblanches white. A superb salad plant; tasty. Pkt (300 by small, extremely fragrant, jasmine-scented, star- many countries. Start plants as you would a tomato.seeds) $1.50 or 1/4 lb $10.00 shaped flowers. These yield a yellow berry which contains the seeds, which when roasted are “coffee Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00DE LOUVIERS #EE104 NARANJILLA #GR104 (Solanum quitoense)Leaves are very finely curled and deeply notched. beans.” Pkt (10 seeds) $3.25Produces a good blanched and curled, yellow heart. GARDEN HUCKLEBERRY #GR103 75 days A really unique fruit from the Andes; delicious sweet-This heirloom is high quality and tasty. In 1885 Vilm- (Solanum melanocerasum) Large, purple berries that and-sour taste, orange flavor; 2” fruit are round andorin said, “Bulk for bulk, it yields a larger amount of are cooked and sweetened (do not eat raw); great in yellow-orange in color, perfect for making delicioususeful produce.” Pkt (300 seeds) $1.75 pies. Huge yields of fruit all summer long. Plant 14” juice. In 1760, Mr. J. de Santa Gertrudis Siera calledDE MEAUX #EE105 apart. Strong tall plants do not have to be staked. it “Nectar of the gods” and “the most delicious thatBroad, dark-green heads with creamy-white, Grow plants like peppers. Great for anyone wanting I have tasted in the world.” This plant takes at leastblanched hearts that are heavenly in salads; the quick, easy berries and a huge yield. Originated in Af- 6 months to bear and is quite attractive as a pottedleaves are very notched. This pre-1885 French heir- rica. Pkt (35 seeds) $2.00 plant. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50loom is best for fall plantings. Hard to find. Pkt (300 GIANT CAPE GOOSEBERRY (GIANT HUSK TOMATO) ORANGE MASTER POMEGRANATE #GR113seeds) $1.75 #GR108 (Physalis peruviana) The cape gooseberry is Here is an extra-dwarf pomegranate that’s perfect native to Brazil and was grown in England by 1774. It for containers. Early-flowering plants are good forFennel(Finocchio) was cultivated by settlers at the Cape of Good Hope bonsai. Small, ornamental fruit. Will take light frosts, before 1807. The delicious yellow fruit grow inside but should be grown indoors in cool climates. Pkt (10 seeds) $5.00(Foeniculum vulgare) This relative of celery paper-like husks that are easy to peel. They are greatand parsley is almost inseparable from Italian dipped in melted chocolate or made into pies and pre-cooking. The base of the plant consists of thetender, succulent leaf stems, which grow togetherso tightly that they form a “bulb.” Splendidbraised, in soups, etc. Requires only moderatetemperatures and rich, moist, well-drained soil.DI FIRENZE #FN101This is the anise-flavored vegetable that Italianslove. Large 1 to 2lb bulbs are delicious in soups, sau-teed, baked, and raw in salads. This Italian cultivar isfairly early. The authentic “Finocchio” for growers ofquality. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.00 Fennel Chinese Lantern Gigante 44
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  • 46. PEPINO MELON #GR117(Solanum muricatum) This eggplant relative produc-es fruit that are the size of a large goose egg with acream-colored rind that usually has beautiful purplestripes. It has a sweet, mild flesh that is somewhatmelon-like. Used fresh in salads or cooked. Beautiful,glossy ornamental plants require a very long seasonand are grown like eggplants. This fun plant can begrown indoors. Pepinos are popular in New Zealandand have just recently started to become common inUS markets. This plant is native to the Andes Mountainregion. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00PINK BANANA #GR124(Musa velutina) Lovely, small banana plants producethe most stunning, glowing, brilliant pink banana youwill ever see. They are edible, but very seedy. Plantshave large leaves that grow up to 24” long and adda wonderful tropical effect to your yard or patio. Thisspecies is relatively hardy, taking a few degrees of frostfairly well. Ripe fruit will start to split open when readyto eat. Showy and fun to grow! Can be hard to ger-minate, but is then easy to grow. Pkt (10 seeds) $4.00RED WONDER WILD STRAWBERRY #GR110(Fragaria vesca) This variety was selected to pro-duce large, elongated, red fruits that are sweet andaromatic. Perfect for growing in flower gardens andcontainers as the plants, flowers and berries are or-namental. So delicious, the fruit won’t last long! Pkt(75 seeds) $2.50STRAWBERRY SPINACH #GR107(Chenopodium capitatum) An old-fashioned plantthat dates to 1600 in Europe. This curious plant pro-duces greens that are picked and cooked like spin- Ground Cherry (Strawberry Husk Tomato)ach, but it also produces attractive, red berries thatare bland in flavor. These add a nice touch to fruit sal-ads. Easy-to-grow plants are similar to “Lamb’s Quar- Wild Strawberryters”, a wild relative. Found in a monastery garden.Pkt $2.50SUNRISE HAWAIIAN SOLO PAPAYA #GR119 We have finally obtained seeds for a delicious, smallHawaiian-type papaya. This variety has lovely pinkish-orange pulp that is very sweet and delicious. Papayais excellent for digestion. This variety weighs about 1lb and is perfect for single servings. It can be grownin a greenhouse in cool climates. Fast-growing plantsproduce in less than one year. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.50TAMARILLO OR TREE TOMATO #GR118 (Cyphomandra betaceae) This fruit is extremely popu-lar in Latin America and is native to the Andes Moun-tains of Peru. It is now becoming popular with gar-deners in warm US regions, or as a greenhouse plant.Fast-growing plants grow to 10 feet and produce red,egg-shaped fruit that have a taste similar to tomatoes.Popular in Mexico for making drinks or boiling withsugar. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00WONDERBERRY #GR105 75 days(Solanum burbankii). Developed by Luther Burbank;tasty, small blue-purple fruit; good fresh or cooked.Small plants produce good yields in about 75 days. Ahistoric heirloom that is easy to grow. Pkt $2.50YELLOW WONDER WILD STRAWBERRY #GR122This creamy yellow-fruited variety is a favorite of manyin Europe. The small fruit are very tasty and uniquelooking. Many prefer the taste of this yellow-fruitedtype to the more common red strawberry. These areserved in only the finest restaurants and are easy togrow from seed! (75 seeds) Pkt $2.50“True Christians do not know vengeance.They are the children of peace. Their heartsoverflow with peace. Their mouths speakpeace, and they walk in the way of peace.”-Menno Simons Strawberry Spinach 46
  • 47. Gourds bowling pin shape and are an attractive green, with would bring ‘em to play with. Dancing gourds spin just white spots. The fruit are great picked young and used like a top. Pkt $2.50 like zucchini, or harvested at maturity and used as bot- TEPEHUAN CANTEEN #GD125 Lagenaria siceraria unless stated otherwise. 20 tles or for craft projects. A rare North African heirloom This gourd was collected from the Tepehuan people at seeds per pkt. Whether True Gourds, Angled that was sent to us by Bruno Defay of France. Pkt (10 Santa Rosalia, Chihuahua, a Sierra Madre mountain town Gourds or Edible Gourds, all of these squash- seeds) $3.50 in Mexico. Green fruit are tear-drop shaped and 6”-8” tall. relatives are from the Old World originally, and JAPANESE NEST EGG GOURD #GD104 They have a nice hard shell. Great for crafts. Pkt $2.75 all need similar conditions: a long season of hot Edible Gourds (C. pepo), Highly popular in the 1800’s, the gourds are weather, and abundant moisture in a rich soil. the size and shape of a hen’s egg and are white in color. May be direct-sown into warm soil, or started indoors a few weeks early. The fruits will be They are used as nest eggs; often found growing wild straighter and more symmetrical if the long vines here in the Ozarks. Pkt $2.00 (L. siceraria) Pick fruits when young and tender. are trained up a trellis, but all may be allowed to LONG HANDLED DIPPER MIX #GD126 New! SERPENTE DI SICILIA #ED102 sprawl along the ground; some may run 20 feet! A fun blend of many shapes and sizes, but most all of them The popular Italian edible gourd. Long, slender fruit The edible sorts are best harvested when young, have the very-long handle of the true long-handled types. are a brilliant, light green color; very tender and deli- tender, and mild-tasting. Full of surprises, making it great for kids. PKT $2.00 cious with a rich flavor. The Italians eat these steamed, BALI SUGAR TROUGH #GD127 MARANKA (CAVEMAN’S CLUB) #GD102 sauteed, or stuffed and baked. Perfect for specialty This heirloom was collected on the Southeast Asian is- 10” to 16”-long, dipper-type gourds are very knobby and markets. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 Angled Gourd land of Bali, at a market there. Gourds are trough-shaped unusual looking. One of the most attractive, hard-shelled and measure 20” long by about 8” in diameter. A rare gourds you can grow. High yields. Pkt $3.00 gourd that’s hard to find. Pkt $3.00 NIGERIAN SAYBO #GD123 BIG APPLE #GD115 A rare, large bottle gourd from Nigeria. Elongated to (LUFFA GOURD, CHINESE VINING OKRA OR SPONGE The 8” fruit look just like giant apples! Very popular as 18” with a bulbous neck and base. Great for crafts and GOURD) crafts and fall displays; can be painted red or made bottle making. Pkt (12 seeds) $3.00 DISHCLOTH or LUFFA #AG103 (Luffa aegyptiaca) into birdhouses. Unique and fun to grow; a sure sell at ORANGE GOURD #GD105 Burpee’s 1888 catalogue said, “A natural dishcloth, fall markets. Pkt $3.00 (C. pepo) In 1885, Vilmorin wrote in The Vegetable Gar- and a most admirable one. Many ladies prefer this BIRDHOUSE GOURD #GD108 den, “The fruit exactly resembles a ripe orange in size and dishcloth. The fruit grow about 2’, and the vine is very color.” We are pleased to offer this rare heirloom. Pkt $2.00 ornamental, producing clusters of yellow blossoms, The popular gourd for making bottles, birdhouses and PERU SUGAR BOWL #GD129 in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark many other useful items. Fun to grow. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz green foliage. In the North this variety requires start- $7.50 120 days—Oblate to flattened tear-drop shaped gourds ing in a hotbed. The dried interiors of these gourds BULE GOURD #GD116 are produced in abundance on the vigorous vines. Fruits have already become an article of commerce; grown A rare French heirloom that is shaped like an 8” Big Apple are about 5-6 inches wide and 4-5 inches long, Typical in Florida, they are sold by Philadelphia and NY drug- gourd, but these are covered in attractive warts. They are of the type used in the Huanta area of Peru, where re- gists.” Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.50 very ornamental and make a good market item. Pkt $3.00 nowned decorated gourds have been produced for cen- BONANZA 141 #AG108 BUSHEL BASKET #GD111 turies. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 Long, ridged fruit are so delicious when lightly fried Huge, round gourds, up to 24” across, can be used for all SMALL APPLE GOURD #GD107 like okra or summer squash. Easy to grow and so kinds of art work and as storage containers. Night flower- (C. pepo) A small, white round gourd. In great demand ornamental. These make lovely large vines, yellow ing plants attract huge moths; very long vines. Fruit has a with crafts people! Pkt $2.00 flowers and loads of fruit. Very resistant to insects thick, hard shell. A best seller! Pkt $4.00 SMALL SPOON #GD109 and disease, can also be dried when fully matured CALABASH #GD114 (C. pepo) Brightly-colored, orange and green striped and made into unique natural sponges! Collected in Large bottle-type gourds, great for making crafts, water small spoon-shaped gourds are excellent for fall deco- Thailand. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 jugs and more. Fun and easy to grow. Pkt $2.75 rations. Huge yields. Pkt $2.00 SWEET HONEY SPONGE GOURD #AG107 CROWN OF THORNS #GD118 SMALL WARTED MIX #GD110 A delicious, smooth-fruited version of this great crop, (C. pepo) The fruit of this gourd is shaped like a crown (C . pepo) A mix of warty small types that come in many sometimes called “vining okra” or luffa gourd. This vari- with ten small finger-like projections pointing inward. shapes and colors. An excellent mix for market growers. ety produces huge fruit that are best picked under 10” This variety is sometimes called the Ten Commandments Pkt $2.00 long; great fried, in soups or baked. Very easy to grow SPECKLED SWAN #GD103 and tastes somewhat like a cross between squash gourd. Very ornamental, the cream-colored fruit grow to Thick, dipper-shaped fruit that resemble swans with their and okra. It produces best in late summer when other 1 lb. Picked young, this variety can be used as a summer crops are starting to slow down in production. Beauti- squash as it is the same species. Pkt $2.00 necks curved; great for crafts. These large gourds have ful vines and flowers. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 DIPPER GOURD #GD117 speckles when green. Unique. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.50 These gourds have long handles and are just right for TENNESSEE DANCING OR SPINNING GOURDS #GD101 making water or feed dippers. Great for making arts and (C. pepo) A tiny gourd just 2” long! They are bottle-shaped “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward crafts. Easy to grow in zone 5 and warmer. Pkt $2.75 and green-and-white striped -- turning tan when dry. This in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had GAKHAA #GD124 unique heirloom was sent to us by Mr. Junior G., of Primm formed.” Genesis 2:8 This variety was collected in the late 1980’s in an oasis Springs, Tennessee. They used to be popular there, and in Algeria, Northern Africa. The unique fruit are a thick, his Ma had said that when she was going to school, kids47 Speckled Swan Gourd Sweet Honey Angled Gourd Tennessee Dancing Gourd
  • 48. grain for the small place. Oats is easy to grow, butGrains & Cover Crops not so easy to thresh out, due to the hull which Quinoa Shelly 25 Black adheres tightly to the grain itself. The advantage to a hulless variety is that the grain easily comesAUSTRIAN WINTER PEA #GS101 free. Plant in early spring for grain, or in early(Pisum arvense) Close relative of Garden or Eng- fall to produce a heavy mulch right where thelish peas, but this variety is grown as a cover crop. plants grew, as winter frosts kill the plants andAs hardy as Hairy Vetch and good as a nitrogen rain or snow knocks them down, producing afixer, but more adapted to drier or alkaline soil. thick mulch all ready to be planted into in spring.Matures a bit earlier in spring from a fall plant- Pkt $2.25ing. Very attractive to deer. Can be sown in early QUINOA, SHELLY 25 BLACK #GS130 New!spring in cooler climates. 1/4 lb $4.50 90-120 days—Selected out of CO407, a promi-BLACK SEED SESAME #GS124 nent experimental quinoa variety in the 1980’s.This black-seeded variety has tasty, nutty-fla- This variety boasts multi-colored seed heads andvored seeds that are popular in Thai cooking. It leaves on plant reaching 3-6 feet, dependingis also used to make healthy Black Sesame oil, upon growing conditions. Quinoa is drought-which is popular in much of Asia and is a favorite and cold-tolerant, and possesses the most per-oil of mine. Pkt $2.25 fect amino acid balance of any known grain. PktBUCKWHEAT #GS104 $2.50(Fagopyrum esculentum) Tender plant used as a RAPE, DWARF ESSEX #GS102warm-season cover crop. Plant anytime in warm (Brassica rapa) Robust member of the Brassicaweather; incorporate into soil when flowering family. Puts large amounts of organic matterbegins (4-6 weeks). Not a nitrogen-fixer, but well into soils; gives some control over nematodes.known for adding organic matter to the soil. Can Sow late summer or very early spring, incorpo-be planted and tilled under several times in a rate when flowering begins. Will grow slowlysummer. 1/4 lb $5.50 throughout the winter in Zone 7 south; not reli-CAMELINA OR FALSE FLAX #GS131 New! ably hardy farther north. 1/4 lb $4.50(Camelina sativa) Also known as Gold-of-Pleasure. RICE CAROLINA GOLD #GS126Promising “new” plant for oil and biofuel that ac- Considered the “grandfather” of long-grain ricetually has been cultivated in Europe since the culture in North America, according to the Car-Bronze Age. Camelina also makes a great cover olina Gold Rice Foundation, who supplied ourcrop and livestock feed. A relative of mustard, Ca- seed. This historic variety is believed to havemilina establishes quickly, even in fairly dry, cool originated from African and Indonesian sources,conditions. The seed is about 40% oil, which con- and appeared as a distinct variety in Charlestains a high amount of healthful omega-3 fatty Towne, Carolina Colony, by 1685. Carolina Goldacid. A cutting-edge addition to sustainable ag- really inaugurated commercial rice productionriculture. Pkt $2.00 in North America. Its long grains having supe-CHUFFA #GS108 rior texture, and a taste reminiscent of almonds(Cyperus esculentus) This plant is also called and green tea. Although commercial productionGround Almond or Earth Chestnut. The nutty, declined after the Civil War, this superior varietysweet tasting, small tubers are quite delicious is known and loved to this day. We’re excited toand produced underground on perennial, grass- offer a genuine piece of early Americana! (Notlike plants. An important food crop in Asia Minor for Northern gardeners, Carolina Gold is a long-and Egypt since ancient times. This delicacy has season, true paddy rice requiring flooding forbeen grown for thousands of years; only now good cultivation, and support for the plants asis it starting to get popular in America. Pkt (25 they reach maturity.) Pkt $2.50small tubers) $3.00 SESAME, LIGHT SEEDED #GS106 FLAX #GS113 (Sesamum indicum) Light-seeded. Cultivated in(Linum usitatissimum) True source of fibers that the Near East for at least 4,000 years. Plants growfor thousands of years have been harvested and to 5 feet in height. Makes an excellent cover cropwoven into linen. The seeds are a nutritious nat- or wildlife forage. Light-colored seeds are tastyural laxative and have been used to lower cho- and suitable for use in the kitchen. Controlslesterol. Stems up to 30” tall produce blue flow- harmful nematodes in some situations. Attrac-ers from May to September. Annual. Pkt $1.50 tive flowers. 1 oz $3.00HAIRY VETCH #GS105 SHALLU OR EGYPTIAN WHEAT #GS103 (Vicia villosa) Plant spring or fall for nitrogen fixa- Really a sorghum, grown in this country mainlytion and abundance of organic matter, even in for attracting wildlife, particularly quail, whichacid soils. If mowed just as blooming commences, enjoy cover under the leafy plants, as well asthe plants die, leaving a natural mulch which can the high-protein seeds. Plants grow to 10 left as-is for no-till planting or incorporated for Huge seed heads shatter easily when dried. Wellsoil improvement. Perennial if allowed to set seed. suited to the Southeastern US. An African cropHardy. 1/4 lb $4.50 introduced to this country by way of India. 1/4MILLET, GERMAN FOXTAIL #GS107 lb $5.50(Setaria italica) Sow in spring or early summer.Used as a cover crop, hay or pasture. Chickensadore the small white seeds. Grows from 2-5 feettall. Very drought-tolerant crop that is believed “Agriculture is our wisest pursuit,to have been used in China for nearly 5000 years, because it will in the end con-and grown in the US since 1849. 1/4 lb $5.00OATS, HULLESS #GS129 New! tribute most to real wealth, good(Avena sativa) In 1755, Samuel Johnson called morals, and happiness.”oats: “a grain which in England is generally given -Thomas Jeffersonto horses, but which in Scotland supports thepeople.” Today, oats is a practical, high protein 48
  • 49. Chinese Pak Choy Oriental Greens 200 seeds per packet. Various crops are offered here—all are traditional culinary types from Asia. Bok choy and Tatsoi are turnip relatives grown for their spatulate leaves and succulent petioles (stems) which are often white and very juicy. Mus- tards are grown for their thinner, often spicy leaves. Chinese cabbages and kale form tight heads, but of often quite unusu- al shapes compared to the usual Western ones. As a group, these types tend to be fairly early and tolerant to cooler weather. CANTON BOK #OR124 The typical Nai-Pe-Tsai type pak choy, semi- upright plant produces thick, white stems and deep green leaves. Good for warm areas as it is heat tolerant. Pkt $2.00 CHINESE PAK CHOY #OR106 85 days. Long, white stems and dark green leaves; one of the most popular Chinese vegetables used in many Chinese dishes. Pkt $2.00 CHING CHANG BOK CHOY #OR127 This baby bok choy is a standard for quality. Small heads are harvested when just 5” tall; they are so tender and mild. The medium green plants are ready for harvest in 50 days. Perfect for marketing. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.00 GREEN LEAF GAILAN - CHINESE KALE #OR133 Large, delicious stems and flower buds are cooked like broccoli but is easier to grow and thrives in much warmer weather. The texture is very tender and crisp, perfect for stir-fries, soups and more. A great variety for Asian markets. Give it a try! Pkt $1.5049 Japanese Giant Red Extra Dwarf Pak Choy
  • 50. EXTRA DWARF PAK CHOY #OR130 The perfect baby vegetable for marketing, this tiny pak choy is picked when just 2” tall! It has dark green, wrinkled leaves with thick, white petioles and can be used whole to make amazing salads and stir-fries! Very tender and delicious! Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.00 JAPANESE GIANT RED MUSTARD #OR107 (B. juncea) Beautiful, large, Japanese type. Purple- red leaves with a delicious, strong, sharp, almost garlic-like, mustard flavor. Tasty stir-fried or boiled and makes a great pickling variety. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.50 JIU TOU NIAO MUSTARD #OR120 (B. juncea) A wonderful leafy mustard that is an heir-syrup loom from South China. 16” tall plants have bright green serrated leaves that are tender and have excel- lent mustard flavor; great sauteed or in salads. A “Sher Li Hon” type of Chinese mustard. Pkt $2.00 KOMATSUMA TENDERGREEN #OR102 (B. rapa) Japanese mustard greens. Tasty, slightly spicy flavor, great for stir-frying or salads. Good for hot or cold weather. Pkt $1.75 KWANG TUNG LEAF #OR112 Deep green, slender upright stalks and leaves. This plant has a delicate flavor and is used in Thailand for soups, Pad Thai, and other noodle dishes. Stalks, flowers, & leaves are all tasty. Pkt $2.00 LARGE LEAF TONG HO #OR131 Also known as Shungiku or Garland Chrysanthe- mum. This variety produces large, smooth leaves that add tremendous flavor to stir-fries, soups and salads; great spicy, sweet, aromatic taste. It also produces lovely yellow flowers and is super easy to grow. Popular Chinese heirloom. Pkt $2.00 MICHIHLI CABBAGE #OR108 70 days (B. rapa) Big tall heads, widely grown in the Orient. Mild and tasty, very tender, great for stir-fry. Pkt $1.75 MIZUNA #OR101 (B. rapa) A delicious Japanese green; cook like spinach. Vigor- ous plant produces many thin stalks; very mild and tasty, early. Highly used in salad mixes. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $10.00 SHANGHAI GREEN CHOY #OR126 A delicious baby type that is so much in demand with top Asian chefs. Compact plants are upright and have light green stems. They are extra tender and finely flavored. Pkt $2.50 TAINONG EMPEROR HEADING MUSTARD #OR128 A unique crop in America, this variety makes large, very crisp heads that are a medium green color and “Chef’s Choice” have a delicious flavor. Superb for pickling, frying and in soups. Pkt $2.50 TATSOI #OR103 (B. rapa) Large packets contain 1,000 seeds. Superb mild flavor, a must for stir-frying and salads. Beautiful, small rosette heads; very popular at Asian EUROPEAN MESCLUN SALAD #SB101 markets. Plant after last frost to help prevent bolting. Grow this mix of greens for one of the tastiest salads Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $9.00 ever! Flavors range from sweet-mild to sour-hot-tangy, and colors come in red, purple, yellow, and green. Col- “Allow the president to invade a neigh- orful lettuce, radicchio, arugula, endive,A favorite with kale, mustard, corn salad, and more. orach, mizuna, boring nation, whenever he shall deem market growers. Pkt $3.00 or 1/4 lb $18.50 it necessary to repel an invasion, and RED WING LETTUCE MIX #SB105 “The All Red Formula Mix.” At last a lettuce mix that you allow him to do so whenever he may contains a wide range of the best brilliant red (and red- choose to say he deems it necessary for splashed) specialty types! Our growers love this beau- such a purpose—and you allow him to tiful mixTOP so do the chefs. Pkt #SB103 1/4 lb $18.50 ROCKY and LETTUCE SALAD $3.00 or make war at pleasure.” -OUR BEST SELLING SEED!- Our improved formula -Abraham Lincoln blend is now better than ever! With more brightly col- 50 ored and unique lettuces, it makes a flavorful and bril-
  • 51. Salad Blends liant salad. A top-selling item for us; our customers just love it! Perfect for better markets or your home table. People love the rich, old-fashioned taste. In- cludes some non-listed rare varieties. Pkt $3.00 or 1 oz $7.00 or 1/4 lb $18.50 SIAMESE DRAGON STIR-FRY MIX #SB106 All the best Asian greens for stir-frying and steaming. A mix of many of the greens that I have enjoyed in Thailand. The rich flavor of these greens is incredible when lightly cooked and seasoned with garlic and Thai peppers. This formula mix is perfect for market growers. Also pick the greens in the “baby stage” for a tangy salad mix. We have been getting great comments from market growers51 about this mix. Pkt $3.00 or 1/4 lb $18.50
  • 52. Other Greens200-600 seeds per Pkt. A miscellany of crops is offeredhere. Each is unique; some are warm-growers, others revelin very cool weather. What they all have in common is theirdiversity of flavors and textures—too good to miss!ARUGULA #OG106 (Eruca sativa)Delicious salad green has a spicy flavor; a rage insalads. I just love this green sprinkled on pizza andsandwiches. One of our most popluar greens. Pkt$1.50 or 1/4 lb $7.25BLACK MUSTARD #OG118This black variety produces small dark seeds that areused as a spice; the spicy leaves are edible, too. It alsomakes tasty seedling sprouts. This plant is native to theMediterranean where it has been grown for thousandsof years. Many believe that black mustard seed is whatJesus spoke of in Matthew 13. Pkt $2.00CORN SALAD- DUTCH #OG104This old-time favorite has a mild, nutty flavor. Tenderleaves are excellent in salads or cooked. Pkt $1.25 or 1/4lb $6.50CORN SALAD OR MACHE - VERTE A COEUR PLEIN 2#OG116 In 1885 France’s Vilmorin said, “A very distinctvariety, with short, roundish, smooth, half-erect, stiffleaves.” The compact plants tend to be less productivethan other types, but it is nicely flavored. Pkt $2.00CORN SALAD OR MACHE - VERTE D’ ETAMPES#OG115 This variety was popular in 1880’s France. Itproduces flavorful, deep green leaves, and the smallplants are fairly cold-hardy. In 1885 Vilmorin said,“They bear cold weather remarkably well, and theyhave the advantage of losing their freshness less thanthose of any other kind while they are being broughtto market.” Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $7.50GARDEN CRESS #OG101 (Lepidium sativum)Sweet and spicy tasting, perfect in salads. Ready forsnacking in just 2 weeks. Pkt $1.50MINER’S LETTUCE #OG119(Claytonia perfoliata) This West Coast native appearsabundantly there in the early spring. Succulent, mild-tasting leaves are not unlike spinach in texture, andsaved many Gold Rush miners from scurvy. Enjoy itin salads or lightly steamed. Also makes a charmingground cover in the spring garden. Also known as Red OrachWinter Purslane. Pkt $2.50MUSTARD GREENS- SOUTHERN GIANT CURLED#OG110 (B. juncea) Large, upright plants with crum-pled leaves that have a delicious mustard taste;slow to bolt and very easy to grow. An old heirloomfrom the Southern US; makes a mighty swell mess ofgreens. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $6.00PEPPER CRESS #OG113 (Lepidium sativum)Spicy, peppery taste, similar to water cress in flavor;ready for snacking in just 2 weeks. Can be grown on awindowsill; perfect in salads. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $8.00RED ORACH #OG1034’-10’ tall and bright red. Beautiful and tasty additionto salads. Related to Lambs Quarters. Lovely! Pkt (150seeds)$2.00 or 1 oz $12.00SALAD BURNET #OG105Tasty in salads, great cucumber-like flavor. Pkt $1.25WILD ROCKET ARUGULA #OG107Has a more pungent taste than regular arugula;leaves are deeply lobed. An Italian favorite. Pkt $2.00WRINKLED CRINKLED CRESS #OG111(Lepidium sativum) A very crinkled and ruffled gardencress, attractive for salads and popular with chefs; quiteflavorful. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $10.00“When tillage begins, other arts follow.The farmers, therefore, are the foundersof human civilization.” -Daniel Webster Miner’s Lettuce 52
  • 53. Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) Here’s a cabbage-relative Carentan Leek with a difference: the main crop is the stem, which has been selected over the centuries to grow as an oblate sphere, about the size of an apple. Well grown, this stem is juicy and crisp, and tastes similar to a cabbage heart. The leaves are edible too, especially when young. This crop tolerates heat better than most cabbage rela- tives, and can be grown straight through the sum- mer in most areas of the country. EARLY WHITE VIENNA #KL102 This old variety is about the same as the purple, ex- cept these have pale green skin; mild and tasty. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.50 EARLY PURPLE VIENNA #KL101 Delicious, cabbage-flavored bulbs that grow above ground. Purple skin and sweet, white flesh; good cooked or raw. Kohlrabi makes a real staple crop with high yields; cold hardy. A pre-1860 heirloom. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.50 A blooming Kohlrabi SUPERSCHMELZ OR GIANT WHITE #KL103 60-70 days—Spectacular light green kohlrabi makes the largest bulb of any variety, up to 10 inches Russian Red Kale across, and weighing up to 10 LB! Yet the flesh is ten- der and never gets fibrous. Requires a very rich soil and plenty of space to reach gigantic proportions. Pkt (400 seeds) $2.75 Kale (Brassica oleracea) 250 seeds per packet. Kale may be the hardiest of the cabbage kin. It excels in cold weather, tasting best after frost has kissed the tender, succulent leaves, and making moder- ate growth whenever there is even a slight warm spell. Start in containers indoors or direct seed in the garden in late June. May also be sown in- doors for early spring planting. Kale thrives in rich soil, heavy on organic matter, and moisture- retentive but well drained. BLUE CURLED SCOTCH #KA101 Compact plants yield tender, blue-green, crinkled leaves that are quite delicious; very cold-hardy, and rich in vitamin A. Pkt $1.75 DWARF SIBERIAN #KA102 This tasty Russian variety produces leaves that are only slightly frilled and of top quality. 16” plants are very hardy and productive. Pkt $1.75 leaves that have a violet cast in cool weather. In Leek ORNAMENTAL FRINGED MIX #KA104 This lovely mix contains pretty shades of pink, pur- cool weather, they excel, being very cold-hardy. This good-sized variety is finely flavored and a favorite of ple, and white. Contrasts nicely with the deep green European gourmet gardeners and chefs, but hard to outer leaves. Also known as Flowering Kale, the (Allium ampeloprasum) 400 seeds per pkt. Onion- find in this country. Pkt $2.25 plants look like huge frilly flowers. The leaves make a relative that does require a long season, but is BULGARIAN GIANT #LK103 superb garnish and are good as cooked greens. Best otherwise very easy to grow. Start the tiny seeds A long thin leek of the best quality; light green grown as a fall plant because colors are more intense indoors in early spring, setting out anytime after leaves. Fine autumn variety that is popular in Eu- in cool weather. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 the hard frosts are gone—seedlings can tolerate a few degrees of frost with no difficulty. Give leeks rope. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 RUSSIAN RED or RAGGED JACK #KA103 50 days CARENTAN #LK101 Very tender and mild, a pre-1885 heirloom variety. the richest possible soil. As the plants start to be- come really large, earth up soil or mulch, covering Long, thick (2” across), vigorous, and fast growing; Oak-type leaves have a red tinge, and stems are a delicate, deliciously mild flavor; great fresh or cooked. purplish-red. One of our favorite kales. Great flavor. the stems, which then blanch or turn white, which is considered to improve the flavor. Mulched leeks The Carentan leek was mentioned by Vilmorin in 1885. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $8.00 do tolerate cooler autumn weather but should be An old European favorite that is becoming rare. Very lifted and stored before bitter cold arrives. adaptable and yields are good. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00 GIANT MUSSELBURGH #LK102 “Globalized industrialized food AUTUMN GIANT #LK106 Autumn Giant types are grown traditionally An heirloom that was introduced in 1834 near Ed- is not cheap: it is too costly for throughout Western Europe. Fine-flavored, mid- season variety for harvest through autumn. Leaves inburgh, Scotland. Large, very thick stems; tasty mild flavor. Grows well in most locations; perfect for the Earth, for the farmers, for have a medium-green color; broad white shank is of home or market. This old favorite has huge size and is very winter hardy. Pkt $2.00 medium length. Stands in winter in milder climates, our health.” harvest by December elsewhere. Pkt $2.00 -Vandana Shiva BLEU DE SOLAISE #LK105 “Though an old man I am but a young53 A 19th-century French leek with deep blue-green gardener.” -Thomas Jefferson
  • 54. with big, wavy, green leaves. This lettuce has been DE PIERRE BENITE #LT141Lettuce grown in France for many years. Pkt (50 seeds) $2.00 BRUNE D’HIVER #LT139(Lactuca sativa) An Old World crop, appreciated Compact, hardy, French butterhead-type lettuce that A popular European crisphead lettuce with large, pale green, curled leaves; it is still grown commercial- ly, although it is believed to pre-date 1885. Pkt $1.75since ancient times, that requires cool­ r tempera- was introduced in 1855. Crunchy green leaves are e FLAME #LT113 60 daystures to grow really well. Sow in place in the gar- blushed in reddish-brown color. Plants require little A unique red leaf lettuce that is great for the newden as early in spring as soil may be worked— space when growing and are perfect for fall plant- high-class markets. The color is intense crimson-seeds sprout and grow whenever mild weather ings. Hard to find in America. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $12.00 red and is slow to bolt. Introduced in 1988. Pkt (50 CELTUCE #LT147 Seeds) $2.50predominates. Or start indoors and set out accli- A very unique lettuce. Grown for its celery-like stem FORELLENSCHLUSS #LT104 60 daysmated seedlings 2-4 weeks before last frost date. that is tasty raw or cooked, the leaves can also be Old Austrian heirloom; the name means “speckled like aSuccession plant lettuce for a continual crop, but used as greens. High in vitamin C, introduced from trout.” A superb, gorgeous romaine lettuce that is highlyavoid long days and heat of early-mid summer. China in the 1840’s. Pkt $2.00 splashed in deep red. Very beautiful and tasty. Pkt $2.00May be grown right through the winter where the CHADWICK’S RODAN #LT137weather is mild, or under row cover, cold frames, This variety was developed by the legendary Alan or 1 oz $7.50etc. Lettuce is healthy and rich in Vitamins A & C. Chadwick, the English leader of the organic move- GENTILINA #LT130250 seeds per pkt. Lovely, bright green, frizzled, leafy heads that are ment in the early 1900’s. Green, loose-leaf heads are very ruffled. Good resistance to bolting. TenderAMISH DEER TONGUE #LT125 50 days tinged in bright red. They are quite compact andMedium-green, triangular leaves are perfect for perfect for small gardens. We are delighted to of- leaves are first rate in salads; an extra fine Italian va-baby salad greens. It forms loose, upright heads and fer a historical lettuce that is also quite tasty. Pkt (50 riety. Pkt $1.50is slow to bolt. A popular variety with many heirloom seeds) $2.00 GOTTE JAUNE D’ OR #LT142growers. The old favorite of the Amish. Pkt $2.50 This 19th century heirloom is also called Golden CIMMARON #LT122 65 days Tennis Ball. It produces very small, light green, looseASIAN RED #LT124 Very nice, deep red, romaine-type heads; good re-Lovely, bright red leaves; edges are frilled. A loose- sistance to bolting. Crisp, juicy texture and delicious heads that are very tender and produce very early.leaf variety that is perfect for salads. Pkt $2.00 Makes a great spring variety that is sure to delight flavor. This heirloom dates from the 18th century. your taste buds. Pkt $2.25BIG BOSTON (Laitue Lorthois) #LT106 Pkt $2.00First offered in this country by Peter Henderson & Co. CRACOVIENSIS #LT136 HENDERSON’S BLACK-SEEDED SIMPSON #LT108in 1890. Originally from France, it was renamed Big A beautiful, tender and sweet leaf-lettuce with 60 days. Introduced in the 1870’s by Peter Hender-Boston by Henderson. A heading-type that is large, bright green leaves that are tipped in purple. This son & Co. Sweet and tender leaves, light yellow-tender, and good for salads. Pkt $2.00 green; very popular. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $6.00 pre-1885 variety was referred to by Vilmorin as “Red ICEBERG #LT110BLONDE DU CAZARD #LT135 Celtuce” as it is sometimes used for the bolting stemAn enormous French butterhead type; up to 12” across which is tender and light pink. Pkt $2.50 Compact, medium-large heads, very crisp. Intro- duced in 1894. The classic American lettuce. Low Cimmaron Forellenschluss Lollo Rossa 54
  • 55. nutrition. Pkt $1.50 MIGNONETTE BRONZE #LT111 60 days Vilmorin’s Vegetable Garden Book from 1885. Red LITTLE GEM #LT116 50 days Excellent for hot and tropical weather, slow to bolt; and green leaves; turns a deeper shade of red in cold Very small, green, romaine-type. One of the very frilled leaves, bronze-green heads. A superb type for weather. Pkt $2.00 best-tasting lettuces. A superb heat-tolerant variety the hot parts of the country. This heirloom was intro- ROUGE GRENOBLOISE #LT129 that is sure to please! Pkt $2.25 or 1 oz $5.00 or 1/4 duced in 1898. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $8.00 Beautiful red-tinted Batavian (Crisphead) lettuce; lb $12.95 OAK LEAF #LT109 60 days the heads have excellent flavor. Very cold-hardy LOLLO BIONDA #LT143 Introduced in 1771 by the French company Vilmorin. and slow to bolt, these are vigorous-growing plants; One of the prettiest lime-green varieties I have seen; The tasty leaves are somewhat the same shape as an great producers. This fine, old lettuce comes from the shiny-green sister of Lollo Rosso. This variety also oak leaf; very hardy. Pkt $1.50 France. Pkt $2.00 has extremely frizzy, crinkled and compact leaves. OUTREDGEOUS #LT148 New! SUNSET #LT112 60 days Tender and so tasty. A real standard in fresh Euro- Quite possibly the reddest lettuce variety known! Super deep, beautiful red! A great variety for home pean salads. Pkt $2.00 Harvest as a leaf lettuce or allow to grow until the and market growers alike. An excellent leaf-type that LOLLO ROSSA #LT127 60 days loose, Romaine-type heads develop—either way, it was the AAS winner in 1987, but has since become Very curled leaves are light green with stunning bright red edges. Mild and tasty. A most beautiful lends an “outrage” of red to salads or sandwiches. So rare. Pkt $2.00 lettuce, superb for market. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.50 pretty in the garden, too! Another Frank Morton se- TANGO #LT117 50 days MASCARA #LT131 65 days lection. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 The leaves look like endive with their deeply-cut, crin- Wow! This lettuce is stunning with its mascara-red, PARRIS ISLAND COS #LT101 70 days kled appearance and dark green color. The tangy fla- frilly, oak-shaped leaves that keep their color in A tasty romaine-type. Uniform heads are pale vor makes this lettuce a winner in salads. Very uniform warm weather. One of the brightest and most beau- cream-green inside, and the outside is dark green. loose-leaf type. Pkt $2.00 tiful oak-shaped types on the market. Developed in Developed around 1949; named after Parris Island, TOM THUMB   #LT102 60 days Holland. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 off the East coast. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $7.00 An heirloom lettuce that dates to the 1850’s. It MAY QUEEN #LT118 60 days PETITE ROUGE #LT119 makes small cabbage-like green heads, only 3”-4” Early-maturing butterhead lettuce for the earliest An exciting, true baby red romaine! This cute spe- across. Very tasty, a winner for classy markets! Pkt spring plantings. Pale green heads are tinged with red, cialty lettuce is hardy and easy to grow in many cli- $1.50 or 1/4 lb $7.50 and the sweet, pale yellow hearts have a pink blush to mates. A hard-to-find variety. Pkt $2.50 Did you know that Thomas them. A wonderful 19th-century heirloom. Pkt $2.00 RED ROMAINE #LT115 or 1/4 lb $7.50 Delicious, flavorful lettuce brings color and zest to MERVEILLE DES QUATRE SAISONS #LT107 48 days salads. The red coloring develops best in cool weath- Jefferson grew 19 varieties A pre-1885 French heirloom; crisp and tender. The er. A good variety for specialty markets. Pkt $2.00 fine-flavored leaves have a reddish color. It is be- ROUGE D’HIVER #LT105 60 days of lettuce in his garden? coming popular again. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $7.00 Heirloom, red romaine-type from France. Listed in55 Amish Deer Tongue Mascara Black Seeded Simpson
  • 56. David Leroy Kaiser eatingthe delicious “Pear” melon! 56
  • 57. rare. The fruit have netted skin and light green flesh that my all-time favorite honeydew type. Sugary flesh Melon (Cucumis melo) We have heirloom melons that is firm, sweet, and highly perfumed. Productive plants can be trained up a trellis. Pkt $3.00 ANNE ARUNDEL AML124 83 days is so flavorful and rich. This variety is a dream for market growers and will command high prices with gourmets and chefs alike! It was listed in Vilmorin’s can mature in almost any climate. Try some of This pre-1800 Maryland heirloom has flavorful green book, The Vegetable Garden, in 1885 but it is very these sweet & juicy varieties this year and enjoy flesh, with a tinge of orange in the middle. This rare now. Let’s make this variety a market favorite a taste trip into your past... enjoy the flavor! 25-50 melon was once grown by farmers in Anne Arundel again! Pkt $3.00 seeds per pkt. County but has nearly vanished in the last hundred BURRELL’S JUMBO #AML127 80 days AFGHAN HONEYDEW #OML120 years. It is depicted in many works of the famous Very delicious old variety from the D.V. Burrell Seed This delicious melon is grown in the high moun- Peale family of painters. William Woys Weaver redis- Co. An improved selection of Hale’s Best, these mel- tain valleys, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Recently covered this wonderful variety in 1992. Pkt $3.00 ons have salmon-orange flesh that is very sweet; brought back from that ancient country, it measures BANANA #AML113 90 days perfect for home or market. Pkt $1.50 about 8” long and is football-shaped. The skin is Banana-shaped fruit; smooth, yellow skin; and sweet, ESCONDIDO GOLD #AML158 netted and the flesh is green, crispy, and sweet. Pkt spicy, salmon-colored flesh. 16”-24” long, 5-8 lbs. It was Huge fruit have grown up to 18 lbs, oblong with $3.00 listed in 1885 by J. H. Gregory’s Catalogue, which said, bright yellow rind. Flesh is soft, sweet and very fra- ASHKAHABAD #OML131 New! “When ripe it reminds one of a large, overgrown ba- grant; these are known for great taste. At one time 80 days. A honeydew type that holds well after pick- nana... It smells like one, having a remarkably powerful this was a popular market melon at several of Cali- ing. The smooth skin is golden, the crisp flesh is and delicious fragrance.” This is one of my all-time favor- fornia’s markets. Pkt $2.50 green and has a rich, sweet flavor. A heavy producer ites, being very sweet and great for specialty markets. Pkt EDISTO 47 #AML106 90 days of 8-10 lb fruits. Named for a city in Turkmenistan, in $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 Deep salmon-colored flesh; fine flavor and hard rind; Central Asia, which is noted for its incredible diver- BIDWELL CASABA #AML147 95 days 4 1/2 lbs. Excellent for hot, humid conditions; great sity of indigenous melon types. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.75 This melon was grown by General John Bidwell, for home gardens or market. Pkt $1.50 AMARILLO ORO #ML101 100 days who received his seed stock from the USDA in 1869. CANOE CREEK COLOSSAL #AML152 New! Beautiful, golden-yellow, oblong fruit grow to 15 lbs He was a soldier in the Civil War and also became Big, beautiful melons can reach 20 lbs, making this and have sweet, creamy-white flesh. A pre-1870 Euro- a US senator. He grew this melon in Chico, Califor- one of the largest types you can grow. Oblong fruit pean heirloom winter type. Good shipper. Pkt $2.00 nia. It produces massive fruits that weigh about 16 have a yellow ring with some green mottling. Flesh ANANAS #AML102 100 days lbs each and are football-shaped. The orange flesh is sweet, soft and orange. A great-tasting variety Sweet and juicy white flesh. A rare white muskmelon; is sweet and creamy. Dr. Amy Goldman says “tastes that was introduced by Seed Savers Exchange. Grow fruit are around 5 lbs. An old 1800’s heirloom. Pkt $2.00 like heavenly orange sherbet,” in her book Melons these if you want to produce giant melon contest or 1/4 lb $8.00 for the Passionate Grower. Pkt $2.75 winners! Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 ANANAS D’AMERIQUE A CHAIR VERT #AML110 BOULE D’OR #ML106 CASABA - GOLDEN BEAUTY #OML113 110 days This historic heirloom was grown by Thomas Jefferson (Golden Perfection) Very sweet, pale green flesh is A quality Casaba type. In 1927, Burrell’s said it was in 1794. It was offered commercially in the USA in 1824, just marvelous. Lovely yellow fruit have a unique, the finest of Casabas. Very sweet white flesh, tough and it was illustrated in color in France in 1854 in the lacy netting and look like a work of art. This was one golden rind, and a good keeper. It can be stored well Vilmorin Album. This wonderful variey has become very of our top melons in our 2003 trials, truly incredible; into the winter! Pkt $2.00 Riddle57
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  • 60. CAVAILLON ESPAGNOL #ML122 New!Large, oblong, green fruits are filled with delicious Delice de la Tablegreen flesh. A very rare and old melon, was listedin 1893 in Haage & Schmidt’s catalog in Erfurt, Ger-many, also listed by the Vilmorin’s of France earlier inthe 1800’s. A rare find that is rich and sweet. Pkt $2.50CHARENTAIS #ML114 85 daysA famous superb heirloom French melon–super sweetand very fragrant. Light grey-green skin, smooth round2-to 3-lb fruit, bright orange flesh. These are top sellers athigh-dollar markets. This was my favorite melon in 2003.I just love the sweet flesh that is so firm. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz$7.00 or or 1/4 lb $18.00COBAN ORANGE FLESH #AML146 New!We originally collected this orange-fleshed melon inthe beautiful Guatemalan mountain town of Coban inDecember 2005. It has medium-sized fruits with sweet,fragrant flesh that is juicy and flavorful. A really nicemelon! Pkt $2.50COLLECTIVE FARM WOMAN #OML11080-85 days—This heirloom from Ukraine was col-lected in 1993 by Seed Savers Exchange. Very popu-lar on the peninsula of Krim in the Black Sea. Melonsripen to a yellowish gold, and the white flesh has avery high sugar content; a favorite among heirloomgardeners and market growers alike. Ripens early,even in Russia, and tolerates comparatively coolsummers—known to do well in Canada. Pkt $2.50CRANE #AML130 85 daysThe famous California heirloom introduced in 1920 byOliver Crane, whose family has been farming near San-ta Rosa for six generations. Delicious Crenshaw-typemelons have pale orange flesh that is very sweet andfine flavored; green-skinned rind with orange spotswhen ripe. Fruit are 4 lbs each. Pkt $2.50CRENSHAW #AML107 105 daysLarge melons with wonderful, sweet flavor! A familyfavorite; grows best in warm, dry climates. Fruit areoval-shaped and green-yellow; salmon pink flesh.Good yields of delicious melons. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb$8.00CRENSHAW BLANCO #AML128 New! 110 days—An improved Crenshaw variety. Oval fruit EARLY SILVER LINE #OML116 75 days diana. It has been in his family for many years; origi-are about 5 lbs each and have a creamy white rind Beautiful, oval, yellow fruit have lovely silver stripes nally from Kentucky. This is a melon that would givewhen ripe; flesh is salmon pink, extra sweet, and of a and weigh 1-2 lbs. The white flesh is very crisp and any grower or eater pride! Pkt $3.00very fine flavor. Great for specialty markets and ship- sweet. This is a Korean type that was introduced by GOLDEN JENNY #AML133ping. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 Burpee’s and is one of the best. This one is a must for An outstanding golden meated version of JennyD’ALGER #ML103 melon enthusiasts and specialty growers alike. Very Lind”, developed by long time friend and the late,Another colorful ancient French Cantaloupe (pos- productive and quite early, a good choice for the master seed saver, Merl Neidens. Short vines just gosibly from Africa); it is definitely one of the oldest. North and fun for kids to grow. Pkt $2.50 wild producing these succulent, sweet 2 lb. beauties.Ribbed fruit are dark green (almost black) with silver EDENS GEM (ROCKY FORD GREEN-FLESHED) Give this one a try at upscale markets. Early and pro-splashes. As they get ripe, they turn yellow with near #AML109 ductive. Pkt $2.50red splashes. The flesh is highly perfumed and very 90 days. An old heirloom variety, from 1881. This old- GOLDEN CRISPY #OML133 New!smooth and creamy, but the flavor tends to be bland. timer is still a popular green flesh muskmelon, with a Commercial variety that was discontinued in the earlyCompact vines; quality French seed from Bruno De- heavily-netted rind and smooth, sweet-flavored flesh. 1980’s. Small, oblong to pear-shaped fruits weigh aboutfay. Pre-1800 Heirloom. $2.75 Fruits weigh 2-3 lbs. A good keeper; has firm flesh. From a half-pound. Smooth golden skin enclose incrediblyDELICE DE LA TABLE #ML118 Colorado. Pkt $2.00 sweet, uniquely aromatic white flesh. We are excited toA pre-1885 French heirloom that was listed in the French EMERALD GEM #AML120 85 days be able to re-introduce this worthwhile variety that wasbook The Vegetable Garden. The name of this beautiful An heirloom introduced by Burpee’s in 1886. It was almost lost. Pkt. $3.00old variety translated means “Delight of the Table”. A very popular for years, but now it has become rare. GREEN MACHINE #AML134 85 daysvery hard-to-find, almost unheard-of variety that is quite The fruit have green rinds and luscious, sweet, orange Vigorous, compact vines, produce green-fleshedtasty. Pkt $3.00 flesh; 2 1/2 lbs each. Pkt $2.50 2-lb melons at an incredible rate! This delicious,DELICIOUS 51 #AML108 GAÚCHO #AML143 sweet variety is really amazing! A true improvement4-5 lbs, round-oval muskmelon, salmon-orange A beautiful melon having a golden rind with deep in melons bred by the late, Merl Neidens, a master ofsweet flesh. A popular home garden variety; early. ribs; creamy-yellow flesh is very aromatic and juicy. heritage gardening and plant selection. His variet-Pkt $1.50 Fruit is about 14” long and 8” wide, and it is one of ies always receive rave reviews from our customers.EARLY HANOVER #AML132 75 days the most popular home garden varieties in Brazil. Superb taste. Pkt 3.00Luscious, small 2 to 3-lb green-fleshed melons are Pkt $2.50 GREEN NUTMEG #AML114 83 daysbursting with sweetness. This was a famous melon GINGER’S PRIDE #AML141 95 days Fearing Burr said in 1863, “The Nutmeg Melon has longat the turn of the 20th century and was introduced The largest melon we carry. Huge, oblong fruit aver- been in cultivation, and is almost everywhere to beby T.W. Woods & Sons of Richmond, Virginia, in 1895. age 14-22 lbs each! The skin is green, turning yellow- found in the vegetable garden... It is of most deliciousPick just before the melons freely slip from the vines ish when ripe. The flesh is very sweet, melting, and excellence... one of the best.” It is a medium-sized green-for best flavor. This is a great variety to add to your of excellent quality. The vines set heavy yields. This fleshed melon that has a heavily-netted skin and rich, variety was sent to us by a retired minister from In- sweet, delicious flesh; heavy aroma. Pkt $2.50 60home garden or market stand; heavy yields. Pkt $2.50
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  • 63. HALE’S BEST 45 #AML101 85 days KAZAKH OML103 we have obtained from France’s best collectors. This A popular heirloom developed around 1920 by a At last, we once again have a supply of this hard-to- one was developed from “noir Des Carmes” and was Japanese market grower in California. Sweet, smooth, find mini-melon that has a high sugar content and is mentioned by Vilmorin in 1904. The fruit are gener- orange flesh. A good flavored muskmelon. Pkt $1.50 finely flavored. The one- to two-pound green fruits ally oblong in shape. Dark green rinds get golden as HEALY’S PRIDE #AML153 turn golden when ripe. This variety is early, resistant the fruit ripens. These are very sweet and have or- A big, pretty, oblong melon with musky-sweet orange to drought, and a good climber, making it a great ange flesh; 4-8 lb. in weight. Rare. Pkt $3.00 flesh; Heavily netted and up to 15 lbs in size. This mel- choice for many. An ancient type of melon from cen- OKA MELON (BIZARD ISLAND STRAIN) #AML154 on was developed by E.J. Healy of St. Francisville, IL. It tral Asia, collected in Kazakhstan, and once offered This was a popular melon in Canada’s Montreal re- is a great melon for most of the Midwest, and was in- by by the Gurney Seed Company, of Yankton, South gion in the 1920’s and 1930’s. It was grown in Mon- troduced in 1952. High-quality flesh with a great taste Dakota. $3.00 treal’s rich soil before disappearing from catalogs, makes for some great eating. Pkt $2.25 MANGO MELON OR VINE PEACH #OML115 only to be discovered many years later, still being HEARTS OF GOLD (HOODOO) #AML115 85 days The 3” fruit are the size of a peach, with a yellow rind grown on Bizard Island in Quebec. Developed about An orange-fleshed muskmelon dating back to around and bland white flesh. This variety was very popular 1912 by a Trappist monk at La Trappe, Quebec. In 1890. Quality 2 to 3-lb netted fruit, with firm, sweet, tasty in Victorian times for making sweet pickles, pies, and 1932 Dupuy & Ferguson, seedsmen and nurserymen flesh. One of the first “modern type” melons, it was once preserves. Developed in China and introduced into of Montreal, said “The colour is a beautiful cream, very popular. Pkt $2.50 America in the 1880s. In the Orient this type of melon with a bright salmon flesh that is very thick and well HONEYDEW - ORANGE FLESH #AML104 98 days is pickled. Pkt $2.50 netted. The most delicious, sweet and juicy melon. It Light green, smooth skin; orange flesh. An orange- MELON DE LUNEVILLE #ML123 New! is of strong habit, a fine setter. The Oka melon is the fleshed version of the regular Honeydew; tasty. Pkt 85 days—Historic old French melon from the charm- result of years of patient and intelligent selection $2.00 or 1/4 lb $9.00 ing town of Luneville. Fruits are round to oval or occa- from the product of Montreal Market crossed with a HONEYDEW - TAM DEW #AML103 100 days sionally oblate, lightly ribbed, and weigh in at 1.5 to 4 red-fleshed variety.” Indeed it is very sweet and fla- Beautiful, ivory-green fruit, deep green; very sweet pounds. Skin is sometimes slightly netted and comes vorful, being a good melon for the North. Pkt $2.50 flesh, with classic Honeydew flavor! A superb variety. in varying combinations of light to dark green, in un- OLD GREEK #ML124 New! Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $8.00 usual patterns. The orange flesh is sweet and juicy. 90 days. This unusual melon came to the US with HONEY ROCK #AML105 80 days Reputed cold tolerance make this a melon to try in Greek immigrants in the early 20th century, who An early heirloom melon; 3-4 lbs. Thick, sweet, firm cooler climates. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.75 settled in Utah to work mining jobs there. Slightly deep salmon-colored flesh; good yields of quality METKI DARK GREEN SERPENT MELON (ARMENIAN) oblong, netted fruits vary quite a bit in size, attaining fruit. An AAS winner for 1933. Good size for an early #OML104 10 lbs in really good conditions. The orange flesh is melon. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $8.00 65 days. An ancient heirloom, introduced from Ar- very sweet. Ripe fruits keep fairly well. Pkt $3.00 INDIAN CREAM COBRA #OML134 New! menia into Italy as far back as the 1400’s. It is a mel- OLD TIME TENNESSEE #AML142 Here’s a really unusual variety from Australia, with a on, but is used like a cucumber; picked small (18” An old favorite of mine. Produces huge, oblong mel- distinctive flavor and aroma. The elongated fruits are or less), it is very mild and tasty, but the fruits can ons that weigh 12-14 lbs and have a deeply creased smooth-skinned; the skin splits and peels back when grow to over 3’ long! Easy to grow, and good yields; it rind. Their orange flesh is superior, being loaded the fruits are fully ripe. Some say this resembles a Co- should be planted in more gardens. Pkt $2.50 with unique fruity undertones and a sweetness not bra’s hood! The flesh is pinkish and unusually dry, and METKI PAINTED SERPENT MELON #OML105 often found in modern melons. High sugar content. is often used to flavor homemade ice cream Down Very long fruit with dark green and pale green Fragile melons are not good keepers but are winners Under. Pkt $3.50 stripes; excellent flavor. A rare Armenian-type cu- with gourmet foodies. This old Tennessee heirloom INEYA #OML125 cumber that is actually a melon. Very unique and a was almost lost to modern gardens. Pkt $3.00 80 days. A variety from the former Soviet Union that great-selling item at farmers’ markets everywhere. ORAN’S MELON #AML136 85 days we are very pleased to offer! Uniform, 6-to 8- inch fruit Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.00 A local heirloom from the Missouri Ozarks that has in a smooth-skinned, hard, golden rind have white to METKI WHITE SERPENT MELON #OML106 been grown by the Oran Ball family for over 55 years. very pale cream-colored flesh, crunchy yet juicy. The The light green Armenian cucumber that is bo- Large 6 to 8-lb fruit are netted and ribbed, the flesh is a flavor is positively outstanding, like a honeydew in tanically a melon; sweeter and crisper than regular rich orange color, and the flavor is very good. Excellent flavor, with overtones of mulberry or banana. Pkt (15 cukes, pick when under 18” for best taste. Delicious for the Midwest region. Pkt $2.50 seeds) $2.50 and easy to grow. Try selling all three colors of our ORLINABEL #ML121 IROQUOIS #AML125 85 days Metki Serpents at your specialty market for a real Rare, Charantais-type melon having green flesh Large 5 to 7-lb fruit, thick deep-orange flesh, of good sensation! Pkt $2.50 and attractive yellow tracery on the skin. The slight- quality. This melon is very good for the Midwest and MINNESOTA MIDGET #AML140 70 days ly elongated fruits are very sweet, reaching 2-3 Northeast. Developed by Dr. Munger of Cornell Uni- This very small, very early heirloom was introduced pounds, and the vines are very productive. Appar- versity, 1944. Pkt $2.00 in Minnesota in 1948. They have sweet, orange flesh, ently selected in 1973 and reputed to carry some JAKE’S #AML137 100 days measure just 4” across, and are perfect miniature ver- fusarium wilt tolerance. Pkt $3.00 A unique-looking old heirloom that has flavorful, sions of the “Classic Muskmelon.” Compact 3’-4’ vines PEAR #AML145 90 days yellow-orange flesh. The rind is tan with orange and produce good yields. I fondly remember these as the Football-shaped fruit have wonderfully fragrant, gray spots; rather large in size. Pueblo tribe mem- only melons our family could get to ripen in Charlo, sweet orange flesh that has a delicate flavor. This heir- bers say that this melon closely resembles the ex- Montana, about 20-some-years ago. Pkt $2.25 loom from the Northwest pre-dates 1900. Pkt $2.50 tinct, Native American variety called “Snake in the MISSOURI GOLD AML150 PETIT GRIS DE RENNES #ML104 85 days Shed.” Pkt $2.50 A very old heirloom from Southern Missouri, which Dense, 2-lb fruit have orange flesh that is superbly JENNY LIND #AML117 80 days has been in one Missouri family since Civil War times. sweet, flavorful, and perfumed. This variety is early and This fine melon dates back to the 1840’s and was This variety was given to an Illinois seed corn grower well adapted to cool climates. The fruit weigh around 2 sold by many of the seed companies of that day. It in the 1970s, who has preserved it ever since. This is a lbs and have a grey-green rind. This fine French variety was named for the famous singer, Jenny Lind, “The very rare variety, with 2-3 lb fruit, sweet, orange flesh is of the best quality and is the favorite melon of the Swedish Nightingale.” This wonderful 1- to 2-lb tur- and good yields. A real old-time hillbilly variety that French melon expert and author Bruno Defay. Rare in ban-shaped melon is very sweet and has light green, we are very pleased to offer. Pkt $3.00 the USA. One of our most-requested market melons, delicious flesh. It is becoming popular again with NOIR DES CARMES #ML109 80 days specialty growers love them because they command those who try it! Pkt $2.50 A beautiful and rare heirloom from France, the fa- top prices! We continue to receive rave reviews about KANSAS #AML123 mous “Black Rock” melon preserved by the Carmelite this melon, which is surely one of the best Charentais 90 days A very rare heirloom from Kansas; the vines monks. It was mentioned by Mawe & Abercrombie types. Pkt $3.50 or 1 oz $9.00 are vigorous and the yield is great; oval-shaped, in 1787. Nearly black in color, the fruit turns orange PIEL DE SAPO (TOAD SKIN) #ML113 110 days ridged and netted fruit. The flesh is orange and has as it ripens. They are deeply ribbed and have smooth Oval, 8”-long fruit, and skin that’s mottled green and exceptional flavor, very delicious! A very depend- skin. The flesh is orange in color, thick, flavorful, and yellow, somewhat like a toad’s skin. Sweet, white able variety, the fruit weigh around 4 lbs. One of our perfumed. Excellent and unusual. The fruit weigh flesh has a very good taste; one of the earlier ma- most endangered varieties and also one of the best. about 3-6 lbs each. Pkt $2.75 turing winter melons, but still rather late. Very rare; Perfect for farmers’ markets. Pkt $2.50 OBUS OR KROUMIR #ML111 from Spain. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.5063 90 days. Another of the true French cantaloups that
  • 64. Rich Sweetness 132PLANTER’S JUMBO #AML126 85 days in your home or market garden. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 SWAN LAKE #OML124Thick, sweet, orange flesh; fruit are over 4 lbs. A RIDDLE #OML127 New! A small and beautiful honeydew type. This varietygood variety for drought or heavy rainfall. Popular Unique little melons weigh about 1 lb and are has superb, sweet melting flesh that ranges in colormarket melon, makes a good shipper. Pkt $1.75 mostly egg-shaped. They vary in color from white to from white to pale salmon. Attractive fruit are per-PLUM GRANNY or QUEEN ANNE’S POCKET caramel-brown and green. Flesh is white, sweet and fect for marketing, or for the home gardener who#OML114 75 days. Beautiful, ornamental fruit are flavorful. A fun little variety that have some variation wants a great 2-3 lb melon. Pretty, smooth yellowyellow with deep orange stripes and only 2”-3” long! in fruit shape. Developed in the former Soviet Union. skin. Pkt $2.50They are grown for their wonderful fragrance! These Pkt (15 seeds) $2.00 SWEET PASSION #AML149melons were very popular in Victorian gardens and RUGOSO DI COSENZA #ML108 An Ohio heirloom that has been grown since the 1920’s.have been our most requested melon. Bland flavor. A beautiful “Amarillo Oro”-type melon from Italy. It is According to legend, the sweet orange flesh is said toPkt $2.50 a good late-season market variety, with sugary-sweet cause a state of passion if eaten straight from the gar-PRESCOTT FOND BLANC #ML102 70 days white flesh and a bright-golden rind with ridges; hard den on a moonlit summer night. It has succulent fleshThe most unique and beautiful French melon we sell! The to find here. Pkt $2.00 that is very sweet, aromatic and very finely flavored.fruit is 4-9 lbs, very flattened and ribbed, with warts and SAKATA’S SWEET #OML102 85 days Fruits weigh 3-4 lbs and are produced on vines thatbumps. Melons have grey-green skin turning straw color; A favorite Asian variety of Dr. Amy Goldman, author have some drought and wilt resistance. Pkt $2.50flesh is salmon-orange. Once one of the best-known mel- of Melons for the Passionate Grower. These small 3”-4” TENDRAL VERDE TARDIF #ML117ons, it was mentioned in the 1860’s, but it likely is much round melons are very sweet with a high sugar con- Oblong melons with a dark green rind and sweetolder. The flavor is very rich if picked at perfection, and the tent. Oriental varieties open a whole new dimension white flesh. A popular winter melon variety in Eu-fragrance is heavenly. This is a favorite melon of mine, al- to melons as they are amazingly different. Crisp and rope, but rare here. Very late. Pkt $2.00most unheard of in this country. Pkt $2.75 or 1 oz $8.50 crunchy­ they have edible skins. Their small size and – THAI GOLDEN ROUND #OML121 New! RAMPICANTE ZUCCHERINO #ML126 New! light, golden rind make them very attractive. This fine The plants are extremely productive, and did well80 days. The name means “climbing sugar melon.” Japanese variety was developed by Sakata’s Seed Co., here in our climate. The big 6-lb fruit look like glow-Traditionally grown on trellis or other support, but of Yokohama. This is a must for marketing. They are ing orange pumpkins. One of the most unusual andmay be left to creep along the soil’s surface. Fruits in high demand by melon lovers and command top attractive melons we’ve ever grown. The green fleshrun 2 to 2 ½ lbs. Sweet salmon-to-orange flesh. A prices! Rare and colorful. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $10.00 is sweet and melting, and has a very unique tropicalfine Italian heirloom that is quite delicious. Pkt $2.75 SCHOON’S HARDSHELL AML129 taste, somewhat un-melonlike in flavor. This varietyRICH SWEETNESS 132 #OML126 Very large fruit have a hard, heavy and deeply ribbed adds a whole new category of melons to the US andIncredible little melons from the former Soviet rind; a very good shipper or home garden variety, is sure to be a favorite of gardeners who love diver-Union. The fruit are a beautiful red, striped with salmon flesh is very flavorful, spicy and unique. A sity. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.00golden yellow and weigh only about ¼ lb! The flesh New York heirloom that is a favorite of melon expert THAI LONG MUSKMELON #OML109is pure white and quite sweet. These have a very re- Dr. Amy Goldman. Pkt $2.00 (Tang Thai) Popular in Thailand, it is a medium-sizedfreshing taste and are very fragrant. They are perfect SMALL PERSIAN #OML112 110 days melon that is oblong in shape. The flesh is onlyfor single servings. These little melons are so much Rare, old-time melon with a sweet, bright orange slightly sweet. Young fruit are canned or pickled,fun and great for children’s gardens. The vines are flesh and a dark green rind. Distinctive flavor! The while mature fruit are used for making refreshingvery productive and produced all season long. One Persian melon has been offered in America for near- desserts. Excellent for hot, humid areas and the trop-of the best new varieties we’ve discovered in the last ly 200 years but traces it’s origins to ancient Persia ics. Collected in Thailand. Pkt $3.00few years. Try a few of these delicious little melons (Iran). Pkt $2.00 64
  • 65. THAI PAI SAI MUSKMELON #OML122 A beautiful and unusual melon collected in Thailand. Orlinabel The elongated fruit weigh 4-6 lbs, and are filled with whitish flesh that is bland and very soft and creamy in texture. This variety is used in several dishes in Thailand. Fruit are pretty with orange-striped skin, and plants are very productive. Pkt $2.00 TIGGER #OML107 90 days The most amazing looking melon we have grown. The fruit are vibrant yellow with brilliant fire-red, zig- zag stripes (a few fruit may be solid yellow), simply beautiful! They are also the most fragrant melons we have tried, with a rich, sweet, intoxicating aroma that will fill a room. The white flesh gets sweeter in dry cli- mates, mild tasting. Small in size, the fruits weigh up to 1 lb. The vigorous plants yield heavily, even in dry conditions. This heirloom came from an Armenian market located in a mountain valley. Pkt $3.50 TIP TOP #AML112 90 days Introduced by A.W. Livingston Seed Co. in 1892. This variety was discovered in a field of market melons by a gentleman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and he sent it to Livingston’s. Salmon-orange flesh is sweet and spicy. Pkt $3.00 UZBEK SWEETNESS #OML132 New! An early melon coming from Uzbekistan. The golden skin is nearly smooth, with only a hint of netting, no discernible ribbing; pure white, sugary-sweet flesh. Size runs from about 4 lb to an occasional 10 lb fruit. Pkt (10 Seeds) $2.50 VALENCIA WINTER MELON #ML115 An old-time melon listed by American seedsmen in the 1830’s but probably goes back much further; believed to come from Italy. Can keep four months into the winter. Very sweet cream-colored flesh, dark green skin; rare and delicious. Pkt $2.50 VERT GRIMPANT (GREEN CLIMBING) #ML116 A very old, green-fleshed French melon; can easily be grown on a trellis because the fruits are small, 1-2 lbs. Green Machine Fruit is slightly oblong, and the flesh is crisp and juicy. Makes a great cooking melon; keeps well. A very rare heirloom, French grown seed. Pkt $2.50 YELLOW CANARY #ML105 100 days An elongated-shaped melon with a deep yellow rind. Flesh is light green & very sweet and tasty. A favorite! Good yields. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $8.50 ZATTA #ML125 New! 80-85 days. Traditional variety of Italy, where it is called “Brutto ma Buono” The name translates to “ugly but good,” but it looks beautiful to us: 4-lbs. ribbed fruits in green to yellow. The flavor of the orange flesh is very sweet and rich. This melon was first described by Castelvetro in 1614; believed to have been grown by Thomas Jefferson as “Massa.” Pkt $3.00 “There seem to be but three ways for a na- tion to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is gener- ally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.” -Franklin, Benjamin65
  • 66. Crane Sakata’s Sweet Uzbek SweetIneya Pear Missouri GoldBanana 66
  • 67. The MELON PATCH Melons and watermelons are two related species in the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes squashes, gourds and By Randel A. Agrella cucumbers, and a host of lesser-known types like bitter melon, wax melon, and fuzzy gourd. Both are vining plants, although compact “bush” types do exist. Both require bees for pollination—and without pollination there can be no fruit. Both demand a relatively long, hot growing season. And both have been in cultivation for a mighty long time. Melons are known to botanists as Cucumis melo. They’ve been grown long enough to have developed into several distinctive groups. An appreciation of these groups goes a long way toward de-mystifying the seeming chaos of melon forms, types, and varieties. The Cantalupensis group is probably the most fa- A long & Vining road Watermelons come in round or oblong miliar to North American gardeners and includes Melons were cultivated in China and Iran 5000 form, and in sizes from two to 100-pound gi- cantaloupes, muskmelons and Persian melons. years ago, reaching Greece and Egypt a thousand ants like Kolb’s Gem or Carolina Cross, which has In shape they may be oval or round, sometimes years later, which is paradoxical given the sup- been documented to have reached 262 pounds! ribbed, ranging in size from less than a pound, posed African origin; some experts instead have Watermelon rinds vary greatly in thickness, and like Minnesota Midget, to truly colossal fruits like argued for initial domestication in western Asia. the flesh ranges from white to pink, red, orange Ginger’s Pride, which often tops 20 pounds! The Indeed, countries like Uzbekistan and Afghanistan and yellow. exterior of this group is usually netted, the flesh posses a stunning diversity of forms and types. usually orange but sometimes green, and the Grown, loved, and disseminated by the Romans, Today, many families prefer smaller sometimes aromatic fruits “slip” (detach from the melons were known throughout most of Europe by “icebox” types, which are certainly easier to fit stem) when ripe. the Middle Ages. In the Age of Discovery, melons into the fridge. Sugar Baby is a good one, being The Inodorus group includes honeydew, were transported along trade routes to the New round and weighing only a modest 6-10 pounds. crenshaws and Juan Canary, fruits may be oval World, where the native people quickly embraced But many folks still favor the larger types. Ali or round, are not netted, and do not “slip.” Their the new crop, recognizing its worth. Baba, recently introduced from Iraq, where tra- flesh is usually green or white, occasionally or- Melons are andromoecious plants, mean- ditional agriculture is particularly threatened, is ange, and not aromatic. ing that both perfect (“hermaphroditic”) and male a superb variety. Orangeglo is another favorite, The Flexuousus group includes Armenian flowers appear on the same plant. They do not with its superlatively sweet orange flesh. cucumber—long, thin, ribbed and often curled, cross with their close relative, the cucumber. Watermelon is eaten fresh, of course, not usually sweet, and usually eaten like a cucum- Watermelons, by contrast, are monoe- but has been used in a number of other ways: ber rather than a melon. cious (having separate male and female flowers, it is cooked as a vegetable in some African cui- The Conomon group includes Asian pick- but with both on a single plant). Botanists know wa- ling types—fruit is cylindrical and smooth with sines; the rind is often candied or pickled; the termelon plants as Citrullus lanatus. green, white or striped skin; flesh is white and Watermelons were domesticated in cen- sweet juice is fermented, or instead boiled down may be either bland or sweet. tral and southern Africa, where their ability to store into syrup in eastern Europe and the former So- And the Dudaim group boasts some of large quantities of water still makes them invalu- viet Union; the seeds are eaten in a variety of the most fragrant of all the clan, like Tigger and able as “living canteens.” They may have first been ways from the Middle East to China; the fruits Queen Anne’s Pocket melon, a single fruit of ei- cultivated in North Africa and southwestern Asia, can be fed to livestock. In the Kalahari desert ther of which can perfume an entire room with a and 5000 years ago were known to the Egyptians, (and, much later, in the American Southwest) the rich, heady aroma. And, like the newly introduced who depicted them in funerary art and left the fruits have been stockpiled to provide a source Rich Sweetness 132, they can be incredibly sweet seeds as offerings in tombs. But watermelons are of water in times of drought. and flavorful. The fruits are usually small, and relative newcomers in the rest of the world, reach- round to oval in shape. Their smooth skins can be ing India, southern Europe and China only about a ....................................... orange, green yellow or striped, sometimes gar- thousand years ago. Like melons, they were carried Melons from left to right: Charentais, Tigger, Green ishly so. early to the New World, and similarly the crop was67 quickly traded from one tribe to the next. Machine, Thai Golden Round, and Jenny Lind
  • 68. tach from the stem) when handled. Not much room for interpretation, there. But as indicated earlier, not all melons slip. If the variety being evaluated is an aromatic type, the fruits develop the strongest fragrance when fully ripe. But that’s only practical if the vines have been trained up a trellis—if the fruits are scat- tered upon the ground here and there, that musky fragrance is going to be hard to reach. Sometimes there will be a subtle color change. Browning of the stem may also be a guide. But Michigan market grower Roger Hall says “I don’t go by the vine.” Instead he offers another suggestion. He advises leaving the fruits on the vine until “the button on the end [meaning the small scar where the blossom originally was] is starting to get some play.” The blossom-end of the fruit will develop progressively more “give” the riper the melon gets. The situation with watermelons is just as delicate. Most growers agree that a reliable meth- od is to examine the tendril immediately opposite the fruit in question. If the tendril is brown and dry, the fruit is ripe. One commercial grower, Steve Florin of Dancing Bear Farm in southern Oregon, swears by this method. Do his customers ever com- plain of buying a not-so-sweet watermelon from him? “I haven’t had any,” Steve says. He adds that the method “seems to work. It has not failed. Yet.” Thumping the fruit is a time-honored tech- nique, and seems to work if you can tell a ring- ing sound from a hollow sound from a dull thud. Evidently many folks cannot, as a survey of writ- ten advice reveals. But apparently a hollow sound Uzbeck Sweetness is what you want to hear. Arkansas grower Don Greenland is a confirmed thumper, at least as an adjunct to checking for the brown tendril. “I’m not averse to thunking them,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t know whether that works or not, but it’s satis- fying to me!” Other market growers use still other cultivation with high summer rainfall, or where drainage is less methods. One, Gloria Dircks of Michigan, checks Being relatively closely related, both crops re- than ideal, raised beds may be the only way to for a browning of the stem (not the tendril). That,quire similar conditions: a frost-free environment, grow melons; Honey Rock is a variety that succeeds plus a yellowing of the shaded portion where therich soil, adequate drainage. Melons are espe- in such conditions where many others fail. Water- rind rests on the ground, is what Gloria looks for.cially sensitive to excessive moisture and are best melons appear less fussy as to soil. Both require a “I make sure the melon has a big yellow belly,” shegrown in sandy, quick-draining soil. Both crops are lot of warm weather to flourish. seeded in most areas of the country, but may Keep weeds under control by timely She further relates an unorthodox meth-instead be started indoors and transplanted out- use of a hoe, or by applying a thick mulch. Use od that her father used in his patch back in theside after frost. Transplants may yield fruit two to of black plastic mulch, while it doesn’t add any- 1950s and ‘60s. He would take out his jackknifefour weeks earlier, which allows these crops to be thing to the soil, does promote earliness by raising and cut a small triangular core from the melon,grown in those areas with too short a season to oth- the soil temperature, and is especially valuable in then withdraw the sample and taste it. If the fruiterwise accommodate these crops. There are ear- short season or high elevation gardens. wasn’t ready yet, he would simply replace the rindly types, however, like Early Hanover melon and in the hole and allow the fruit to develop further.Golden Midget watermelon, both of which make a Judging Ripeness Wouldn’t that kind of treatment cause the remain-crop in as little as 75 days. Judging ripeness really can be a challenge, even der to spoil? “No. It did not,” she asserts, wryly Both crops can be grown in rows, spaced for experienced growers. Most gardeners have adding: “I do remember him doing that. Whether6 feet apart for melons and eight feet for water- probably had the disappointing experience of ea- that’s a good way, I don’t know.”melons. Sow the seeds a half inch deep in warm gerly harvesting the first fruit of the summer, onlysoil a couple of weeks after last frost date in to find upon tasting that the fruit is bland, rather Randel A. Agrella lives, works and gardens in thespring. Thin the seedlings (or set transplants) about than sweet. Missing the optimal time of ripeness Missouri Ozarks. An heirloom seed saver since18 inches apart for melons, 24 inches for water- can mean the difference between a juicy, super- 1982, he offers heirloom plants in season on hismelons. Some gardeners prefer “hills,” which aren’t sweet melon and one that tastes more like a cu- website, His articles havenecessarily raised at all, although planting in an cumber! appeared in Heirloom Gardener since 2005.actual mound a few inches high does reduce the Trial and error is fine, and to a certainrisk of loss in high-rainfall areas. Plant five seeds degree, expected. But for the home gardener with FIrst published in the Summer 2011per hill, with hills spaced about 6 feet apart for little space, each and every fruit is precious. Who wants to ruin several in the effort to get it right? issue of Heirloom Gardener, ourmelons or 8 feet for watermelons. After sproutsemerge, thin to the three strongest plants. In areas With netted-skinned melons, there’s not much trou- quarterly magazine! Subscribe today! ble: the ripe fruits readily “slip” from the vine (de- 68
  • 69. Sasha eating a slice of ‘Missouri Gold.’ Melon Sor be t 2 ½ cups melon, pureed ½ c organic, unbleached cane sugar ¼ c water 2 T lime juice or lemon juice Zest of one lime or lemon Deseed melon and puree in a food processor until smooth, set aside 2 ½ cups puree. Over medium high heat prepare a simple syrup by bringing sugar, water and zest to a light boil. Combine puree, simple syrup and citrus juice. Allow to cool and place in the fridge until chilled. Put melon mixture in an ice cream freezer and process according to manu- facturer’s instructions. Serve immediately.69
  • 70. African Wild MelonsThese are fun, attractive ornamentals, great for covering a fenceor arbor. The fruit are perfect for fall displays. From the Wilds of Gooseberry GourdAfrica! These are poisonous and are not for human consumption!!GHERKIN - AFRICAN WILD #AWM101(Cucumis africanus) Small fruit are strikingly ornamen-tal and long lasting. Greenish-brown fruit have palebrown stripes and wicked, alien-like spikes! Perfectfor crafts and arrangements, creating a stunning ef-fect with mixed gourd displays. These grow wild inthe woodlands of Africa from Botswana to Zimbabwe,and the non-bitter fruited variety was pickled in manyearly Cape kitchens of South Africa. This type shouldonly be used as an attractive ornamental and is con-sidered poisonous. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50GHERKIN - SPINY BUR #AWM102(Cucumis anguria) The same species as our “West In-dia Burr Gherkin,” this is a more wild form with muchlarger, fleshy spines! Very decorative and perfect indisplays. The cucumber-like vines produce loads fruit.Brought by African slaves, possibly from the countryof Angola. Not edible; these may be poisonous. Pkt(20 seeds) $2.50GOOSEBERRY GOURD #AWM103(Cucumis myriocarpus) Quaint, spiny little fruit arequite pretty with dark green and light green stripes!They are easy to grow, and fruits keep well, mak-ing them perfect for arrangements and craft ideas.This easy-to-grow African species is poisonous andshould not be eaten. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50HEDGEHOG GOURD #AWM104(Cucumis dipsaceus) These little creatures are themost spiny of all! This African species is completely Hedgehog Gourd Gherkin Spiny Burcovered in soft spines. Attractive greenish-yellowcolored fruit are sure to become popular with loversof garden ornamentals. Quite easy to grow and veryproductive. Considered poisonous, do not eat. Pkt(20 seeds) $2.50SAGITTARIUS GOURD #AWM105(Cucumis sagittatus) The lovely plants are extremelyvigorous, and the gourd-like fruit are smooth and veryhard. Small fruits are oval shaped and have a beautiful Jelly Melon Wax Melonsgreen color with light green stripes. These little fruitare excellent keepers--up to a year! Perfect for year-round decorations and crafts! Not edible; these maybe poisonous. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 25 seeds per packet. KIWANO or AFRICAN HORNED CUCUMBER #JM101 (Cucumis metuliferus) Very unusual fruit with spiny “horns.” The CANTON GIANT #WX104 green-yellow skin turns a bright deep orange when ready to The famous giant variety that is very popular in South China. Large, longSnake Melons harvest, and the pulp inside fruit resembles lime green Jell- fruit can grow to 40 lbs! They have O. The fruit has a sweet-sour, banana-lime-tropical fruit taste; mild, tasty, white flesh and a deepLONG EX SNAKE #SM102 good juiced and sweetened. This fruit is showing up quite often green rind. A real ethnic treasureThis medium-sized snake melon produces beautiful in US markets. Native to Africa, it is hardy and easy to grow; can that is hard to find. Pkt $3.0012-20” fruit that are green with white stripes and snake- be grown just about anywhere you can grow melons. Beautiful CHIANG SHIN IMPROVED #WX105like. At maturity they turn bright red inside and out. A short-fruited “Hairy Gourd” type vine and fruit! Tiny seed. Pkt (25 seeds) $3.00 that is picked when 6” long or less;Lovely vining plants grow well in warm summers, andproduce well. Pick young fruit, slice, and add to flavor- the dark green fruit is excellent for cooking. This early variety has goodful curries, soups and stir-fries. A fun and easy-to-grow Jelly Melon tolerance to heat. This variety is verymelon. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00 popular in South China. Pkt $2.50 THAI LARGE #WX102“I had rather be on my farm than be em- This is a special variety of giant waxperor of the world” gourd, producing 20 lb-fruit that are long and of good quality. Great for - George Washington soups or may be picked young as “hairy gourds” and fried. Delicious fla- vor. Pkt $2.50“My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an in-conveniency, and I was frequently chidedfor my singularity, but, with this lighter “The most disadvantageousrepast, I made the greater progress, for peace is better than the mostgreater clearness of head and quicker com- just war.”prehension.” –Benjamin Franklin -Desiderius Erasmus 70
  • 71. Delica Thorn Cassabanana CASSABANANA or MELOCOTON #MC101 Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) 30-75 seeds per (Sicana odorifera) Wow, this is exciting! I saw packet. This African native and staple of the Deep this crop along the roadside in Guatemala. South really thrives on heat! Slaves from Angola The fruit were brilliant flaming red, and about called okra “ngumbo” which became gumbo, a 2’ long–one of the most beautiful things I had popular name for several okra dishes to this day. ever seen! They have bright orange flesh that Does best when direct-sown into warm soil, but is sweet and is used in drinks, jellies and oth- can be started earlier indoors and transplanted, so er desserts; it has a unique tropical fruit taste. long as the young plants aren’t allowed to become The fruit are fragrant and keep for a long pe- root bound. Soil for okra need not be especially riod, like squash, making this a hot item for rich; plants are drought tolerant but produce more fall sales for pumpkin growers. Huge vines with adequate moisture. Keeping pods picked en- can grow to 50’ and are quite ornamental, but courages further production. they do require a very long season and are BOWLING RED #OK120 Lovely plants that grow mostly grown in Florida and the Deep South. 7’-8’ tall and have deep red stems. The great-tasting Here in southern Missouri the fruit almost pods are long and thin, being quite tender even ripened, but we ran short of days. This plant when longer than most. This heirloom has been was first mentioned in Europe in 1658 as a grown by the Bowling family of Virginia since at least popular plant in Peru. We are happy to have the 1920’s. Pkt $2.25 located a small supply of seed. BURGUNDY #OK102 55 days Pkt (10 seeds) $4.00 Pods are a beautiful, deep red, and stems are also red. Very tender and delicious. Ornamental; tasty. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $8.00 BURMESE #OK111 We are proud to offer this heirloom variety from Bur- ma (Myanmar.) Large pods are tender, spineless, and finely flavored. The plant starts yielding early, and production lasts until frost. Pkt $2.00 CLEMSON SPINELESS #OK103 60 days Plant is spineless; tasty green pods, best picked small. Developed in 1939. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $6.00 EAGLE PASS #OK133 From the area around Carrizo Springs and Eagle Pass, Texas. Productive plants are a favorite of the lo- cal farmer who grows this variety. A great okra that is less slimy than others; big pods are tender and deli- cious. Pkt $2.00 EDNA SLATON’S CANDELABRA #OK135 New! Graceful, branching plants, reaching shoulder height, give great yields of 12-inch cowhorn-type pods, which remain tender even after reaching a large size! The prickly pods are a pretty, pale green. Performed well in Bitter Melon the hot and dry conditions of summer 2011, when oth- ers failed. Originated in Georgia. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 EMERALD #OK105 58 days 20 seeds per pkt. A Campbell Soup Co. variety from 1950; early, round DELICA THORN #BM105 and smooth, deep-green tasty pods; high quality This light-green variety produces fruit that and early, tall plants. Pkt $1.50 GOLD COAST #OK136 New have large, thorn-like projections. Very or- Spineless pods are light green and often reach 6” in namental. The fruit grows to 7” and is of length while remaining tender. Compact plants to high quality. An early and disease-resis- about 5 feet tall are very well branched, producing tant variety from China. Pkt $3.00 plenty of sweet, tender pods. A bit later than some GREEN SKIN #BM108 types; very drought tolerant. Throw in resistance to Produces nice-sized, 8” green-skinned root-knot nematode and you’ve got a great variety for the Deep South. Recommended! Pkt $2.50 fruit; attractive plants yield well. Pkt $1.50 HARLOW’S HOMESTEAD #OK128 Our grower received this okra from a man named Mer- cer, who had received it from his own grandfather in the “Jere and Emilee Gettle—a couple of 1960’s. This okra is said to be passed down from some 20-something homeschooled tradi- of the original Tennessee homesteaders and grown for generations. Pick at finger-length for superb pickles, or tionalists from the Ozarks—are add- slice the ribbed pods and fry. Plants grow to 6-7 feet tall ing a lot of drama to America’s culi- and are drought tolerant. Pkt $2.25 HILL COUNTRY HEIRLOOM RED #OK112 nary landscape. Their seed catalog, Fat pods are very tender and full of good “Okree” Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, offers a flavor that is so popular in the hill regions of east- mind-expanding array of 1,200 fruit ern Texas. The pods are reddish green in color, and the plants have red stems, very productive and high and vegetable varieties, many of them quality. Pkt $2.50 collected by Jere on his travels” JIMMY T OKRA #OK107 The plants are of medium height, having two types of -O, The Oprah Magazine pods: one smooth and the other ribbed. Pods are 8-12” long; very productive. It was grown by Jimmy T. Morris in the 1940’s and 1950’s in the Elizabethtown and Hod-71 Cassabanana genville, KY, area. Pkt $2.00
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  • 73. JING ORANGE #OK126 60 days Lovely pods are a deep reddish orange and Louisiana 16 Inch Long Pod are quite colorful. This Asian variety produces lots of flavorful 6” pods early, even in dry conditions. An excit- ing new variety that is unique and beautiful. Pkt $2.50 LOUISIANA 16 INCH LONG POD #OK127 Large, branching plants produce huge yields of truly giant pods, up to 16 inches long! This heirloom comes from Evangeline Parish, where it has been grown for a very long time. Sent to us by Cajun and Creole seed collector Kurt Bridges, who says the plants often get “big like a fir tree” in Louisiana. Pods stay tender for longer than most, but should still be picked young. We loved this variety! Pkt $2.50 PERKINS LONG POD #OK108 Very green, extra-large pods are tender and deli- cious, the perfect okra for canning and gumbo. Vig- orous and productive plants are 5’ in height; an old favorite. Pkt $2.00 PHILIPPINE LADY FINGER #OK125 Tall plants can grow 10’ tall, and produce extra-long, smooth, round pods that can be cooked at larger sizes than most okra. This okra requires a long season, but is quite delicious. This Filipino variety was brought to the USA by Melba Hamilton. She and her husband kindly sent us these seeds. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 ROBERIE #OK131 This okra has been grown for 100 years by the Ro- berie family in St Landry Parish, Louisiana. A good producer of medium-sized green pods that are pro- duced over a long season. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 STAR OF DAVID #OK106 70 days Israeli variety. Short, very thick pods are quite deli- cious. The pods are twice as fat around as most okra. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.00 STELLEY #OK134 New! Louisiana variety originally collected in St. Landry Par- ish, Louisiana, at the heart of Cajun heritage and cul- ture, where it was found growing near an old, aban- doned homestead nearly 50 years ago. The plants are fairly compact, reaching 5-6 feet in height, and are su- per productive! The pods stay tender to 6”-7” in length. Original seed was furnished by our friend, collector Kurt Bridges. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 STEWART’S ZEEBEST #OK123 This spineless okra produces tasty, extra tender, green pods that are round and not ribbed. Tall, branching plants set heavy yields of this great heir- loom. Pkt $2.25 VIDRINE’S MIDGET COWHORN #OK130 A dwarf cowhorn okra from St. Landry Parish, Loui- siana. The 3’ plants are quite good producers of long pods up to 15” long, which appear white from a dis- tance, but are actually a creamy, pale green. A fine okra for frying and gumbo. This old variety is from Mr. Vidrine, Lawtelle, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, and is very popular there. Sent to us by Louisiana seed collector Kurt Bridges. Pkt $2.75 “He that tilleth his land shall be sat- isfied with bread.” -Proverbs 12:11 “ America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we de- stroyed ourselves.” -Abraham Lincoln “There never was a good war or a bad peace.” -Benjamin Franklin73 Jing Orange
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  • 75. Bianca di Maggio Onion and sweet, it nevertheless stores very well. Pkt $2.25 good cooking onion or in salads. Pkt $2.00 CRIMSON FOREST-BUNCHING #ON110 (Allium RED OF FLORENCE #ON103 (long-day) fistulosum) Beautiful, brilliant red stalks, flavorful and Oblong-shaped, bright red onions, great for plant- (Allium cepa) 300+ seeds per packet. A very ancient tasty. Very unique and colorful, a bulbing type. Pkt ing spring or fall, seem to do well in many areas. Old World crop—records exist telling how many onions (250 seeds) $2.00 or 1 oz $9.00 They are very mild and sweet, great for salads and were allocated to the laborers building the pyramids, FLAT OF ITALY #ON104 pickling! A delicious Italian heirloom. Very rare. Pkt and they were a basic ration to Greek hoplites. Long- day onions tend to do best in the North and short-day Beautiful red “cipollini”-type, flat gourmet onions $2.50 or 1 oz $7.50 types do best in the South; the dividing line is at about from Italy. They are bright red in color and very flat, RED WELSH #ON118 the 35th parallel. Onions grow best in mellow soil, rich perfect for fresh eating or cooking. This is a very old (Allium fistulosum) Super-hardy bunching onion that and possessing much organic matter. The tiny seeds Italian variety that was mentioned by Vilmorin in originated in northern China or Siberia, despite its are usually started indoors, although they may be direct 1885. A good choice for fresh market. Early. Pkt $2.50 name. Grown for its thick green stems and hollow sown if conditions and timing are suitable. Spring-plant- GOLD PRINCESS #ON113 New! leaves which possess a sharp onion flavor. This pe- ed onions are started about 9-12 weeks prior to setting A medium-sized, light yellow, flattened “cipollini”- rennial never forms a bulb in the garden; once es- out, which may be several weeks before the last frost type onion that is so popular with gardeners and tablished, new plants can be raised by replanting date. When setting onion plants in their final location, chefs. This Italian variety matures extra early. Pkt $2.50 the abundant side-shoots. May be blanched like allow about 6-8 inches from their neighbors, if in beds; HE SHI KO-BUNCHING #ON111 (Allium fistulosum) leeks by earthing up the thick stems as the plants or 4 inches if in rows, spacing rows at least a foot apart. An heirloom Japanese, perennial bunching onion. grow. Widely employed in the cuisines of Japan, Tai- Apply a heavy mulch to control weeds, as onions will Stalks grow and divide from the base. Mild and tasty. wan, and China. This crop is also grown among the not grow large in competition with weeds. Harvest on- These are an essential ingredient in both Oriental and Welsh, hence its name. Easy to grow and productive ions when the green tops begin to fall over; cure several American foods. A non-bulbing white type. Pkt $1.50 once established. Pkt $2.00 weeks and store at cool room temperature. or 1 oz $6.50 STUTTGARTER #ON116 AILSA CRAIG #ON122 JAUNE PAILLE DES VERTUS #ON114 A tasty old favorite that sets medium-large, yellow Long day type—Very well-known globe-shaped Introduced about 1793, this old variety is now hard onions with a good, pungent flavor. This variety is heirloom onion that reaches really huge size—5 lbs to find. It is also called Brown Spanish by French seed among the best keepers and produces well. Plant is rather common! The skin is a pale yellow and the house Vilmorin; in 1885 they said, “The winter supply some of these for winter eating and store them clear flesh is relatively mild and sweet, so is recommend- of Paris and of a great part of Europe consists chiefly through to next spring. Pkt $1.75 ed for fresh use—not a storage type. Introduced in of this variety, which may be often seen hanging up in TOKYO LONG WHITE-BUNCHING #ON109 1887 by David Murray, gardener for the Marquis of dwelling-houses in long hanks formed by interlacing (Allium fistulosum) An old-favorite Japanese bunch- Ailsa, at Culzean Castle in Maybole, South Ayrshire, and plaiting the withered leaves together.” The roots ing-type, looks like a long slender leek. Sweet and Scotland. Pkt $2.50 are flattened and 3”-4” across, the skin is a brownish mild flavor, tasty. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.50 AUSTRALIAN BROWN #ON101 yellow and the flesh is flavorful. This antique is known VIOLET DE GALMI #ON117 Introduced in 1897 by W. Atlee Burpee. This variety for its keeping qualities that made it a standard in Eu- The Galmi onion comes from the village of Galmi, produces extra fine large bulbs that have superb fla- rope for over 200 years. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $12.00 a small community in the Ader Valley of Southeast vor! The yellow-brown roots are a standard on our NOORDHOLLANDSE BLOEDRODE #ON119 Niger. It is here where this flavorful onion was devel- farm for their sureness to produce quality. Pkt $2.50 (Dutch Red) Long-day type—The name translates as oped and is believed to have been grown for over 100 BIANCA DI MAGGIO #ON106 North Holland Blood Red, and these beauties are in- years, selected and passed down. It is now a popular 80-110 days (long-day) Flat, Italian “cipollini” vari- deed a lovely, shiny ox-blood red. Large, slightly flat- onion in several other African countries, as well. Flat, ety. These delicious, small white onions command a tened onions are very pungent, which makes them thick bulbs are of good quality and are a beautiful high price at specialty markets. Very sweet and mild, good keepers in spite of their rather thick neck. They pinkish-purple color; it also keeps well, making it a used in Italy for pickling, grilling, and in salads. We can also be grown for scallions, as they often are in Hol- perfect choice as a short day onion. Pkt $2.50 have select Italian seed. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 land. A good variety for Northern gardeners. Pkt $2.50 YELLOW FLAT DUTCH #ON121 BRONZE D’AMPOSTA #ON115 TROPEANA LUNGA #ON108 An onion by this name was offered in 1888 by RH Al- Attractive reddish-bronze onions are good-sized Long, tall bulbs are unique and popular with Medi- len Seed Company, who wrote: “A good variety; mild and sweet; an intermediate day type. A great va- terranean chefs. Harvest this gorgeous onion in mid- flavored; large, and keeps well.” This is a long day riety for fresh eating, as it is not too hot tasting. A summer for your own delight, or sell this winner for type that is fine for kitchen use. We offer imported decent keeper in storage and a good overall red top prices at market. They are a lovely shade of red. Dutch seed. Pkt $2.25 type. Named for the small city of Amposta, Spain. This heirloom from Tropea is rare in America. Pkt $2.50 YELLOW OF PARMA #ON105 (long-day) Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $8.00 Large, golden onions are oblong globe-shaped. This BRUNSWICK #ON120 RED CREOLE #ON112 (short-day) late onion makes an excellent keeper; a rare and Long-day type—First offered in 1870, Brunswick is a This short-day onion is great for the South and is a hard-to-find Italian variety. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.0075 deep red-to-purple flattened type. Usually very mild good keeper. Hard, flat bulbs have spicy, red flesh. A
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  • 78. Hollow CrownParsnip HALF LONG GUERNSEY #PR103 TURGA #PR104 New! The Guernsey variety was the most popular parsnip 100-110 days—Unusually vigorous and productive of the 19th century. Introduced prior to the 1850’s, variety boasts extra wide roots, especially toward(Pastinaca sativa) Northern European relative this variety is medium-long, and has thick shoul- the shoulders. Snow-white roots are nonethelessof the carrot. Parsnip roots are long, white, and, ders and smooth white skin. Flavorful flesh gets sweet, crisp, and nutty tasting; very smooth andafter a hard frost or two, mild and sweet. Sow in even sweeter after a good frost in autumn. In 1898, uniform. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.75early spring in most areas, as seed germinates Nebraska Seed Company of Omaha said, “As namebest in cool weather, and is slow to germinate indicates, not as long as the Hollow Crown. Qualityeven under the best conditions. Traditionally, gar- very sweet and delicate”. We are glad to bring you “Fast food may appear to be cheap fooddeners would plant the seed rather thickly, just this great old treasure. Pkt (400 seeds) $2.25barely covering, and sow some radish seeds in and, in the literal sense it often is, but HARRIS MODEL #PR102the row. The radishes sprout quickly, marking that is because huge social and environ- Delicious, tender, white, 12” roots have a sweetthe row’s location while the parsnips are ger- mental costs are being excluded from flavor; refined in appearance. Great boiled, fried,minating; the radishes mature quickly and arepulled, leaving the row to the parsnips, which or used in “Parsnip Bread.” A good producer and the calculations.” -Prince Charles popular variety. Pkt (600 seeds) $1.50require the whole season. Plant parsnips in rich HOLLOW CROWN #PR101and very deeply worked soil, and allow plenty of Tasty, white, long roots, sweet flavor. Harvest after “Humility and knowledge in poorspace—8-12 inches apart is ideal. May be stored clothes excel pride and ignorance in frost; a standard in all fall gardens. A popular vari-right in the garden all winter, or until the soil freez-es. Old-fashioned crop that really deserves to be ety in the 1820s. Pkt (600 seeds) $1.50 costly attire.” -William Penn 78included in today’s gardens.
  • 79. Garden Peas Oregon Sugar Pod II (Pisum sativum) Whether grown for green peas, or for edible pods, gar- den peas are all grown the same way. They should be planted in earliest spring or even in late winter, as soon as soil can be worked. They require a very mellow soil, as the roots are shallow and not especially vigorous. Plant about 1” deep. Most types require support—a trellis, fence, etc. (Bush types are really short vines, and will support each other when planted fairly close together.) The trick is to get them going early enough to take a crop before late spring weather turns really warm, as heat shuts the plants down. Pick edible podded types frequently, as they are best before the pods become tough. 100 seeds per Pkt. ALASKA #GP101 50-60 days. Very early, great for short-season areas; good yields of delicious soup peas. An heirloom from 1880. Pkt $2.25 BLUE PODDED BLAUWSCHOKKERS #GP107 A beautiful and ornamental pea that produces lovely purple-blue pods that can be harvested young and used as a snow-pea, or let mature and shell for fine soup peas. This unique type dates back hundreds of years in Europe, and is still popular in parts of Europe and Canada. It also produces lovely purple flowers! Fun to grow and good to eat, the perfect crop for kids and those who like color. Pkt $3.00 LINCOLN #GP104 An old-time pea introduced in 1908. High-yielding and tasty, this pea does better than many in warmer weather. The tightly-filled pods are easy to shell, and compact vines are a good choice for small gardens. Pkt $2.25 LITTLE MARVEL #GP102 60 days. Vigorous bush plants, heavy yields, and fine-flavored peas. A great home garden variety. An heirloom from 1908. Pkt $2.25 or 1/2 lb $5.50 Golden Sweet TALL TELEPHONE #GP106 Long vines reach up to 6 feet with support, and large pods yield 8-10 peas each. The peas are large in size, being sweet and tender. This popular garden favorite was introduced in 1881 and is still a standard with many. Pkt $2.25 or 1/2 lb $5.50 WANDO #GP103 This pea was introduced in 1943 and is a great pea for the South, being some- what heat resistant and can be planted later than most peas. Medium-sized peas are great fresh or frozen. Pkt $2.25 DESIREE DWARF BLAUWSCHOKKERS #GP108 Stunning violet-blue pods are produced on lovely little bush plants that do not require staking. The delicious peas are perfect for soups and stews, or the pods can be picked small and these can be used as a snow pea. A great addition from Holland. Pkt (75 seeds) $3.00 Snow & Snap Peas CAROUBY DE MAUSSANE #SN111 New! 65 days--This time-honored variety produces some of the largest pods we’ve ever seen in snow peas—often reaching 5-6 inches in length! The robust plants vine to 5 feet. The bicolored flowers, borne in pairs, are pink and burgundy, maturing through purple to nearly sky blue,distinctive and pretty enough to merit a spot in the border. The succulent pods are of robust flavor, and vary somewhat from plant to plant, which makes this variety all the more interesting in stir-fries and salads. Originated in Maussane, near Avignon in southern France. Pkt $3.00 CORNE DE BELIER #SN109 A delicious French snow pea that pre-dates 1860! Wonderful, gourmet flavored, large, Desiree flat pods are perfect for steaming, sauteing and nibbling on fresh from the patch. A historic variety that is finally available in America. Creamy-white blooms. Pkt $2.50 GOLDEN SWEET #SN104 More than a novelty, this variety produces flat pods that are a beautiful, bright lemon-yellow, great in stir-fries. Tall 6’ vines with purple flowers. Collected from a market in India; rare and tasty. Pkt $3.00 MAMMOTH MELTING SUGAR #SN102 70 days. Large, sweet-flavored pods; tall, 4’ plants. Needs cool weather to give good yields. Pods are tasty stir-fried or in salads. Pick before the peas inside start to get large. An heirloom variety that has been popular for many years. Pkt $2.50 OREGON SUGAR POD II #SN105 Large, thick, 4.5” pods are superbly tender and delicious. This is my favorite snow pea-type. Bush plants are high yielding and stay compact. Developed by Dr. James Baggett, of Oregon State Univ. A winner. Pkt $2.50 or 1/2 lb $5.50 SUGAR ANN #SN107 An early, edible-pod pea ideal for small gardens. Its short, bushy vines do not need support, and it produces about 10 days earlier than other snap peas. Delicious pods are a joy sauteed, fresh or steamed. An AAS winner from 1984. Pkt $2.50 or 1/2 lb $5.50 SUGAR SNAP #SN106 This is the wonderfully sweet, edible-pod pea so popular with consumers and garden- ers. The delicious, tender pods are great raw (eaten before you ever leave the garden), stir-fried, or in salads. They also freeze very well. An AAS winner from 1979. Pkt $2.50 or79 1/2 lb $5.50
  • 80. Lightning Mix pointed fruits reach 2-3” in length, ripening mostly to brant colors, from purple, cream, yellow, orange toHot Pepper(Casicum annuum, C. baccatum, C. frutescens) red. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00 BLACK HUNGARIAN #HPP101 75 days Unique, black-colored fruit that are the shape of a red as they ripen. Need I say ornamental? The plants are great for containers inside. Just pick a few any time to liven up your salsa. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50Native to the Americas, peppers come in thou- Jalapeno. They are mildly hot and have a delicious CHOCOLATE HABANERO #HPP136sands of varieties, many unusual flavors, and all flavor. The tall plants have beautiful purple flowers So beautiful. The chocolate-brown, lantern shapedshapes and sizes. Heirloom peppers are often that make this variety very ornamental. Rare and col- fruit are about 2” long, and so ornamental! But don’tmore flavorful than the modern-types, and most orful! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 let the color fool you; these are not candy, but rathergive huge yields. They are one of the easiest crops BURMESE “LOOKING TO THE SKY” #HPP166 flaming-hot fruit that carry a massive 300,000 Scovilleto grow, and are not much bothered by pests. All Very traditional pepper brought from Myanmar (Bur- units of heat! Hot pepper enthusiasts love the heattypes of peppers are frost-tender, and are usu- ma), where it is widespread in the area around Rangoon and flavor that these chocolate fruit are packed with,ally started indoors several weeks before the last and throughout the surrounding country. Medium to but be careful and use in moderation. Pkt $2.50frost date, although they may be direct-seeded in very hot peppers are about 1½ inch in length, ripen yel- CORNE DE CHÈVRE #HPP142gardens in long-season climates. Set transplants low to red. The name comes from the way all the pep- This “Goat’s Horn” hot pepper is from Basque people ofout after warm weather has really settled. Peppers pers point upward from the branches. Our original seed Spain, who grow and dry it and make it into wonderfulprefer rich and moist soil and full sun, although was supplied by Harriet Bain, who brought them from sauces that season many local foods. It is often strungthey will tolerate some shade, and some, espe- her native Burma in about 2002. Pkt $2.50 and dried on the walls of many homes in Basque Coun-cially C. frutescens, actually prefer a break from CARIBBEAN RED HABANERO #HPP133 try, where these medium sized, horned-shape peppershot summer sun. Most types can be used green or For those who like it hot! These can be twice as spicy are a favorite. Pkt $2.00ripe, and hot types tend to become more pungent as the common orange habanero, so use caution as FISH PEPPER #HPP122 80 dayswhen fully ripened in hotter conditions. 25 seeds you enjoy the incredible warmth and rich, smoky- An African-American heirloom popular in the Phila-per packet. citrus taste of these lantern-shaped 2” fruit. Very orna- delphia/Baltimore region. A pre-1947 variety thatANAHEIM #HPP103 80 days mental, as well as perfect for spicing up a pot of chili was used in fish and shellfish cookery. The color ofDelicious mildly-hot flavor, excellent for roasting or or making killer hot sauce. A heavy producer, so you the fruit range from green, orange, brown, whitefrying; good yields of very large chili peppers. Pkt will have plenty of extras for farmers market. Pkt $2.50 and red, being spicy and hot. What really makes this$2.00 or 1 oz $6.50 CAYENNE LONG THIN #HPP117 pepper stand out is its wonderful foliage, as the 2’BHUT JOLKIA #HPP171 New! Slender, long peppers turn bright red and are very tall plants have stunning white and green mottled100-120 days from transplant—Also known as Ghost hot. The 2’ plants are vigorous and quite productive. leaves, which makes this variety superb for orna-Pepper, Naga Morich. Legendary variety, one of the Very popular for drying and using as a spice; also mental and edible landscaping. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.75world’s hottest peppers, if not the hottest, with read- used medicinally. This heirloom has been popular FILIUS BLUE #HPP143ings in excess of 1,000,000 Scoville units! Bhut Jolokia for many years. Pkt $2.00 A wonderful, ornamental pepper. These compact plantsstarts out slow but eventually makes tall plants, exceed- CHINESE FIVE COLOR #HPP121 have a wonderful bluish tinge and produce lovely, 80ing 4 ft in favored locations. The thin-walled, wrinkled, Screaming-hot little peppers turn a rainbow of vi- small violet-blue fruit that are quite hot. Production
  • 81. India Jwala Mustard Habanero81
  • 82. Thai Burapa Caribbean Red Fish Pepper 82
  • 83. is heavy, thus creating a stunning display of color that LEMON YELLOW HABANERO #HPP134 ple, and ripen to a unique mustard color and finally can’t be missed! Perfect for ornamental landscaping or A lovely lemon-colored member of the habanero fam- to fiery orange, with plants bearing fruits of all colors in pots. So pretty. Pkt $2.50 ily, this ornamental variety is quite colorful when the simultaneously. Originated in the fields of our friend GOAT HORN HOT #HPP139 plants are loaded down with yellow fruit! A great eat- James Weaver, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, where it ap- This variety is great! Grows well in containers, and ing variety that carries plenty of heat and flavor for peared as an off-type of some more conventional produces lots of extra-hot, long, horn-shaped fruit most any dish. It makes a lovely lemon-colored hot variety. James grew out seed he collected, and the that are perfect for pickling or in any dish. Produc- sauce. This Caribbean favorite is very hot, so use a little result is a stable and very singular new variety. Super tive and easy to grow. A popular hot pepper in Asia. caution as you enjoy with your friends. Pkt $2.25 hot, like most habaneros. Pkt $3.00 Pkt $2.00 LEMON DROP #HPP172 New! PASILLA BAJIO #HPP105 78 days HUNGARIAN HOT WAX #HPP125 70 days 100 days--(C. chinense) Seasoning pepper from Peru Mild-sweet-hot, fruit is dark green, turning brown as A Hungarian heirloom that is excellent for short sea- ripens to a clear lemon yellow, sometimes with a dark it ripens. This pepper is used in Mexican “mole” sauc- son areas, very popular for canning and pickling. Me- purple blush. The flavor is a very clean, uncomplicated, es; tasty. Pkt $1.75 or 1 oz $11.00 dium to very hot fruit are light yellow in color; sets slightly citrus-y heat. 2-foot plants are covered with the RED MUSHROOM #HPP135 fruit over a long season. Pkt $1.50 thin-walled, conical fruits which reach 2-3 inches in Wrinkled, flying saucer-shaped fruit are so unique- INDIA JWALA or INDIAN FINGER HOT #HPP140 length, with very few seeds. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 looking. They are flat, 2” across and a glowing red The long, slender fruit are wrinkled, and about as LEUTSCHAUER PAPRIKA #HPP129 color when ripe. Very hot with a superb, fruity flavor long as a finger. This variety is extra-hot, and very A lovely drying pepper that comes from Matrafured, and unique taste that keeps you wanting more. One popular in its native India, where it is used in much Hungary. It has been grown there since the 1800’s of the prettier and tastier peppers you will grow, of India’s flavorful food. The very productive plants when it was brought from Leutschau (Slovakia). The especially if you like them hot! Attractive plants set produce fruit that start out light green and then turn medium-hot paprikas have great flavor, are terrific for huge yields as long as you have lots of warm sum- red when fully mature. A good pepper that dries drying, and make a delicious spicy powder. Very rare! mer days. Pkt $2.50 nicely. Pkt $2.50 Pkt $2.50 SANTA FE GRANDE #HPP119 JALAPENO - CRAIG’S GRANDE #HPP150 LIGHTNING MIX #HPP173 New! Spicy, 4” peppers, glowing gold in color and quite A big, fat Jalapeno that is perfect for making lots of sal- Very hot habanero type developed by noted Menno- warm, makes pretty pickles and salsa. Ornamental sa. Perfect for anyone who loves Jalapenos. It has thick, nite grower James Weaver and stabilized by him. The plants give heavy yields over the entire summer, mak- flavorful, hot flesh. Developed at Redwood City Seeds. crinkled fruits come in a rainbow of pepper shades, in- ing this a perfect choice for home or market gardens. Pkt $2.00 cluding red, yellow, green, peach, brown, orange, mus- Introduced in 1965. Yummy! Pkt $2.00 KOREAN DARK GREEN #HPP160 tard and coffee tones. Useful and stunning “lightning SCOTCH BONNET YELLOW #HPP161 An heirloom from Korea, 2’ tall plants have dark green bolt” shaped fruit! One of the most deliciously attractive Attractive, golden-yellow, squat little peppers with a foliage and produce 3”-4” slender peppers that are dark peppers we have ever seen! Pkt (20 seeds) $3.00 shocking heat and superb fruit-like flavor. They also green to red in color. Very spicy and hot, this delicious MUSTARD HABANERO #HPP170 New! have a wonderful, unique aroma. A standard in Carib- pepper is great for Kim Chee and other Korean dishes. 95-100 days—Outrageously colorful habanero-type bean cooking. Wonderful, but very spicy-- please use Pkt $2.00 fruits start out a very light green blushed with pur- caution. Pkt $2.5083 Chinese Five Color
  • 84. SERRANO TAMPEQUINO #HPP102 75 daysLarge plant bears club-shaped fruit; very hot and Chocolate Habaneropungent, distinctive flavor. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00TABASCO PEPPER #HPP106 90 days(C. frutescens) This famous heirloom was introducedinto Louisiana in 1848 and became the main ingredi-ent in Tabasco Pepper Sauce. This pepper is very hotand has a delicious flavor. The plants grow up to 4’tall and are covered with small, thin peppers. Needsa warm summer or can be grown as a potted plant.Fruit ripen from green to orange, then red. Pkt $2.50TAM JALAPEÑO #HPP104 70 daysA very tasty, mild Jalapeno-type, with the same deli-cious flavor but a lot less heat. Great yields. Pkt $2.00or 1 oz $7.00THAI BURAPA #HPP127 Fiery little red, pointed peppers are popular in Thailandfor flavoring many dishes. Loads of fruit are producedlate on tall, bushy plants. The flesh is thin, making thesegreat for drying for use in winter; an attractive varietythat is perfect for Asian cooking. Pkt $2.50THAI RED CHILLI #HPP107 90 daysThe hot heirloom chili from Thailand, these peppersare used in almost every dish in old Siam. Small, point-ed fruit are easy to dry, bright red in color. The Thaislove the pungent heat. Ornamental plants are loadedwith fruit. Pure Thai seed. Pkt $2.50THAI YELLOW CHILLI #HPP109The golden-yellow version of the Thai pepper. Fruit isalso very hot and flavorful. Used less than the red chili,these are still seen in almost every market in Thailand.Beautiful. Seed collected in Thailand. Pkt $2.50TUNISIAN BAKLOUTI #HPP132 The traditional pepper of Tunisia, a small country onthe famed Barbary Coast that was once considered the“bread basket” of the Roman Empire. Large red, taper-ing pods have a wonderful hot flavor, but tend to get Lemon Dropmore mild with cooking. Delicious flavor that is perfectwith couscous, and other wonderful North Africandishes that are making me hungry as I type! Pkt $3.00VIETNAMESE MULTICOLOR HOT #HPP138A stunning ornamental pepper from Vietnam. Itwas collected in 1975 in Guam from a Vietnameserefugee. The fairly tall plants produce lots of upright,cone-shaped, 1”-1 1/2” hot fruit that turn from pur-ple, to cream, to lemon, to golden to bright red; allthose pretty colors on one plant, and the stems andleaves are purplish, too! Pkt $2.50 84
  • 85. Scotch Bonnet Yellow Bhut Jolokia Called the “world’s hottest” pepper, many times hotter than habanero!85
  • 86. LipstickSweet Pepper pepper was collected in 1988 in Nicaragua from a ing fruit. Very sweet, great for frying or fresh. This won- farmer. It produces small 4” peppers that are fragrant derful heirloom is so delicious and mild, a great variety and richly flavored; these have strong pepper flavor for market. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $7.00(Capsicum annuum) 25 seeds per packet. See hot making them perfect for a variety of dishes. Fruit is ITALIAN PEPPERONCINI #PP111pepper listing for more details. green turning to red as they ripen. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 A popular, thin, little pickling pepper, this heirloomALBINO BULLNOSE #PP105 DOUX D’ESPAGNE OR SPANISH MAMMOTH #PP138 comes from southern Italy. The 3”-5” fruit has a superbBeautiful, blocky 3”-4” peppers are a lovely cream This variety was introduced before 1860. In the 1880’s, flavor and just a little heat. Small plants. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4color. They have a nice mild, sweet flavor and ripen this pepper was shipped to the large markets in Paris oz $9.00to a beautiful redish-orange. It produces loads of from warmer areas like Algeria and Valencia. In the JIMMY NARDELLO ITALIAN #PP143fruit from early summer until frost on very compact, 19th century the 6”-7” long fruit were among the larg- This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Gi-dwarf plants. It is very popular here at Baker Creek est offered, and popular with cooks. It produces long, useppe and Angella Nardiello at their garden in theand much used in our restaurant. This is one of the cone-shaped peppers that are perfect for frying and village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sailfirst varieties I read about when I first became inter- salads. They are sweet and flavorful, but hardly ever with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life inested in heirloom seeds. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.00 offered in America. A good-producing pepper that is the USA. When they reached these shores, they settledCALIFORNIA WONDER #PP106 70 days reported to be disease resistant. Pkt $2.25 and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grewAn excellent green bell pepper; nice size and very EMERALD GIANT #PP109 78 days this same pepper that was named for their fourth songood yield; a popular old-time variety. Pkt. $1.50 or Large, blocky bells have thick, sweet flesh. Dark green Jimmy. This long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries eas-1 oz $7.00 fruit turn red when ripe. Vigorous plants give heavy ily and has such a rich flavor that this variety has beenCORNO DI TORO GIALLO #PP112 yields. A good variety for the South. Developed in placed in “The Ark of Taste” by the Slow Food organiza-The traditional favorite in Italy. Long, 8” tapered, 1963. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $10.50 tion. Ripens to a deep red, is very prolific, and does wellbull-horn-shaped golden-yellow peppers are sweet FRIARIELLO DI NAPOLI #PP163 in most areas. Pkt $2.50and spicy. They are great fresh or roasted. Large This is the famous frying pepper of Naples, Italy. This LIPSTICK #PP151plants yield well. Among the best peppers you can heirloom produces small, long, cone-shaped pep- 70 days. A delicious pepper with 4” long tapered, pi-grow and so delicious. Pure Italian seed. Pkt $2.50 or pers that are fried or pickled and are known for their miento type fruit that are super sweet. This fine pep-1/4 oz $8.00 sweet, distinctive flavor. The plants are very produc- per is early and ripens well in the North. A flavorfulCORNO DI TORO ROSSO #PP113 tive, so you will get plenty of delicious fruit all sum- favorite with thick, red flesh. Pkt $2.50Same as the Corno Di Toro Giallo, but fruits are a mer. Pkt $2.50 MELROSE #PP152deep glowing red. These are wonderful fresh, & GOLDEN CAL WONDER #PP108 78 days This is a superb heirloom frying pepper, broughtfor roasting and frying. Great for market growers & Colorful golden bells that are very sweet and tasty. Gold from Italy years ago. The 4” fruit turn brilliant-redhome gardeners alike. Pure Italian seed. Pkt $2.50 or peppers are superb for fresh eating, great for kitchen or and start producing very early, with flavor that is1 oz $8.00 market gardens. The productive plants produce early rich, flavorful, and very sweet. Great fried or fresh, aCRIOLLA DE COCINA #PP168 New! and are good for northern climates. Pkt $2.00 true Italian that seems to have been widely grownI first received seed for this great pepper 15 years ago, GOLDEN MARCONI #PP127 80 days in the Chicago area. We have had many requests forso I am so excited to get it into the catalog! This small A late Italian pepper with beautiful, big, yellow, 7” taper- this pepper. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 86
  • 87. ODESSA MARKET #PP153 This pepper comes from the Black Sea city of Odessa Italian Pepperoncini in Ukraine. A great tasting, top-shaped pepper that starts out bright green, turning orange and then red. Short plants produce fruit all summer, and this variety is dependable even in the North. A good variety for growing in pots. Pkt $2.50 ORANGE BELL #PP137 Super sweet, brilliant orange fruit are blocky, and good- sized with thick flesh that is flavorful and among the best tasting of all peppers. Plants produce large yields of this most magnificent pepper. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.75 OZARK GIANT #PP154 What a pepper! This variety produces huge, long bell peppers that have delicious, thick flesh. They start out green and turn bright red. Very productive plants and great flavor will make this old Ozark variety a favorite. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $8.00 or 1 oz $20.00 PATIO RED MARCONI #PP139 The perfect sweet pepper for growing in pots or raised beds. Like our other popular marconi peppers, but these are produced on compact plants that are perfect for limited spaces. Ripe fruit are a glowing red and have that sugary-sweetness that you just love about marconi peppers. Productive and easy to grow. Pkt $2.50 PURPLE BEAUTY #PP121 75 days Purple peppers are always a favorite, as they are Orange Bell so colorful. This variety produces loads of beauti- ful bells on compact, bush plants. Crisp texture and mild sweet flavor make this one popular with ev- eryone. I even believe Peter picked a peck of these purple peppers, and I don’t blame him. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 QUADRATO D’ASTI GIALLO #PP103 80 days The giant yellow Quadrato bell pepper has huge fruit that are a favorite here. The largest variety we have grown, beautiful and blocky, with very thick walls, the flavor is outstanding–sweet and rich! One of the best varieties for marketing, this Italian gem gives very heavy yields. This superb pepper is a real winner! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 or 1 oz $22.00 QUADRATO D’ASTI ROSSO #PP102 80 days Very thick, brilliant red flesh that has a delicious rich- sweet taste. One of the largest red bells, it is excellent for frying, salads, or stuffing. Producing large yields, this beautiful variety is the perfect pepper for home and market growers, . Very popular with many fine markets in Italy. Superb! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 or 1 oz $22.00 RED BELGIAN #PP128 This variety is popular among growers for its earli- ness and high yields. The fruit start out a pale yellow, then slowly turn red. The peppers are wedge shaped and 3 1/2 inches long. Many growers prefer the fla- vor to ordinary bell peppers as they are very sweet Red Mini Bell and rich in taste. This is a family heirloom from Bel- gium. Pkt $2.50 RED CHEESE PEPPER #PP119 80 days Candy-sweet, round, flat, 3” pimento-type peppers that have thick red flesh; used to color and flavor cheese, great for stuffing or fresh eating. So good they’re almost addicting. Productive plants. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $9.00 RED MARCONI #PP107 80 days A late Italian pepper that yields big, 7” long, tapering fruit; very sweet, great for frying or fresh! Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 oz $6.50 RED MINI BELL #PP120 60 days Oh, so cute! Tiny, red bell peppers are only about 1-1/2” tall and wide; they have thick red flesh that is very sweet. 2’-tall plants produce loads of these little winners, and early, too. Great for stuffing. Pkt $2.50 “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” -Matthew 5:987
  • 88. SHISHITO #PP144A favorite old Japanese variety which produces 3” Melroselong, slightly wrinkled fruit that are perfect for mak-ing tempura and other traditional recipes. Fruit isemerald green in color, mildly flavored with just abit of spice; it really is superb. It is the standard withmany chefs. Pkt $2.25SIGARETTA DE BERGAMO #PP165We offer here the esteemed “Cigarette Pepper” ofBergamo, Italy. The long, slender cigarette-shapedfruit are highly popular in salads, due to their greattaste. It is also perfect for pickling and frying. A del-cious and hard-to-find variety. Pkt $2.50SWEET CHOCOLATE #PP126 75 daysI love the flavor of this rich, chocolate-brown pep-per. The flesh is cola-red color and very sweet anddelicious. The medium-sized semi-bell-shaped fruitripen very early, making this variety perfect for theNorth (or anyone who loves early peppers). Great insalads. Pkt $2.75SWEET RED STUFFING #PP130The brilliant red-colored version of our heirloomstuffing peppers which were given to us by anAmish grower. The seed was passed down from herGrandmother. Very productive plants, produce tinybell-shaped peppers about 1”-2” across. Pkt $2.75SWEET YELLOW STUFFING #PP129This amazing little pepper comes to us from an Albino BullnoseAmish grower. The seed was passed down to herfrom her grandmother, whom she fondly remem-bers growing these peppers in the 1950’s in Lan-caster, Pennsylvania. The very productive plantsproduce the cutest little mini bell-shaped peppers,only 1”-2” across! Used to make wonderful stuffedand pickled peppers! Pkt $2.75TEQUILA SUNRISE #PP142Small plants set lots of unique, glowing, golden-or-ange, carrot-shaped fruit that are borne upright onplants--so colorful! These are superb for the flower gar-den or as a potted plant. Crisp 6-inch fruit are flavorful,being sweet, crisp and sometimes slightly sharp-tast-ing. Very nutritious and fun to grow. Pkt $2.50THAI LONG SWEET #PP118Light green fruit are about 6” long, with a tapered andpointed, frying pepper shape. Great for grilling or fry-ing, this pepper is very popular in Thailand. We arehappy to offer this rare and delicious variety. Pkt $1.50TOPEPO ROSSO #PP101This Italian heirloom produces tasty, blood-red,round, pimento-type peppers that are very sweet.The flesh is very thick and crisp. Short, compact plantsproduce huge yields; great fresh or cooked. A won-derful specialty variety that has many uses. Pkt $2.00WHITE LAKES #PP161 New! Sweet Yellow StuffingVery generous producer of dainty, somewhat pointedpeppers. The young fruits take on an ivory or creamcolor very early, eventually ripening to a stunningred-orange. Originally a Russian variety deserving ofmuch wider recognition. Delicious, productive, andbeautiful.. Pkt $2.50“I will charge thee nothing but thepromise that thee will help thenext man thee finds in trouble.” -Mennonite Proverb Shop and Learn online: 88
  • 89. Sweet Chocolate Purple Beauty89 Golden and Red Marconi
  • 90. Castelfranco Radicchio & Chicory (Chicorium intybus) These are used like lettuce to make beautiful and tasty salads, and some are good cooked. Most require cool weather and shorter days of autumn to head up and reach their most brilliant coloration, and so are mainly grown as fall crops. 250 seeds per packet RED RADICCHIO CASTELFRANCO #RC102 An improved selection of this beautiful, old Italian heirloom, the round heads are cream-colored and splashed with wine red. This colorful variety is becoming a rage in salads. A high- dollar crop for market growers. Very popular in Italy! We offer quality Italian seed. Pkt $1.50 ROSSA DI TREVISO #RC101 A famous radicchio from Treviso, Italy. We offer an improved selection. Makes a long, slender bunch of leaves; turns deep brilliant red in cool weather. A must for all colorful and tasty salads! Pkt $1.50 or 1 oz $6.00 ROSSA DI VERONA A PALLA “DRAGON” #RC103 (Red Ball of Verona) Dark wine-red, round, medium-sized heads. We are happy to offer this improved Italian selection. Pkt $1.50 VARIEGATA DI CHIOGGIA “RUBIS” #RC104 Beautiful, large, round-headed radicchio; brilliant red-and- white color. From the old Italian fishing town of Chioggia. A popular Italian variety. Pkt $1.50 SUGAR LOAF CHICORY SUGAR LOAF #RC105 This green cos-type Italian specialty has a mild taste and beauti- ful, large heads. Fall planted; great for home or market. Pkt $1.50 ITALIAN DANDELIONS CATALOGNA PUNTARELLE DANDELION #RC107 (PUNTARELLE A FOGLIA STRETTA) Popular in Italy, hardy and excellent for early spring greens; great cooked like asparagus. This strain has very long, slender, Dandelion-like leaves. Pick small for Mesclun salads. Pkt $1.50 or 1 oz $7.50 Rossa di Treviso ITALIKO ROSSO DANDELION #RC106 Beautiful, bright red stems and deep green leaves make this variety a winner! Baby leaves add great tangy flavor to salads, or good as a cooked green. We offer true Italian seeds for this heirloom. Pkt $1.50 or 1 oz $7.50 BELGIAN ENDIVE WITLOOF DI BRUXELLES #RC108 We offer a select strain of “Witloof” or Belgian endive. This chic- ory is planted in the garden in spring, then dug and forced to grow in a cool, dark place, to make the delicious “Chicon heads” that command high prices at market. Very Tasty. Pkt $1.50 GRUMOLO CHICORY GRUMOLO BIONDO “GOLDEN” #RC109 Small rosette head with rounded, thick, golden-green leaves. This is a popular baby salad item in Italy; best for cool-season growing. We offer quality Italian seed. An heirloom from the Piedmont region, very hardy. Pkt $1.50 GRUMOLO ROSSA DI VERONA “AIDA” #RC110 We are able this year to offer the exciting red-leaved Grumolo. Use these like mini-lettuce in specialty salads; perfect when mixed with the “Golden Grumolo.” This variety needs cool weather to pro- duce red leaves. Always in demand with fine chefs. Pkt $1.50 Italiko Rosso Dandelion 90 Rossa di Verona
  • 91. Radish sweet, crisp, and delicious. A good radish to add color Pecarova of Kosice, Czechoslovakia. A favorite spring to salads and stir-fries; must be grown in cool weath- radish that really adds color. Pkt $2.75 er and does best when fall planted. Sometimes called JAPANESE MINOWASE DAIKON #RD112 (Rhaphanus sativus) Cabbage relatives that come “Watermelon Radish” at market. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 Popular old Japanese favorite, the giant white roots originally from Asia. Radishes are at their best in CHINESE WHITE WINTER #RD105 grow to 24” long and 3” wide. Sweet and very crisp, cooler weather, but will take more heat than most 7”-8” long, white winter radish, with a blunt tip; crisp, this radish is a delight pickled, stir-fried, steamed, or cabbage relatives. Salad-types are quick to mature, solid flesh. Good raw or cooked. Tasty. Pkt $1.50 raw. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $6.50 often in 28-35 days, and should be succession plant- EARLY SCARLET GLOBE #RD111 22 days. JAUNE D’ OR OVALE #RD128 ed every 2-3 weeks from early spring well into fall, to The classic round red radish. Crisp white flesh is mild In 1885 the French seed house Vilmorin mentioned keep as continual harvest. Winter-or storage types and tasty. Has better warm weather tolerance than “Jaune D’Or” as a new variety. This French variety take longer—60-75 days, and should be planted in many. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $6.00 starts out a pale tannish-white and turns a yellowish- FORMOSA GIANT LUO BUO #RD127 tan as the large roots mature. The egg-shaped roots mid to late summer for harvest in the fall. These are 90 days. An old favorite in Taiwan that used to be called are medium-hot, and are great for salads; they seem used and stored similar to the more familiar turnip. Formosa. Big, fat oval-shaped roots weigh about 2-3 to remain tender over a long period. Be sure to try All types are grown in ordinary garden soil, worked lbs. They are crisp and have an excellent, sweet taste. this unique old classic that France has been enjoying deeply enough to accommodate whatever roots are Very good in soup. Pkt $2.00 for over 125 years. Pkt $2.25 or 1 oz $8.50 expected. (Daikon types may grow a foot or more FRENCH BREAKFAST #RD108 LONG BLACK SPANISH #RD102 in length!) Adequate moisture, correct thinning and A pre-1885 French heirloom; mild, spicy flavor with a red (NOIR GROS LONG D’HIVER) Long, 9” black roots have weed control are all that’s required to grow this easy top and a white bottom. An attractive gourmet variety. pure white flesh that is crisp and pungent. This long crop! 200-500 seeds per packet Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $6.00 version of Black Spanish is much harder to find than CHINA ROSE #RD104 GERMAN GIANT #RD116 the round. Great for fall plantings. This is a very old One of the oldest types of radish. A very hardy fall/ Very large, round red radish that was collected in European heirloom. Pkt $2.00 winter variety. Roots are about 5” long and a rose Germany. These keep their fine quality even when LONG SCARLET #RD107 color. Pkt $2.00 large. This heirloom is very popular with the Amish. A pre-1870’s heirloom, long and slender, bright red CHINESE GREEN LUOBO (QINGLUOBO) #RD119 Mild and tasty. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 radish. It is fast becoming rare. Flesh is tender, crisp A popular radish from northern China, the tasty flesh is GIANT OF SICILY #RD118 and mild. Pkt $1.75 bright green. Very unique and colorful, they are shaped Large, 2”, round, summer radishes are bright red in MISATO ROSE #RD133 New! like Daikons. These only grow well in cool weather; color, with great taste and good quality. We offer This variety produces 3-4 inch roots and is recom- great for fall planting. An old Chinese standard. Rare. pure Italian seed for this heirloom from Sicily. Pkt mended for fall sowing. Skin runs from light pink to Pkt $2.25 $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 green, but it is the flesh that is the real treat, being CHINESE RED MEAT #RD114 HELIOS #RD125 bright pink, sweet, spicy and flavorful. Unusually The colorful “Beauty Heart” radish of historic China So unique! This bright yellow, olive-shaped radish large, dark green leaves set this variety apart. Pkt has 4” round roots with white-and-green skin, but is truly one of the most beautiful radishes I’ve ever (125 seeds) $2.50 the magic is in their rose-red center, which is so grown. This heirloom came from Alzbeta Kovacova-91 Chinese Red Meat and Chinese Green Luobo
  • 92. Clockwise: French Breakfast Juane d’Or White Hailstone Plum Purple Pink Beauty Saxa IIMIYASHIGE DAIKON #RD132 for marketing. 1 1/2” globes have sweet, crisp, white VIOLET DE GOURNAY #RD129A delicious, white Daikon type radish from Japan. flesh which does not get pithy. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb This French heirloom can grow 10” long and hasThese long white roots grow to 15” or more! Mild and $8.00 deep violet-purple skin and pungent white flesh thatvery crisp; perfect fresh in salads, or for making won- RAT’S TAIL #RD126 is great for cooking, pickling or grated raw in salads.derful pickles. These are planted in late summer and This amazing edible-podded radish variety produces It is a fall/winter radish that is generally planted inharvested in fall and early winter. loads of tender, large seed pods that add a delicious summer or fall and harvested in early winter. Some-Pkt (150 seeds) $2.25 flavor to salads and stir-fries. They are also superb times these can be spring sown in northern areasMUNCHENER BIER #RD124 when pickled. An old Asian heirloom that was grown with great results. Introduced prior to 1885. Pkt $2.25A famous German heirloom radish that is popular in in US gardens in the 1860s, this real gourmet treat WHITE HAILSTONE #RD106much of northern Europe, 4” white roots have a pun- was a favorite last summer. Pkt $2.75 An early, old-time, white spring radish, this one isgent, crisp flesh that is sliced onto bread or served ROUND BLACK SPANISH #RD101 superb! Simply the best tasting radish we have tried,with pretzels. It also produces tender seed pods that (NOIR GROS ROND D’HIVER) Large 5” winter type, and many of our customers agree. Very mild andare tasty pickled or added to salads. Pkt 1.75 probably grown since the 16th century or before. crisp. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $5.50NATIONAL 2 #RD131 Deep, near-black skin and snowy-white flesh, will WHITE ICICLE #RD123Quarter-sized, round red roots have a nice white tip. keep all winter in good conditions. Fine, fairly hot fla- Slender, 6”, ice-white roots have crisp flesh and fineA popular type at European markets. These are early, vor, good raw or cooked. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00 flavor, mild and fine quality. This pre-1865 heirloomcrisp and have a nice, mild flavor. Colorful and attrac- SAXA 2 #RD130 is still popular with home and market growers alike.tive looking. Pkt $2.00 Popular European radish that matures in just 18 days; Easy to grow. Pkt $1.50PINK BEAUTY #RD109 29 days wow, they are quick! The earliest radish we haveA beautiful, round, pink radish that has become hard grown. Bright red, smooth, round, perfect globesto find. It is sweet and tasty. Popular at specialty mar- “War is never economically benefi- are crisp and delicious. Pretty and productive. Readykets, a must for all radish growers! Wonderful and when tops are just 4” tall! Pkt $2.00 cial except for those in position tounique. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $8.00 SCARLET TURNIP WHITE TIP RADISH (SPARKLER) profit from war expenditures”.PURPLE PLUM #RD122 28 days #RD113 Very handsome, round, bright scarlet color withHere is one lovely radish, with its bright purple skin a white tip. Sweet and juicy, an heirloom from the 1880’s. -Congressman Ron Paulthat makes this one of the most colorful varieties Pkt $1.75 92
  • 93. Rat’s Tail93 Violet de Gournay China Rose Japanese Minowase Daikon
  • 94. Rhubarb(Rheum rhabarbum) Central Asian native that Rutabagas (Brassica napus) Cabbage relative grown for its Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) Sorghum is one of Africa’s greatesthas been grown in Europe for centuries, for me- roots, which are similar to turnips but larger, sweeter contributions to the world’s agricultural diversity, and isdicinal and food use. At its best in cooler summers and milder. Requires a longer season, 90-120 days, a traditional crop in the South. Adaptable and droughtwith cold winters, but can be grown in warmer but can tolerate cool temperatures as it matures, tolerant, sorghum varieties exist that provide grain,climates with some afternoon shade. Seeds are and is at its best harvested in late autumn. Sow sweet syrup, animal fodder, or sometimes, more thanstarted indoors or outside in a nursery bed, and about 90 days prior to expected fall frost, in rich, one crop from a single planting! The main requirementtransplanted to their final location. Mature rhubarb deeply worked soil of average fertility. Thin to about for sorghum is heat—plant the seeds about 1/2” deepplants are quite large, so space them at lest 2 feet 8-12 inches apart, control weeds and keep moist. a couple of weeks after spring frosts are over and soilapart. Requires rich soil and ample moisture. Har- The leaves of some varieties make passable greens is really warm. Ordinary garden soil and moisture arevest the succulent stalks starting the second year. when harvested young. 400 seeds per packet. sufficient to get a crop, although sorghum may be more25 seeds per packet AMERICAN PURPLE TOP #RT101 productive under better conditions. Seeds are ripe atVICTORIA #RH101 Very tasty, mild, and sweet; great cooked or raw. about the same time as sugar content of the stalksThick, greenish stalks are popular for making deli- Bright yellow flesh; top quality. A pre-1920 heirloom, reaches maximum. 50 seeds per pkt.cious pies, cobbler and preserves. This variety can be a great fall vegetable. Pkt $1.50 BLACK AMBER SR107 harvested starting as soon as the 2nd season. Rhu- CHAMPION A COLLET ROUGE #RT103 100 days--One of the oldest cane sorghums still onbarb is very popular in Canada and the North. Do not This variety is a true champion and has been pop- the market, named for its shiny black seeds. The 6-8eat the leaves, as they can contain toxic amounts of ular in Europe since the 1850’s. Large roots are foot stalks make a delicious golden sorghum syrup.oxalic acid. Introduced prior to 1840, this old variety purplish-red on the top and yellow on the bot- We are happy to offer this sorghum that was a stan-is still widely grown. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $8.50 tom half of the roots. Attractive, sweet and really dard in early America and is still used today. Pkt $3.00 BROOM CORN MULTI-COLORED #SR102 finely flavored; delicious fried or roasted. Pkt $2.00 The multi-colored tassels are so popular for fall deco- COLLET VERT #RT104 rations. Colors include red, gold, burgundy, black, Finely flavored old standard that has a bright green top bronze, and more! Broom Corn can also be used to and yellow bottom, making these roots unique and make brooms. Pkt $3.00 colorful. Popular in France since the 19th century, it still CANA DULCE #SR120 New! holds a place with many gourmets and gardeners who (Cana Azucar) The Spanish names translate simply as love its rich taste. Pkt $2.00 “Sweet Cane” or “Sugar Cane.” Sorghum was widely LAURENTIAN #RT102 grown in the traditional Spanish villages in New Mexi- An improved “Purple Top” rutabaga, its delicious co, in the days when sugar was an expensive imported yellow roots are great fried or baked; sweet, and so item. This variety is red-seeded and reaches about 8’ tasty. Very uniform and makes a good market type. tall. Seed collected in Dixon, New Mexico, and origi- Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $6.50 nally from the Native American community of Santo Domingo Pueblo. Pkt $3.00 Roselle DWARF MAYO #SR117 A fascinating new introduction bred by Dr. Sam Moy- er, Seed Savers member and broomcorn enthusiast. (Hibiscus sabdariffa) 15 seeds per packet. Dwarf plants seldom reach 5 feet in height. Seed- RED ROSELLE #RS101 heads are richly colored in shades of red through A super plant for making cranberry-flavored bright brown; extra long panicles to make long-brushed red beverages, jelly, pie, and tea. Much is grown in brooms. Pkt $3.00 HONEY DRIP #SR101 Asia, tropical America and the Mideast, as the flavor Makes sweet, delicious syrup. A very old sweet vari- is wonderful. A tasty sauce can be made by boiling ety, 8’-10’ stalks that are crushed for their juice, which and sweetening the fleshy calyxes. The leaves are is then boiled down in a large metal pan until it be- also used to make a drink. The plant is red and very comes sorghum syrup. This variety has become hard beautiful. Start very early indoors, unless you live in to find, but at one time this was one of the leading the far South. Citrus-flavored flowers are delicious varieties in the South. Pkt $3.00 on frozen desserts. This plant has too many uses to MENNONITE #SR104 name here. Pkt $3.00 A Mennonite heirloom from Missouri. The tall canes are juiced and boiled to make a very sweet, light, sor- Salsify ghum syrup, excellent on pancakes. This variety gives good yields and also produces lots of grain. Pkt $3.00 ONAVAS RED #SR111 (Tragopogon porrifolius) A European favorite known in Vigorous, 10 foot plants send out many tillers (side- Roman times and cultivated since at least the Thirteenth shoots,) and all produce sweet juicy sap suitable for Century. Sow ½” deep in very early spring, keeping boiling down into syrup. Beautiful burgundy seed moist until seedlings emerge. Needs at least 6” spac- heads. From the Pima Bajo village in Sonora, Mexico. ing, full sun, only ordinary garden soil, but this must be Pkt $3.00 finely worked and free from rocks to produce straight SUGAR DRIP #SR108 roots. Lift and store mature roots in autumn. If left until Big 10’-12’ tall plants produce large heads with edible the second spring, young shoots may be harvested and red seeds. This old variety receives its name from the used like asparagus. Eventually forms attractive purple sweet juice that is in the stalk of each plant; this juice blooms on 3-ft stems. was boiled down in many rural areas of the Southeast- SALSIFY MAMMOTH SANDWICH ISLAND #SF101 ern United States to make the famous sorghum syrup Heirloom, native of Europe. Tasty in soups and stews, that was a staple on the morning’s pancakes and corn- or cooked alone. Plant in spring, dig in fall; a non-sweet bread. This strain has now became very rare. Pkt $3.00 parsnip-like root. This variety dates back to the 1800s. TUNISIAN SR116 New! Young plants look like grass. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.00 Excellent grain-type sorghum, originally collected in a market in Tunis. Smallish, brown to almost olive- colored grains are ground for use as porridge in their native land. Slender stalks and narrow leaves might “He that tilleth his land shall be sat- be an adaptation to their native land. Compact seed isfied with bread.” -Proverbs 12:11 heads occasionally cause lodging, so plant a bit deep. Needs really warm temperatures to thrive; recom- 94
  • 95. Onavas Red mended for dry-summer areas. Pkt $3.00 WHITE AFRICAN #SR109 Introduced to the USA in 1857 by Leonard Wray from Natal, South Africa, under the name Enyama, it was later named White Mammoth and then White African. This variety produces 10’ tall stalks that make great, sweet syrup that is perfect for hot waffles and pancakes. White seeds can be used to grind for flour. Pkt $3.00 RED’S RED SWEET #SR103 This heirloom has been grown in northern Mis- souri for many years. More adapted to northern climates than many sorghums. Makes excellent syrup. From our friend Steve Salt. Pkt $3.00 WHITE BROOM CORN #SR114 This is the sorghum that was used for making brooms in early America. Lovely yellowish-cream seed heads are great for feed and food. Make your own brooms and fall decorations with this easy to grow crop. Our strain comes from the Old Sturbridge Village. Pkt $3.00 YELLOW BONNET #SR119 New! 120 days—A fairly long season syrup-type sor- ghum, originally from southern Missouri. Medi- um stalks reach 9-10 feet, showed no lodging in one trial, and only moderate tillering (suckering). Pkt $3.00 “A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang.”95 -Benjamin Franklin
  • 96. the common type. The sturdy plants yield over a long savoyed leaves. This productive variety is fairly early.Spinach(Spinacia oleracea) True spinach is very cold tol- season, producing flat, tender, medium-green leaves with red-tinged stalks. Slower to bolt than ordinary spinach. Traditionally sown in late-summer or early fall Rare in the USA. Pkt $2.00 MONSTRUEUX DE VIROFLAY #SP104 50 days Big leaves to 10” long, smooth and deep green inerant, one of the first crops planted at winter’s for harvest through autumn and into winter. Pkt $2.50 color. Very fast growing plants are popular for fallend, as well as one of the last in early fall. In zone BLOOMSDALE LONG STANDING #SP101 50 days planting. A gourmet French heirloom that was de-6 and above, it’s possible to harvest at least a The old standard since 1925, does better in hot veloped prior to 1866. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4 lb $7.00few leaves occasionally all winter long, and far- weather than most. Glossy, deep green, delicious NEW ZEALAND SPINACH #SP102 60 daysther north, it may be possible with row cover or leaves. So popular with fine chefs. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 (Tetragonia tetragonioides) Not the same specieshigh tunnels. We list some warm weather spin- lb $6.00 as common spinach, this variety takes the heatach substitute here as well, and these are quite GIANT NOBLE #SP103 and keeps producing all summer. Tasty. Was listedthe opposite: they yield abundant greens in sum- This is the giant of the spinach clan. Plants spread to by Fearing Burr in 1863 in his book Field and Gar-mer’s heat, when growing true spinach would 25”! Tender leaves are great for canning, steaming, or den Vegetables of America. Not frost hardy. Pkt (50be out of the question. Spinach, whether true or salads; for those who want quantity and quality. Intro- seeds) $2.50 or 1/4 lb $8.00warm-season substitutes, requires lots of nitro- duced in 1926. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4 lb $6.00 RED MALABAR SPINACH #SP107 70 daysgen and water. 250 seeds per packet GIGANTE D’INVERNO #SP106 This beautiful plant is not a true spinach but a dif-AMSTERDAM PRICKLY SEEDED #SP108 This European heirloom produces large, broad, deep ferent species (Basella rubra). This heat-loving AsianTraditional crop in Europe for generations. This type was green leaves well into the fall and winter months in vine has lovely red stems and delicious, succulentgrown by Thos. Jefferson in the early Nineteenth Cen- many areas. This flavorful variety comes to us from leaves that are great in salads and stir-fries. A deli-tury. In 1806, Bernard McMahon of Philadelphia said it Italy. The English name is Giant of Winter. Pkt $2.00 cious green that can be grown as an annual in manywas “the hardiest kind,” and that may well be true to this MERLO NERO #SP105 areas or as a perennial in sub-tropical areas. Pkt (50day. Leaves are more pointed and arrow-shaped than A fine-flavored Italian spinach that has dark-green, seeds) $2.50 Amsterdam Prickly Seeded 96
  • 97. GELBER ENGLISCHER CUSTARD #SSQ136 The 4-lb. fruit are pumpkin-shaped with big ribs, Summer Squash Many of these are also used for winter too! The (C. pepo) Clear lemon-yellow fruits are a patty-pan type, but with a bizarre twist. Fruits are oddly flat- tened—impossible to describe. Productive bush with golden yellow and dark green-striped skin. The young fruit are good fried as summer squash, and mature fruit can be made into pies and preserves. species is C. pepo on all squash listed here, un- plants yield over a long season if kept picked. Rec- Almost extinct in the USA, but sold commercially in less otherwise noted. Minimum 20 seeds per ommended for cooler climates like the Pacific North- Europe. Pkt. $3.00 or 1/4 lb $15.00 packet. Summer Squash are grown for immature west. This unique variety originated in Gatersleben, PATISSON GOLDEN MARBRE SCALLOP #SSQ104 fruits which can be harvested all summer long. Germany. Described in Amy Goldman’s book “The A unique French scallop squash, fruit is a beautiful BENNINGS GREEN TINT SCALLOP #SSQ109 Compleat Squash.” Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 bright golden-orange color, very beautiful. Young 50 days. Colorful, light green, scallop-shaped fruit; ten- GREEN BUSH VEGETABLE MARROW #SSQ124 fruit are very tender and well flavored! Also makes der and good quality; excellent yields, easy to grow. We Green, zucchini-type fruit are excellent for frying, good winter squash. Tall bush plants are very attrac- have grown this variety for many years, an old favorite. stuffing, and baking; tasty flesh; bush plants. Very tive and yields are good. A favorite of mine. Pkt $3.00 Good color for market. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $7.00 popular with the English. Pkt $2.00 PATISSON PANACHE BLANC ET VERT SCALLOP COCOZELLA DI NAPOLI #SSQ121 55 days KAMO KAMO #SSQ129 #SSQ106 The stunning, pure white scallop with deep Long, slender fruit, ribbed, pale greenish-yellow, The ethnic heirloom pumpkin of the Maori people of green radial streaks. Small fruit may not show streaking, striped with dark green; very firm and flavorful flesh. New Zealand; it is also known as Kumi Kumi pump- and it can be variable. Its delicious flesh is great fried or A unique Italian heirloom; tasty. Pkt $2.00 kin. New Zealanders say this is the best of all squash, baked. A real treat for both taste and visual appeal; a COSTATA ROMANESCO #SSQ122 52 days for the young fruit can be boiled, fried or baked, and pre-1885 French heirloom. Pkt(15 seeds) $2.50 The famous Italian/Roman ribbed zucchini. The dis- they have a rich, nutty flavor that is quite delicious. PATISSON PANACHE JAUNE ET VERT SCALLOP tinctive, long fruit are fluted and ribbed; medium Let the green speckled squash ripen, and they are #SSQ105 Beautiful scalloped fruit are a lovely green-striped skin; rich and very flavorful. The cut good as a winter squash. They have become rare creamy-yellow with contrasting deep green radial slices are scalloped. It is also popular to fry this even in New Zealand. Very Ornamental. Pkt $3.00 streaks. Small fruit may not show streaking and it squash whole, when it is small with the flower still LEBANESE WHITE BUSH MARROW #SSQ112 can be variable. Stunning displayed with our other attached. A perfect gourmet variety for the market 50 days. Creamy, oblong fruits; tasty and mild, good scallops! The flavor is delicious as a summer squash grower. Pkt $2.00 fried or baked. Harvest when 7” long. Rare Lebanese or is great baked in the fall. We are happy to offer this CROOKNECK-EARLY GOLDEN SUMMER #SSQ116 variety. Early. Pkt $2.00 French heirloom again this year. Pkt $2.50 50 days. An old favorite heirloom, this is one of the LEMON SQUASH #SSQ102 PATISSON STRIE MELANGE #SSQ134 oldest types of squash dating back to pre-Columbus The shape, size and color of a lemon, it grows great We are so excited to finally list this incredible mix of times, and it has been popular ever since. Easy to here, has huge yields and the best resistance to in- French scallops. This mix contains fruit in many col- grow and good tasting. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $7.50 sects I have seen in a summer squash. Very tasty, ors, with many being striped and warted! One of the EARLY PROLIFIC STRAIGHTNECK #SSQ115 great fried! A favorite, this is a superb market vari- most ornamental varieties we have seen. Fruit are 50 days. AAS Winner from 1938, uniform lemon-yel- ety and is very attractive. Our most popular summer good picked young and cooked, or used when hard low, club-shaped fruit; firm flesh is of excellent qual- squash. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $10.00 for decorations. Add lots of style to your summer ity, tasty. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $7.50 MONGOGO DU GUATEMALA #SSQ130 and fall displays. Pkt $3.00 A Guatemalan heirloom superb for fall decorations. Emilee and Sasha harvesting Patisson Strie Melange97
  • 98. Patisson Strie Melange 98
  • 99. Gilber Englischer Custard Patisson Panache Juane et Vert Mongogo du Guatemala99
  • 100. RONDE DE NICE #SSQ111 50 days YELLOW SCALLOP #SSQ108This is a delicious French heirloom variety. The flesh (Golden Custard) Beautiful, bright yellow fruit with aof this round, green zucchini is very tender and rich, mellow flavor. Likely predates Columbian times;fine-flavored, making it an ideal squash for stuffing. a rare native American squash. Bush plants withA popular variety for home gardens and specialty good yields. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $8.75growers. Vigorous, quick-growing plants. Pkt $2.00 ZUCCHINI-BLACK BEAUTY #SSQ120 50 daysRUGOSA FRIULANA #SSQ137 New! The classic dark-green summer squash that has madeCommon in northeastern Italy, and nearly the only modern zucchini of this type popular. Introduced invariety seen in the Venetian shops and markets. The the US markets in the 1920’s, and seed companiesname means “wrinkled of Friuli,” but the light yellow started listing it in the 1930’s. Delicious fried or baked;fruits are beyond wrinkled, being fantastically wart- best picked young. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $7.00ed even when very young. Rich and full flavored, as ZUCCHINI-GOLDEN #SSQ118Italian varieties usually are. Pkt $3.00 Slender fruit are bright golden-yellow. They areSTRIATA D’ITALIA #SSQ110 50 days as delicious as they are attractive; bush plants. PktMedium-long zucchini fruit, somewhat thicker at $2.00 or 1/4 lb $11.00the blossom end, light ribbing, 8”-9” long. The skin is ZUCCHINI- GRAY #SSQ114 49 daysstriped in light & dark green. Superb flavor and texture. Great-tasting, high-quality, gray zucchini squash. YieldsThis variety is popular in Italy for its flavor & early yield. are very good; flesh is firm, mild, and very tasty. We havePkt $2.00 been getting favorable reports from customers aboutTABLE DAINTY SSQ135 New! this squash. A real favorite. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $7.5065 days. Delicate little fruits, like a short, six-inch zuc- ZUCCHINI-LUNGO BIANCO #SSQ119chini, striped in green and yellow to white. Abun- A popular variety from Italy, the light-green/creamdantly produced on somewhat compact vines. De- fruit are mild and sweet. Beautiful in a zucchini mix.veloped in 1909. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.25 Productive bush plants. Pure imported Italian seed.TATUME #SSQ127 Pkt $2.00A must in Mexican cuisine, and also popular in cer- ZUCCHINO RAMPICANTE (ZUCCA D’ALBENGA)tain parts of Texas. This old heirloom is picked small #SSQ103 (C. moschata) The famous Italian heirloomand used like zucchini, but these are so much bet- vining zucchini and pumpkin; long, slender, 15” fruitter than standard supermarket zucchini! Round to have a flat bulb at the bottom. They are one of theslightly elongated, flavorful fruit are green in color; best eating summer squash, very tender, mild, andvigorous vining plants are fairly resistant to disease. sweet tasting. The flavor is superb! This squash is alsoPkt $2.25 great as winter squash. The Italians use it for stuffingTONDO SCURO DI PIACENZA #SSQ101 in gnocchi and ravioli; the flesh is rich and flavorful,Forget the new “Eight Ball” hybrid. There already was great for baking and pies! The vines produce goodan heirloom version. These are a rich, dark-green yields of this great all-purpose squash. The maturecolor, round-shaped and very flavorful; perfect for fruit grow very long. This one is in high demand athome or markets. Vigorous plants produce well. Ital- specialty markets. Pkt $2.75ian seed. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00WHITE SCALLOP #SSQ107 50 daysA very ancient Native American heirloom squash, “When the American spirit was in itsgrown by the Northern Indians for hundreds of years. youth, the language of America wasThis type was depicted by Europeans back to 1591, and different: Liberty, sir, was the primaryis one of the best-tasting and high-yielding varietiesstill around today! Great fried or baked. Flat fruit with object.” -Patrick Henryscalloped edges--beautiful! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $6.75 Crookneck, Early Golden Summer Lemon Costata Romanesco 100
  • 101. ORANGE Table Gold Acorn Orange Jack Be Little Connecticut Field PINK Galeux D’Eysines Pink Jaune Gros de Paris Australian Butter RED Turk’s Cap Rouge Vif d’Etampes Red Red Kuri GREEN Marina di Chioggia Green True Green Hubbard Black Futsu BROWN Musquee de Provence Brown Seminole Shishigatani BLUE Triamble or Shamrock Blue Hubbard Blue Queensland Blue101
  • 102. BUSH BUTTERCUP #SQ168 95 days being about a foot in diameter but only 5-7 inchesSquash & Pumpkins20-35 seeds per packet. Harvest in autumn when (C. maxima) Like standard Buttercup squash, with sweet, dry, orange flesh of excellent quality, but these are produced on 3’-4’ bush plants that stay compact; excellent for small gardens. Green-skinned from stem to blossom end. Orange-fleshed fruits are great for pies; excellent keepers. Very rare. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 FORDHOOK ACORN #SQ181 110 daysskins are too tough to be easily punctured with a 3-to 4-lb fruit. Pkt $2.50 (C. pepo) Creamy tan-colored, oblong, acorn-shapedthumbnail. BUTTERCUP #SQ110 95 days fruits weigh about 2 lbs each. Flesh is similar toAMERICANA TONDA #SQ144 (C. maxima) Very sweet, dry flesh of excellent quality. other acorns. These are also good harvested young(C. pepo) A beautiful, ornamental pumpkin that has Deep orange flesh with green skin. Fruit are around and fried like zucchini. This good producer was in-orange skin with green stripes between the ribbing. 3 lbs each. Pkt. $2.00 or 1/4lb $6.50 troduced by W.A. Burpee in 1890 at their FordhookThey weigh 4-6 lbs each. Pkt $2.00 BUTTERNUT ROGOSA VIOLINA “GIOIA” #SQ153 trial grounds in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Pkt $2.50ATLANTIC GIANT PUMPKIN #SQ179 100 days (C. moschata) An Italian Butternut-type GALEUX D’EYSINES #SQ156 95-100 days110-125 days (C. maxima) Lovely, giant, pink-orange squash, these have a violin shape and wrinkled tan (C. maxima) Possibly our most beautiful heirloompumpkins can weigh over 800 lbs, and do so every skin. The flesh is deep orange and sweet, perfect for squash. This flattened, round, 10-15 lb fruit has gor-year, with some reaching almost 1500 lbs! This va- desserts, roasting, stuffing, and baking. Good for geous, salmon/peach-colored skin covered with largeriety was introduced by Howard Dill, of Nova Scotia marketing. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 warts! The deep orange flesh is flavorful, smooth andin 1978, and has since broken all records. Pkt $4.00 BUTTERNUT–WALTHAM #SQ112 100 days sweet, making it good for baking. It’s also popularAUSTRALIAN BUTTER #SQ162 (C. moschata) An old favorite. Good yields with among the French for making soup. This is one of the90-100 days (C. maxima) A large, gorgeous peach-col- excellent-tasting, rich, orange-colored flesh. Great tastiest squash I have tried, and we are delighted toored squash from ‘down under’ that has extra-thick, baked! Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00 offer this French heirloom. Pkt $3.00 or 1 oz $8.00orange flesh that’s of excellent quality; perfect for pies CANDY ROASTER - NORTH GEORGIA #SQ240 GLEISDORFER NAKED SEEDED PUMPKIN #SQ267and baking. The 15-lb fruit keep for a long period. Very (C. maxima) Here is a smaller strain of Candy Roaster New! (Styrian Hulless type) (C. pepo) Austrians haverare Australian heirloom. So beautiful and attractive. from northern Georgia. This type of squash is famous cultivated pumpkins for the oil in their seeds for atPkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $16.00 among the people of the Southeast. Pink, banana- least 200 years, and hulless seeds have been pre-BABY BLUE HUBBARD #SQ183 90-100 days shaped fruit have a blue tip and weigh around 10 ferred since before their commercial introduction in(C. maxima) A lovely little squash that was devel- lbs. Delicious, smooth orange flesh is perfect baked, the 1920’s. The fact that hulless seeds are easier tooped in 1953 by the U of NH; small, Hubbard-shaped fried and makes great pies; hard to find and quite enjoy fresh or toasted is a happy accident! This va-fruit weigh around 6 lbs and have fine-grained, yel- beautiful. Pkt $3.00 riety was introduced in 1970. The pale orange fruitslow-gold flesh that is sweet and of excellent quality. CHICAGO WARTED HUBBARD #SQ127 110 days are occasionally stippled in green, and weigh 6 to 12A great variety for marketing or small households. (C. maxima) This heirloom was developed by Budlong pounds.and Pumpkin seeds are very high in VitaminSemi-bush vines are easy to handle. Pkt $2.50 Gardens of Chicago and was introduced by Vaughan’s E and Omega 3 fatty acids. Pkt $3.00BABY GREEN HUBBARD #SQ199 Seed Store, of Chicago, in 1894. The 13-lb fruit are dusky- GOLDEN DELICIOUS #SQ114 100 days(C. maxima) The 7” green fruit look like miniature Hub- olive-green, deeply wrinkled, and warted, classic Hub- (C. maxima) Lives up to the name; these squash arebard squash, yet weigh only 5 lbs. The flesh is sweet bard shape. Fine-grained, sweet orange flesh. Pkt $2.00 delicious! Fruit are teardrop-shaped and weigh 7-9 lbs.and nutty–great for baking or in pies! The smaller size CHINESE MINIATURE WHITE #SQ264 New! The rind is brilliant red-orange. Flesh is very smooth,makes these perfect for market growing. Pkt $2.00 (C. pepo) Tiny 3”-4” flat white pumpkins are about tasty, and orange. This variety was introduced by GillBIG MAX #SQ123 110 days the same size and shape as “Baby Boo.” Great for Bros. Seed Co., of Portland, Oregon, in 1926. Pkt $2.25(C. maxima) Huge pumpkins can grow well over 100 fall decorations and are also edible. A great squash GOLDEN HUBBARD #SQ200lbs! Nearly round, bright orange fruit are stunning for farm markets, easy to grow and gives excellent (C. maxima) Also called ‘Genesee Red Hubbard’ andand are good for pies and canning. Very thick, orange yields. From China. Pkt $2.50 was introduced in 1898. The 12-lb red fruit are tear-flesh. Good for county fairs and displays. Pkt $2.50 CHIRIMAN #SQ198 drop-shaped, brilliant red and lightly warted, mak-BLACK FUTSU #SQ106 (C. moschata) This Japanese heirloom was popular ing this the most beautiful of the Hubbard types.(C. moschata) Rare, black Japanese squash, the fruit is in the Edo period (1603-1867). It was first offered in The flesh is very thick, sweet and orange with a fineflattened, round, and has heavy ribbing. Very unique the US by Aggelar and Musser Co., of Los Angeles, in old-fashioned squash flavor. This is an excellent vari-and beautiful. The black fruit will turn a rich chestnut 1922. Beautiful fruit weigh about 5 lbs. This variety ety for fall decorations, as well as for eating. Pkt $2.50color in storage. Flesh is golden color and has the rich is flattened and ribbed and deep greenish-black in GREEN STRIPED CUSHAW #SQ163 95 daystaste of hazelnuts. Fruits are 3-8 lbs each, and vines give color. They turn more tan in storage. The flesh is deep (C. mixta) Big, white fruit with small, green stripes; ob-huge yields. Japanese, dark skinned, flattened; did ex- orange, sweet and flavorful. A great little squash that long with crooked necks and bulbous bottoms. The largecellent here. Popular with European market growers. has become quite rare. Pkt $3.00 vines are vigorous and are good for the South. A NativeGood insect resistance makes this a winner! Pkt $3.00 CONNECTICUT FIELD #SQ129 100 days American squash that has an ancient history. Great forBLUE HUBBARD #SQ180 110 days (C. pepo) The heirloom pumpkin of the New England fall pumpkin sales. Pkt $2.25(C. maxima) Huge, teardrop-shaped fruit weigh 15- settlers and Indians, several hundred years old. Gold- GUATEMALAN BLUE #SQ15140 lbs and have sweet, fine-grained, golden flesh. en fruit weigh about 20 lbs each. This is a truly old (C. maxima) An heirloom from Guatemala, this vari-Great for baking, pies, and soup. The hard, blue-gray variety; can be used for pies; the traditional American ety produces 10 lb, blue, banana-shaped fruit thatshell helps these keep for long periods in storage. pumpkin. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4lb $7.50 have tasty, firm flesh. The vines are very productive.Gregory Seed Company introduced this fine New CROWN #SQ189 95 days This variety is very hard to find. Pkt $3.00England variety in 1909, and Mr. Gregory considered (C. maxima) Our friend, Mac Condill, found this great HINDU #SQ260 New!this his best introduction. Pkt $2.25 squash in Cape Town South Africa. Originally from (C. mixta) A large pear-shaped squash, white withBOSTON MARROW #SQ221 Australia, this variety first came to the USA in the green stripes. The flesh is yellow and very mild-tast-(C. maxima) Lovely 15lb fruit are hubbard-shaped early 1930’s. Stunning, turban-shaped fruit are light ing. The plants are productive, yielding several fruitsand a brilliant red-orange in color. This variety was blue in color and weigh about 12 lbs. The flesh is each when grown well. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.25first documented back to 1831 by Fearing Burr, the bright orange, sweet and of good quality, great for HONEY BOAT DELICATA #SQ159 105 daysauthor of Field & Garden Vegetables of America. This pies, baking and soups. Blue types can be traced (C. pepo) One of the sweetest squash varieties in exis-variety was first mentioned being grown by Mr. J.M. back for more than 150 years in Australia, and are tence. Oblong, Delicata-shaped squash have tan skinIves of Salem, MA. Mr. Ives had received seeds from among the best for eating. Pkt $2.75 with green stripes. Excellent quality and producesa friend in Northampton, MA, who had obtained his CUSHAW WHITE (JONATHAN PUMPKIN) #SQ116 early. Developed by Dr. James Baggett, Oregon Stateseeds from a friend in Buffalo, NY. This variety came 100 days (C. mixta) A rare Cushaw type; white skin and University. Pkt $2.25to be grown in the Buffalo area after a tribe of Native sweet, pale orange flesh. Easy to grow, huge yields, HOPI PALE GREY #SQ202Americans traveled through the area and distributed and good resistance to squash bugs. A popular heir- (C. maxima) Here is a unique and colorful nativeseed. From this historic introduction, Boston Marrow loom from the South. (1891) Pkt $2.50 Hopi Indian variety. The fruit weigh 15 lbs and aresoon became one of the most important commer- DELICATA #SQ111 100 days pear shaped; they have a deep green skin color andcial squashes for 150 years. As the 21st century ap- (C. pepo) High sugar content. Fruit are 1-3 lbs each, yellow flesh. A good squash for warm climates. Veryproached, nearly every seed company had dropped and skin color is rust-white with green stripes. Deli- rare! The 10 lb round fruit have a lovely pale graythis unique treasure. In 1881 D.M. Ferry’s catalog cate sweet flavor. This old heirloom was introduced rind that is ridged and very hard, making this a greatsaid, “Very dry, fine-grained, and for sweetness and in 1894 by Peter Henderson and Co. Pkt $2.00 or keeping variety. Orange flesh is both sweet and dry;excellence, unsurpassed; a very popular variety in 1/4lb $16.00 large vines are quite vigorous. A Southwestern heir-the Boston market”. It has rich, orange flesh that won DISHPAN CUSHAW #SQ265 New! loom from the Hopi people that has nearly becomeit a place in Slow Foods’ “Ark of Taste” for having su- (C. mixta) Very unusually shaped for a cushaw type, extinct in recent years. Pkt $3.00perior flavor and taste! Pkt $2.75 102
  • 103. Hubbard Squash in a local, Ozark Jail103
  • 104. Marina di Chioggia 104
  • 105. Omaha Pumpkin105
  • 106. Rouge Vif d’Etampes 106
  • 107. Yokohama107
  • 108. Musquee de Provence 108
  • 109. Chicago Warted Hubbard Boston Marrow109
  • 110. Seminole Sibley 110
  • 111. Triamble Butternut Rogosa Violina “Gioia”111
  • 112. Turk’s Cap or Turban Sucrine du Berry 112
  • 113. Tennesssee Sweet Potato113
  • 114. Galeux d’Eysines Blue Hubbard 114
  • 115. HOWDEN #SQ216 ribbed. Orange flesh is sweet and dry and has a spicy NORTH FAULKLAND ISLAND #SQ147 100 days (C. pepo) A large, more uniform Connecticut Field type flavor. Very hard to find. A great variety for specialty (C. moschata) Unique, pear-shaped fruit are most- pumpkin. A hard, orange rind makes this an excellent markets. First offered in America by the Oriental Seed ly white, some with greenish-yellow and orange carving variety. The 22 lb fruit have thick orange flesh; a Company, of San Francisco in 1927. Pkt $2.75 stripes, 2-4 lbs, pale yellow flesh. From the Abundant great keeper, and popular commercial variety. Pkt $2.00 KING OF MAMMOTH (MAMMOTH CHILE) #SQ130 Life Archives. Pkt $3.00 HUBBARD TRUE GREEN IMPROVED #SQ120 110 days. (C. maxima) An heirloom pumpkin dating OMAHA PUMPKIN #SQ255 105 days (C. maxima) The original Green Hubbard was back to pre-1824, this variety is known to weigh in 80 days (C. pepo) Another Oscar Will Seed Company introduced around the 1790’s, and it has dark bronze- at over 250 lbs. They commonly grow 40-100 lbs. The introduction, dating to 1924, but collected much ear- green skin and delicious golden flesh. The fruit are 10- skin is mottled pinkish-orange on yellow. Good for lier from the Omaha Indians, by Dr. Melvin Gilmore. 15 lbs each and are excellent keepers. J.H. Gregory’s pies, huge yields. Rare. Pkt $2.50 Weighing 3 to 5 pounds, Omaha matures early with Company made this squash famous LAKOTA #SQ245 tall, cylindrical, upright pumpkins which make cute back in the 1840’s. Pkt $2.00 (C. maxima) This colorful variety was grown by the Jack o’ Lanterns. The vines are vigorous, yielding even ILLINOIS #SQ252 Lakota Sioux. It is pear-shaped, flame-red with green in short-season climates. Very sweet fruits store for a (C. mixta) Also known as White Crookneck Pumpkin. streaks at the bottom. So attractive for fall decora- few months, and are good baked or in pies. Pkt $3.00 Large white-to-ivory, club-shaped fruits reach 30” tions. The flesh is fine-grained and sweet with a ORANGE CUSHAW #SQ124 long and weigh 18-25 lbs. The flesh is pale yellow, great nutty taste. A wonderful squash that ranks (C. mixta) Large, beautiful fruit with crooked necks, and the fruits keep fairly well. The variety was widely among the most beautiful. Pkt $3.00 light golden-orange color. The large vines are vigor- grown in southern Illinois, often in cornfields, and LONG ISLAND CHEESE #SQ128 105 days ous and do well in the South. Great for fall pumpkin was preferred there for pies. Our foundation seed (C. moschata) A longtime favorite on Long Island, sales. Pkt $2.50 came from collector Kevin McCarty, who writes that very popular for pies. Flat, lightly-ribbed fruit look like PACHECO PUMPKIN #SQ231 the variety was grown continuously on a particular wheels of cheese, with buff-colored skin. A very good (C. pepo) A pumpkin that has a beautiful yellow rind Illinois farm from 1830 to 1980, the original seed keeper, of excellent quality, 6-10 lbs each; a beautiful and is filled with delicious, creamy yellow flesh; quite having been provided by Abraham Lincoln’s par- heirloom variety. Pkt $2.25 or 1 oz $6.50 tasty! This heirloom is said to be collected at a ran- ents! Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 LONG OF NAPLES #SQ134 cho west of Chihuahua, Old Mexico. Pkt $2.50 IRAN #SQ268 New! (C. moschata) Large, oblong, butternut-shaped fruit PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH CROOKNECK #SQ218 (C. maxima) One of the most unusual and beauti- can weigh 20-35 lbs. The flesh is bright orange. Fla- (C. moschata) A popular 19th century Pennsylvania ful squashes you will ever see! We have been trying vor is superb; rich, and very sweet. The skin is deep variety that is still grown in many Amish communi- for several years to get this variety into the catalog. green, turning tan in storage. These attractive squash ties. Sometimes called “Neck Pumpkin” because of Collected in 1940 in the northeastern Iranian city of are great for areas with warm, long seasons. A good its long, flesh-filled neck. It somewhat resembles a Torbat-e-Heydariyeh, and preserved at the USDA heirloom for home or market growers. A beautiful, giant butternut squash with a very long neck. They seed bank ever since. Not known to the public un- very old Italian heirloom listed in America by Fearing can reach 20 lbs in size! The flesh is superb, being til a few years ago, when our friend Glenn Drowns Burr in 1863; very rare. Pkt $2.50 deep orange and richly flavored, making it so popu- introduced it. This squash is super ornamental, with MARINA DI CHIOGGIA #SQ133 95 days lar with Amish wives for making their delectable its unique, foam-green rind that’s mottled in soft (C. maxima) The heirloom sea pumpkin of Chioggia, pumpkin pies, butters and other deserts. A favorite peachy orange. Round and slightly ribbed fruit are on the coast of Italy. The large turban-shaped fruit are of ours, and a good keeper. Pkt $2.50 medium to large in size. It keeps for a year or more, deep blue-green. It is one of the most beautiful and PIPIAN FROM TUXPAN #SQ227 and is perfect for fall decorating. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 unique of all squash. A perfect variety for market gar- (C. mixta) A lovely round 6 lb squash that has fine JACK BE LITTLE #SQ160 90 days deners. The rich, sweet flesh is a deep yellow-orange white and green stripes! Very easy to grow and the (C. pepo) This tiny, cute pumpkin weighs just 8 ounc- and of good quality, delicious baked or in pies. The long vines produce an incredible amount of fruit es; flat and ribbed. These are highly popular and a fruit weigh about 10 lbs each and are produced on vig- here! We collected this variety near Tuxpan, Mexico, top-selling fall crop. The flesh is good to eat and the orous vines. Stunning! Pure Italian seed, from one of It- from a gentleman at a roadside stand; he said that skin is bright orange. This type of squash may have aly’s best heirloom growers. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4lb $15.00 this variety is grown for its large, tasty seeds that been developed in the Orient as pumpkins of this MINI RED TURBAN #SQ201 are used in Mexican desserts and other foods. These type are offered to the ‘Spirits’ by many in Thailand, (C. maxima) I just love this adorable little turban squash fruit are very seedy, with loads of big white-skinned where they come in 4 or 5 colors. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz that is so lovely with its bright red base and cream- seeds that have silver rims. Inside the skin they are $7.50 colored cap. This squash weighs 2-3 lbs and produces filled with tender, nutty seeds that are great raw and JAPANESE PIE #SQ103 very large yields. Similar to the ‘Small Chinese Turban” superb roasted! Pkt $3.00 (C. mixta) An heirloom variety from the Land of the described in 1885 by Vilmorin. Beautiful! Pkt $2.50 QUEENSLAND BLUE #SQ135 110 days Rising Sun. Beautiful, 12 lb black fruit have creamy MINNESOTA SWEET #SQ247 New! (C. maxima) Popular in Australia, this heirloom was white flesh. Samuel Wilson, Mechanicsville, Pennsyl- (C. pepo) 105 days--Small, flat pumpkins run 4-5 lbs. introduced to the US in 1932. Beautiful, blue, turban- vania, introduced this variety in 1884, and it quickly Thick-fleshed fruits are very sweet and flavorful, shaped 12-lb fruit, deeply ribbed. Very fine, deep became popular because of its novelty and advertis- making great pies. Seed reputedly from John Olson golden flesh that is sweet and fine flavored. A good ing. The seeds are “curiously marked or sculptured in of Blue Earth, Minnesota, who grew the variety at keeper. Pkt $2.25 the manner of Chinese letters.” Also known as Chi- least 40 years ago. Pkt $2.50 RED KURI (HOKKAIDO) #SQ101 92 days nese Alphabet Squash from the unique-looking seed. MUSQUEE DE PROVENCE #SQ152 120 days (C. maxima) A red-orange Japanese winter squash, A real collector’s item! Pkt $3.00 (C. moschata) These gorgeous, big, flat pumpkins are fruit are 5-10 lbs each and teardrop-shaped. The gold- JARRAHDALE #SQ119 100 days shaped like large wheels of cheese and are heavily en flesh is smooth, dry, sweet, and rich; a great yield- (C. maxima) Slate, blue-grey, 6- to 10-lb pumpkins lobed and ribbed. The skin is a beautiful, rich brown ing and keeping variety. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4lb $15.00 of superb quality. Their shape is flat, ribbed, and very color when ripe. The flesh is deep orange, thick, and ROUGE VIF D’ ETAMPES #SQ118 95 days decorative; also a good keeper. Popular in Australia, an very fine flavored; fruit grow to 20 lbs each. This tra- (C. maxima) Most beautiful, flattened, and ribbed excellent variety. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4lb $15.00 ditional variety from southern France is great for fall large fruit are a gorgeous deep red-orange. A very old JAUNE GROS DE PARIS #SQ122 100 days markets. Pure European seeds. Pkt $2.75 or 1oz $7.00 French Heirloom, this was the most common pump- (C. maxima) The beautiful giant pumpkin of historic NEW ENGLAND SUGAR PIE #SQ131 100 days kin in the Central Market in Paris back in the 1880’s. Paris, the big pinkish-yellow fruit can grow to over 100 (C. pepo) The noted small sugar pumpkin of New Eng- The flesh is tasty in pies or baked. Like summer squash, lbs. They are round, flattened, and have light ribbing. land. The orange fruit weigh 4-5 lbs and have fine, this one can also be picked small and fried. As a bonus, They are good keepers and are still popular in France. sweet flesh that is superb for pies. Described by Fearing it’s a good yielder, too. Pkt $2.75 or 1/4lb $16.00 Good in pies, soups, and baked. A winner for farm Burr in 1863. Pkt $2.00 SEMINOLE PUMPKIN #SQ215 markets! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4lb $16.00 NOOB TAUB #SQ246 (C. moschata) The wild squash of the Everglades. The JUMBO PINK BANANA #SQ138 105 days (C. moschata) 100-110 days-- 6-8 lb spotted fruits round, lightly ribbed 3lb squash have tan skin. The (C. maxima) Large, pink, banana-shaped fruit can start out grey-green, turning yellowish when ripe. sweet flesh is deep orange, dry and of good quality. weigh 10-40 lbs. This variety is over 100 years old. Shapes vary from a round, slightly flattened pump- The productive vines are resistant to insects and dis- We have grown this squash for many years. Fine- kin to a more unusual bottle shape. Flesh is very ease. Found growing wild in Florida by early Spanish flavored, dry, sweet, orange flesh that is superbly thick, grading from intense orange nearest the skin settlers, it can now only be found in remote parts of fine tasting, one of my favorites. Popular on the West to very pale in the interior. Flesh not particularly the Everglades. Pkt $2.50 Coast; large yields. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4lb $8.00 sweet; our grower recommends it for savory recipes SHISHIGATANI or TOONAS MAKINO #SQ105 KIKUZA SQ104 rather than dessert uses. Originated among the Lao- (C. moschata) This unique Japanese pumpkin was (C. moschata) This Japanese heirloom is a good pro- tian Hmong people. Fascinating and extremely rare developed in the Bunka era of the Edo period (1804-115 ducer of small, tan colored pumpkins that are heavily variety. Pkt $3.00 1818). This is one of our rarest and most historic vari-
  • 116. eties! The fruit are uniquely shaped, like a bottle gourd, here at Baker Creek; vines produced well and had goodand are ribbed and very warty. They are dark green, resistance to squash bugs and other pests. The orangeturning to tan at full maturity. The fine-grained flesh flesh is richly flavored, sweet and fragrant; great for cur-has a delicious, nutty flavor. Traditionally believed to ries, soups, stir-fries and more. Andrew Kaiser broughtkeep people from getting paralysis if eaten in the hot- back this great variety from Thailand in 2006. Good fortest part of summer. Shishigatani pumpkin is a famous fall displays and markets. Pkt $3.00vegetable in Kyoto cuisine. Very rare and hard to find THAI RAI KAW TOK #SQ203even in its native Japan. Pkt $4.00 (C. moschata) Green 8-lb fruit have tan spots on theSIBLEY or PIKES PEAK #SQ150 110 days rind. Flesh is yellow-orange, sweet and flavorful with(C. maxima) Oblong, teardrop-shaped, slate-blue-col- a smooth texture; a great eating variety that performsored fruit weigh 9 lbs each. It has thick orange flesh that very well in our Missouri summers, and stands up wellis sweet and tasty. An excellent keeper, this variety was to pests and disease. Attractive for decoration and su-popular in Missouri and Iowa back to at least the 1840’s. perb for the table; a rock-hard rind makes this a greatBelieved to be of Native American origin, possibly from keeper. A Thai market variety that is sure to becomeMexico, it was introduced commercially by Hiram Sib- popular here. Pkt $3.00ley & Co. in 1887. Pkt $2.50 THELMA SANDERS SWEET POTATO #SQ195SILVER EDGE #SQ222 (C. pepo) Wow! A lovely cream-colored, heirloom acorn-(C. mixta) Grown for its beautiful, delicious seeds that are type squash that is super productive, tasty and perfectvery large and white, with silver edges, hence the name. for small families. This variety was introduced by theThe fruit are round-to-pear-shaped, and are white members of Seed Savers Exchange. Pkt $2.50 with green stripes, attractive for decorations. A unique TRIAMBLE or SHAMROCK #SQ172squash that is still popular in some parts of Mexico. Pkt 100 days (C. maxima) A very rare and unique vari-$3.00 ety that was imported from Australia in 1932, fromSUCRINE DU BERRY #SQ171 seed secured from Arthur Yates and Co., of Sydney.(C. moschata) A famous, old, traditional variety from This squash is lobed like a three-leaf clover, makingthe heart of France. It has a sweet, musky fragrance this light sea-green squash unusual looking. Theyand a delicious, sweet flesh that is used in jams, soups, weigh about 10 lbs each and have sweet, orange,and many French recipes. Small 3-5 lb. fruit are perfect fine-grained flesh. A fine variety for decoration or thefor roasting and have deep orange flesh. Oblong, bell- table. Pkt $4.50shaped fruit are tannish-orange in color when mature. TURKS CAP OR TURBAN #SQ117We are happy to introduce this flavorful variety to 90 days. (C. maxima) A beautiful squash striped inAmerica. Pkt $3.00 red, orange, green, and white. A very old variety fromSWEET DUMPLING #SQ137 90 days France (pre-1820); fine thick orange flesh, good-sized(C. pepo) One of the sweetest; 1lb fruit has white skin fruit. Unique. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4lb $7.00with green stripes. The sweet, tender, orange flesh TURNER FAMILY PUMPKIN #SQ230makes this variety the favorite of many. Pkt $2.50 (C. pepo) A small, warted, Jack-O-Lantern type pump-SWEET MEAT #SQ113 95 days kin that weighs 4-7 lbs and develops unique warts as(C. maxima) A delicious heirloom from Oregon; excel- the fruit matures; some have just a few warts, and oth-lent-flavored deep orange flesh, very sweet. Fruit are ers many. Beautiful and unusual. Deep orange rindslarge and flattened in shape. Skin color is a beautiful and orange flesh. A fun variety for kids. Pkt (15 seeds)deep-sea-blue-green. Our family grew this one more $2.50than twenty years ago when we lived in Oregon. Pkt UPPER GROUND SWEET POTATO #SQ226$2.00 (C. moschata) This heirloom is still grown by a fewTABLE QUEEN ACORN #SQ126 80 days people in the South. An old, hardy type that grows(C. pepo) Dark green Acorn-type fruit. Iowa Seed Co. in- well even in rather poor conditions, and produces antroduced this variety in 1913 and is possibly of Native abundance of medium-large, round-to-bell-shaped,American origin. The small fruits have sweet, orange tan fruit that have moist orange flesh that is said toflesh. Pkt $1.75 or 1/4lb $7.50 resemble that of the sweet potato, hence the name.TABLE QUEEN BUSH ACORN #SQ173 Sweet, good quality, and it keeps very well. A real rug-(C. pepo) Here is an exciting true bush version of ‘Table ged variety that is going the way of the dinosaurs, ifQueen Acorn’. 36” plants stay compact and produce heavy people don’t work to save it. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00yields of these delicious squash with dry orange flesh. A VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI #SQ102 88 daysgreat variety for small gardens, and will produce almost (C. pepo) This is the popular squash with stringy fleshanywhere in the USA. Pkt $2.25 or 1 oz $6.00 that is used like spaghetti. Introduced by Sakata SeedTENNESSEE SWEET POTATO #SQ220 Co. of Japan, in 1934. May have originated in China.(C. mixta) Very popular in seed catalogs from the 19th Pkt $2.00 or 1/4lb $$8.00 and early 20th centuries; this variety was then praised VICTOR or RED WARTY THING SQUASH #SQ228as the best for pies among many seedsmen, who had (C. maxima) One of the most stunning squashesan impressive list of virtues for this squash, such as around! The big glowing, oblong globes are a glowing,this 1918 listing from Great Northern Seed Co: “A mag- brilliant orange-red and covered with fantastic bumps!nificent pear-shaped variety of fine size, a little ribbed; This old variety was introduced by James J.H. Gregorycolor creamy white, sometimes striped with green. Has of Marblehead, MA in 1897 as Victor. It was recentlyno superior for making pies and custards; when cooked reintroduced as Red Warty Thing. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50it has somewhat the appearance of sweet potatoes, but WINTER LUXURY PIE #SQ167of more delicious taste. Flesh [is] thick, creamy white, (C. pepo) This beautiful pumpkin was introduced byremarkably fine grained, dry and brittle, hardy and Johnson & Stokes in 1893. Lovely 6-lb golden fruitproductive and keeps perfectly sound until late in the have white netting and are perfect for pies. In fact,Spring.” We find the above description a little bit of a this is one of the best tasting pie pumpkins you canstretch as far as its pie-making qualities and the “better grow; with very sweet and smooth flesh, it’s a favoritethan sweet potato-ness”; however, this type of squash of all who grow it. Pkt $2.75can really be great when fried in a skillet with onions, YOKOHAMA #SQ108garlic and a little salt, and taste somewhat like regular (C. moschata) Introduced to America about 1860 bypotatoes, only more flavorful and delicious. Beautiful, James Hogg, of Yorkville, New York, from seeds hispear-shaped fruit are white with faint green stripes, brother Thomas sent him from Japan. We are so hap-making this variety very ornamental as well! Pkt $2.50 py to reintroduce this piece of American history. TheTHAI KANG KOB #SQ204 beautiful fruit are very flat, ribbed and dark-green-to-(C. moschata) A lovely sea green-colored squash that tan in color. The orange flesh is dry, fine-grained andturns chestnut color in storage; pumpkin-shaped, very sweet. Listed by both Burr (1863) and Vilmorin (1885).ribbed and warted. Weighs about 6-8 lbs and a favorite RARE! Pkt (10 seeds) $2.75 116
  • 117. Squash Cucurbita maxima, C. moschata, C. pepo, C. mixta. Another introduction from ancient Meso- Ameri- ca—the regional and cultural area that extends from, roughly, central Mexico all the way down through Costa Rica— is squash. (Other impor- tant crops that are native to this region include corn, beans, tomatoes, and certain types of pep- pers.) The word “squash” comes from a Massa- chusett Native American word, askutasquash, meaning “eaten raw or uncooked.” Squashes had already spread through- out North and South America by the time the first Europeans arrived. My parents and grandparents grew a dozen or so varieties each season. I practically grew up in a squash and pumpkin patch; as a small child, I always marveled at the diversity of shapes, sizes, and colors in the squash my family grew. When I was three, I vividly remember planting and grow- ing Benning’s Green Tint Scallop squash in my little garden in Adrien, Oregon. So-called summer squashes are variet- ies whose fruits are harvested at a very immature and tender stage of growth, like Yellow Crook- neck, Black Beauty zucchini, or Lemon squash. Such varieties have been bred to bloom prolifi- cally, and if picked frequently, they will crank out dozens of fruits in a season when well grown. The fruits are usually eaten fresh, cooked or raw, in the summer. By contrast, the fruits of win- ter squash are allowed to mature on the plant, which takes most of the summer. These are then stored away from freezing, and used over the lean months of winter; and many varieties, such as Australian Butter, Butternut, and Blue Hub- bard, will keep through an entire winter. Winter squashes tend to be starchier and often surpris- ingly sweet, with some, like Upper Ground Po- tato or Thelma Sanders, rivaling sweet potatoes in the sturdy, stick-to-your-ribs nourishment they provide in the depths of winter, when the out- door garden is mostly asleep. Winter squashes sometimes grow to unbelievable size, like Atlan- tic Giant, a pumpkin that has reached more than fifteen hundred pounds. Pumpkins, incidentally, are merely a category of winter squash; many heirloom ones aren’t globe-shaped, but they do have flesh that makes great pumpkin pies. I love the diversity of squash, which ranges from tiny to gigantic, in many colors, shapes, and textures. I like to eat this fruit as much as I like to arrange and make displays of it. For several years, I’ve organized and arranged massive displays at the Silver Dollar City Theme Park in Branson, Missouri, as well as displays for smaller events. Squashes are a vital part of my busi- ness, and I currently have more than 250 variet- ies in my collection. Ever since I planted my first squash seed, I have been addicted to this truly American crop, which has become the second most popular crop in our seed catalog (second to, what else? tomatoes). From the book THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GAR- DENER by Jere and Emilee Gettle with Meghan Sutherland. Copyright © 2011 by Jere- miath C. Gettle and Emilee Freie Gettle. Reprint- ed by permission of Hyperion. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.117 Order a signed copy from us today! Paul Wallace with a “Marina di Chioggia” at Comstock Ferre Seed Store in Wethersfield, CT
  • 118. Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris) Chard isactually the same species as beets, but these varieties aregrown for leaves rather than roots. The plants put all theirenergy into making large, tender leaves, with succulentmid-ribs massive enough to be a vegetable in their ownright. The range of colors comes as a spectacular bonus!Chard is usually direct-seeded into the garden as early asa couple of weeks before the last frost, and it can be sownanytime until midsummer, since the plants tolerate bothheat and moderate cold of late fall, and even grow intothe winter in milder climates. Prefers rich soil, full sun andample moisture. 100-150 seeds per pktFIVE COLOR SILVERBEET #SC101 60 days(RAINBOW CHARD) A beautiful chard, its colors are brilliant (pink,yellow, orange, red and white). This chard originated in Australia.Very mild, ornamental, and tasty. Great for market growers andspecialty markets. Pretty enough to plant in the flower garden;so delicious; one of our favorite greens! (Sold in stores as “Bright Five Color SilverbeetLights”) Pkt $2.50 or 1/4lb $12.75FLAMINGO PINK CHARD #SC104 60 daysNeon hot-pink chard is so pretty and is perfect picked small forsalads or larger for braising. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.50FORDHOOK GIANT CHARD #SC102 60 daysIntroduced in 1924 by W. Atlee Burpee, large green leaves andwhite stems. Tasty. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $7.50ORIOLE ORANGE CHARD #SC103 60 daysA stunning all-orange selection, perfect for home and mar-kets. Orange chard is just delicious. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $7.50PERPETUAL SPINACH #SC10750 days. (Beta vulgaris var cicla) Belongs to the same species aschard and beets, but it has distinctive differences. The taste ismore like a true spinach than ordinary chard, and the leaveslook like spinach too—flatter and more pointed than chard,with slimmer stems. Very longstanding in the garden, yieldingfrom late spring through autumn if planted early. Seldom boltsduring its first year. Pkt $2.00VERDE DE TAGLIO #SC109 New!“Green Cutting Chard” Very thin stems support large leavesof unusual substance. Outstandingly sweet and tender vari- Flamingo Pinkety. Excellent for “cut and come again” style harvesting. Oneof the best-tasting chards. A delightful, traditional Italian va- Tomatillo Purpleriety. Pkt $3.00VULCAN CHARD #SC106 60 daysAn improved rhubarb chard developed in Switzerland. Very at-tractive and uniform red chard, this variety has great flavor andis perfect for marketing. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.50Tomatillo(Physalis ixocarpa) Also called “husk tomato,” for thepaper-like calyx or husk that encloses each fruit. They aregrown about like tomatoes, except that they are seldomstaked; they do tend to be a bit faster from seed than mosttomatoes, and a little more tolerant to cold weather. Toma-tillos are used in fresh salsas, and cooked in any numberof sauces, including Mexican-style chili verde.30 seeds per packet.PURPLE COBAN #TL103 A flavorful tomatillo that is 1” in size, being green with varyingdegrees of purple on many fruit. Very popular in Guatemalan cui-sine; we collected this heirloom at Coban, Guatemala, a beautifulmountain town. Pkt $2.25TOMATILLO PURPLE #TL101 68 days(Physalis ixocarpa) Beautiful purple fruit, large size. Many are abright violet color throughout their flesh. Much sweeter thanthe green types, it can be eaten right off the plant. Turns purplewhen ripe; rare! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $8.50TOMATILLO VERDE #TL102Deep green fruit; a standard, richly-flavored type. Huge yieldsas with most tomatillos. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $7.00“Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ide-als than through force of arms.” 118-Congressman Ron Paul
  • 119. The Tomato and pictures of tomatoes. By the time I was ten, I was ripened ones.) Pick the ripe tomatoes carefully to ordering all the catalogs I could find to learn about avoid bruising them by rough handling. every variety they listed, from the tiny little Currant Pests and Disease (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) tomatoes, which are only the size of a pea, to colossal Not many insects bother tomatoes, but the tomato varieties like the Giant Belgium, which can get up to hornworm is a spectacular exception. Really the lar- Tomatoes are the most popular crop that people four pounds, and every size and shape in between. va of a moth, it can grow as big as a man’s finger and grow around the world, and the undisputed queen The color spectrum of tomatoes is daz- strip even a large plant of its leaves in a matter of of the garden. Every summer, gardeners vie with zling: Besides every shade of red, there are purple, days. If leaves are missing on your plants, with only their neighbors in good-natured competition to green, pink, orange, yellow, white, brown, and even short stumps of their stems remaining, suspect the see who will produce the earliest ripe tomato. And multicolored varieties, like Green Zebra, which is hornworm. Their green camouflage can make them when that day comes, you know summer has really lime-green with bright yellow stripes. Each color has hard to find while they’re nestled in the plants, but arrived. Not bad for a fruit that was once believed to its own unique taste. Some are sweet and fruity; oth- they are usually near the base of the plants by day. be poisonous! ers are rich, complex, and acidic. The most effective way to get them off is to hand- First discovered in the Andes more than Growing Tips pick them. Wear gloves if you are squeamish, and two thousand years ago, the tomato was quickly Tomatoes take a long time to grow. Start them dispose of them in a bucket of soapy water. Usually traded north, and the Aztecs enjoyed it in the six- indoors eight to ten weeks before the last frost. they occur only here and there, but if you en- teenth century. Eventually it reached Europe, where They’re frost-tender, so you need to be 100 percent counter a major infestation of more than a dozen it was greeted with disdain, as it was a member of sure that frost is gone before you transplant them or so in a few plants, spray with Bt or spinosad right the nightshade family and was thought to be poi- into the garden. away and regularly. sonous back then (indeed, many nightshades, such Sow seeds a quarter inch deep in pots, Tomatoes are also susceptible to a number as belladonna or henbane, are poisonous). Instead with a fine layer of soil. Keep them warm and moist of diseases, most of which have no reliable organic of being a major food crop, the tomato was grown until sprouts appear, which can take up to four- cure. Proper crop rotation is vital—never grow toma- as an ornamental, and often referred to as a “love teen days. Once sprouted, the seedlings need good toes or other nightshade family crops on the same apple.” The Italians, of course, were the first Europe- light—putting them on a sunny windowsill is best ground more than once within four years. And in- ans to introduce it into their cuisine, and from there (though some gardeners grow them under fluores- stead of tilling or composting spent tomato plants, people started to realize that tomatoes weren’t poi- cents or grow lights). dispose of them by burning or throwing them away. son- ous. Slowly they became an unstoppably popu- Other than regular watering and a little This keeps diseases from building up in your garden. lar fruit throughout Europe, and with the colonists of feeding of diluted fish emulsion or other organic It’s also best to avoid using sprinklers in the tomato the New World. fertilizer, little care is necessary until it’s time to patch, because moisture on the leaves is an invitation The first cookbook recipe featuring toma- transplant to the garden. Be sure to harden off your to the fungi and bacteria that cause most problems. toes appeared in 1692. Thomas Jefferson grew them plants prior to setting them outside. Finally, don’t crowd tomato plants. They at Monticello, and French and Italian immigrants Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so you should need plenty of air circulation and sunshine to keep grew them from San Francisco to Poughkeepsie. amend their soil heavily with compost or manure. them disease-free. Organic sprays such as fish emul- There is a famous story of a Colonel Robert Gibbon Seedlings grown indoors are apt to be leggy (tall and sion and vegetable oil–based preparations may inhibit Johnson eating tomatoes on the courthouse steps sometimes a little stretched- looking), so bury them the growth of diseases, but they aren’t really a cure, es- in Salem County, New Jersey, to prove their safety deeply, all the way up to where the leaves start. This pecially where blights are a problem, though a weekly as a food crop in 1820, even after receiving warn- allows the buried stems to strike more roots and spray of these products may keep diseases at bay. ing from his doctor that if he proceeded to eat this strengthen the plant. Apply a layer of mulch around fruit he would “foam at the mouth” and die. It is said the plants immediately to thwart any weeds. As they From the book THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GAR- that two thousand people watched as he consumed grow, you’ll notice right away that tomatoes are big DENER. Used by permission. Available from a full basket, the crowd believing they were about plants. Hyperion wherever books are sold. to see Johnson commit tomato suicide, which of And they need something to grow on. course didn’t happen. Nonetheless, some folks re- As you put them into the ground, or if you’re a city mained skeptical, and it took many years for toma- gardener, plant them in a large container, put a wire Tomato Seed: toes to be finally accepted in the United States, in trellis or cage in at the same time. In the garden, to- the late nineteenth century. All varieties are believed to be ‘indeter- matoes should be two or three feet apart, in rows Tomatoes are so important to me. My first that are six to seven feet apart. minate’ (long vines), unless specified experience in growing them inspired me to grow Tomatoes are ripe when they have reached ‘determinate’ (short vines). The best and save seeds for the rest of my life. When I was just their final color. Another sign of ripeness is that the tasting varieties tend to be indetermi- three years old, I planted Yellow Pear—a miniature fruits become soft. (Too soft to ship, of course, which tomato variety that dates to the eighteenth cen- is why commercial tomatoes are picked and shipped nate, as most of ours are unless tury—and I’ve been hooked ever since. A year or so while green and hard. That is why store-bought can otherwise noted. later, even though I still couldn’t read, I gathered up never compare to vine-ripened, fresh-picked toma- Packets contain a min. of 25 all my parents’ seed catalogs in the winter and pored toes. Unripe tomatoes will ripen off the vine, but119 over them, staring at the colorful, exciting varieties they are never as sweet or rich-tasting as those vine- seeds (unless stated otherwise.)
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  • 121. Green Tomatoes Emerald Evergreen Green Doctors AUNT RUBY’S GERMAN CHERRY #TG110 78 days Here is a wonderfully cute and flavorful, unique green cherry tomato that was selected from the renowned “Aunt Ruby’s German Green”. The 1 to 2-oz fruit are shaped like little beefsteak tomatoes and have the full-sized tomato flavor packed into these bite-sized snacks. The plants produce loads of fruit, but some may still be off-colored, as this selection has not been fully stabilized yet. Rare and colorful. Pkt $2.00 AUNT RUBY’S GERMAN GREEN #TG101 85 days One of the largest green beefsteaks. Can grow to over 1 pound and are just delicious. They have bril- liant, neon-green flesh with a strong, sweet, and fruity flavor, much tastier than most red tomatoes. This family heirloom from Germany is beautiful. The winner of the 2003 Heirloom Garden Show’s taste test. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $11.00 EMERALD APPLE #TG116 85 days A rare variety from Russia where it is used for fresh eating, cooking and canning. Very large green fruit often exceed a pound and a half. This tomato is de- liciously tart yet with a suprising sweetness. A won- derful eating tomato that has become a favorite here at the farm. It is one of the best and biggest green tomatoes we’ve tried. Pkt $2.75 or 1/4 oz $10.00 EMERALD EVERGREEN #TG102 80 days Medium-large fruit that stay “evergreen.” This heir- loom variety was introduced by Glecklers Seedsmen around 1950. The large plants set heavy yields of these beauties, which have a lovely lime-green col- or. The flavor is rich and superbly sweet. It’s one of the best. A popular market variety, now being sold in many upscale stores. This should be the official to- mato for the Green Party. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $11.00 GRANDMA OLIVER’S GREEN #TG117 An attractive green heirloom tomato that produces large fruit that are a beautiful green color blushed in yellow. Inside the fruit are a creamy-lime green, and a sweet, tangy flavor. We are glad to offer this great variety after seeing it listed about 20 years ago in the now defunct Tomato Seed Company of New Jersey. This variety is said to have been passed down from Jacob Hardman of Indiana, and can be traced back to the 1920s. Pkt $2.50 GREEN DOCTORS #TG118 This is our favorite green cherry variety, having a Green Zebra good sweetness and lots of flavor as well. Named af- ter Dr. Amy Goldman and Dr. Carolyn Male who have Tom Wagner and has become the rage with specialty skin. This heirloom was preserved by a family in both written great tomato books. We offer two slight markets, home gardeners, and chefs. The flavor may Springfield, Ohio. Pkt $2.75 variations that we collected and mixed together. One be even better... rich, sweet, and zingy. The fruit are GREEN SKIN LONGKEEPER #TG114 is a yellowish-lime green fruited version; the other lime-green inside and have chartreuse-yellow skins. An unusual winter storage tomato; the fruit have is the frosted version which is a pale, frosty-looking They are about the size of a large grape, perfect for thick green skin and pink flesh! Good-sized fruit kiwi green. Both are delicious and well worth eating, salads and snacking. Makes most red cherries taste can keep for a long period if picked a little prema- but the frosted one is somewhat sweeter, and the bland in comparison. Pkt $2.50 turely and kept cool and dry. Nice-flavored winter lime one is more tangy. Large vines produced huge GREEN SAUSAGE #TG105 (determinate) 86 days tomatoes are such a treat compared to grocery store yields of these little cherries. Pkt $2.50 The latest “Must Have”. It is simply outstanding! At tomatoes. A hard-to-find tomato that has been pre- GREEN MOLDOVAN #TG109 80 days last a banana-shaped paste tomato that is lime green served by members of Seed Savers Exchange. Pkt Bright lime-green fruit have a tropical taste. This va- and yellow striped when ripe! The flavor is rich and $2.25 riety has round, flattened, 10-oz beefsteak-type fruit tangy. This will be a hot item for high-priced, groovy KIWI #TG122 New! which reveal lovely, neon-colored flesh when sliced. markets. So cool when mixed with orange, white, This tomato has a distinctly, unique flavor that is A very rare heirloom from Moldova that has been a yellow, and red-striped paste types. Short, bushy sharp, spicy with fruit-like overtones that reminds us favorite of mine for years and one of the first green plants produce 4”-long fruit in abundance. Pkt $2.50 of kiwi and citrus. One of the more acid green types, varieties I grew. Pkt $2.50 GREEN BELL PEPPER #TG120 but these are also fairly sweet. The medium sized GREEN ZEBRA #TG103 75 days 75-80 days. Very well flavored, unusual stuffing-type flattened globes are bright lime to olive color and One of my favorite tomatoes. Beautiful chartreuse tomato, having stunning stripes of light and dark are produced in abundance. Pkt $2.50 with deep lime-green stripes, very attractive. Flesh is green, maturing to yellow and green. Four-ounce, SPEAR’S TENNESSEE GREEN #TG108 bright green and very rich tasting, sweet with a sharp three- to four-lobed fruits are apple-shaped, and A wonderful heirloom grown by the Spear fam- bite to it (just too good to describe!). A favorite tomato look like small blocky bell peppers. The seeds and ily of Tennessee since the 1950’s and brought to us of many high class chefs, specialty markets, and home pulp are contained in a mass near the stem, just like by a local customer who has been preserving it in gardeners. Yield is excellent. The most striking tomato a pepper, and so are easily removed to prepare the his garden. The round fruit weigh 8-10 oz and have in our catalog, a real beauty. Around 3 ounces. This fruits for stuffing. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 the taste of tomatoes from Grandma’s garden. They is the tomato colored for the Green Bay Packers. Pkt GREEN PINEAPPLE #TG112 make your mouth water just thinking about them. $2.50 or 1/4 oz $12.00 Distinctive pineapple aroma makes my mouth wa- This rare and historic variety deserves a place in ev- GREEN GRAPE #TG104 70-80 days ter! This medium-sized, luscious-tasting variety has ery garden and certainly a place on our table in the121 smooth, sweet, green flesh and olive/lime-colored future. Pkt $2.50 Sister to “Green Zebra”, this tomato was also bred by
  • 122. Orange Tomatoes KENTUCKY BEEFSTEAK #TO118 80-90 days. An enormous, luminescent orange beefsteak from the “Bluegrass State.” The flavor is superbly sweet,AMANA ORANGE #TO106 75-80 days mild and fruity. A wonderful tomato for marketBig, 1 lb glowing orange beefsteaks have an intense, full growers; can grow up to 2 lbs. This heirloom was col-flavor that most tomatoes don’t match! This very attrac- lected from Eastern Kentucky. Pkt $2.25tive heirloom tomato is named for the Amana Colonies MINI ORANGE #TO120in Amana, Iowa. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 oz $12.00 A tasty little tomato that produces massive yieldsBARNES MOUNTAIN YELLOW #TO115 85-90 days of salad-sized tomatoes all summer. These little 2 oz1-2 lb beefsteak type fruit. Meaty orange fruit are tomatoes are of the most intense orange color, theyproduced in abundance on these very tall vines. Rich seem to be almost glowing. This one really stands outold-time tomato taste; grown at Barnes Mountain, in the garden, table or at market. Pkt $2.00Kentucky. Pkt $2.00 MOONGLOW #TO113 90 daysBIG WHITE PINK STRIPES #TO122 The perfect looking golden-orange tomato: smooth,Lovely big, globe fruit are a fabulous creamy-peach medium-sized and globe-shaped. Excellent for farm-color, so unique and beautiful. These have a sweet er’s markets and roadside stands. Fine flavored, richtropical taste with hints of melon. A lovely tomato and fruity. These are good producers of commercialwith low yields: yes, low. But who cares? It is so gor- looking fruit. Pkt $2.00geous! Pkt $2.50 ORANGE BANANA #TO104 80-85 days.DADS SUNSET #TO103 90 days. The perfect orange Unique, orange, banana-shaped paste tomatoes that Dr. Wyche’s Yellowtomato! Large 10 oz. fruit are very smooth, uniform, are bursting with fruity sweetness. Perfect for drying,and a beautiful, glowing orange in color. It keeps very canning, and paste. Also delicious fresh and great forwell. One of the best flavored tomatoes we have tried. specialty markets. Orange color is rare in paste toma-Pkt $2.50 toes. Pkt $2.50DJENA LEE’S GOLDEN GIRL #TO125 New! ORANGE FLESHED PURPLE SMUDGE #TO11776-80 days-- Indeterminate. Family heirloom that dates 80-90 days. Stunning tomato is a vibrant, tangerine-back to the Roaring Twenties. Medium-sized fruits orange with shocking true purple splashed in varioushave a beautiful golden-orange color. Flavor is a bal- amounts over its upper half. I loved photographingance of sweet and tart, fruity and very tasty. This vari- these beauties, as they always stand out and look soety won first prize at the Chicago Fair 10 years in a row! artistic and ornate with their flattened shape, ribbingDjena was the granddaughter of Minnesota financier and brilliant color! This is one of the few domesticJim Lee. She grew this tomato in Minnesota, and in tomatoes that have true purple pigment, although1929 gave plants to Reverend Morrow, then 15 years research is being done with wild purple tomatoes.old, who maintained it. Listed in the Slow Foods Ark of These have a mild taste that make them good forTaste. Pkt $2.50 snacking. Fruit weighing 4-10 ounces were producedDR. WYCHE’S YELLOW #TO108 80 days in abundance and tended to turn more purple as theThis heirloom was introduced to Seed Savers Ex- season progressed. Some fruit may not be very pur-change by the late Dr. John Wyche, who at one time ple, coloration varies. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.75owned the Cole Brothers Circus and used the ma- ORANGE ICICLE #TO124nure of elephants to fertilize his heritage gardens. Sweet, rich and flavorful with strong citrus overtones Woodle OrangeThe 1 lb fruit is solid and smooth; their color is a made this Jere’s favorite eating variety last season. Weglowing tangerine-orange that always stands out in just couldn’t get enough of the sweet, luscious, glow-the kitchen or off the vine. One of the best heirloom ing orange icicle-like fruit that are like an extra longorange types for market, with its smooth texture and paste tomato. This variety also makes a lovely orangetropical, sweet taste. Heavy yields. Pkt $2.50 ketchup and a superb salsa. It was a definite winner,GIRAFFE #TO123 75 days and plants were quite productive. In our opinion, thisSemi-determinate. Intriguing long-keeping variety is some of the Ukraine’s finest tomato breeding. Fruitfrom Russia. 2- to 4- ounce round fruits are meaty with have relatively few seeds. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50a red interior and skin that changes from green to yel- ORANGE STRAWBERRY #TO130 New!low as the fruit ripens in storage. Vine-ripened fruits 75 days. Brilliant orange, oxheart fruits have a pro-eventually reach a unique orange color. Reportedly nounced point at the blossom end, giving them onekeeps up to 5 months! Originally bred at the Timir- of the most perfect heart shapes of any tomato varietyjazev Agricultural Academy, Russia. Pkt $2.50 known. The fruits sometimes reach a pound in weight.GOLDEN JUBILEE #TO105 70-80 days The flavor of the meaty fruits is robust, complex andA very popular orange variety; fine, sweet, mild fla- surprisingly tart for an orange variety. Few seeds andvor; good size and yield. An old standard. Pkt $1.75 solid flesh make this variety good for canning or sauce.or 1 oz $9.00 Introduced by Dr. Carolyn Male via Seed Savers inGOLDEN SUNRAY #TO109 80 days 1995. Pkt $2.50Uniform, golden-orange globes are so smooth and PIKE COUNTY YELLOW #TO114 90 daysuniform they look like a commercial variety, but these An heirloom from Pike County, Kentucky. Its tall vines Orange Iciclehave a rich, full, tomato flavor that is missing in mod- produce loads of pretty orange fruit that weigh 12-16ern varieties, being both sweet and tangy. Productive ounces and have a delicious flavor! A good producervines yield lots of 8 to 10-oz. fruit that excel at mar- over a long season, and a favorite of the late, masterkets; great for fresh use and sauce. This tomato was seed saver Merlyn Neidens. Pkt $2.00preserved by the late Ben Quisenberry. Pkt $2.50 WOODLE ORANGE #TO112 75 daysILLINI GOLD #TO116 75 days Large, round, smooth fruit are nearly perfect in shape,Beautiful, golden-orange, roma type fruit and heavy being a brilliant tangerine color. A super fancy-look-production make this the perfect processing and ing variety that makes a good market tomato; it hasmarket variety. Meaty tomatoes have some resis- an incredible rich and sweet complex flavor that istance to cracking and a nice flavor. Developed by among the best. This fine heirloom was sent to usMerlyn Neidens, a respected seed researcher and from Iowa, and has proven to be a favorite for flavordeveloper. Pkt $2.25 and yield. A good main-season producer. Pkt $2.50KELLOGGS BREAKFAST #TO101 YELLOW BRANDYWINE #TO102 90 daysA beautiful orange beefsteak preserved by our friend Superbly rich and delicious-tasting large fruit, theDarrell Kellogg, a railroad supervisor from Redford, golden variety gives good yields and, in our opinion,Michigan. Its fruits are very flavorful and superbly the fruit are better tasting than Pink Brandywine. Largesweet! This delicious heirloom originated in West Vir- potato-leaf plants are very sturdy and deep green. Thisginia. A favorite of Dr. Carolyn Male, author of “101 heirloom is delicious any way you eat it! Pkt $2.00 orHeirloom Tomatoes.” Pkt $2.50 1/4 oz $12.00 Kentucky Beefsteak 122
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  • 124. and full-flavored, sweet and tangy. Named for the MORTGAGE LIFTER #TK120 85 daysPink TomatoesAMERIKANSKIY SLADKIY #TK143 70-90 days fruit’s iridescence that can sparkle in the light, remi- niscent of fireflies on a summer night, and the Depp family who preserved the seed. Vigorous potato leaf vines produce well. Quite rare. Pkt $2.50 Large, smooth, 1-lb pink fruit have a delicious, rich, sweet taste. This variety has become very popular in recent years, and was developed by M.C. Byles of Logan, WestThis Russian variety’s name means “American Sug- Virginia. After crossing varieties for 6 years and select-ared,” as it produces very sweet 2-3 oz fruit in clusters. FERRIS WHEEL #TK132 90 days ing the best, he introduced this beauty that he namedBright pink color and smooth skin; very attractive. This Big pink variety, with the festive sounding name, Mortgage Lifter in the 1940s, after he sold plants for $1unique variety is very rare, and we are proud to bring has a fantastic, sweet flavor. Released in 1907 by each and paid off the $6000 mortgage on his house. Seeit to more gardeners. Pkt $2.50 John A. Salzer Seed Co., of La Crosse, Wisconsin, it the article in the Spring 2003 issue of “The Heirloom Gar-ANNA RUSSIAN #TK139 69-80 days underwent years of near-extinction, until recently dener” magazine! Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 oz $11.00This heirloom was sent to a Russian immigrant many resurrected by the members of Seed Savers Ex- MILLIONAIRE #TK123 80 daysyears ago from a gardener in Russia. The pretty pink change. Great taste & yield. Pkt $2.50 Among the rugged people of the Ozark Mountains,heart-shaped fruit are large in size, thin skinned and FLAMINGO #TK134 New! rich flavor has made this variety famous for over 50packed with the great flavor that makes Russian to- Determinate. Bright pink fruit get their name from years. These were used fresh and for canning; theymatoes famous! Plants produce a good yield. Pkt the popular pink bird. Fruit are large, smooth, globe have a delectable, sweet flavor and are a beautiful cor-$2.00 shaped and evenly ripening; great tomato flavor! This al-pink color. In the summer of 1950, Forrester Hutsell,ARKANSAS TRAVELER #TK108 80 days. exceptional market tomato was selected by a produce of Mountain Grove, Missouri, gave seed to Ed Henson,A medium-sized pink tomato that is smooth and a beau- grower of the Delano, Tennessee, Mennonite commu- of Champion, Missouri, and it was grown in this Ozarktiful rose color. An excellent variety from Arkansas, tol- nity. It appeared as a mutation in a patch of ‘Mountain hamlet for many years. In 1995, Carol Cleveland, oferant to heat and humidity; crack and disease resistant. Spring’ tomatoes and maintains that variety’s earliness Norwood, Missouri, sent Millionaire seeds to Neil Gil-Good flavor, an excellent hillbilly favorite. Pkt. $2.25 or and productivity; but now it’s bright pink, good fla- lard, of Ontario, Canada, and he has been preserving1/4 oz $11.00 vored and open-pollinated. Pkt $2.50 it since. He sent us some seed two years ago for trials.BALI #TK147 GEMINI #TK162 New! After many years and many miles, we can at last offerA new Oriental favorite here. Flat, ribbed, 2”-3” deli- This tomato is out of a series of Russian-bred tomatoes the seed again in southern Missouri, just 20 miles fromcious fruit are a fantastic raspberry-pink in color. In that are named after the Horoscope signs. Large fruit are Mountain Grove! We have had several requests for thisflavor they are sweet and spicy, with a pronounced fra- a lovely shade of rose in color, large in size, blocky and heart-shaped. Flavorful and is a fair keeper. Pkt $2.50 variety from Ozarkians who can remember this varietygrance that makes them a delight to eat. Large plantsproduce loads of fruit. Good for home and market gar- GERMAN JOHNSON #TK117 from the 1950s. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50deners. This heirloom comes from the Island of Bali, 80-90 days. Very large, 1 to 2-lb fruits are deep pink, MISSOURI PINK LOVE APPLE #TK128Indonesia. Pkt $2.25 very flavorful, and crack-resistant. The plants are very Big, pink fruit are very rich-tasting, certainly a favor-BARNES MOUNTAIN PINK #TK141 95 days productive; the superb quality fruits are great for farm- ite pink tomato. This potato-leaved variety has a longVery tall vines were grown at Barnes Mountain, Ken- ers’ markets or home gardens. Delicious. Pkt $2.00 or history in the “Show Me” state. It was grown since thetucky. They produce luscious, pink beefsteak fruit 1/4 oz $11.00 Civil war by the Barnes family, who grew it as an or-that ranges in size from 10 ounces to 3 pounds! This GERMAN LUNCHBOX #TK129 70-80 days namental, believing (as many people did at the time)good-tasting variety produces rather late. Pkt $2.00 This heirloom was brought into the seed store a few that tomatoes or “love apples” were poisonous. WeBELIZE PINK HEART #TK136 years ago by a local gentleman who had been saving are grateful the Barnes family kept this variety goingWe had just entered the quaint mountain town of this tomato for many years. His family brought this va- so we can enjoy the wonderful fruit today. Pkt $3.00San Ignacio, Belize, on a balmy December evening, riety to the USA when they immigrated here. The fruit OMAR’S LEBANESE #TK118 80 days.when we spotted a large farmer’s market on the edge are the size of a small egg, vibrant pink, sugar sweet, Huge, pink fruit can grow as large as 3-4 lbs! One of theof town; we stopped, and I was in vegetable heaven! and begging to be eaten. Perfectly sized for salads or largest tomatoes you can grow. The mammoth fruitThis is one of the jewels we collected that night; the putting in the lunchbox! A favorite of mine. Pkt $2.50 have a superb flavor: sweet, perfect tomato taste. Goodfruit are medium large, burgundy pink and heart or 1 oz $15.00 yields on vigorous plants, good tolerance to disease; ashaped. The flesh is a real treat, being very tender, GRACE LAHMAN’S PINK #TK131 75-80 days rare family heirloom from Lebanon. Perfect for anyonejuicy and perfect in flavor. Fruit sets on rather early. I This variety is a globe-shaped tomato with very good who wants to grow huge, tasty tomatoes. Pkt $2.50 orwill always remember that delicious winter tomato in flavor. It has been one of the most popular tomatoes 1/4 oz $11.00tiny Belize. Pkt $3.00 for tasting at the Heirloom Garden Show. Very produc- OZARK PINK #TK151BRANDYWINE #TK115 80 days tive over a long season and perfect for canning whole. A wonderfully smooth tomato with attractive pinkThe most popular heirloom vegetable! A favorite Pkt $2.00 color, good flavor and the ability to make the perfectof many gardeners, large fruit with superb flavor. A GRANDFATHER ASHLOCK #TK142 85 days tomato for the kitchen or the market. Fruit are medi-great potato-leafed variety from 1885! Beautiful pink The Ashlock family settled in Kentucky shortly after um to large in size and are produced in abundance onfruit up to 1-1/2 lbs each! Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 oz $11.00 fighting in the Revolutionary War, and this variety very productive, disease resistant plants. The perfectBRAVE GENERAL #TK148 was developed in Kentucky in the 1920’s by Carl tomato for Ozark Mountains and all hot, humid areas.We are proud to introduce this big, beautiful tomato Ashlock’s grandfather. It was passed down in the Developed by the University of Arkansas. A favorite ofto gardeners everywhere. This Russian variety was sent family, and now passed to others. Soft, delicious pink area farmers market growers. Pkt $2.00to us by a gardener from Kazakhstan. Rich, sweet taste beefsteak fruit doesn’t keep well, but they won’t last PEARLY PINK #TK127 75 daysand raspberry-pink color make these 1 lb, flattened long enough to spoil once you discover the flavorful Crisp, incredibly flavorful cherry tomatoes that areglobes perfect for slicing. Very productive and a favor- flesh of this big beauty. Pkt $2.25 bright pink, perfect for snacking. The vines produceite here. This fine variety was sent to us by Mr. Valerii HENDERSON’S “PINK PONDEROSA” #TK107 very well, making them great for marketing. One of thePopenko of Kazakhstan. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 85 days. Huge size, some over 2 lbs; a meaty pink-red prettiest tomatoes we carry. Mmmm, so good! Pkt $2.00BREAD AND SALT #TK149 beefsteak introduced by Peter Henderson & Co. in PINK ACCORDION #TK152Named for the long-held tradition in Russia to give 1891, and the most famous of their varieties. In 1903 Truly unique, large pink fruit is ruffled like an accor-special guests a loaf of bread and salt as they arrive. their catalog said “Quality Beyond Praise, Rich and dion. Very attractive--one of the most beautiful I haveIn Russian culture bread is associated with hospitality, meaty-sliced. Thick and delicious canned.” Still popu- seen. Perfect for specialty markets, the cut slices areand salt has an association with long friendship. For- lar with gardeners. Pkt $2.00 stunning. This tomato is semi-hollow, so it is excel-get bread, and just give your guests this tomato; they HENDERSON’S “WINSALL” #TK125 85 dayswill love it! Big, sweet fruit are round to slightly wedge- lent for stuffing; the flavor is sweet and mild. Pkt $2.00 In 1924 Peter Henderson introduced this tomato and PINK BERTOUA #TK153shaped and pink in color. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 devoted 3 pages in his catalog to it. Here is some ofCASPIAN PINK #TK144 80 days This pretty tomato comes from the Republic of Cam- what he said, “It wins approval from 40,000 people, it eroon, in Western Africa. It produces 3-6 ounce fruitThis popular favorite originated in southern Russia’s wins by its qualities of sweetness, solidity and seedless-Caspian Sea region. Incredibly sweet and juicy fruit that are lightly ruffled and have a flattened shape. A ness...” A delicious, large-fruited, pink tomato. Pkt $2.50 very good producer that seems to have good diseaseoften reach 1 pound, and occasionally larger. Called JAPANESE PLUM #TK160 75 dayby some “The Queen of the Pinks,” this one always resistance. This variety used to be very common in its Enormous paste-type fruits—even bigger than Amish native land, but is now rare since the introduction ofdoes well in taste tests, occasionally surpassing Bran- Paste! Pretty, pink fruits are mild-flavored, having adywine. Like most Russian types, does best in cooler hybrid varieties. Pkt $2.00 slightly ribbed bottle shape and very few seeds. This PINK HONEY #TK154 New!conditions. Pkt $2.00 variety comes to us from Elvin Martin, one of our Min-DEPP’S PINK FIREFLY #TK150 85 days These have a sweet tomato flavor: in Russia they de- nesota growers. The seed was swapped in his area for scribe it as having a “Taste with a honey flavor”. LargeAn historic Kentucky heirloom that dates to 1890, inGlasgow, KY. One pound fruit are deep pink, creamy several years, reputedly originating in Japan. Pkt $2.50 1-3 lb fruits are irregular and great fresh or cooked. A 124
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  • 126. new variety selected in Western Siberia. Pkt $2.50PINK ICICLE #TK165 Belize Pink HeartVery delicious, bright pink fruit are shaped like a dazzlingpink icicle. The flavor is very sweet and rich, being one of thebest tasting pink paste types we’ve tried. Perfect for salsasand preserving, but also one of our favorites last season toeat fresh out of hand right in the garden. This variety was anincredible producer, and even though it has a small amountof seeds per fruit, we were still able to get a large crop ofseeds due to its productiveness. Developed in the formerSoviet Union, this is truly a masterpiece of tomato breeding.Introduced by us from the Ukraine along with its yellow, or-ange and black sisters. Pkt $2.50PINK OXHEART #TK113 85 daysBeautiful, big, oval, pointed fruit with a fine, sweet, old-fash-ioned flavor! Popular with old-timers, a good all-purpose vari-ety. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $7.00PRUDEN’S PURPLE #TK15870 days. Lovely deep-pink fruits weigh up to 1 lb. They areearly for such large fruit. Similar to Brandywine in taste,size and having the same sweet, rich taste. Potato-leavedplants. Pkt $1.75PINK VERMISSAGE #TK169 New!Gorgeous cherry tomatoes to about 2 oz. These beautiesare pink with usually faint green-to-orange stripes. Tastyand so productive! One of the exciting new varieties thisyear that really is amazing looking! Grown from Ukrainian German Lunch Boxseed. Pkt $2.50RASPBERRY LYANNA #TK166Simply stunning, raspberry-pink fruits are of medium size.Firm flesh is very sweet and richly flavored. This varietyfrom Russia is perfect looking, one of the prettiest toma-toes we have grown. It is almost free of imperfections,making it perfect for marketing. Pkt $2.25ROSE #TK133 70-80 daysLovely rose-colored fruit weigh 1 lb each and plants arevery productive. This variety has amazing flavor thatmany prefer over Brandywine! In 2006 the Columbus Dis-patch rated it #1 and said, “The Rose tomato is an heir-loom variety that was a favorite among the gardenersfor flavor.” This variety was preserved by Dr. Grace Kaiser,who collected it in 1960 from an Amish woman namedHannah Lapp of Holland, Pennsylvania. Great for homeor market gardens. Pkt $2.25ROSE DE BERNE #TK135 70-80 daysBeautiful, nicely-shaped 4-to 8-oz fruit are a rose-pink col-or, and have an excellent sweet flavor that has made it a hitwith many growers. The vines set good yields of this lovelyvariety from historic Switzerland. Pkt $2.25ROYAL HILLBILLY #TK138 80-90 daysIntroduced by our friend, Darrell Merrell, in 1997; at last wehave this popular tomato back! Very large fruit are exqui-sitely flavored, being sweet with just enough tang to make Pink Iciclethem perfect; purplish-pink in color. Darrell selected thistype from a patch of Hillbilly tomatoes in the 1990s, andit has become a favorite among seed collectors. Pkt $2.50THE DUTCHMAN #TK104 90 daysIntroduced by the legendary Merlin W. Gleckler ofGlecklers Seedsmen (who was one of the first rare seeddealers). Their 1958 catalog states, “Here is an extremelyold, large-fruited pink-skinned tomato. It is practicallyextinct as far as securing seed. In fact, it is doubtful ifseed has ever been sold by any seedsmen. Only byhanding down by generations of one family has this to-mato existed.” The pink-red fruit are very large, up to 3lbs or more. Very sweet. Pkt $2.00TLACOLULA PINK #TK130 75-85 daysA unique tomato collected by a friend in Tlacolula, Mexico;these pear-shaped fruit have deep ribs and ruffles thatgive them a distinctive look. They have a mild, sweet pinkflesh and pink skin with gold-splotched shoulders. A raretomato grown in Mexico for several generations. Pkt $2.50VINSON WATTS #TK126 85-90 daysLarge, flattened, pink fruit with excellent flavor, it wasa favorite at the Heirloom Garden Show. An old Virginiaheirloom grown in the Morehead, Kentucky area. The seedoriginated in Lee Co., Virginia. Pkt $2.25 126
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  • 128. Purple TomatoesAMAZON CHOCOLATE #TP149 New! Japanese Black Trifele75-80 days – Slicing-type fruits to 1 lb+. Recently in-troduced, this large-fruited “purple” tomato seemslikely to become a classic. Extremely productive overa long season, the flavor has been described as sweet,rich, complex, and having wine-like overtones. Thevigorous plants tolerate heat and drought and keepon yielding the chocolate-brown, soft and delicatejuicy fruits. Said to originally be from Ukraine, fromthe Black Sea region which has given us so many su-perior heirloom varieties. Pkt $2.50BEDUIN #TP123A very flavorful and delicious fruit are a deep, dark brickcolor, pear shaped and weigh 3-6 ounces. Meaty andrich, perfect for canning or fresh eating. Named for theNomadic tribe from the Near-East and North Africa. Dis-tinctive and well worth growing. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50BLACK CHERRY #TP106 75 daysBeautiful black cherries look like large, dusky purple-brown grapes; they have that rich flavor that makesblack tomatoes famous. Large vines yield very well;very unique and delicious. Pkt $2.50BLACK EARLY #TP130A fairly early, black variety from France that is of me-dium to large size. Fruit are round to irregular in shapeand of a deep purple-pink color. This variety has finelyflavored flesh that is well balanced and sweet. It is agreat choice for home gardeners with shorter seasons.Pkt $2.50BLACK ELEPHANT #TP131Big, purplish-brown fruit have a rich, sweet, savorytaste and are great for fresh eating. This Russian vari-ety is rather uncharming in looks, in fact most of thefruit tend to be misshapen, cracked and otherwisedisagreeable in appearance. Thankfully their delicious-ness more than makes up for their looks. Pkt $2.00BLACK GIANT #TP120Big, purple-black fruit are a favorite of seed collectors,who rave about this one’s fantastic flavor! The dark,globe fruit weigh 6-14 oz and are borne on highly pro-ductive vines that start producing fairly early. Thesehave a wonderful taste; the perfect blend of acid andsugars makes this one really stand out; highly deli-cious! Pkt $2.50BLACK ICICLE #TP132Stunning, perfectly shaped, deep purplish-brown fruitthat are almost black. A great variety for both homegardeners and chefs. This tomato has the incrediblerich taste that is in many of the large, dark beefsteaktypes, sweet, rich with earthy overtones. This varietyhas so much potential for introduction commerciallyand was among our best tasting varieties last season.Another variety we are introducing from the Ukrainealong with its other jewel-toned icicle sisters. Pkt (15seeds) $3.00BLACK MAMMOTH #TP133This variety ripens mid-season and produces big, fleshyfruits that can crack and are sometimes rough lookingbut inside are filled with sweet, purplish-red flesh thathas a great taste and is good for a variety of uses. Thesecan grow up to a pound in weight. We received this va-riety from Popenko Valerii of Kazakhstan. Pkt $2.50BLACK MAURI (BLACK MOOR) #TP134A beautiful, deep chocolate-brown, grape tomato thatis sweet, flavorful and has a crisp, crunchy texture. Thisfine variety comes from Russia and produces highyields, even in hot conditions. This will be a great addi-tion to fresh markets as well as for chefs and home gar-deners. A perfect salad tomato that has that real darktomato taste, delicious! Pkt $2.50BLACK PLUM #TP12970 days--Indeterminate plants covered in dainty littleplum-shaped fruits, 2 inches long by 1 inch wide. Ma-hogany-skinned berries show some green-shoulders, Purple Calabash 128
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  • 130. and have the complex flavor gardeners expect in ablack/purple type. Makes a wonderful salsa or spa- Tsungshigo Chineseghetti sauce, yet juicy enough for fresh use. Pkt $2.50BLACK PRINCE #TP104 70 daysAn heirloom from Irkutsk, Siberia. The 5 oz tomatoesare round and very uniform; the color is a wonderfuldeep blackish-chocolate brown. The flavor is as deep,sweet and rich as the color. A unique salad tomato, theplants produce a large and early crop. A good tomatofor fine markets. Pkt $2.50BLACK FROM TULA #TP103 70-80 days80 days. A unique, large, 8 to 12-oz, dark tomato ex-hibiting a rich, deep purplish-brown color. Some seedsavers say it is the best tasting of all the dark toma-toes. Very rich, old-fashioned flavor, sweet and spicy.A rare Russian heirloom. Pkt $2.50BLACK OXHEART #TP122This may be the first Oxheart type that is “Black”. De-licious, heart-shaped fruit are a deep purplish-brownand rich in flavor, becoming a favorite of seed collec-tors. Some fruit may be irregular shaped, being moreflattened. Developed by Brad Gates of Napa, California.Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50BROWN SUGAR #TP140 New!Delicious, medium-sized, deep dusky, purple-brownglobes are produduced in abundance on the healthyvines. This Russian variety has fruit that are sugary Violet Jaspersweet and richly flavored, hence the name. Pkt $2.50CARBON #TP112 90 daysWinner of the 2005 “Heirloom Garden Show” best-tasting tomato award. These have won taste awardscoast to coast in the last few years, so we were proudto locate a small supply of seed. The fruit are smooth,large, and beautiful, being one of the darkest andprettiest of the purple types we have seen. Theyseem to have an extra dose of the complex flavor thatmakes dark tomatoes famous. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 or1 oz $10.00CHEROKEE PURPLE #TP101 80 daysAn old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety;beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink color, superb sweetflavor, and very-large-sized fruit. Try this one for real old-time tomato flavor. My favorite dark tomato and one ofour best selling varieties. Pkt $2.75 or 1/4 oz $11.00CHOCOLATE #TP141 New!Medium-sized slicing type fruits, about 6 oz, roundand slightly flattened, rich bronze-red in color, withslight green shouldering. The flesh is deep red andfragrant, being sweet and minerally tasting. They varysomewhat in shape. From Russian seed. Pkt $2.25CHOCOLATE STRIPES #TP118One of the most amazing tomatoes we have ever grown.For both color and taste this variety excels. Fruit is deep Purple Pearreddish-brown inside, the outside is covered with beau-tiful orange and lime colored stripes. One of the mostunique looking tomatoes we have ever tried. It is verysweet and yet has a full-rich flavor, and this is the rea-son this tomato places very high in taste tests. A favor-ite here with the staff at Baker Creek. Fruit is medium tolarge and are of a slightly flattened globe shape. Pkt (10seeds) $2.00CHYORNYI TARASENKO #TP143 New!80 days. Developed by Ukrainian amateur breederFedor Tarasenko. The name means “Black Tarasenko”in Russian. The fruits tend to be large, sometimes ex-ceeding one pound, oblate and often sumptuouslylobed, purple-bronze, and show occasional greenshoulders. Their flavor is very good, being aromaticand unusually sweet for a purple type. Original seedwas sent by our friend Andrey Baranovsky, of Minsk,Belorus. Pkt $2.25CRÈME BRULEE #TP136A lovely tomato from the former Soviet Union. Thisvariety produces pretty, globe shaped fruit of me-dium size. They are a stunning deep caramel colorwith hints of red and chocolate. The flavor is rich, 130
  • 131. sweet and full-bodied, and the texture is tender and smooth. An attractive tomato that is great for both Southern Night home and market. Pkt $2.50 GOLOVA NEGRA #TP137 80-90 days Full-sized slicer in warm tones of deep red to mahog- any. The oblate fruits reach 12 ounces, and are richly pleated and folded. Fruits are extravagantly juicy, and it is for juicing that we mainly recommend this variety. It is also unusually mild for a “purple” tomato, having just a hint of the earthiness and complexity that this category is known for. Originally from Russia. Pkt $2.75 GYPSY #TP121 Named for the Gypsies who live in Russia, this is one of the deepest, purplest, maroon tomatoes we have ever grown. It has a gorgeous color and good taste. Perfect, medium-sized globe fruit make this one of the nicest dark varieties. A lovely and colorful introduction from the great Soviet plant breeders. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 JAPANESE BLACK TRIFELE #TP107 80-90 days Attractive tomatoes are the shape and size of a Bartlett pear, with a beautiful purplish-brick color. The fruit are perfect and smooth with no cracks. The flavor is absolutely sublime, having all the richness of fine chocolate. This was our heaviest producer for 2004. The plants produced loads of fruit all summer long. It has become a favorite with many seed sav- ers, and we are glad to be able to offer such a color- ful variety that is believed to have come from Rus- sia... Don’t ask me about the name! Pkt $2.50 MORADO #TP113 85 days This very rare tomato produces delicious 1 lb fruit that are dark purplish-pink in color, with green shoulders. The plants have excellent production, and fruit is uni- form and crack resistant. Another great-tasting “black” tomato that should be a good variety for the market grower. Pkt $2.25 NYAGOUS #TP109 90 days A wonderful, dark-colored ‘cluster tomato’ that pro- duces perfect globe-shaped fruit that have smooth shoulders and are borne in clusters of 3-6 tomatoes! They are aromatic and have sweet, meaty flesh that has a rich taste. Another tomato that is superb for Purple Russian marketing and a must for every garden; simply lovely. This variety came to the USA from our friend, Rein- hard Kraft, of Germany. Pkt $2.25 PAUL ROBESON #TP110 90 days This famous tomato has almost a cult following among seed collectors and tomato connoisseurs, who simply cannot get enough of this variety’s amaz- ing flavor that is so distinctive, sweet, and smoky. 7 to 10-oz fruit are a black-brick color. Named in honor of the famous black opera singer, star of King Solomon’s Mines, 1937. Paul Robeson was also a Russian Equal Rights Advocate for Blacks. This Russian variety was lovingly named in his honor. We are proud to offer such a wonderful variety. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 PIERCE’S PRIDE #TP111 90 days A stabilized cross that was selected by our seed grow- er, Larry Pierce. Medium-sized fruit are very flavorful and rich. They are nicely shaped, deep, dark black-red in color. This is certainly one of our tastiest tomatoes. Pkt $2.50 PURPLE CALABASH #TP125 85 days. May be the most purple of all “purple” tomatoes; a deep purple/burgundy and very colorful! The shape is also exciting, with the 3” fruit being very flat, ribbed and ruffled. Flavor is intense, sweet and tart, with a lime or citrus taste. A most uniquely flavored tomato! The plants give huge yields. This tomato resembles tomatoes pic- tured in 16th-century herbal diaries. Pkt $2.50 PURPLE PEAR #TP145 New! Pear-shaped fruits of about 2 oz; outside they are deep purple-pink. Pretty and very different. They are incredible tasting, we just love these for snacking! Per- fect mixed with our Ivory, Yellow and Red Pear variet- ies. Seed originally received from our Ukrainian cor-131 respondent. Pkt $2.50
  • 132. ChocolatePURPLE RUSSIAN #TP108 75 days SOUTHERN NIGHT #TP126 TSUNGSHIGO CHINESE #TP147 New!Delicious purplish, egg-shaped fruit are smooth and An attractive “Black” tomato developed in the old Soviet Unbelievable production of small, reddish-chocolateperfect. They have no blemishes and have flavor that Union. Great tasting fruit are dark and intensely colored, colored, grape-shaped tomatoes. These have thetops the charts. One of the best varieties we carry for being a deep maroon. Very sweet and luscious, these sweet, earthy flavor of the classic ‘black’ types, butsalsa, fresh eating, and preserving. This variety will are hard to not eat right in the garden. A classic that is packed into a small package. Seed originally from amake market gardeners and chefs happy, as this Ukrai- well worth growing if you like real flavor. Pkt $2.25 Chinese commercial vendor. Pkt $2.50nian heirloom is at the top of its class and a favorite of TRUE BLACK BRANDYWINE #TP114 80-90 days VIOLET JASPER or TZI BI U #TP127our grower. The plants are very productive; fruit weigh This fine variety was sent to us by our friend, famed When these little Oriental jewels ripen, your eyes will seed collector and food writer, William Woys Weaver, be stunned with color. They have pretty violet-purpleabout 6 ounces. Introduced to the USA in 1980. Pkt $2.50 of Pennsylvania. It was passed down to him from hisor 1/4 oz $10.00 fruit with iridescent green streaks! Fruit weigh 1-3 Quaker grandfather’s collection dating back to the ounces, are smooth and have good tasting, dark pur-SARA BLACK #TP115 78 days 1920s. As to its history, Will states “The “true” Black Bran- plish-red flesh. This variety will also amaze you withAttractive, fairly uniform and crack-resistant, purplish- dywine was bred sometime in the late 1920s by Dr. Harold its yield: it’s not only high, but incredibly high, beingbrown fruit have darker streaks in the flesh, and are E. Martin (1888-1959), a dentist turned plant breeder who one of the most productive tomatoes we have grown.large in size. Earlier than some of the other “black” is best remembered today for his famous pole lima with A great variety for marketing. Introduced to you fromtypes. Very rich flavor that is both sweet and spicy, huge seeds. Dr. Martin lived in Westtown, PA, only a few China along with its twin sister “Topaz”; see our yellowwith a hint of earthy overtones that make the flavor so miles from my grandfather’s place in West Chester, and tomato section. Pkt $3.00good, many consider it to be among the best-tasting the two were gardening buddies. It was through that con- VORLON #TP128tomatoes. Introduced by Joe Bratka in the 1990s, who nection that his grandfather managed to wheedle seed We are introducing this large variety received fromreceived seeds via his great-aunt who lived in Germany. out of the good doctor, as well as the details on how he Bulgaria. A stunning purple-black tomato that wasPkt $2.50 created it. Dr. Martin always had a high opinion of his the best-tasting tomato we grew last season and is plant creations and did not like to share them–he charged sure to become a new favorite. Rich dark flesh is full 25 cents a seed for his lima, unheard of in those days. And of the rich, smoky, organic taste that makes dark vari- he never released his Black Brandywine to a seed com- eties among our favorite. Though named for the Vor- pany, nor did he share it with many people, so I am fairly lons, a fictional alien race, this tomato won’t stay an certain it never circulated among growers like his popu- alien long. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 lar lima bean. According to my grandfather, Black Bran- dywine was a controlled cross between Brandywine and the original brown Beefsteak tomato otherwise known “The regenerated do not go to war, nor en- as Fejee Improved. Fejee Improved is probably extinct.” gage in strife. They are children of peace We thank Will for entrusting us with this great-tasting who have beat their swords into plow- tomato that is extra large in size and full of the deep, shares and their spears into pruning forks, earthy and sweet flavor. Some fruits tended to crack, but the yield is heavy. Pkt $3.00 and know no war.” -Menno Simons 132
  • 133. 5 EASY STEPS TO SAVING TOMATO SEEDS . . CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: First, slice a tomato in half and crush its pulp and seeds into a jar. Wait for the pulp and .. seeds to ferment. After three days, the mixture will have a white film on top. Rinse and drain off the pulp. Seeds will sink to the bottom. Rinse seeds with water repeatedly until the seeds are clean. Spread seeds out to dry in a clean, dry place with a gentle breeze. From the book THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GARDENER. Used by permission. Available from Hyperion wherever books are sold.133
  • 134. Chadwick CherryRed TomatoesA GRAPPOLI D’INVERNO #TM205 BEEFSTEAK #TM111 85 days A popular, old, standard variety, deep red and very large; fine flavor, rich old-time tomato taste. Pkt tened and quite attractive with their deep ribbing. This variety is a standard in Italy for both fresh eat- ing and preserving, known for its intensely flavorful,This is the “Winter Grape” tomato of old Italy, where $2.00 or 1 oz $7.00 deep red flesh. This variety has also became veryfarmers would hang the fruit-covered vines and the BONNY BEST #TM181 popular with chefs in this country. Pkt $2.00fruit would stay fresh well into the winter. They also The famous old canning tomato that was introduced COUR DI BUE #TM121dry perfectly and resemble little “Roma” tomatoes. in 1908 by the Bonnie Plant Farm in Union Spring, 70 days. A wonderful, Oxheart-type heirloom hasThe flavorful fruit are delicious and great for snack- Alabama. It became one of the most respected can- been a favorite in Italy for many years. Beautiful, 12-ing, fresh or dried. Pkt $2.50 ning varieties in America in the first half of the twen- oz, heart-shaped fruit have a delicious sweet taste;ABU RAWAN #TM232 New! tieth century. Medium-sized fruit are round, red, similar to the shape of a heart, great for fresh eatingDeterminate—Another variety contributed to the meaty, and loaded with flavor. A good producer that or cooking. Large vigorous vines. One of the besttomato world by our friend, expatriate Iraqi seed makes a fine slicer too. Becoming hard to find due to tasting tomatoes I have ever tasted, these have per-collector Nael Aziz. He stated that it is a bit unusual modern, flavorless hybrids. Pkt $2.00 fect flavor! Hard to find and so beautiful looking. Pktfor an Iraqi type, because in Iraq the people tend to BUCKBEE’S NEW FIFTY DAY #TM141 70-75 days $2.25 or 1/8 oz $8.50favor tart tomatoes, while this one is sweeter. Having A pre-1930 variety introduced by H.W. Buckbee, DELICIOUS #TM164 90 dayssolid, all-purpose flesh, it will take the heat, like Iraqi Rockford, Illinois. Their 1930 catalog states, “The This tomato was developed many years ago by Bur-types generally. Named for the onetime caretaker largest fruited, the smoothest, the finest in quality pee’s from “Beefsteak” tomato, after 13 years of se-of the greenhouses at the Agricultural College at Al of all extra early scarlet tomatoes.” Not as early as 50 lection for smoother fruit. This really big tomato pro-Ghraib. Maintained in cultivation in private gardens days, but this is indeed a good producer that has an duces huge 1-to 3-lb fruit that are fairly smooth forthere since the 1970’s. PKT $2.50 old-fashioned tomato taste; red and medium sized. a giant tomato, and, as the name implies, these areAL-KUFFA TOMATO #TM190 Pkt $2.00 delicious! In 1986 it set the world record for weight,This little tomato is early and produces 3-4 ounce BURPEE LONG KEEPER #TM175 78 days with a giant 7 lb. 12-oz. fruit! Pkt $2.00fruit on compact, dwarf vines that yielded till frost. Here is the tomato for gardeners wanting tomatoes DR. WALTER #TM183 75 daysWe received this mild-tasting, Iraqi variety from our for an extra couple of months! Pick fruit a little be- Globular 6-8 oz. red fruit with good flavor. A terrificfriend Aziz Nael, who said, “Delicious one, useful for fore they are ripe and keep them cool and dark. Ripe producer that is a popular market tomato in Newany purpose, strong bush plant cultivated in the fruit turn reddish-orange. Developed by Burpee’s in Zealand. A great mid-season tomato to grow com-south of Iraq in cool greenhouses for late spring or 1979. Pkt (20 seeds) $1.75 mercially as it has some disease resistance. Vinesearly summer markets. Also it is [grown] in the mid- CHADWICK CHERRY OR CAMP JOY #TM179 need staking. Smooth and attractive. Pkt $1.75 dle and north Iraq without greenhouse.” Pkt $2.50 80 days. Delicious, sweet flavor makes this 1-ounce EGG TOMATO #TM114 75-80 daysAMISH PASTE #TM126 80 days cherry popular with home gardeners. Large vines This heirloom is another of the varieties sold byMany seed savers believe this is the ultimate paste set huge yields and are disease resistant. Developed Glecklers Seedsmen in the 1950’s. The fruit is thetomato. Giant, blocky, Roma type tomatoes have de- by the late horticultural expert Alan Chadwick. He shape and size of a medium-sized egg, with thick,licious red flesh that is perfect for paste and canning. sure had a winner with this one! Pkt $2.25 blood-red flesh that is rich and perfect for preservingIt has world-class flavor and comes from an Amish COSMONAUT VOLKOV #TM131 75 days or eating fresh. The smooth fruit keep very well; verycommunity in Wisconsin. Pkt $2.50 A smooth and attractive, medium-large red tomato delicious and good for specialty markets. Pkt $2.00ATKINSON #TM172 New! that has a full, rich flavor. The productive vines yield FLORADADE #TM135 (determinate) 78 daysBred for Southern conditions, this medium-height va- well even in hot weather, perfect for canning or slic- Right from Dade County, Florida, comes a winningriety produces 8-oz red globes even through hot, dry ing. This variety is from Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine, tomato for the humid South. It was developed bysummers. A tomato with considerable merit, which and was named for a Russian Cosmonaut. Our cus- the U of FL to be resistant to the many problems thatwas no longer being offered commercially. Pkt $1.75 tomers keep requesting this great variety. Pkt $2.25 affect tomatoes in the South. Nice-sized 5 to 7 oz. COSTOLUTO GENOVESE #TM210 fruit are round and smooth; determinate plants are“Permanent good can never be the outcome of The fluted, old Italian favorite that has been around quite productive. Pkt $2.00 since the early 19th century. Fruit are rather flat- 134untruth and violence.” -Mahatma Gandhi
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  • 136. FOX CHERRY #TM160 smooth, and of very high quality. This variety grows grape-shaped tomatoes, glowing red in color. TheDelicious large, red heirloom cherry tomatoes that well in hot, humid climates and greenhouses; sets in small size makes this tomato perfect for snackingseem to be one of the best-tasting large cherries most any weather. Flavorful and becoming rare. Pkt and salads. Pkt $2.50around. The vining plants are very reliable; even in $1.75 RIESENTRAUBE #TM132 76-85 daysyears when the wilt kills about everything else, these MOUNTAIN PRINCESS #TM186 45-50 days This old German heirloom was offered in Philadel-seem to do great. The fruit weigh about 1 oz each This determinate, early tomato is well-suited to phia by the mid-1800’s. The sweet, red 1-oz fruitand are perfect for salads. Pkt $1.75 short, mountain climates. It is a heavy producer grow in large clusters; the name means “GiantGRANNY CANTRELL #TM202 of small to medium-sized, red fruit that has a nice Bunch of Grapes” in German. This is likely the mostThis meaty beefsteak-type tomato is named after mild flavor. This tomato comes from the mountain- popular small tomato with seed collectors, as manyLettie Cantrell, who received seeds from a soldier re- ous regions of West Virginia and has been grown by favor the rich, full tomato flavor that is missing inturning from Germany during World War II. She grew generations of rugged farmers for its earliness and today’s cherry types. Large plants produce massivethis tomato in the hills of eastern Kentucky for many production. Pkt $2.00 yields. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $15.00years. This was her favorite tomato and the only one NINEVEH TOMATO #TM191 REISETOMATE #TM198she grew. Each year she saved seeds from the larg- A very acid, almost sour-tasting tomato that is best The most novel tomato we have seen, this tomatoest tomatoes, some of which reached 2 1/2 lbs. Our for cooking uses. This tomato comes from Mosul is like a big bunch of cherry tomatoes all fused to-growers find it to be quite productive. Ahh! What a (formerly Nineveh) Iraq, but is now said to be lost gether: an amazing trait that had everyone here ask-flavor! This variety was named best tasting tomato to cultivation due to the long on-going war and ing questions about the alien-looking, bumpy toma-of the year at the 2006 Heirloom Garden Show in our promotion of hybrid and gene-altered seeds. Bush toes. Also called “Traveler tomato” (“reise” is Germantaste testing contest. Pkt $2.50 plants set bright red, small to medium sized fruit. for “travel” or “journey”) for the ability to tear it apartHOMESTEAD #TM115 (semi-determinate) 80-83 From Aziz Nael, an Iraqi friend that supplied us with a piece at a time, with no need for a knife. This typedays. Developed in the 1950’s for growers in Florida a few seeds. Pkt $2.50 of tomato traces its roots to Central America whereand the southern states, this tomato is productive NORTH DAKOTA EARLIANA #TM211 60 days the native people would carry traveler tomatoesand wilt-resistant. At one time, this was a very popu- Brilliant red, 6-9 ounce slicing type fruits are pro- on trips, to eat as they walked. Bright red toma-lar shipping variety. Firm, tasty flesh. Pkt $1.75 duced even in the face of cold wet springs, or hot, toes taste--well, rather sour, strong and acid. TheILLINI STAR #TM129 65-75 days dry summers. Reselected from the original Earli- perfect tomato for those who love raw lemons, butThe star in any garden, this winner was developed ana in the early part of the 20th century by famed who cares? They are still far-out and groovy. Pkt (15by our friends, Merlyn & Mary Ann Niedens. This vari- breeder Albert F. Yeager, working at North Dakota seeds) $2.50ety sets on heavily with 6-oz round, red fruit with su- State University. Yeager was working to develop ear- REV. MARROW LONGKEEPER #TM187perior flavor for an early type. For quick and steady ly maturing tomato varieties that would be reliable 78 days A tall, determinate variety with 6-10 oz,production, this one is hard to beat. The vines need in North Dakota, and many of his introductions were globular fruit that ripens orange-red with pinkishlittle staking. Pkt $2.00 released through the Oscar Will Seed Co. Foundation flesh. The amazing thing about this tomato is itsINGEGNOLI GIGANTE LISCIO #TM162 75 days seed supplied by Todd Wertand Bryce Farnsworth, keeping qualities; these have kept until January! Se-Giant fruit grow up to 2 lbs or more. Bright red, quite and originated with the NDSU breeding program. lected for longest storage time possible, by the late,sweet and rich tasting, excellent for home gardeners Pkt $2.00 Merl Neidens. Plant late for storage use, and keepwho want old-fashioned flavor. Developed in Italy PANTANO ROMANESCO #TM127 70-80 days cool in storage. These come from Northern Illinoisaround 1900 from a cross of the old varieties “Pon- A Roman heirloom that was sent to us by Mr. Bar- and produce well. Pkt $2.25derosa” and “Saint Louis.” Hard to find now! Pkt $2.25 betti, from Italy. The fruit are large and are deep red, ROMA #TM110 (determinate) 76 daysJERSEY GIANT #TM192 with almost a purple tint. The flesh is very rich, fla- A quality paste variety, very thick flesh. A popularThis New Jersey canning variety is on the verge of ex- vorful, and juicy. An excellent tomato for home and old favorite; good yields. Pkt $1.75 or 1 oz $6.00tinction! Large, 6-inch long, pepper-shaped fruit are market gardeners; very rare and delicious. Pkt $2.50 ROUGE D’IRAK TOMATO #TM145 75 dayspacked with great tomato flavor. Delicious fresh from PEARSON #TM118 (determinate) 80 days. Medium-sized fruit are finely flavored; good yield,the garden. Their large size makes them a snap to can. This tomato was one of the most popular varieties too. This variety is endangered even in its own coun-Their thick, rich flesh is much tastier than modern in California in the 1950’s. Excellent yielder in hot, try where saving seeds has become more difficultpaste types, and the fruit have very few seeds. One of semi-arid areas; produces large, red, globular fruits under the “Colonial Powers” of the United personal favorites. PKT $2.50 or 1/8 oz $8.50 Farmers are also encouraged to plant modern types! that are very solid and perfect for canning! Pkt $2.00JUJUBE CHERRY #TM193 Pkt $2.00 PLACERO #TM196 ROYAL CHICO #TM103 (determinate) 80 daysHere is a wonderful, red grape tomato from our A flavorful, small tomato from our friend Herb Culver. Very productive Roma type, vigorous; yields bright-friend, Reinard Kraft, of Germany. Crisp fruit are de- He collected this tomato in Cuba from a man named red, pear-shaped fruit that are uniform and perfectlightfully refreshing and are perfect for snacking. Orlando at Mission Mundial. This tomato also is said for paste or canning. Very resistant to disease, per-This is one off the best grape types we have tried. to have a very high beta-carotene content. Tasty, red fect for the home garden or market. This variety isHeavy producing plants yield till frost. Pkt $1.75 fruit grow on very productive plants. Pkt $2.00 becoming rare. Pkt $1.75KORALIK #TM188 65-70 days POLISH LINGUISA #TM171 New! RUTGERS #TM102 (determinate) 60-100 daysDeterminate. Just 55 days from transplanting, this 78 days- Vigorous producer of pointed fruits shaped Good for canning, also excellent fresh; large red 8-ozearly 1” cherry tomato is bright red and borne on like fat sausages which often reach upwards of 4 globes. Good yields and flavor, large vines. A fine N.J.heavy trusses of 6-8 fruit, which are sweet and flavor- inches in length, sometimes weighing in at 10 ounc- heirloom. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $7.00ful. This Russian variety is enormously productive for es. Produces abundant, tasty fruits ideal for making SAN MARZANO LUNGO NO. 2 #TM213a determinate type. Great for small gardens. Pkt $2.00 sauce or paste, yet still good for fresh eating as well. This is a newer selection of this famous Italian cook-MAMA LEONE #TM166 A New York heirloom since the 19th Century, having ing tomato. Long, cylindrical fruit are filled withA real old-time Italian paste tomato, this variety pro- been brought there by Polish immigrants. Pkt $2.50 thick, dry flesh and few seeds. This heavy producingduces 5-6 oz full-flavored red fruit that are supreme PRINCIPE BORGHESE #TM122 (determinate) variety is a standard for many Italian farmers andin sauces and paste. The vines set high yields. This 70-75 days. The Italian heirloom that is famous for chefs. Pkt $2.00heirloom was brought from Italy many years ago to sun drying. Small 1-to 2-oz, grape-shaped fruit are SEATTLE BEST OF ALL #TM157 80 daysNew York state. Pkt $2.00 very dry and have few seeds. They have a rich tomato A mild tasting tomato that is a good all purpose, me-MARGLOBE SUPREME #TM104 (determinate) taste that is wonderful for sauces. Determinate vines dium sized red. The vines are high yielding, and the73-77 days. Medium-sized, red fruit make excellent yield clusters of fruit in abundance, perfect for selling plant has good foliage. This variety was developedcanning tomatoes. Good size and uniform deep in fresh markets and making specialty products. We by a Seattle market gardener out of the greenhousescarlet color. Great for humid climates. Pkt $1.50 offer pure Italian seed. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 oz $10.00 variety called ‘Best-of-All’ for his Seattle market gar-MARMANDE #TM119 (semi-determinate) 70 days RED FIG or PEAR-SHAPED #TM106 75 days den. It was listed by the famous Gill Brothers CatalogPopular, old French variety developed by the Vilmo- Small, 1 1/2”, red fruit are pear shaped. This heirloom in the 1960s. Pkt $2.00rin Seed Co. Scarlet, lightly ribbed fruit, have the full dates back to the 1700’s. It was offered by many SNOW FAIRY #TM214rich flavor that is so enjoyed in Europe. Medium- seedsmen and was very popular for making “Tomato An incredibly dwarf tomato from Russia that produc-large sized fruit are produced even in cool weather. Figs”. The fruit is sweet and tasty. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz es a large yield of small globe-shaped fruit very early.Productive market variety. Imported European seed. $6.50 The plants are beautiful, stocky and very deep green,Pkt $2.00 RED GRAPE #TM189 growing just a little over a foot tall this variety looksMONEYMAKER #TM116 75-80 days 69-80 days—This tomato type caught on a few years lovely when loaded with bright red fruit, and it doesAn old English heirloom; greenhouse variety; ago, and now everyone loves them! This non-hybrid this very quickly. It is one of the first to produce. Theproduces 4 to 6-oz globes that are intensely red, strain produces lots of these crisp, super-sweet, fruit are tart and of an average tomato taste. Pkt $2.25 136
  • 137. Reisetomate Cour di Bue Abu Rawan137
  • 138. ST. PIERRE #TM107 78 daysA beautiful French heirloom, the tender fruits have Snow Fairya full, rich tomato flavor and are large in size; greatfor canning or fresh eating. They are deep red andexcellent producers, even in bad conditions. Popularin Europe. Pkt $2.00STUPICE #TM199A great, potato leaf variety that comes from Czecho-slovakia. One of the best early tomatoes, this isamong the earliest. Perfect for gardeners in north-ern climes. Excellent flavor for an early type, theseproduce lots of red, small to medium sized fruit overa very long season. Highly popular in areas withshort summers. Pkt $2.00SUB-ARCTIC PLENTY OR “WORLD’S EARLIEST”#TM130 (Determinate) 49-59 days. One of the veryearliest tomatoes, the compact plants produce lotsof 2-oz red fruit. One of the best for cool conditionsand will set fruit in lower temperatures than most.It has even been grown in the Southern Yukon. De-veloped by Dr. Harris, Beaverlodge Research Station,Alberta, Canada. Pkt $2.00TATAR OF MONGOLSTAN #TM137 70-85 daysWe were sent this rare tomato in the late 1990’sby Iraqi seed collector Aziz Nael, who was living inFrance. Medium-sized fruit are very flavorful, red,and flattened in shape. These have become popu-lar with seed savers since we introduced it about 5years ago. We are glad to have this tasty type back.Great fresh or dried. Pkt $2.50TAPPY’S HERITAGE #TM112 85 daysBeautiful, smooth, large red fruit are globe-shaped.With good disease resistance, great yields, perfectshape, and wonderful flavor, it’s superb for marketgrowers. This variety was developed by Merlyn andMary Ann Niedens, longtime seed growers in Illinois.Bred from heirloom varieties, it has fantastic tasteand is one of our all-time best-selling varieties. Try itand you will see why! Pkt $2.50TESS’S LAND RACE CURRANT #TM156 55-68 days. Deliciously flavored currant tomato thatoriginated from Maryland’s southern shore. The tiny Jujube Cherryfruit of this variety vary in color; most are deep redbut some are also rose, gold and yellow. The flavor-ful fruit are popular with chefs and home gardeners.The sprawling vines produce clusters of these in-tense tasting miniatures. Pkt $2.25THESSALONIKI #TM101 60-80 daysA Greek tomato that was introduced to the USAin the 1950’s by Glecklers Seedsmen, of Ohio. It isa popular, large, red, uniform fruit with excellentflavor, high yields, and disease resistance. An earlyvariety, perfect for home or market; keeps well. Pkt$1.50 or 1/4 oz $10.00UNCLE MARK BAGBY #TM163 75 daysBrought to western Kentucky from Germany in1919 by Mark Bagby, and grown today by one ofhis grandnieces, this tall and vigorous potato-leafedvariety produces 8-12-oz pink fruit. Some say it out-performs Brandywine in warmer climates. Pkt $2.00“The correlation between povertyand obesity can be traced to agricul-tural policies and subsidies.” -Michael Pollan Tomato Seed: All varieties are believed to be ‘indeter- minate’ (long vines), unless specified ‘determinate’ (short vines). The best tasting varieties tend to be indetermi- nate, as most of ours are unless otherwise noted. Packets contain a min. of 25 seeds (unless stated otherwise.) 138
  • 139. Costoluto Genovese Riesentraube139
  • 140. BIG ZEBRA #TS116 New! GOLD MEDAL #TS112 75-90 days.Striped TomatoesANANAS NOIR #TS117 A stunning tomato that looks much like a giant ver- sion of our popular “Green Zebra,” this 8-10 oz. beauty has vibrant green and deep gold striped skin, with The 1-lb fruit are among the smoothest, bi-colored to- matoes we carry and are one of the most beautiful we have seen. Yellow fruit are blushing with rosy red that(Black Pineapple) A most exciting new tomato, it is delicious red-streaked, green flesh. A superb home radiates from the blossom end. Lovely! The firm fleshwonderful in every way. This unusual variety was de- and market tomato, and a must for all who love the is of superior quality, being sweet and mild. They haveveloped by Pascal Moreau, a horticulturist from Bel- beautiful and unique. One of the most amazing to- very little acid; great for fresh eating. From the late,gium. The multi-colored, smooth fruit (green, yellow matoes we have grown; so groovy and retro looking! legendary seed collector, Ben Quisenberry. Pkt $2.50and purple mix) weigh about 1 1/2 lbs. The flesh is Pkt $2.75 HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE #TS135bright green with deep red streaks. Everyone loves CASADY’S FOLLY #TS132 75 days Determinate 90-95 days This variety produces 1 lb fruit with yel-their superb flavor that is outstanding, being both Dazzling, slender plum-type fruits, often with a tiny low-and-red mottled flesh. Flavor is excellent: sweet,sweet and smoky with a hint of citrus. The yield is one “beak” at the blossom end, reaching 4” in length and fruity and somewhat pineapple-like in taste. Produc-of the heaviest we have ever seen! Be the first at your weighing 5 oz. The stripes are very pronounced, alter- tive and beautiful. Another favorite among seed col-farmer’s market to have this new classic. Pkt $2.75 nating between orange and red: the effect is very strik- lectors. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.00BEAUTY KING #TS122 70-90 days ing! Very well flavored with fruity overtones, these are firm with a blood-red interior, suitable for fresh use or HILLBILLY OR FLAME #TS102 80-85 daysFlashy, red-and yellow-striped fruit have clearly de- A huge, bi-color heirloom; brilliant yellow color withfined markings that make them among the most canning and sauces. A Tom Wagner creation. Pkt $2.50 COPIA #TS115 80-90 days red marbling. Very large with a rich, sweet flavor.beautiful tomatoes we carry! Sweet, fruity flesh has Beautiful when sliced. An heirloom believed to begood flavor, and fruit are of medium size. A great to- One of our most unique and beautiful large, striped tomatoes, these have lovely fine stripes of glow- from West Virginia. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $11.00mato for specialty markets and chefs. Developed by ISIS CANDY CHERRY #TS128 (determinate) 67 daysBrad Gates of Wild Boar Farm. Pkt $2.50 ing gold and neon red. Inside the flavorful flesh is a mix of red and yellow that is swirled together in Delightful, round, one-inch fruits may vary in shadesBEAUTY QUEEN #TS127 80 days various combinations. This new variety was devel and blush patterns of reds to yellows, usually withA good producer of very striped, red and yellow fruit oped by Jeff Dawson and named in honor of Copia, golden flesh. Typically carry an intriguing “cat’s eye”that have clearly defined markings much like Greenzebra. Small to medium size, the fruit have excellent the American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts, of or star in yellow on the blossom end. The flavor is out-flavor. These have proved to be very popular at farm- Napa, CA. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.25 standing, sweet and fruity. Kids adore them! Pkt $2.50ers markets. Pkt $2.25 CSIKOS BOTERMO #TS123 65-75 days MARY ROBINSON’S GERMAN BICOLOR #TS119BIG RAINBOW #TS101 Attractive, small fruit have stunning yellow stripes 80-90 days. Large fruit are yellow with lots of redHuge fruit up to 2 lbs.; delicious and sweet tasting. on red fruit. The sweet red flesh is nicely flavored. shading and streaks, much more red than many bi-These tomatoes are very striking sliced, as the yel- This is a pretty striped “cluster” tomato; the produc- color types. Fruit is very sweet and mild, great for alow fruit have neon red streaking though the flesh. tive vines set fruit in clusters of 5 or more! Very rare slicing tomato. Large, vigorous vines produce heavyAn heirloom preserved by members of Seed Savers and colorful. This tomato was sent to our friend, yields. Given to a collector in 1994 by G. Fitzgerald.Exchange. Pkt $2.25 or 1/4 oz $9.00 Rose-Marie Lacherez, of Australia. This variety comes Pretty and delicious. Pkt $2.00 from Hungary. Pkt $2.50 Ananas Noir 140
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  • 142. NATURE’S RIDDLE #TS130A big, bi-color tomato that we are introducing from Striped RomanRussia. It is such an attractive one too, having fairlysmooth fruit, golden-yellow with fanciful streaks ofblushing salmon-pink! Great taste, being very sweetand meaty. This fine variety was sent to us by ValerriiPopenko of Kazakhstan. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.00OLD YELLOW CANDY STRIPE #TS137 New!75-80 days. Oblate yellow fruits have distinct redstriping at blossom end, almost in a starburst design.The fruits are smooth, usually free from blemishes,and run 6-12 oz., occasionally to a pound or more. Theflavor is mild, sweet, and very pleasant. We receivedthis variety from our friend Glenn Drowns of Sand HillPreservation Center. Pkt $2.75ORANGE & GREEN ZEBRA #TS133 67 daysPlants are covered in 2-inch cherry/salad type fruits,spectacularly striped in orange and green! Spicy in-terior is a lime green. High yields and very flavorful. Anew favorite! Pkt $2.50PEPPERMINT #TS134A lovely heirloom from the mountains around CrabOrchard, Tennessee, this variety produces large 1lbtomatoes that are beautifully striped with red and or-ange. The flavor is sweet and mild, perfect for eatinglike fruit. This hard-to-find variety is both attractiveand delicious. We had some plants produce solid redfruit, but selected only for bi-colored fruit, so you mayoccasionally still get a plant with red fruit. Pkt $2.50PINEAPPLE #TS103 75-95 daysVery large, up to 2 lbs each. The yellow fruit has redmarbling through the flesh and is one of the mostbeautiful tomatoes we sell. The flavor is very sweet andfruity; good yields! A Gettle Family favorite. Pkt $2.25 or1/4 oz $11.00PLUM TIGRIS #TS118 80 daysA pretty, plum-shaped variety that has shining redand yellow stripes; very unusual. Plants produce lotsof 4 oz fruit that are of a very good flavor. This color-ful tomato was sent to the USA by Andrey Baranovski,from Minsk, Belarus. Pkt $2.75 Beauty KingSTRIPED CAVERN #TS106 80-100 daysColorful, red fruit have vibrant yellow stripes. They arestunning! This variety has lobed fruit, like a bell pepper,and thick walls, making it perfect for stuffing. Good-sized fruit are fine-flavored, and they really draw atten-tion at farmers’ markets. Pkt $2.00STRIPED ROMAN #TS105 80-90 daysStunning and unique, these long, pointed, red fruithave wavy orange stripes! People were really excitedabout this one at our Heirloom Garden Show. It’s aspecialty grower’s dream; just what chefs and today’sbuyers are looking for; a perfect midsize beauty withbrilliant color, meaty flesh, and excellent flavor. Thisvariety was developed by John Swenson. Pkt $2.25 or1/4 oz $17.50TIGERELLA #TS113 55-75 daysTasty, 2” round fruit are bright red with orange stripes.A quite beautiful and popular variety from Englandthat is good for greenhouse production. The yieldsare high even in cool summers, and it starts produc-ing very early. It also has good disease-resistance. Sosmooth, so pretty! Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $11.00TURKISH STRIPED MONASTERY #TS126 80-85 days. This variety was collected at a monasterygarden just outside of Istanbul, Turkey. Small 2” fruitare beautifully striped, red and gold. One of the bestflavored small striped tomatoes. Good production allsummer. Just recently introduced to the USA. Pkt $2.25WILLIAM’S STRIPED #TS114 85-90 daysPopular at farmers markets, large fruit are 1 lb ormore. Very beautiful exterior and interior of red andyellow colors. It is a favorite of many, having luscioustasting flesh. Pkt $2.00“I let no man drag me down so low as tomake me hate him.” -Booker T. Washington 142
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  • 144. White Tomatoes Snow WhiteCREAM SAUSAGE #TW105 (determinate) 70-75 days.Here is a new and stunning tomato, an elongated paste tomato that is creamywhite to pale yellow in color. The sweet flavor should be a hit with gourmetchefs. Bushy plants are quite productive. Think of the new sauce colors thisbeauty will create! Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $18.50DUGGIN WHITE #TW110 80 daysA medium-sized, white beefsteak tomato that has a strong, fruity taste. This rare heir-loom was sent to Dorothy Beiswenger by Lloyd Duggin. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.00FANTOME DU LAOS #TW118Glowing, creamy-white fruit have a hint of yellow, and are ribbed, flattened andof medium size. Sweet, low acid flavor will make this “ghostly” tomato a favoriteof those looking for a mild variety. This attractive variety reputedly originates inLaos. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.00GREAT WHITE #TW101 80-85 daysLarge, 1-lb giant, creamy white fruit, this tomato is superbly wonderful. The fleshis so good and deliciously fruity, it reminds one of a mixture of fresh-cut pine-apple, melon and guava. One of our favorite fresh-eating tomatoes! Fruit aresmoother than most large beefsteak types, and yields can be very high. Intro-duced by Gleckler’s Seedsmen. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 oz $11.00IVORY EGG #TW109 70-75 days Ivory PearSent to America by a seed saver in Sweden, this rare and attractive ivory cream-colored tomato is the shape and size of a chicken egg. The creamy flesh is bothsweet and rich, great for making a lovely sauce or in salads. Plants are very pro-ductive. Pkt $2.25IVORY PEAR #TW122 New!75-80 days. Cute little 1 oz fruits are ivory-cream in color, shaped like little pears.Plants are very high yielders! Charming when served combined with Yellow orRed Pear types. A new staff favorite. Pkt $2.50SHAH #TW119An attractive, creamy-parchment colored tomato that is sweet and flavorful. Thefruit are medium in size and are great in salads or eaten fresh as fruit. The plantsare productive and produce quickly. According to William Woys Weaver this varietydates to around 1890 when it was grown in field tests on Long Island. Pretty andtasty, this variety is perfect for the home gardener and the trendy chef. Pkt $2.50SNOW WHITE #TW103Small, ivory-colored cherry tomato that has a delicious taste. One of the fewwhite cherries! Wonderful when mixed with red and orange varieties in a salad.Developed by Joe Bratka. Pkt $2.25TRANSPARENT #TW111 70-75 daysA very pale, creamy lemon-colored tomato which almost borders on translucent,giving this 3 oz wonder an exotic appearance indeed! Very mild and sweet, havinga soft skin and smooth texture that makes it a delight for fresh eating. The vines sethuge yields of this rare and delicious little tomato. Pkt $2.25 WEISSBEHAARTE TOMATO #TW120We are proud to introduce this rare, old German heirloom that produces lovely, little2 oz. cream to pale yellow jewels that are very juicy and sweet. Large vines set highyields, and tender fruit are globe shaped; skin is shiny and silky smooth. Pkt $2.25WHITE TOMESOL #TW107 80 daysAn amazing heirloom that is bursting with fragrance and natural goodness that’shard to beat. One of the best tomatoes I have tasted, being both sweet and rich.The cream colored fruit are beautiful, smooth and weigh about 8 ounces each.The vines set heavy yields of this rare treasure. It’s sure to become a favorite ofgourmet growers. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50WHITE QUEEN #TW114 75 days70-75 days The favorite white variety of many tomato collectors, this heirloom issaid to have been introduced in 1882 by A.W. Livingston, though many people White Zebraquestion the exact date of introduction. 4-8 oz. fruit have one of the best flavorsof all tomatoes, being fragrant, fruity and intensely sweet. It’s creamy white in col-or and very attractive. A productive variety that has become very rare. Pkt $3.00WHITE ZEBRA #TW116A tomato curiosity that produces 2”-3” cream-colored fruit that have light, yel-lowish green stripes! Pretty and very unique, plus these have a nice, sweet to-mato flavor. Try a few of this really special tomato this season. Pkt $2.50YAZON #TW121 75-80 daysLoads of creamy-white, slightly flattened fruits, very sweet, of outstanding fla-vor, generally weighing from 4 to 8 ounces. Named after Jason of Greek mythol-ogy. The variety originated in the former Soviet Union. Pkt $2.75“The federal government has sponsored research that hasproduced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, exceptthat you can’t eat it. We should make every effort to makesure this disease, often referred to as ‘progress’, doesn’tspread.” -Andy Rooney 144
  • 145. Cream Sausage Fantome du Laos White Queen145
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  • 147. smooth fruit. A fantastic heirloom from Indiana, and Yellow Tomatoes AZOYCHKA #TY127 70-80 days a favorite of many! Pkt $2.50 LOLLIPOP #TY130 70 days Delicious, light yellow translucent cherries. The fla- The fruit of this Russian heirloom are glowing lem- vor of these is really good--both sweet and fruity. on-yellow in color, round, flat and weigh 6-8 ounces. These pretty fruits are popular at farmers’ markets. They are smooth and attractive, with flavorful flesh Plants set good yields. A real winner! Pkt $2.00 that has a citrusy taste; sweet, yet rich. Pkt $2.25 MORNING SUN #TY124 60 days BIG YELLOW ZEBRA #TY121 Fairly compact regular-leafed plants yield impres- Neon yellow fruit have faintly deeper yellow mark- sive amounts of 1 1/2-2 inch perfect little grape-type ings, large size and good flavor; a unique color that fruits in clusters of up to eight fruits per bunch! Won- was developed at Wild Boar Farms in California. Pkt derful sweet flavor. Pkt $2.00 $2.25 PILCER VESY #TY137 New! DIXIE GOLDEN GIANT #TY141 New! A classic, huge, yellow beefsteak type that we re- 85 days. A huge, lemon-yellow beefsteak-type fruit, ceived from Russia. The fruit are a lovely lemon yel- often with some blushing at the blossom end. The low and are flattened, and ribbed. Fantastic flavor mild and sweet fruits often reach 2 lbs! Reputed and thick flesh. This is now one of our favorite large to carry some disease-resistance. Old Amish type tomatoes as they are also quite productive. Pkt $2.75 grown and preserved since at least as early as the PLUM LEMON #TY110 80 days 1930’s. Very productive, as Amish-held varieties tend Bright canary-yellow 3” fruit looks just like a fresh to be; deserves to be much more widely grown. Pkt lemon. The perfect tomato for marketing (along with Golden King of Siberia $2.75 Green Zebra, Orange Banana, and Black Prince) to DR. CAROLYN #TY116 65 days chefs and other gourmets. This variety was collected Pale yellow cherries offer a burst of fresh, sweet fla- by Kent Whealy, of Seed Savers Exchange, from an vor. They weigh about 1 oz each. This variety was elderly seedsman at the Bird Market in Moscow. De- named for our friend, Dr. Carolyn Male, who wrote licious, sweet-taste. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 oz $12.00 the book 100 Heirloom Tomatoes. The plants are POMA AMORIS MINORA LUTEA #TY131 hardy and heavy producers of velvety-feeling fruit. Small, bright yellow fruit are borne in trusses, and Pkt $2.00 yields are good; they have a nice flavor and are an EGG YOLK #TY114 80 days ancient variety that is described in various historic The fruit are a lovely yellow color, being the shape, botanical books. Grown at Hortus Botanicus, Padua, size and color of an egg yolk. A tantalizing taste treat Italy, 1553. A very pretty, historic “Love Apple” that is just bursting with rich, fruity flavor and all of sum- among the oldest. Pkt 2.50 mer’s sweetness. The extra-long vines really amazed REINHARD’S GOLDKIRSCHE #TY119 75 days us with their productiveness. Developed by Larry German yellow cherry tomato from our friend, Re- Pierce from a sport he found growing in his garden. inhard Kraft. The large vines of this variety produce Pkt $2.25 loads of 1” sweet golden-yellow fruit that are perfect GOLDEN KING OF SIBERIA #TY128 for snacking. Pkt $2.00 This tomato is one of the real favorites here. Big, ROMAN CANDLE #TY101 85 days lemon-yellow fruit are a delightful heart shape. The Beautiful, neon yellow, banana-shaped fruits are flesh is smooth, creamy and has a nicely balanced bursting with intense sweetness and flavor. A won- sweet taste. I always find myself “snacking” on these derful new tomato that originated as a “sport” from one-pound beauties. Plants are very productive and Mr. John Swenson’s Speckled Roman. A new favorite seem to have some disease resistance. Thanks to of market growers, it is quite colorful. Pkt $2.25 or Russia for this really great yellow type. Pkt $2.75 1/4 oz $16.00 Roman Candle GOLDEN MONARCH #TY117 80 days TASMANIAN BLUSHING YELLOW #TY125 85 days Large, bright yellow fruit have outstanding flavor, Unusual yellow fruit, 5-6 ounces, occasionally larger; being sweet and tangy. Plants produce lots of 10- to sometimes a trace of pink inside. Silky flesh. Very 14-ounce lemon beauties. Was listed by the Buist sweet, pronounced tomato flavor, yet mild like most Seed Company in the 1940s. Pkt $2.50 yellows. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.25 HSSIAO HIS HUNG SHIH #TY135 TC JONES #TY123 80 days A delightful, yellow grape tomato that comes from This lovely yellow beefsteak has been grown for 5 historic China. This variety has been stored at the generations of the Jones family from Kentucky. The USDA since 1931, the same year it was collected in 8-12 ounce fruit have exceptional flavor, becom- the East Market in Peiping, China. Crisp little, grape- ing a favorite with those who grow it. The tall vines sized nuggets are just right for snacking. Vines are produce lots of these tasty golden beauties. We are hugely productive. Pkt $2.00 proud to bring you another rare Kentucky heirloom. HUGE LEMON OXHEART #TY118 90 days Pkt $2.25 Gigantic, glowing, pale yellow beefsteak fruit have a very sweet, good taste. This heirloom was intro- duced to Seed Savers Exchange by M.D. Gonzales of “...the catalog is an encyclopedic Waynesville, Ohio. A fine variety that yields well. It is uniform, has few cracks, and our Amish grower says romp through enough plant histo- it is a good market variety. Pkt $2.50 ry to keep a garden geek awake at HUGHS #TY112 night well into planting season.” Beautiful, light creamy-yellow fruit can weigh a pound or more. The flavor is excellent, being very -The Houston Chronicle147 sweet and fruity. The plants set great yields of fairly Hughs
  • 148. TOPAZ OR HUAN U #TY132Named for the beautiful yellow Topaz stone, thisChinese introduction is sure to please you with itsbeautiful and sparkling, 1-3 ounce fruit. Light yellowwith golden speckles. Mild tasting, firm and good forsnacking or salads. Like its sister “Violet Jasper” (seepurple tomatoes), this variety is incredibly produc-tive. Add some color this year. Pkt $3.00WAPSIPINICON PEACH #TY106 80 daysLight, creamy-yellow, almost white fruit have superbtaste and texture! One of the best tomatoes I haveever tried. The taste is complex, with its spicy, sweet,and very fruity flavor. The fruit are small, around 2”,and the skin is slightly fuzzy like a peach! This Iowaheirloom is named after the Wapsipinicon River, a fa-vorite fishing spot of mine. Pkt $2.50YELLOW ICICLE #TY136Bright, lemon-yellow fruit are a little thicker in shapethan the other icicles in this series, being filled withcream-yellow colored flesh that is thick, sweet andperfect for paste and canning. It is a very pretty to-mato that is one of the best yellow paste types you Morning Suncan grow, having a fine flavor and some juiciness;this variety also is incredible to eat fresh. Anothervariety of the icicle tomatoes that we are introduc-ing from the Ukraine this year. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50YELLOW PEAR #TY122 78 daysVery sweet, 1 1/2” yellow, pear-shaped fruit have amild flavor, and are great for fresh eating or for mak-ing tomato preserves. Very productive plants areeasy to grow. One of the first tomatoes I grew as achild. Pkt $2.50YELLOW RIESENTRAUBE #TY134Everyone loves our popular red variety, but here isthe brilliant yellow version of this fantastic grapetomato. Imagine clusters of delicious, golden grapetomatoes; these are even sweeter than the red ones!Super productive plants with pointed, grape-sizedfruit. Pkt $2.00YELLOW VERMISSAGE #TY139 New!These beauties are yellow cherries to about 2 oz.,with pale cream stripes. Fetching companion to PinkVermissage when paired in salads or on relish trays!A tasty little tomato that comes to us from Ukraine.Pkt $2.50 Dr Carolyn“And the LORD God took the man, andput him into the garden of Eden to dressit and to keep it.” -Genesis 2:15“No other human occupation opens sowide a field for the profitable and agree-able combination of labor with cultivatedthought, as agriculture.” -Abraham Lincoln Tomato Seed:All varieties are believed to be ‘indeter- minate’ (long vines), unless specified ‘determinate’ (short vines). The best tasting varieties tend to be indetermi- nate, as most of ours are unless otherwise noted. Packets contain a min. of 25 seeds (unless stated otherwise.) Yellow Icicle 148
  • 149. Turnip (B. rapa) European crop, used for its leaves, roots, oc- Round Red casionally blossoms, and as a fodder crop since at least Roman times. Turnips are under-appreciated by todays gardeners, but, properly grown, they make a superb storage crop for use through the winter. They should be direct-sown in ordinary garden soil, well-worked and free of stones, about two months prior to first frost of autumn. Thin to stand 6 inches apart; thinnings may be used as greens. Roots are ready in from 35-70 days, depending upon the variety, and may be stored in the fridge, an unheated garage, root cellar, or right in the ground, if properly mulched. 600 seeds per packet BOULE D’OR #TN113 The “Golden Ball” or “Orange Jelly” variety has been a main- stay of European turnips for over 150 years. This seed came to us from France where this old turnip is still cherished, written about and grown. It has a finer flavor than many of the white fleshed varieties as the yellow flesh is sweeter and milder. Lovely color. Pkt $2.00 EARLY FLAT WHITE #TN114 (Navet Blanc Plat Hatif ) Described by Vilmorin as: “Root exceedingly flat, like a broad disk in shape... four to five inches in its greatest diameter... flesh white, tender... and of good quality.” This is a very early variety and is quite tasty. Pkt $2.00 GOLDEN GLOBE #TN101 A tasty turnip with sweet, lightly golden flesh; fine flavored. A good turnip for spring or fall. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4lb $5.00 “IDEAL” PURPLE TOP MILAN #TN104 An improved Milan turnip, the roots are very flat, white with purple tops. The flavor is sweet and mild. A good va- riety for marketing. Popular in Italy, the Milan turnip is a 19th-century Italian heirloom. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 NAVET DES VERTUS MARTEAU #TN106 The very tender, white roots are cylindrical, 5”-6” long and 2” wide with a mild and sweet flavor. This old French heirloom was one of the most popular varieties grown by French market growers in the late 1800s. Imported European seed. Pkt $1.75 “Ideal” Purple Top Milan PURPLE TOP WHITE GLOBE #TN103 A popular market variety, heirloom (pre-1880), productive, and easy to grow. Skin is purple-white. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4lb $5.00 RED ROUND #TN112 Here is the bright red Oriental turnip that has become so hard to find! It produces small, tender globe-shaped roots that look so stunning in their red color; the stems are also red. Roots are crisp, small and perfect for fresh eating or cooked. This rare turnip is fun and fast-growing. Our Favor- ite. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 SHOGOIN #TN109 A popular Japanese variety that has high quality, smooth white roots and delicious, mild-tasting greens. Perfect for steaming or frying. Harvest leaves in just 30 days. Pkt $1.50 SNOWBALL #TN107 Mentioned as the main market variety supplying the Lon- don, England markets, in “The vegetable Garden” by Vilm- orin-Andrieux, 1920. Fine white roots have a mild flavor. Pkt $1.75 WHITE EGG #TN102 This very old pre-1880’s heirloom was a top market variety in the US. A smooth, white turnip with quality, mild, white flesh; an early variety. Pkt $1.50 or 1/4lb $5.00 “The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war.” -Desiderius Erasmus “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of liv- ing, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influ- ence the lot of mankind.” —Albert Einstein149
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  • 151. CHARLESTON GRAY #WM117 87 days JAPANESE CREAM FLESHED SUIKA #WM168 Watermelon (Citrullus vulgaris) 25-35 seeds per packet. We’re #1 in This popular variety dates to 1954. The long gray- green fruit grow to 20-40 lbs; the red flesh is fiber-free and very tasty. Yields are very good, and melons are 85 days. A small Japanese type watermelon. 6-12 lb ice-box-sized fruit have crisp, cream-colored flesh, and an excellent refreshing taste with mild flavor. Best tast- watermelons–check our selection! Thrives in summer excellent for home or market. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 ing cream-fleshed watermelon at Washington State heat. A long-standing crop in the South where it was CHRIS CROSS #WM140 85-90 days University trials. Enjoyed by some with lime and salt, originally transported by slaves from Africa. This heirloom was bred in Montrose, Iowa, in 1950 by but I like them plain, straight from the patch! Produc- ALI BABA #WM152 “Chris” Christenson, and the “Cross” was Hawksbury tive and fairly early. Pkt (20 seeds) $3.00 or 1 oz $8.50 Our favorite watermelon! We introduced this fine vari- crossed with Dixie Queen. 15 to 20-lb fruit have green JUBILEE #WM130 90 days ety about 12 years ago after we were sent seed by Aziz striped rind and tasty, crisp red flesh. This variety is Long, oval-shaped fruit with very tasty flesh that is Nael, an Iraqi gentleman who had collected this fan- almost extinct. Pkt $2.50 deep red and very crisp. A popular old favorite. Large tastic variety in Iraq. It is now nearly impossible to get COLORADO PRESERVING or RED SEEDED CITRON size. Pkt $2.00 seeds from this ancient country whose people have #WM142 90 days. This variety of melon was used KLECKLEY’S SWEET #WM106 85 days lost much of their genetic heritage in the long, bloody in the 19th century for making preserves, candied cit- Bright red, with a high sugar content, this heirloom war. Now our corporate agriculture has been “kindly” ron, pies and more. The firm white flesh is not good for has been a favorite ever since being introduced by W. suggested to native farmers who are losing thousands fresh eating but has many holiday uses in the kitchen. Atlee Burpee in 1897. Fruit are large and somewhat of years of plant breeding work. The 12-30 lb melons These are rock hard and keep for months. Citron-type oblong; rind is dark green. Not for shipping, but per- have hard light-green rinds that make them perfect melons are the ancestors to domestic watermelons and fect for the kitchen garden. Pkt $2.50 for shipping and storage; the light color makes them still grow wild in Africa. These are easy to grow, as they KLONDIKE BLUE RIBBON STRIPED #WM125 resistant to sun burning. Plants are large, vigorous and resist almost everything. Huge vines; 10-lb fruit have 85 days. Delicious red flesh that is very sweet and give heavy yields of oblong fruit which do well in many bright red seeds. Pkt $2.50 crisp; has been a family favorite of ours for many conditions. The flavor is superb, being very sweet and CONGO #WM124 90 days years. Medium-large size and a good shipper. A very luscious; and the texture is very crisp. This is a best sell- Large 30 to 40-lb melons; very tough, striped rind. good melon. Rare. Pkt $2.25 er and is a favorite of Dr. Amy Goldman and featured in The flesh is deep red and very firm. Has a high sugar KOLB’S GEM or AMERICAN CHAMPION #WM102 her book “Melons for the Passionate Grower”. Ali Baba content and is an excellent, big tasty watermelon. AAS 100 days. Huge melons that have grown as large as 130 has received much acclaim online “as the best tasting winner from 1950. Pkt $2.00 lbs! This variety dates back to at least the 1880’s. The watermelon,” and it will forever win a spot in any melon CREAM OF SASKATCHEWAN #WM133 80 days fruit are nearly round and have sweet, red flesh. Excel- lover’s heart. Pkt $3.00 A beautiful little melon with sweet, tasty, cream-col- lent choice if giant watermelons are desired. Pkt $2.50 ARKANSAS BLACK WM189 New! ored flesh! An excellent variety for the North. Fruits LEDMON #WM177 85 days 85 days. Oblong fruits reach around 18 “ in length, around 8-10 lbs each with a striped, green rind. A fa- Renowned watermelon developed in South Carolina 15-20 lb, crimson flesh. Vigorous vines tolerated a lot vorite of those who grow it! An old heirloom. Pkt $2.50 by J.E. Lednum in the early 20th Century. Mr. Lednum of heat and drouhgt in 2011. A local Arkansas variety CRIMSON SWEET #WM115 85 days obtained this variety by crossing Stone Mountain with sent in by a customer. Lovely, very dark green rinds AAS Winner from 1964, very popular. Crisp and sweet, Kleckley’s Sweet. Ledmun’s name was misspelled by a really do look nearly black. Pkt $4.00 medium-red flesh, mild flavor. A good producing county Board of Agriculture employee in a 1938 pam- BLACK DIAMOND Yellow Belly Strain #WM111 type that is still quite popular. Pkt $1.75 phlet, and the name has stuck. Slightly oblong fruits 90 days. Sweet, red flesh; an old variety that can at- DAISY or YELLOW SHIPPER #WM116 85 days have a thin rind which makes shipping this fabulous tain great size. Dark green rind; popular with many Very tough rinds make this one of the best yellow vari- melon nearly impossible, and so has been grown ex- gardeners. Pkt $2.00 eties for shipping. Rinds are striped and flesh is bright clusively as a “family melon” for generations. The pink- BLACK DIAMOND YELLOW FLESH #WM112 90 days yellow, crisp, sweet and very tasty! Fruit weigh 13-20 to-red fleshed melons sometimes reach 40 lbs., and are This rare variety of Black Diamond has light yellow lbs. This variety was found growing in a field of water- claimed by some to be “the sweetest melon grown.” A flesh with a deep black-green rind. The taste is very melons by a customer of Burrell Seed Co. Pkt $2.00 treasure! Pkt $3.00 sweet. Can grow to very large sizes. Pkt $2.50 DIXIE QUEEN #WM114 80 days MALALI #WM172 BLACK SEEDED ICE CREAM #WM170 90 days Pre-1935 variety, round in shape, can grow up to 50 A sugary-sweet watermelon from Israel; this variety A sweet-flavored, pink-fleshed watermelon that has a lbs. Flesh is brilliant red, solid, and of a fine flavor. is great for warm climates. Small fruit weigh about 10 pale greenish cream-colored rind. It is an old variety that Skin is striped dark green and greenish ivory; uni- lbs. Green-striped rind and delicious light-red flesh is was popular in the 19th century. In 1881, D.M. Ferry said, form in shape, size, color, and quality. Pkt $2.00 really refreshing. A good little melon for small families “Medium size, scarlet flesh, and very sweet; a good vari- FAIRFAX #WM101 86 days and market growers. Pkt $2.00 ety for main crop.” In 1927 Henry Field’s catalog stated, 30 to 40-lb fruit that are oblong, and have a striped, MELITOPOLSKI WM134 New! “Round shaped melons with thin, ivory colored skin. thin, tough rind. The bright red flesh is very sweet! An early variety from the Volga river region of Russia. Pink-meated and of fine quality. It will keep late into the Excellent taste.Developed in 1952 by the USDA and Round, 10” fruit with green striped skin and bright winter. Very prolific; matures very early.” Pkt $2.75 Clemson. A good market melon. Pkt $2.00 red, sweet flesh. These are piled into pyramids in BLACKTAIL MOUNTAIN #WM129 GEORGIA RATTLESNAKE #WM113 90 days Moscow street markets. Pkt $3.00 70 days. One of the earliest watermelons we know A longtime Southern favorite, thought to have been MISSOURI HEIRLOOM YELLOW FLESH #WM159 of; superb for the North, but it also grows well in heat developed in Georgia in the 1830’s. Its stripes resemble We are excited to offer this great old variety from the and drought. The flesh is red and deliciously sweet. those of a Rattlesnake, hence the name. Sweet, light “Show Me” state. It produces round, 20-lb melons with Fruit have a dark rind and weigh 8-12 lbs each. This crimson-colored flesh and large size. Used as a shipping pale green skin and bright golden-yellow flesh that is excellent variety was developed by our friend Glenn melon; a great old variety. Pkt $2.50 crisp, sweet and refreshing. A really nice yellow type Drowns, owner of the Sand Hill Preservation Center GOLDEN MIDGET #WM107 70 days that is hard to find. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.00 in Iowa. A favorite of many gardeners across the A beautiful miniature watermelon that weighs around MOON AND STARS #WM121 95 days USA. One of the best we have ever tried! Pkt $2.75 3 lbs. It’s easy to tell when they are ripe, as the rind Legendary Heirloom Variety rediscovered in Macon, BLUE RIND WM184 New! turns a lovely golden yellow when ready for harvest, Missouri. Can grow to over 40 lbs. The dark green rind First appeared in a field of Cobb Gem in the 1970’s. a very beautiful contrast with the salmon-pink-colored has bright yellow spots on it! Spots range in size from This variety has reached 160 lbs! In our 2011 grow flesh. The taste is sweet and refreshing. Very early, ma- tiny to several inches across. Leaves are also specked out the fruits varied a lot in size; the largest weighed tures in just 70 days. Developed by the late Dr. Elwyn in yellow. It has very sweet, brilliant red flesh. This is “only” 37 lbs, but the vines showed amazing heat Meader, UNH, in 1959. Unique. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $8.00 becoming one of the most popular Heirloom varieties, tolerance, yielding in harsh conditions where many GOLDEN RUSSIAN WM190 New! a winner! Originally introduced by Peter Henderson & others failed entirely. The rind is a deep blue-green A new introduction we received from our Ukrainian Co. in 1926, it was called “SUN, MOON AND STARS.” The with sometimes a hint of stripes. The fruits are nearly connection. It has a dark green skin with bright yel- catalog says, “ extraordinary variation...and that it round, just slightly oblong. The flesh is a definite low flesh that is extremely flavorful and juicy. The has such a delicious taste.” It was sold then for 20 cents pink, very sweet and well-flavored. Another great size ranges from about 3 lb. to 12 lb. The smaller a pkt. Unique variety! Pkt $2.50 choice for gardeners looking to grow a prize-win- ones make great lunch-time melons for two people, MOON AND STARS YELLOW FLESHED #WM122 ning watermelon! Pkt $5.00 with no leftovers. Pkt $4.00 90-95 days. Rare, this is the yellow-meated strain of this fine heirloom; these are very delicious and have151 beautiful, yellow-orange meat that is very sweet. The
  • 152. large fruit can grow to 40 lbs, and they have large,Ali Baba yellow “Moons and Stars” covering their nearly black rinds. Our favorite variety of the planetary watermel- ons, it was a real favorite at our 2004 “Heirloom Garden Show”. A great variety for farmers’ markets. Pkt $3.00 MOUNTAIN HOOSIER #WM105 85 days Large melons can grow up to 80 lbs. Dark green rind and very sweet, deep red flesh; excellent flavor. This pre-1937 heirloom is very productive. Pkt $2.25 ORANGE FLESH TENDERSWEET #WM131 90 days. Excellent, deep orange flesh; very sweet and crisp, flavor lives up to its name! Delicious tasting! We prefer orange-fleshed types over most reds and yel- lows -- they seem to yield better here than most oth- ers. A great variety for markets. Pkt $2.25 ORANGEGLO #WM127 85 days Beautiful, deep orange flesh; very sweet, excellent, almost tropical flavor! The best-tasting of ALL orange varieties we tried -- the favorite of many who tried it at our place. High yields. Very resistant to wilt and in- sects; strong healthy vines. These will sell at roadside stands & markets! Pkt $2.75 OSH KIRGIZIA #WM109 Unique fruit have a yellow/lime-colored rind with jagged deep green stripes. The flesh is pink-red, sweet and tasty. This Soviet variety did well here in the Ozarks and was productive. Fruit weigh about 13 lbs. Introduced to the USA by Seed Savers Exchange in 1992. Pkt $2.50 PEACOCK STRIPED #WM126 87 days A good-sized melon with fine-textured, bright red flesh; another good shipping variety, sweet and tasty. Pkt $2.00 PICNIC #WM141 90-100 days These beautiful, oval melons have dark green, glossy rinds and deep red flesh. This great old melon has become very rare. Pkt $2.50 ROYAL GOLDEN #WM160 The most beautiful watermelon we carry; the rind of this heirloom turns brilliant golden-yellow when ripe! The distinctive color makes it a snap to know when to harvest and is so beautiful in your garden. The tasty pinkish-red flesh is sweet, crisp and refreshing. This variety is much larger than ‘Golden Midget’, with fruit weighing 8-25 lbs. We are so happy to offer seed for this great old melon that used to be offered by Will- hite Seed of Poolville, Texas, until they discontinued it from their catalog in the 1970s and it almost became extinct. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.25 SCALY BARK #WM174 This truly historic variety was listed in the1885 Retail Catalogue of the notable James J.H. Gregory, who said, “Skin somewhat rough, as the name denotes. Looks outside somewhat like Phinney’s. Remains longer than usual in eating order after gathering.” This melon remained popular for many years, espe- cially in the south. We are glad to see this great melon again in gardens. Named for the mottled, light and medium green rind that appears much like tree bark, very unique looking. The flesh is bright red, sweet and crisp; it also keeps very well, so you can enjoy melons over a long season. Pkt $4.00 STONE MOUNTAIN WM164 New! A legendary commercial melon from the early 20th century. Stone Mountain was introduced in 1923 by Hastings Seed Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and went on to become one of the top commercial mel- ons of the 1930’s and 1940’s, but now is almost ex- tinct due to mass production and hybrids. Nice-sized fruit weigh about 30 lbs, and have thick rinds that make them excel as shippers and storage melons. The red flesh is sweet, juicy and wonderful, bringing back memories of how watermelons used to taste. A classic Southern melon that we are proud to offer, thanks to seed collector Rodger Winn. Pkt $3.00 152
  • 153. First Row: Georgia Rattlesnake, Moon and Stars Red Flesh, Tom Watson Third Row: Astrakhanski, Crimson Sweet, Picnic Second Row: Orangeglo, Missouri Heirloom Yellow Flesh, Moon and Stars Yellow Flesh Forth Row: Japanese Cream Fleshed Suika, Cream of Saskatchewan, White Wonder153
  • 154. SUGAR BABY #WM132 79 daysThe #1 icebox-sized melon! Early! 6 to 10-lb melons David Leroy Kaiser with a barrel of watermelonsare great for the North and have sweet, deep redflesh. Pkt $1.75SWEET SIBERIAN #WM167 80-90 daysLuscious, apricot-colored flesh. Very sweet and flavor-ful. Grown at New Hampshire’s Ag Experiment Stationin 1901. It is early and a great melon for the North.In 1937 McFayden Seeds of Winnipeg, Man. Canadasaid, “Largest of very early strains. A very early yellow-fleshed variety extensively grown by Russians. It issupposed to have come from Siberia. The melons areoblong, dark green, borne abundantly on the vigorousvines. The flesh is a golden yellow, sweet and delicious.Grown extensively by Hutterite Colonies, who findready sale for them in many districts in Manitoba.” It isnow rather rare and hard to find. Pkt $2.50TAKII GEM #WM155Extinct commercially until we reintroduced it, thisvariety was given to the USDA in 1955 by Takii andCompany of Kyoto, Japan. This small icebox melon hassweet red flesh and a grayish-green rind. It producesvery early, great for areas with short growing seasons.Pkt (15 seeds) $2.75TEXAS GOLDEN WM179 New!A beautiful melon that is filled with delicious goldenflesh, sweet and flavorful. The rind is thin and lightgreen, similar to the “Charleston Grey” variety. Fruitis oblong in shape and weigh 15-25 lbs. Pkt $3.50THAI BABY WATERMELON #WM143This variety is used in Thailand when fruits are about 3”long. Can be cooked in many ways: stir-fried or in cur-ries, soups. and more. Easy and fun to grow. Pkt $2.50TOM WATSON #WM104 87 daysLarge, 20 to 40-lb fruit with sweet, crisp, dark redflesh. The tough rind makes it a good shipping mel-on. A pre-1900 heirloom, popular with old-timers. Itis getting hard to find as most sources have droppedit. Pkt $2.25VERONA #WM146 70-86 daysDeveloped by Mississippi State Univ. in 1965. Largefruit are nearly round and have attractive dark greenskin. Their red flesh is delicious, being sweet andcrisp. A good overall watermelon that is a greatkeeper and shipper, making it great for marketing.Good resistance to disease. Pkt $1.75WHITE SUGAR LUMP #WM166 We at last have a limited supply of seed for this veryrare melon. The pale flesh is a creamy white color with alight, refreshingly sweet taste. Fruit weigh around 5-10lbs each and ripen early. It was carried by the HenryFields Seed Company in the 1950’s and 1960’s, and in1956 they said “Sweet as sugar, that’s why we call themSugar Lumps.” They offered these in three colors: red,yellow and white. Thin-striped rind. Pkt (15 seeds) $3.50WHITE WONDER #WM150 80 daysBeautiful, snow-white flesh is so pale it’s almost trans-parent! The flavor is unique, fruity, and so delicious.The small, round 3-8 lb icebox-sized fruit are very re-freshing and perfect for gourmet growers wanting totarget high-class markets. These will add contrast toany display and are sure to bring attention at farmers’markets. White-fleshed watermelons were commonin the 1800’s, but due to corporate agriculture, thesegenetic treasures are about to be lost. That is a shame,as white-fleshed varieties date back hundreds of yearsand were developed in Africa from wild strains. Thisearly variety is not for shipping as it cracks easily, butyou will enjoy its unique crispness, fresh from the gar-den. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.50 “The true Southern watermelon is a boon apart, and not to be mentioned with com- moner things. It is chief of this world’s luxuries, king by the grace of God over all the“Force may make hypocrites, but it can fruits of the earth. When one has tasted it, he knows what the angels eat. It was not anever make converts.” -William Penn Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.” -Mark Twain 154
  • 155. Bringing in the watermelons from our gardens155
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  • 158. BAKER CREEK HEIRLOOM SEEDS COLLECTIBLE 12 OZ COFFEE MUG2012 Calendar #CL101 #CM101Inside this beautiful 12 month calendar, artist Ginger This collectibleIrwin brings to 12 ounce muglife the glories of is decoratedtraditional variet- with an originalies of vegetables,fruits and flow- print by Gingerers in her pastels. Irwin of Peta-Dates for all of luma, California,the 2012 Heri- and has “Bakertage Festivals are Creek Heirloom ORGANIC BAKER CREEK T-SHIRTS 100% Pre-shrunk Organic Cotton shirts with annoted, as well as Seeds” on the original tomato print on the back by Ginger Irwinthe traditional side, and “Rare- of Petaluma, California. Sport our cool shirt in theand garden” on garden, farmers’ market or anywhere that personsholidays. Order of high class assemble. Available in: the other. Youquickly as we Men’s Sizes: Small, Med. Large, XL, XXL.have a limited supply! $9.95 will cherish these beauties! $9.95 Ladies Sizes: Small, Med. Large, XL. Your Choice, $16.95 each.CobraHead Hand HoesThe CobraHead® precision weeder and cultivator Seed Collectionsis the closest thing to a universal garden hand We offer several packages containing some of our best seeds and offer each pack-tool. It weeds, cultivates, scalps, edges, digs, fur- age in both Northern or Southern options. The perfect way to save money and acquire a safe,rows, plants, transplants, de-thatches, and har- secure food supply. Most of the seeds in these packages will store 4-10 years, if kept cool andvests with ease. Jere’s favorite tool ever! He uses dry. This is a great way to try many of our best varieties.this tool for nearly all his planting. The best tool We offer 3 sizes for medium to large gardens and farms. These packages are also greatwe have seen; the shape of the head really makes for people getting started in market gardening. We have had our packages copied, but neverthis tool easy to use, fun and perfect for nearly surpassed in quality or price. Included are most of the following types of seeds: corn, beans,every garden project. It can even dig 12” holes ineven the hardest Ozark garden soil. A new favor- peas, cowpeas, carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, melons, water-ite! Made in the USA. melons, cucumbers, lettuce, greens, okra, winter squash, summer squash, radishes, turnips,Caution: these are sharp and must be kept out of reach huckleberries, sunflowers, leeks, amaranth, broccoli, ground cherries, and kohlrabi, etc. Selec-of children. tions based on availability. Packed with desiccant for long-term storage.COBRAHEAD TOOL #CDT101 $24.95 SMALL HEIRLOOM PACKAGE A great package for a small family garden. Con- tains over 15 types of vegetables and 30 vari- eties! These come packaged in a sturdy plastic bucket for long-lasting storage. Get 30 full- sized packets--all for $55.00! #SPN101 Northern SMALL Package $55..00 #SPS102 Southern SMALL Package $55.00 LARGE HEIRLOOM PACKAGE A great package for a medium to large gar- den. Contains over 25 types of vegetables and 60 varieties! These come packaged in a sturdy plastic bucket for long-lasting storage. Get 60 full-sized packets--all for $99.00! #HPN101 Northern LARGE Package $99.00 #HPS102 Southern LARGE Package $99.00 JUMBO HEIRLOOM PACKAGE A giant package great for large groups, schools and families; selected seeds for a sure supply of delicious home-grown produce. Contains over 30 types of vegetables and over 275 varieties! These seeds come in a heavy plastic bucket. Get 300 full-sized packets--all for $395.00 #JPN121 Northern JUMBO Package $395.00 #JPS122 Southern JUMBO Package $395.00 158
  • 159. The Cottage Herb Garden at Bakersville, Our Pioneer Village, Near Mansfield, Missouri Herb Seed We offer a great selection of flavorful culinary types and popular medicinal varieties. Everyone should experience the joy of having fresh herbs. Notice: All statements listed in our catalog are for historical information only and are not approved by the FDA. Seek the advice of a qualified health professional before using any herbs for medicinal purposes. ANISE HYSSOP #HB122 (Agastache foeniculum) This herb is used to make one of the best herb teas; the leaves possess a naturally sweet, wonderful anise taste and fragrance. Lovely purple flowers that bees love; many uses, including medicinal. Pkt (125 seeds) $1.75 BASIL - CINNAMON #HB104 Spicy flavor, tasty Mexican variety. Pkt (75 seeds) $1.75 BASIL - DARK PURPLE OPAL #HB106 A beautiful and ornamental variety; deep purple. Pkt (75 seeds) $1.75 BASIL EMILY #HB194 New! Compact version of the classic Genovese type that is supe- rior for pot culture, having shorter stem-length between leaf nodes. Widely recognized to be longer-lasting when cut, all of which make “Emily” a better subject for market growers and home gardeners. Pkt $2.50 BASIL - FINE VERDE #HB110 Very small, fine leaves on compact bushes; great for con- tainers. Perfect rich, spicy basil flavor that Italians love. Pkt(75 seeds) $1.75 BASIL - GENOVESE #HB101 68 days The famous Italian heirloom is very popular with many cooks. Pkt (40 seeds) $1.50 or 1 oz $8.00 BASIL - GREEK DWARF #HB144 Cute little compact plants are only 6” tall and are great for growing in containers. It has a spicy, slightly anise flavor and is a must for Greek cooking. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.75 BASIL - LEMON #HB107 Wonderful lemon fragrance & taste, a real culinary de- Lion’s Tail or Wild Dagga light. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.00 BASIL - LETTUCE LEAF #HB108 Huge 3”-5” leaves; Japanese basil with a great flavor. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.75 BASIL - LICORICE #HB105 Has a strong licorice scent and flavor. Unique. Pkt (100 seeds)$1.75 BASIL - LIME #HB103 A unique lime-flavored basil from Thailand. Popular vari- ety for fresh market! Pkt (40 seeds) $1.75 BASIL - SIAM QUEEN THAI #HB102 Very strong, clove-scented basil. This is a must for curry and all Thai cooking. This selection has beautiful flowers, an improved variety. Very tasty. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.00 BASIL - THAI HOLY “KAPRAO” #HB142 A popular herb in Thai cuisine, the fragrant purplish- green leaves can be used in potpourri and have a spicy, sweet, clove-like flavor. A religious herb of the Hindus. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.25 BEE BALM- LEMON #HB124 (Monarda citriodora) An annual, lemon-flavored variety. Superb tea plant; striking pink-purple flowers, beautiful and tasty. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.50 BLESSED OR HOLY THISTLE #HB156 (Carbenia benedicta) This great thistle has been used as a general tonic and for many medicinal purposes, including stomach problems, hepatitis and fever. It is also a popu- lar folk remedy for the purification of the blood. Pkt (50 seeds) $2.00 BORAGE #HB139 (Borago officinalis) Cucumber-flavored fresh leaves are added to salads, cooked, or made into a cooling drink. The blue flowers are used as a garnish. Makes a good honey plant. Also used medicinally. Pkt (60 seeds) $1.25 or 1 oz $4.00 CARAWAY #HB150 (Carum carvi) Delicious seeds are used for flavoring many dishes, from desserts to soups. The leaves are used in salads, stews, and sauces. Also medicinal. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.50 “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be Bee Balm Lemon159 achieved by understanding.” -Albert Einstein
  • 160. CATMINT- GRANDVIEW #HB187 (Nepeta subsessilis) Mounds of fine, aromatic foliage gives way in early summer to fantastic whorls of tubular flowers running the gamut from palest blue through violet. If spent blooms are removed, the show lasts into autumn. This is a choice variety for the middle of the border, and is a favorite of hummingbirds, bees and butterflies as well. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.25 CATNIP #HB127 (Nepeta cataria) The herb that drives cats wild is also medicinal; used in a tasty herbal tea for colds and flu. Vigorous plant. (200 seeds) Pkt $2.00 CHERVIL #HB188 (Anthriscus cerefolium) Traditionally used in French cooking, where the slightly anise-like flavor of the leaves is appreciated when add- ed to eggs, vegetable and fish dishes. Leaves are added at the very last minute of cooking, to preserve the delicate flavor. Small white flowers atop 15-20 inch stems. Also known as French parsley. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.75 CHIA - CROWN JEWELS #HB182 (Salvia columbariae) A different Salvia species with a long history, as it was grown as a staple food crop by Native Americans years ago. It has a high nutrition value. Called Chia in Mexico and other Central American countries, it is also a special ornamental plant which forms a clump of decorative grey-green leaves and color- ful purplish flowers. Chia seeds are now a popular natural health product. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 CHINESE CHIVES MIXED #HB111 (Allium tuberosum) These winter-tolerant types are great for greenhouse production. They have great garlic flavor and are popular with Asian chefs. Pkt (300 seeds) $1.75 CHIVES-COMMON #HB135 Wonderful, mild onion flavor. These long, thin chives are excel- lent in many meals; great raw or cooked. Lavender flowers. Pkt (300 seeds) $1.75 CILANTRO #HB125 (Coriandrum sativum) Popular in Mexican cuisine, this herb is a must for all salsa and chili recipes; delicious and flavorful. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.50 or 1/4lb $7.00 CILANTRO, SLO-BOLT #HB143 (Coriandrum sativum) This is a slow-bolting version of Cilantro/Coriander that produc-Echinacea Purpurea es flavorful leaves over a longer period. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.00 or Dill Bouquet 1/4lb $7.50 CULANTRO OR VIETNAMESE CORIANDER #HB173 Also called Eryngo or Ngo Gai, this plant is very popular in Vietnam and Thailand and is famous for its cilantro-like taste. This plant is a must for many South Asian dishes and grows very well in warm weather. Pkt (40 seeds) $2.50 CUMIN #HB152 (Cuminum cyminum) The flavorful seeds are an important ingredient in many Mexican dishes; also used in bread and cakes. Small, tender, crawling plants reach about 6” tall. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.50 DILL- BOUQUET #HB126 (Anethum graveolens) Early to flower with large seed heads. Excellent in pickles and used to flavor many other foods. Easy to grow. Pkt (300 seeds) $1.75 DILL ELEPHANT #HB180 A very aromatic, late-flowering variety that has nice green color and is productive. Pkt (300 seeds) $2.00 DILL-THAI #HB165 (Anethum Graveolens) This common dill that is grown in Thailand has small plants and a nice flavor. Pkt (75 seeds) $1.50 DILL VIERLING #HB176 Deep, blue-green color and finely cut foliage. A good late flower strain for commercial leaf production; it is also used as a cut flower, as it pro- duces attractive, light greenish flowers. Pkt (300 seeds) $2.00 DOCK, BLOODY (RED SORREL) #HB189 (Rumex sanguineus) Stunning foliage plant with elongated, medium green leaves, exquisitely veined in a brilliant burgundy-purple. A hardy perennial, it quickly forms an attractive clump, which sends up red flower-clusters in early summer, followed by brown seed heads. A superb, deer-resistant accent plant. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 ECHINACEA PARADOXA OR OZARK YELLOW CONEFLOWER #HB171 Like the pale purple coneflower, but these are a bright golden-yellow color. Brilliant blooms do well in fairly dry, rocky soil like is found on many of the Ozark hills here in Missouri and Arkan- sas; this is the region where this unique coneflower is native. Used by Native Americans as a traditional medicine, it is being researched today for its herbal uses. It can be hard to find even here in Southern Missouri, but is rather easy to grow. Pkt (30 seeds) $2.00 ECHINACEA PURPUREA #HB119 Shungiku A beautiful, purple wildflower and well-known medicinal herb Lemon Grass with numerous uses. Excellent. Pkt (50 seeds) $2.50 160
  • 161. FENUGREEK #HB136 (Trigonella foenum-graecum) The aromatic leaves are a popular potherb in India. Also used in curry powder, in imitation flavorings, and as a coffee substitute. The seeds make a tasty tea. Popular in western Asia and the Mediterra- nean. Pkt (75 seeds) $1.50 FEVERFEW #HB158 (Chrysanthemum parthenium) This herb produces pretty daisy-like flowers; it is used to repel insects and used by many for migraines, ar- thritis and as a digestive aid. Very easy to grow. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.00 FLORENCE FENNEL #HB128 (Foeniculum vulgare) Plant grows like dill. Used in Italian cooking; tasty. Pkt (200 seeds) $1.50 GERMAN CHAMOMILE #HB118 (Matricaria recutita) Beautiful, small flowers; makes a relaxing tea with a sweet, fruity fragrance; medicinal. Attractive plants. Pkt (300 seeds) $1.75 HYSSOP- BLUE #HB123 (Hyssopus officinalis) Excellent for attracting bees and butterflies, bright blue flowers; a superb antiviral plant that many use to treat flus, etc. Pkt (125 seeds) $1.50 LAVENDER #HB112 (Lavandula vera) Famous for fragrance, the lavender-colored blossoms are used in potpourris, soaps, etc. A great old-time cottage garden plant. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.00 LEMON BALM #HB117 (Melissa officinalis) Deliciously lemon-flavored; great in tea. A vigorous, hardy plant. Pkt (300 seeds) $1.75 LEMONGRASS #HB162 (Cymbopogon citratus) The famous, tropical lemon-flavored herb of Thai cuisine. It has long, slender, pale green stems that are thick and fleshy. I just love the wonderful flavor this herb adds to soups, curries and stir-fries. We enjoy cooking with it often. This perennial must be grown in warm weather or inside to keep from freezing. We are pleased to offer this rare and much requested seed. Pkt (60 seeds) $3.00 LION’S TAIL OR WILD DAGGA #HB167 (Leonotis leonurus) A member of the mint family, it is native to South- ern Africa and is used as a folk medicine among the native peoples for treating numerous ailments, and has shown promise in studies. Tall evergreen tropical plant produces pretty orange flowers. Caution: this plant is a mild narcotic. Pkt (15 seeds) $4.00 LOVAGE #HB153 (Levisticum officinalis) Flavorful, dark green leaves and yellow flowers; the leaves and seeds are used for flavoring stews, soups, salads, pickles, and more. Nice celery taste. The hardy plants can be grown in most of the North. Pkt (200 seeds) $1.75 MARJORAM #HB137 (Majorana hortensis) A fragrant and flavorful herb that is a popular seasoning. Pkt (800 seeds) $1.75 MARSH MALLOW #HB190 (Althaea officinalis) African native. The original source of an Egyptian confection which evolved into today’s marshmallows. The roots and velvety leaves have been eaten as a vegetable for centuries, often fried with onion and garlic. 3-4 foot stems of 1-2 inch, white-to-pink flowers are reminiscent of hollyhocks, to which this plant is related. The plant is also renowned in various folk cultures for its medicinal properties. Pkt (35 seeds) $2.25 MILK THISTLE #HB168 (Silybum marianum) This biennial is a lovely plant with glossy green leaves with silver veins. Historically used for many tonics, and is said Marsh Mallow to be good for the liver. Pkt (40 seeds)$1.75 MUGWORT #HB116 (Artemisia vulgaris) A popular woman’s medicinal herb from Asia. A large plant. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.00 OREGANO - VULGARE #HB131 (Origanum vulgare) This is a beautiful and delicious Italian flavoring herb. Also medici- nal. Great for Italian and Greek cooking. Pkt (400 seeds) $2.00 OREGANO - WILD ZAATAR #HB174 (Origanum syriaca) We offer seeds from Israel for this plant that grows wild in Israel, Jordan and surrounding areas. Doubtless a common herb in Bible times, and still one of the tastiest! It has great flavor that blends hints of Oregano, Thyme and Marjoram. A favor- ite. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 PARSLEY A GROSSE RACINE GROS HATIF #HB183 Grown for its flavorful large, long roots, a French selection that is early. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.75 PARSLEY DEMI LONG ROOT #HB177 This French rooted variety makes shorter, fatter roots that are better for heavy soil; this old vegetable is delicious grated into salads or sliced into soups. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.75 PARSLEY- GIANT OF ITALY #HB133 A very large Italian strain of parsley with great flavor. Perfect for Cilantro Slo-Bolt Stevia161 sauces. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.75
  • 162. PARSLEY- HAMBURG ROOTED #HB134 SOAPWORT #HB148 (Saponaria officinalis) name toothache plant comes from the numbing proper-This heirloom dates to the pre-1600s and is grown for its This herb is used to make shampoo and skin tonics; ties it produces when the leaves and flowers are chewed,large roots that make superb soups and stews. Leaves used as a natural cleaning agent. Takes a long time to and it is used by many herbalists for this purpose. It is aare also delicious. Pkt (400 seeds) $1.50 or 1 oz $3.50 germinate; pink flowers. Pkt (125 seeds) $1.75 tender perennial but can be grown as an annual in mostPURSLANE - GREEN #HB151 (Portulaca oleracea) STEVIA #HB175 (Stevia rebaudiana) areas. Pkt (35 seeds) $2.50Low, crawling plant produces tender stems and juicy A hard-to-find herb that is grown for the famous Stevia VIETNAMESE MINT OR BALM #HB172leaves that are excellent added to salads. A popu- leaves which, when dried, are used to sweeten drinks A flavorful herb that has a lemon-like taste, that goeslar green in Mexico that was favored by my Hispanic and desserts. Much sweeter than sugar; stevia powder well in many dishes as well as making a great tea, whichgrandmother. Also used in herbal healing plans. Pkt is reported to be 300 times sweeter! Not winter-hardy, in Vietnam is used medicinally. A fast-growing plant(300 seeds) $1.50 except in zones 8-10. From Brazil and Paraguay. The that looks kind of like mint. Pkt (50 seeds)$2.25RUE, HERB O’ GRACE #HB191 chemical companies who make artificial sweeteners WHITE HOREHOUND #HB192(Ruta graveolens) Historic herb whose use dates back to hate this plant, and have tried to make it illegal. But I (Marrubium vulgare) This is the traditional remedy forancient times—rue is mentioned in the New Testament. just love it! Pkt (15 seeds) $2.75 coughs, having earned its place in the herb garden!The evergreen plants are a rich sea-green, quite distinctive SUMMER SAVORY #HB138 (Satureja hortensis) Mounds of silvery foliage, around 18 inches tall and some-even from a distance, forming a compact mound in the Delicious peppery flavor that is popular in beans and what broader, last all season long in most climates. Whiteherb garden. Thrives in poor sandy soils and hot, dry sites. many other dishes; also used medicinally. Pkt (250 flowers in season are pretty but not really showy. Pkt (100Pkt (100 seeds) $1.75 seeds)$1.50 seeds) $2.00SAGE - BROAD LEAF #HB147 SUNSET FLOWER MILKWEED #HB169 WORMWOOD #HB115 (Artemisia absinthium)(Salvia officinalis) Used in Europe and America to flavor (Asclepias curassavica) There are beautiful reddish- Silvery-grey leaves, a beautiful plant; ornamental. Usedmany meats, stuffings, vinegars, and more! Fragrant orange flower clusters on this tropical milkweed that to expel worms, and as a bitter tonic; hardy. Pkt (500leaves are also used in potpourri. 20”-tall gray-green grows as an annual here. This plant is used in traditional seeds) $2.00plants are quite attractive. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.00 medicine of Central America and the Caribbean. Warn- YARROW #HB114 (Achillea millefolium)SHEEP’S SORREL #HB130 (Rumex acestosella) Tasty, ing: Can be toxic, only for use by medical professionals. Beautiful when used as a dried flower. Also popular as ansour, clover-like leaves; pretty plant and flowers. Pkt Pkt (30 seeds) $2.50 herb; used for colds, fevers, and for healing wounds. Pkt(150 seeds) $1.50 TARRAGON, RUSSIAN #HB145 (800 seeds) $1.50SHISHO OR PERILLA “PURPLE ZI SU” #HB155 A flavorful herb that is used to season salads, meats,A beautiful and delicious plant that is very popular in and other dishes; hardy plants grow to 40”. Used “War is never economically beneficial ex-Asia. The purple-red leaves are used to color and fla- fresh or dried. Pkt (175 seeds) $2.00 cept for those in position to profit from warvor vinegar and to make beautiful pink rice. They are THYME #HB113 (T. vulgaris) expenditures”. -Congressman Ron Paulgreat in salads; flavor is a mix of basil and mint. Pkt (75 Very aromatic and flavorful; not winter hardy. Pkt (800seeds)$2.00 seeds) $1.75 “Nonviolence means avoiding not only ex-SHUNGIKU EDIBLE CHRYSANTHEMUM #HB129 TOOTHACHE PLANT #HB160 (Spilanthes acmella) ternal physical violence but also internal vi-Delicious green leaves are great in salads and stir-fries. Pretty yellow and red cone-shaped flowers and leavesThe brilliant yellow flowers are also tasty! A beautiful have properties similar to Echinacea; said to enhance the olence of spirit. You not only refuse to shootOriental heirloom, very colorful. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.00 immune system, improve digestion and help nausea. The a man, but you refuse to hate him.” -Martin Luther King, Jr Basil, Dark Purple Opal Dock, Bloody 162
  • 163. Red Boy Bachelor’s Button Blue Boy Bachelor’s Button Black Boy Bachelor’s Button Giants of California Mix Asters Flower Seed We are glad to be able to offer a good selection of ASTERS-CHINA (Callistephus chinensis) Asters originated in China. Annual. (200 seeds per Pkt) ANDRELLA SUPER MIX #FL104 BABY’S BREATH Annual. Succession plant to prolong season, well-limed soils. (700 seeds per pkt) COVENT GARDEN #FL110 (Gypsophila elegans) old cottage garden flower varieties. Flowers bring so A lovely annual, single-flowered type that produces much joy and beauty to any garden. The old flow- Large, open, single flowers are daisy-like and come in a myriad of bright colors. Great for a cutting or clouds of small pure white flowers on each stem. A cot- ers seem to have disappeared even faster than their tage garden favorite that is perfect for fresh or dried vegetable cousins. Today we can only dream about bedding flower. Blooms summer to first frost. Grows many of the superbly beautiful and fragrant flower 24” tall. A real beauty. Pkt $2.00 floral arrangements. Pkt $1.50 CREGO MIX #FL103 varieties the Victorians grew. Warning: some are very poisonous. Do not use for food unless you are sure This heirloom was introduced around 1900. Large, 4” BACHELOR’S BUTTON flowers really stand out in their many brilliant colors; Hardy annual. Often self-sows. Bachelor’s Buttons they are edible. were brought to America in the 17th century. (150 FLOWERS: Should all be grown in full sun, in moder- very handsome and vigorous. Pkt $1.50 DOUBLE RAINBOW MIX #FL102 seeds per Pkt) ately rich, moist soil except as noted. Colorful, double blooms come in a large variety of BLACK BOY #FL162 (Centaurea cyanus) ANNUALS: Seed should be started in spring. Most can colors. Strong stems make this one of the top choic- Lovely, nearly black flowers are perfect for the old-fash- be started indoors and plants set out after danger of es for cut flower growers nationwide. Pkt $1.50 ioned cottage garden. This rare heirloom was listed in frost is past. Or sow in place after frost season . BIENNIAL: Plants usually grow one year to flower in the GIANT PERFECTION MIX #FL101 Buist’s 1942 catalog. Colorful and unique. Pkt $2.00 second year. Many occasionally live over as short-lived Beautiful, long-lasting cut flowers, an old-fashioned BLUE BOY #FL160 Colorful blue, double flowers on favorite. Peony-type, extra-large flowers that are tall 3’ plants, bloom all season. Very easy to grow. It perennials. HARDY ANNUALS: Seed may be started in the spring great for cutting. This formula mix has all the best is a self-seeding annual, so you will not have to re- or sown outdoors or in cold frames the previous autumn. colors. This variety is popular with home and market plant. Pkt $1.75 HARDY PERENNIALS: May be sown spring or fall. growers. Pkt $1.50 FROSTED QUEEN MIX #FL164 Many will bloom from the second year on. GIANTS OF CALIFORNIA MIX #FL105 Amazing, extra-select flowers come in yummy-look- TENDER PERENNIALS: True perennials in their mild A long-stemmed ostrich-feathered type that has ing colors, with each very double flower being frost- native climates; not winter hardy in temperate zone cli- unique curled petals. These come in a variety of typi- ed with white, creating a stunning effect. Pkt $2.00 mates and therefore usually grown like annuals. Prefer- cal aster colors. Attractive and unique. Pkt $2.00 POLKA DOT MIX #FL163 ably started very early in the spring for transplanting A semi-dwarf mixture of many brilliant colors: plum, after warm spring weather has arrived. Thou shalt not kill. -Exodus 20:13 red, blue, lavender, pink, and white. Easy to grow, with163 a long blooming period. Pkt $1.75
  • 164. RED BOY #FL166 The old-fashioned red variety that was popular with generations of American gardeners. Many of the car- mine rose-colored blooms are double, and the hardy plants are quite tall. Very attractive and quite bright! Pkt $2.00 TALL MIXED COLORS #FL161 An old-fashioned mix of tall types. Many beautiful col- ors: purple, violet, light and dark blue, rose, white, lav- ender, pink, and more! Very easy to grow. Pkt $1.75 TOM POUCE MIX #FL167 New! The name means “Tom Thumb” in French. Compact, spherical plants reaching only about 15 inches or so—quite dwarf indeed, for Bachelor Buttons. Fine for bedding, border or pot cultivation. This mix includes pink, red, blue and white. Very pretty! Pkt $2.00 Blackberry Trifle Balsam Amish White Cockscomb BALSAM Annual. Thrives in heat. (65 seeds) BLACKBERRY TRIFLE #FL115 A really exciting balsam, with outstanding color! Lovely purple, rose-shaped blossoms with white spots. Short plants, unique and attractive. Pkt (15 seeds) $2.00 CAMELIA FLOWERED MIX #FL120 (Impatiens balsamina) Pre-1870 heirloom. Beautiful rose-shaped blooms in many colors: Pink, Lavender, Red, Rose, White, and more. Short bushy plants have large bright green leaves. Very easy to grow. A must for Victorian gardeners. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $7.00 BELLS OF IRELAND Hardy annual. BELLS OF IRELAND #FL140 (Moluccella laevis) Tiny white flowers in large green bell-shaped calyx- es. Great as a cut flower, fresh or dried. This old-time plant has been cultivated since 1570. Very easy to grow. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.00 BROWALLIA Annual. Browallia Blue Lady Indiana Giant Cockscomb BROWALLIA BLUE LADY #FL168 (Browallia americana) Lovely blue flowering annual with attractive, deep green leaves. This plant bears numerous 1”- wide clear blue flowers with a cream center. Native of South America, it is easy to grow in full sun or partial shade. Plants reach 2’ in height and bloom till frost. A must for those that love blue flow- ers. Pkt (250 seeds) $2.50 BRUGMANSIA OR ANGEL’S TRUMPET Tender perennial. Grow like eggplant or peppers. Overwinter in frost-free location. PINK ANGEL’S TRUMPET #FL171 (Brugmansia suaveolens) Amazing, fragrant, trumpet- shaped flowers can grow up to 1 foot long! This va- riety is a beautiful blushing pink color and makes a really eye-popping display that will give the whole area a sweet aroma. One of my favorite flowers that is somewhat frost hardy. It will bloom nearly all year long in warm coastal climates, with temperatures be- tween 50-80 degrees being perfect for this plant. CanPink Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia Tom Pouce Mix Bachelor’s Button be grown in sunlight or semi-shade. In cooler climates this plant can be grown in a large pot or directly in the ground as long as the plants are brought in before winter. Warning: the seeds and plants are very poisonous. Pkt (10 seeds) $4.00 DATURA WHITE FL172 (Brugmansia suaveolens) Similar to the Pink variety above, but these are loaded with dozens of huge, pure white trumpet flowers that fill the air woth a sweet perfume. We just love these! Warning: the seeds and plants are very poisonous. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.50 “It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physi- cal effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence theBall’s Improved Orange Calendula Radio Calendula lot of mankind.” —Albert Einstein 164
  • 165. CALENDULA Gibsonii Caster Bean Hardy annual. Often self-sows. (125 seeds per Pkt) BALL’S IMPROVED ORANGE #FL205 Pretty, double, 3” flowers are a deep orange color. They are great as cut flowers or as a tasty garnish in salads and add color to many dishes. Pkt $1.75 GEISHA GIRL #FL203 The pretty blooms are deep orange, double, and have inwardly curved petals. Very unique flowers look very much like mums. This variety is the favorite of many growers. Pkt $2.00 INDIAN PRINCE #FL207 This traditional variety had become very popular by the 1930’s. Tall plants produce stunning two-tone flowers. Deep orange petals are backed by crimson, making this a stunning cut flower. Pkt $2.00 KABLOONA #FL204 Lavish display of flowers in tones from cream to gold and yellow to orange, with the centers of the daisy- like flower often in contrasting shades and textures. Fine for cut flowers. Calendula petals have been used as a substitute for saffron. A care-free plant blooming in late spring to early summer; excellent in cottage gardens. Pkt $2.25 ORANGE KING #FL208 Massive, double calendula flowers in a beautiful shade of brilliant orange make this variety a true king of calendulas. Pkt $1.75 ORANGE PORCUPINE #FL202 A beautiful selection of the old “Radio” variety, this one has beautiful quilled petals, bright orange in color. Unique. Pkt $2.00 PACIFIC BEAUTY MIX #FL200 (Calendula officinalis) Lovely flowers up to 4” in colors of orange, apricot, yellow, peach, and cream. A historic heirloom garden plant that was known as “Pot Marigold.” A colorful ad- dition to any garden. Pkt $1.75 or 1 oz $6.00 PINK SURPRISE #FL201 A lovely calendula with apricot flowers tinged with pink; truly something new and exciting. Frilly flow- ers bloom over a long season. Pkt $2.25 RADIO #FL206 This 1930’s introduction celebrated the invention of the radio. The glowing orange flowers have pointed, quilled petals. Blooms over a long season and can easily be grown in pots. Pkt $2.00 CANDYTUFT Hardy perennial (125 seeds per Pkt) CANDYTUFT TALL #FL001 (Iberis umbellata) This is a lovely, taller type which produces that simple, charming look that has been lost in modern gardens. Having lovely pastel shades, it is easy to grow, as it even grows in rather poor soil. Pkt $1.75 FAIRYLAND DWARF MIX #FL002 (Iberis umbellata) This dwarf plant adds an old-fash- ioned charm to the garden, with its lovely flowers in candy-colored shades of red, pink, lavender and white. This plant flowers quickly and makes pretty dried seed heads. Pkt $1.75 CANTERBURY BELLS CANTERBURY BELLS MIXED #FL150 (Campanula) Tall spikes of long-lasting, bell-shaped flowers, in rich tones of purple, lavender, reds, pinks, yellows and white to cream. A cottage-garden staple for centuries. Makes a fine cut flower. It was offered by Comstock, Ferre & Co. in 1856. Pkt (500 seeds)$2.00 CASTOR BEAN Annual. Persists as a shrub in very mild-winter climates. (20 seeds per pkt) GARDEN MIX #FL280 (Ricinus communis) Castor Beans were introduced in the 16th century. We offer a mix of reds, pinks, greens, and burgundy. Tall, 8’ - 12’ plants are tropi- cal looking, have colored flower pods, and are easy to grow. Warning: the seeds and plants are very165 poisonous. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $11.50
  • 166. GIANT ZANZIBARIENSIS #FL281(Ricinus communis) This giant castor bean will takecenter stage in any garden. Magnificent plants cangrow over 15’ in the first season, and the leaves canreach 3’ across! A true monster that gets big in mostclimates and really huge in warm climates. Providesa quick, tropical-like shade. Warning: the seeds andplants are very poisonous. Pkt $3.50GIBSONII #FL282(Ricinus communis) This old-favorite type produceslovely reddish-bronze leaves and stunning scarletseed heads. One of the most colorful, it adds a tropi-cal touch to gardens anywhere. Warning: the seedsand plants are very poisonous. Pkt $2.75ZANZI PALM #FL283(Ricinus communis) This small-seeded, giant casterbean makes green, palm-tree like plants that are soattractive and beautiful. This variety can reach 15’,making it among the tallest castor bean varietiesavailable. Warning: the seeds and plants are verypoisonous. Pkt $3.00CELOSIA AND COCKSCOMB AnnualCOCKSCOMB - AMISH #FL262Orral and Joan Craig discovered this variety growing inan Amish garden near Arthur, Illinois. Beautiful, largered heads on compact 1’-tall plants. I first saw this va-riety growing at Seed Savers in Iowa and was takenaback by its color and beauty. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50COCKSCOMB - AMISH WHITE #FL268This lovely cockscomb comes from an Amish seedcollector. It produces large cream-colored flowersthat are quite unique. This stately variety has beenpreserved by the Amish communities for manyyears. Pkt (35 seeds) $2.75COCKSCOMB - DWARF CORAL GARDEN MIX #FL266Beautiful color on short, dwarf plants, these can pro-duce large heads that sometimes reach 8” across, al-though they vary. A perfect bedding plant that addsvibrant colors to any garden; even the smallest canfit in a few of these. Pkt (125 seeds) $2.00 Ballerina Datura Sensation Candy StripeCOCKSCOMB - INDIANA GIANT #FL263Here is one amazing cockscomb with flower headsreaching up to 14” across; the sturdy plants lookso beautiful, proudly holding the burgundy-redblooms. This easy-to-grow plant has been grown bythe Amish at Rockville, Indiana, for many years; orig-inally taken there from Lancaster, Pa. Amaze yourfriends and neighbors. Pkt (35 seeds) $3.00COCKSCOMB - TALL MIXED #FL267These tall cockscombs are hard to find, but offer agorgeous display of flashy color in shades of pink,red, and yellow. The extra-tall plants are great forborders and group plantings for massive displays ofcolor. Great as cut flowers, they sell well at market.Pkt (125 seeds) $2.75COLEUSTender perennial. Overwinter indoors, or grow asan annual, starting indoors in early spring.RAINBOW FLORIST STRAIN MIX #FL225This old-fashioned plant is perfect for any shady spot.The heart-shaped leaves come in many bright colors,great for containers and borders. This plant evokes thespirit of Victorian gardens. Start inside and don’t coverseeds. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.00COSMOS Hardy annual. Often self-sows.BRIGHT LIGHTS #FL241 (Cosmos sulphureus)Brilliant flowers in shades of orange, yellow, andflame-red, the plants are early to bloom and pro-duce profusely. Colorful and easy to grow. Pkt (100seeds) $1.50 or 1 oz $6.00INDONESIAN KENNIKURA #FL243 (C. sulphureus)Beautiful and tasty. Popular in Indonesian cuisineand is used as a garnish. The lovely 3” flowers arebright yellow and orange; this variety blooms over along season and is very colorful. Pkt (40 seeds) $2.75 Cuphea Purple Passion Chabaud La France Carnation 166
  • 167. REDCREST #FL244 (C. sulphureus) An exciting new cosmos that is loaded down with Chabaud Picotee Fantasy Mix Carnation amazing flame-colored flowers. A flashy, retro-look- ing variety that will bring real “flower power” to your garden. Pkt (50 seeds)$2.50 SENSATION CANDY STRIPE #FL246 (C. bipinnatus) Bushy border plant with ferny foliage and stunning large flowers of white with rose petal edges. Colorful, unique selection. Traditional cottage garden subject. Pkt $2.00 SENSATION MIX #FL240 (C. bipinnatus) Beautiful shades of pink, crimson, white, and rose. Tall bush plants are very easy to grow, providing colorful blooms all summer. Pkt (100 seeds) $1.75 CUPHEA CUPHEA PURPLE PASSION #FL291 (Cuphea lanceolata) A unique annual with curious flow- ers in purple with two enlarged upper petals like mouse ears in dark purple. Attractive plant for mixed borders. The branches grow first upright and later droop down, winding themselves through other plants. The leaves are sticky. Long flowering season, till late summer and even up to October. Sunny and half shade on rich moist soils. Native of Mexico. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50 DAHLIA Annual. Tubers may be lifted and stored for planting the following spring. UNWINS MIX #FL300 (Dahlia hybrida) Colorful mix of rose, orange, yellow, crimson, purple, and brick red. Single and semi-double flowers; a popular garden flower. Pkt (75 seeds) $2.00 DATURA Tender perennial: Grow like eggplant or peppers. Overwinter in frost-free location. BALLERINA MIX #FL310 (Datura metel) A wonderful dwarf version of this lovely plant, growing to about 20” tall and good for containers. The beautiful, large trumpet-shaped flow- ers can be creamy yellow and purple, bi-color or pure white. Truly a show stopper! Rare and hard-to-find. Caution: all parts of these plants are very poison- ous. Pkt (10 seeds) $4.00 DOUBLE GOLDEN QUEEN #FL312 (D. metel) Gorgeous pale lemon-yellow blooms are ruf- fled, double and large. Plants set flowers earlier than many varieties; the 4’ plants are perfect for borders or large pots. Beautiful and stunning in the garden, these are among my favorites. Caution: all parts of these plants are very poisonous! Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00 SACRED DATURA #FL311 New! (Datura wrightii) This plant is native to the Southwest- ern US, and is grown as a garden plant for its beautiful, large trumpet-shaped white flowers that have a won- derful fragrance. Blooms open in the evening, and are perfect for night gardens; easy to grow. Caution: all part of these plants are very poisonous! Pkt $2.75 DIANTHUS (CARNATIONS & PINKS) Perennial. Direct sow in spring. (100 seeds per Pkt) BABY DOLL #FL320 (Dianthus chinensis) A lovely compact plant that pro- duces an array of bright pink, white, and crimson flowers; good for pots. A popular old-time garden plant. Pkt $1.75 red. Blooms are steadily produced until frost. Pkt $1.75 SWEET WILLIAM, TALL SINGLE MIXED #FL322 CHABAUD LA FRANCE CARNATION #FL324 GRENADIN KING OF THE BLACKS CARNATION (D. barbatus) Biennial. Plant spring or summer for (Dianthus caryophyllus) True florist’s strain for cut- #FL326 New! (Dianthus caryophyllus) Rich, dark bur- blooms the following year. A colorful garden flower flower use. Frilly, fully double blooms, in a chaste gundy-red, double flowers are lavishly produced, that is fragrant. The 4 inch flower heads cover 18” tall shell pink, are held aloft on sturdy, wiry stems. Light contrasting smartly with blue-green, mounded foli- clove fragrance completes the picture of floral per- plants. A native of Europe that is often grown as an age. Border-type carnation that nevertheless makes annual cut flower. Pkt $1.50 fection. Pkt $2.00 a wonderful cut flower. Lightly fragrant blooms reach CHABAUD PICOTEE FANTASY MIX CARNATION #FL327 New! (Dianthus caryophyllus) A wide mix of 15-20 inches tall atop wiry stems; the clove-like scent FOXGLOVE Biennial. Direct sow spring or au- carnation colors—cardinal red, pinks, violets, crim- comes as a bonus. A real show-stopper! Pkt $2.25 tumn. Self-sows freely where contented. son, salmon, whites and yellows—all “fantastically” ROMANCE MIXTURE #FL321 APRICOT BEAUTY #FL340 (Digitalis purpurea) striped or edged in brilliant contrasting tones. Large, (D. plumarius) Hardy perennial. Plant fall or spring. A Lovely, peachy apricot flower spikes. These grow to fully double, sweetly scented blooms make great cut fine strain of single-flowered pinks with a very broad 30” and are quite lovely. Please remember that the flowers. Reaches about 2 feet in height. Pkt $2.75 color range, and they come in striking combinations. seeds and all parts of this plant are poisonous. DWARF PERSIAN CARPET MIXED #FL325 This species was introduced from Europe and has been (Dianthus chinensis) Cheerful single blooms in many Pkt (800 seeds) $2.25167 popular in America since colonial times. Pkt $2.00 different shades from white to pale pink to carmine
  • 168. Dwarf Queeny Mix Hollyhock Majorette Double Yellow HollyhockQueeny Lilac-Rose Hollyhock Kenaf Hibiscus Zebrina Hollyhock 168
  • 169. HIBISCUS KISS-ME-OVER-THE-GARDEN-GATE HIBISCUS - KENAF #FL351 Perennial. Direct sow in spring. Slow germinator. (Hibiscus cannabinus) This amazing plant can grow up KISS-ME-OVER-THE-GARDEN-GATE #FL360 to 18’ in 150 days. I like to grow it for its cream-colored (Polygonum orientale) Exotic, long, flowing flower blooms that have a red center, but this crop is grown heads are a cerise-pink in color. Plants are over 6’ tall commercially for fiber used in making rope, paper, fab- and produce many hanging, rope-like flowers. We are ric, particle board and more. In Africa it is believed to happy to offer this rare and colorful heirloom from have been grown for 4,000 years. The edible leaves are the gardens of yesteryear. Freeze seeds for a week be- cooked and eaten. Beautiful palmate cut leaves often fore planting, and plant very early in the spring or late look somewhat similar to marijuana, though not relat- winter. A nice cut or dried flower. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 ed. There have been cases of inept deputies raiding this crop and testing it as an illegal drug, under our multi- LARKSPUR AND DELPHINIUM billion dollar war on drugs. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 APPLE BLOSSOM LARKSPUR #FL373 (D. ajacis) Lovely pale pink, almost white blossoms on HOLLYHOCK Biennial. (35 seeds per Pkt) beautiful flower spikes. A lovely variety that is quite BLACK CURRANT WHIRL #FL422 fashionable. Pkt (300 seeds) $2.00 Attractive, big, double flowers in shades of blackberry, GIANT IMPERIAL MIXED LARKSPUR #FL371 and whirled with a touch of cream! One of the most at- (C. ambigua) Beautiful flower spikes on plants that can tractive hollyhocks you can grow. Tall stalks are loaded grow to 4’ tall, covered with lovely flowers in shades of with these delicious-looking blooms, perfect for grow- pink, lilac, white, blue and rose. This old favorite is also ing along a fence, your mailbox or the old “out-house”. called Annual delphinium, and is perfect to grow along a Pkt $2.75 fence. Pkt (300 seeds) $2.00 DWARF QUEENY MIXED #FL429 New! RED, WHITE & BLUE LARKSPUR #FL370 (Alcea rosea) Compact form, 2-3 feet high, is ideal for (Consolida orientalis) This mix contains the colors of “Old bedding use, small enough to grow in pots! Huge, fully Glory”. All are of the Giant Imperial type and make a double blooms held all along the stems. Contains the full splash of color. This seed comes from the 6.5-acre flag range of hollyhock colors: purple, red, rose, pink, salmon, which was field-grown in Lompoc, California. It was yellow and white. Pkt $2.50 photographed by satellite and was featured in Reader’s FIG-LEAFED HOLLYHOCK #FL428 Digest and other magazines. Pkt (150 seeds) $2.00 (A. ficifolia) Species form of the common hollyhock, that is not bothered by rust. Deeply indented leaves, 5-pet- LOVE-IN-A-MIST aled, single flowers, mixed colors. Old-fashioned plant Hardy annual. Direct sow early spring or late au- cultivated since at least the 1600’s and known for its tumn. Often self-sows. (200 seeds/pkt) beautiful flowers that add a certain Victorian charm to MIXED COLORS #FL400 any fence row. Pkt $2.25 (Nigella hispanica) HHA. A splendid mix of colors with INDIAN SPRING #FL420 wispy, feathery foliage surrounding the beautiful blue, (Alcea rosea) Wonderful shades of soft to bright pink white, pink, and purplish-blue blooms. Love-in-a-mist flowers. Tall plants produce old-fashioned single flowers. dates back to English gardens of the 1570’s. A very at- Hardy and easy to grow, this variety blooms the first year. tractive flowering plant. Pkt $2.00 Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate Beautiful! Pkt $2.25 JET BLACK OR NIGRA #FL421 This variety was mentioned in 1629 and was planted in the gardens at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson. This tra- ditional variety is shockingly beautiful with its near-black flowers and just a hint of red. Gorgeous planted out by the old white outhouse or in the back of your flower bed. A must for historical gardens. You’ll love this richly-col- ored variety. Pkt $2.75 MAJORETTE DOUBLE CHAMPAGNE #FL423 (Alcea rosea) Romantic, soft, blushing pink flowers with darker pink centers, this dwarf variety produces fully double, large “powderpuff” type flowers. Such a lovely color and easy to grow as an annual or biennial. Pkt $2.50 MAJORETTE DOUBLE YELLOW #FL424 (Alcea rosea) A hard-to-find variety with pretty, canary- yellow blooms. This dwarf variety produces fully double, large “powderpuff” type flowers. Add some “Sunshine’” with this easy to grow annual or biennial. Pkt $2.50 QUEENY LILAC-ROSE #FL425 (Alcea rosea) A beautiful dwarf variety in the “Queeny” se- ries developed by Dr. Zoltan Kovacs of Budapest, Hungary. Compact stalks produce loads of lilac-rose colored, double blooms that are so cute! Now you can even grow annual hollyhocks in pots or small spaces for a wonderful old-fash- ioned look. Pkt $2.50 SUMMER CARNIVAL - MIXED #FL426 (Alcea rosea) This All-America Winner is sure to add color to even the most faded outhouse or border. Big, brilliant, double blooms in many shades. The tall stems make this perfect as a cut flower, and it is easy to grow as an annual or biennial. A great mix of tall Carnival colors. Pkt $2.00 ZEBRINA #FL427 (Malva sylvestris) Not a true hollyhock, but growing much the same, this Malva was widely planted in Victorian cot- tage cottage gardens. It is one of the most beautiful plants we offer and one of the most popular heirloom plants at historic gardens. The flower spikes bloom profusely with lovely lavender flowers that have stunning deep purple 169 stripes. Looks like a small, single hollyhock. Pkt $2.00 Love-In-A-Mist Mixed
  • 170. MARIGOLDS(Tagetes patula) Annual. Thrives in heat.BROCADE MIX #FL471This lovely variety produces large 2” flowers on dwarfplants. A brilliant mix of red, gold and orange, it is verypretty and helps repel some insects and nematodes.Pkt (200 seeds) $1.75COURT JESTER #FL476This little marigold has stunning, yellow and burgun-dy striped single blooms. Very fancy and attractivelooking on the dwarf plants. Pkt $2.00CRACKERJACK MIX #FL470The giant African type that is popular with gardenerscoast-to -coast; the big double blooms come in shadesof lemon yellow to deep orange, and the 30” plants areprofuse. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $8.50ESKIMO #FL477(T. erecta nana) Knee-high plants bear graceful, large,fully double flowers. The soft cream-colored petalsmake an arresting contrast to the dark green foliage.Blooms late spring until frost if spent flowers are re-moved. Spectacular in a massed planting! One of thebest white selections. Pkt (30 seeds)$3.00GYPSY SUNSHINE #FL472Dwarf, bushy plants are loaded with pretty golden-yellow, double flowers. A great all-yellow variety forpots or flower beds. Pkt (150 seeds) $1.75HARLEQUIN #FL464This antique variety dates back to 1870 and has re-cently become popular again. It is quite unique withits yellow-and-red-striped flowers that are bothcharming and flashy. It makes a good cut flower, too!Pkt (75 seeds) $2.50KILIMANJARO WHITE #FL473 Kilimanjaro WhiteWe finally have added a unique white marigold; thisvariety has lovely 2” creamy-white blooms that re-ally stand out in a crowd. White marigolds were longin the making; in fact, Burpee Seed Company spent56 years of searching and breeding before findingsuccess. After years of trying, David Burpee offered$10,000 to the first home gardener who sent in theright seeds to help make a real white variety; thou-sands of gardeners responded for years. One lady,Alice Vonk of Sully, Iowa, sent seeds for 21 years, andin 1975, Burpee awarded her the coveted prize forher work—after the company had spent 56 yearsand $250,000 testing during the contest years. Nowthere are several white varieties, including this beau-ty. Pkt (30 seeds) $3.00MOONLIGHT #FL478Single, very pale yellow-cream blooms with brilliantorange-yellow centers. Petals have wavy marginsand an intricate, folded appearance. Blooms untilfrost and makes a fine cut flower. A lovely varietythat really stands out. Pkt $2.00 Court Jester Spun GoldORANGE HAWAII #FL462Large, deep-orange flowers are 4” across, very strik-ing and beautiful. Plants grow to 3’. Orange Hawaii isused as a natural feed additive to brighten the yolksof eggs. Pkt (150 seeds) $2.25PETITE MIX #FL474Very dwarf mixture of the crested French Marigolds;plants only grow to 10”- 12” tall. Bright colors . Easyto grow, even in small pots. Pkt (200 seeds) $1.75RED CHERRY #FL475This dwarf variety produces distinctive mahogany-red flowers, which are large in size and fully double.A great variety that flowers very early, making themamong the first flowers of summer. Pkt (100 seeds)$2.00SPUN GOLD #FL469 New!Outstanding strain of Mexican Marigold boasts fully-double pale gold flowers. The petals are quilled andlook just like chrysanthemums! Blooms all summerlong on 16 inch plants. Superb border plant, greatfor cut flowers! Pkt $2.50 Gypsy Sunshine Red Cherry 170
  • 171. SWEET MACE OR MEXICAN MINT #FL465 (Tagetes lucida) Enjoy this late-blooming marigold in teas and other drinks; a great flavoring for many dishes. This old Hispanic heirloom is hard to find nowadays, but is still a great garden plant that is easy to grow and quite flavorful. Pkt (50 seeds) $2.50 MARVEL OF PERU or FOUR O’CLOCK Annual. Tubers may be lifted and stored for plant- ing the following spring. (Mirabilis jalapa) Discov- ered in the 16th century, the flowers open at ap- proximately 4:00 PM. Fragrant flowers come in a wide range of colors, such as pink, magenta, yellow, white, and more. Very bright and attractive. Makes another great flower for night gardens. MARBLES MIXED #FL448 (Mirabilis jalapa) Extravagant mixture contains all of the various colors and patterns of the “Marbles” series! Yel- lows, reds, oranges and whites, each flower uniquely striped and splashed with contrasting hues. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 MARBLES WHITE-YELLOW #FL445 (Mirabilis jalapa) The mellow member of the ‘Mar- bles’ clan. The plants are smothered in sunny yellow and white blooms. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 MARBLES YELLOW-RED #FL446 (Mirabilis jalapa) Various markings of scarlet and lemon yellow, ranging from stripes to solids, and sometimes showing a subtle star around the center of the flower. From a distance the colors seem to merge into a pleas- Marbles Mixed ing tangerine color. Pkt $2.50 SALMON SUNSET #FL447 (Mirabilis jalapa) True salmon-colored trumpets with a pale pink star at the center of each flower. A sophisti- cated addition to the garden. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.50 STARS AND STRIPES #FL440 Here is a glorious mix of bi-colored and splashed flowers in the colors of yellow, white, rose, red, and blue. Very unique and colorful. Pkt (35 seeds) $2.00 SWEET FOUR O’CLOCK #FL443 (Mirabilis longiflora) This unique species of Four O’Clock is quite striking with 4” long trumpet like flowers that are creamy white with red centers; but the amazing part is the delightful, exotic fragrance that fills the air as these flowers open each afternoon. Easy to grow and can be left in the ground to regrow each year in warm areas or can be grown as an at- tractive annual in cold climates. This attractive plant comes from the American Southwest and Mexico. Pkt (25 seeds) $2.25 TALL MIXED #FL444 A colorful old-fashioned mix of colors, this is a lovely garden favorite. Pkt (50 seeds) $2.00 “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” -Luther Burbank Sweet Four O’Clock171 Marbles Yellow-Red Salmon Sunset Marbles White-Yellow
  • 172. 172Morning Glories from Our Garden.
  • 173. MORNING GLORY - IPOMOEA Chocolate Annual, Easy to grow vine, this is an amazing plant that was refined in 9th century Japan. Jere’s favorite vine, so easy to grow and so colorful! (35 seeds per Pkt) BLUE PICOTEE #FL498 (Ipomoea nil) Vigorous climber with heart-shaped foliage scram- bles over fences, gazebos, or outbuildings. We are so excited to offer this lovely, deep-blue Kikyozaki va- riety with stunning star-shaped blooms that carry a thin white picotee (edging). Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00 CARDINAL CLIMBER #FL480 (Ipomoea x multifida) Beautiful, small, bright red flow- ers; the vines have lovely foliage. Long vines are ex- cellent for ornamental covering. Pkt $1.75 CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA #FL496 (Ipomoea purpurea) A truly stunning mixed of two types of flowers. They come white with rose-pink or with purple-blue stripes! Amazing looking and sure to be the highlinght of any garden. A hard to find va- riety from Europe. Pkt $2.75 CHOCOLATE #FL490 (Ipomoea nil) The Japanese started selecting morn- ing glories in the 9th century, and this selection is one of their most stunning. Huge, 5”-6” blooms are in the loveliest creamy, chocolate-pink color. Large plants produce loads of these beauties that are so rare and unique. Imperial Japanese morning glories were quite Carnevale di Venezia popular in America during Victorian times, and we plan to make them popular here once again. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00 CLARK’S HEAVENLY BLUE #FL481 Lovely, 4” pale-blue flowers; this heirloom dates to the 1920s. Produces long 12’ vines, and flowers the full season. Pkt $1.75 CRIMSON RAMBLER #FL482 Beautiful, deep rose color, with white throats, marked with a deep red star running though them. Excellent. Pkt $1.75 DACAPO LIGHT BLUE #FL491 (Ipomoea purpurea) A new variety of this well-known and easy-to-grow climber has eye-catching clear blue flowers with a darker purple-blue star. This stunning variety is early to bloom and is sure to stand out on any garden fence. Pkt $2.50 EARLY CALL DWARF MIX #FL487 (Ipomoea nil) Dwarf vines reach only about five feet in length. Large, ruffled flowers reach 4 inches across! Solid colors and picotees in shades of chocolate, pink, red, rose, sky blue, and violet. Pkt $1.75 FERINGA #FL497 (Ipomoea purpurea) Gorgeous burgundy-colored flowers make an electrifying contrast with the dark- Early Call Dwarf Mix green, angular, lobed leaves. Vigorous vines bloom all summer until frost. You’ll love this easy to grow and stunning variety. Pkt $2.25 FLYING SAUCERS #FL485 Huge 6” blooms are pure white with bright blue stripes! Too beautiful to describe; very spectacular looking. One of our favorite varieties. Introduced in 1960. Pkt $2.00 GRANDPA OTT’S #FL486 Small, deep-purple blooms, with a bright red star in their throats; very colorful and unique. This Bavarian heirloom was one of the original varieties that gave the Whealys the idea to start Seed Savers Exchange. We were really impressed by its beauty. Pkt $2.50 HAZELWOOD BLUES #FL492 (Ipomoea purpurea) A lovely mixture of many delight- ful shades of blue, from creamy pale blue to almost as dark as night. These also have attractive star-like markings. A must for the cottage garden and perfect for any fence or trellis that needs to be covered in pure beauty. Pkt $2.50 ISMAY #FL850 New!173 (Ipomoea tricolor) Baby blue flowers to 4 inches across
  • 174. Kikyozaki Mixed Sunrise Serenade Clark’s Heavenly Blue Red Picotee Feringa Rose FeatherMorning Call Pink Moonflower Decapo Light Blue 174
  • 175. are marked with a royal blue star. Vigorous vines to 12 stunning red, yellow and orange flowers. Superbly feet. Pkt $2.25 unique and colorful. Pkt $2.50 KIKYOZAKI – MIXED #FL493 DWARF CHERRY ROSE #FL501 (Ipomoea nil) Kikyozaki morning glories are popular Small, compact plants produce light-cherry blooms. in Japan, and this is a cool mix of many colors. These This fine variety was listed by Burpee’s in the 1940s. are star-shaped and many will be semi-double. Fan- Pkt $2.50 tastic looking and much sought after, this is a true DWARF JEWEL MIX #FL503 botanic treasure that we are proud to offer. Pkt (10 Bright, sunny colors: yellow, pink, red, and orange. seeds) $3.00 The edible flowers are popular for salads and as a LA VIE EN ROSE #FL494 garnish; the peppery leaves are also very flavorful. (Ipomoea purpurea) This mixture is loaded with many A colorful garden favorite. Pkt $2.50 or 1/4 lb $8.00 pretty shades of red and pink, from crimson to rose, EMPRESS OF INDIA #FL508 and even cotton candy-colored blooms that make this A very unique old heirloom with dark foliage and bril- selection a favorite in the best gardens of Europe and liant fire-red blossoms that are delicious in salads. It now America. I love morning glories, and pink shades was popular in Victorian times. Pkt $2.50 are always a favorite. Pkt $2.50 JEWEL PEACH MELBA #FL507 MILKY WAY #FL851 New! This jewel of nasturtium breeding produces blossoms (Ipomoea tricolor) Elegant and stylish, with chaste in a lovely shade of primrose-cream with pearly-red white trumpets, each bearing a maroon star. Flowers spots. Dwarf plants are great for pots and superb in salads. Pkt $2.50 reach three inches across, vines trailing to 12 feet or so. KING THEODORE #FL514 Pkt $2.50 Fashionable, dark green plants have mahogany-red MOON FLOWER #FL483 blooms with chocolate overtones. So stunning and Long, vigorous vines grow to 20’; giant fragrant white flashy. You will love this heirloom from the 1890’s with “Glory”-type flowers. Excellent for planting in night its compact, beautiful plants. Pkt $2.00 gardens. Pkt (20 seeds) $2.50 MILKMAID #FL505 MORNING CALL PINK #FL852 New! Here is a most unique nasturtium that is a pale, (Ipomoea nil) This extra large flowered variety makes a creamy color that is quite beautiful; hard-to-find compact, almost shrub-like plant when grown without seeds from Europe. Pkt $3.00 support, otherwise climbing to 3-4 feet. Ours is a clear MOONLIGHT #FL509 King Theodore Nasturtium bright pink. Truly delightful and stunning. Pkt $2.75 Wonderful trailing vines can grow to 7’ and makes a PEARLY GATES #FL853 New! great ground cover or is stunning in large hanging (Ipomoea tricolor) Trumpet-like flowers of purest white, baskets. The flowers are a glowing creamy-yellow, with a soft lemon-yellow at the throat. Robust, large pale and beautiful. They are quite tasty. Pkt $2.50 vines that revel in summer heat. An old favorite, of- ORANGE GLEAM #FL517 A beautiful orange selection of the gleam variety fered since at least the 1950’s, and still one of the best!. that used to be common but now is generally only Pkt $2.25 found in mixes. Pkt $2.25 RED PICOTEE #FL495 SPITFIRE #FL510 (Ipomoea nil) This stunning Japanese Kikyozaki variety Long, trailing vines produce a cascade of fiery, red-or- offers a whole new dimension. Imagine star-shaped ange blooms. Great for growing over a garden wall or morning glories in shades of carmine-red and trimmed in a window box. A stunning color of the great vining in creamy white. The lovely vines also have heart- types that have become hard to find in recent years. shaped leaves. A must for those who like unique beau- Still has that American cottage garden charm. Pkt $2.00 ty. We were so excited to find seed for several of these TALL TRAILING MIX #FL511 priceless Japanese selections. Pkt (10 seeds) $3.00 This heirloom favorite grows up to 10’ in a season and ROSE FEATHER #FL488 is perfect for covering walls, arbors and tall fences. (Ipomoea quamoclit) Here is a stunning new vari- Bright and cheery flowers come in shades of yellow, ety with lovely pink, star-shaped flowers that are so orange and red, The flowers are spicy and flavorful, Milkmaid Nasturtium unique! The vines have feathery, cut-leaf foliage that making the most beautiful salad. Pkt $2.00 is quite beautiful. This is an excellent variety that is VESUVIUS #FL516 hard to find. Pkt $2.00 A most desirable variety with flowers of salmon rose. SCARLET O’HARA #FL484 We love this facinating color, and it was also much A beautiful rose-and-red heirloom, the vines produce sought after at the turn of the 20th century. Pkt $2.25 loads of large blooms. Perfect to grow on a fence or YELLOW CANARY CREEPER #FL515 trellis. Pkt $2.00 (Topaeolum peregrinum) Exotic South American na- SUNRISE SERENADE #FL489 tive vine reaches 15 feet, yet is no harder to grow Our most asked-for flower in our 2008 trial gardens. than its cousin, the garden nasturtium. Round, A few vines covered the arbor over our garden gate. deeply lobed leaves are edible; bizarre, bright The flowers are so unique and stunning: they’re true, yellow orchid-like flowers are produced all sum- double morning glories! They are fully double and mer long; must be seen to be believed. Pkt $2.75 uniquely shaped, plus they come in the most lovely YETI #FL513 shades of ruby-rose. This historic heirloom has long Named after the ape-like rare creature that legend been out of catalogs due to the introduction of mod- says inhabits the Himalayas, these white nasturtiums ern varieties, but this variety proves that some things are rare indeed. Not just things of folklore, here is a can’t be improved! Pkt (25 seeds) $2.75 creamy-white flowering variety that blooms on long trailing vines that have large leaves. Pkt $3.00 MASK FLOWER CORAL BEAUTY #FL479 NICANDRA OR SHOO-FLY PLANT (Alonsoa meridionalis) Tall, annual plants produce loads Annual. Grow like Nicotiana. of color; I mean amazing color! With blossoms in bril- SPLASH OF CREAM #FL512 (Nicandra physaloides) liant shades of melon-orange, so attractive and perfect This plant comes from Peru, and is sometimes called when planted in tall borders, as plants can reach over “Apple of Peru.” 3’ tall plants of this variety have beau- 4’. This Central American plant keeps growing and pro- tiful green leaves that are splashed in lemony-cream ducing great color till frost. Pkt (250 seeds) $2.50 color! Bell-shaped flowers are lavender in color. Easy to NASTURTIUM Annual. (Tropaeolum majus) grow. In olden days this plant was grown to help repel Sow where plants are to grow. (25 seeds per Pkt) insects, hence the name. Pkt (35 seeds) $2.50 ALASKA MIX #FL500175 Beautiful, variegated, green-and-white foliage, with Coral Beauty Mask Flower
  • 176. NICOTIANA & TOBACCO Annual. Container-sowing indoors in early spring pre- ferred. Caution Poisonous. DELAWARE INDIAN SACRED #FL525 Dwarf 15” plants produce clusters of light-green flowers. A cute little plant for borders; this is a ceremonial tobac- co to the Delaware Lenape tribe of Indians. A rare Native American heirloom that is pretty and unique. Caution: poisonous. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 HOPI TOBACCO #FL527 (N. rustica) Traditional ceremonial variety used for centu- ries by the gentle people of the Four Corners country. A typical Indian type tobacco, reaching to 24 inches in height. Fragrant green flowers in perhaps more compact spikes than some. Pkt (100 seeds) $2.50 LANGSDORF #FL526 (Nicotiana langsdorffii) Well-known green flowering Nicotiana for high borders. This tall species from Bra-Delaware Indian Sacred Louisiana Piroque zil and Chile produces lovely apple-green blooms that add a unique splash of color to any garden. Perfect great for arranging. Pkt (400 seeds) $2.25 LIME GREEN #FL521 A truly amazing and wonderful shade of bright lime- green, these are a standout in the cottage garden. Lovely and hard to find. Pkt (600 seeds) $2.50 LOUISIANA PIROQUE #FL524 Named for the traditional flat-bottom boat that is used by the Cajuns in the swamps of Louisiana. This old heirloom was given by the Indians to the Cajuns and passed down through the years. Given by a Creole man to Kurt Bridges, who then supplied us with some seed. We grow the plants for their beauty, as they grow 4’ tall, have big, wide leaves and produce loads of gor- geous sunset-pink flowers. Traditionally used by the Cajuns, but it is poisonous along with all tobacco. Pkt (100 seeds) $3.00 SCENTSATION MIXED #FL522 Nicotianas were popular in early America and were plant- ed by Thomas Jefferson. This tall variety produces flowers that open in the day; color range: pink, red, lavender, rose, and white. These are easy to grow and cause a splash of color. Pkt (800 seeds) $2.50 PANSY (Viola) Annual. Spring-plant for summer bloom in cool- summer climates; plant late summer for autumn bloom in warmer zones. Grows and blooms best when cooler conditions prevail. HISTORIC FLORIST PANSIES MIX #FL543 These remind me of 1880s catalog covers. This mixture has been selected by late seedsman Kees Sahin for Scentsation Mix Fire Chief Petunia its old-fashioned color and styles. This is the only mix available that so closely resembles the original variet- ies that gardens enjoyed for over 100 years, with their unique and smiling faces. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.50 LAURA #FL546 Jewel-tone rosy-lilac blooms to 3 inches have a vel- vety texture and deep, nearly black splotches. One of the Swiss Giants that were bred around the begin- ning of the 20th Century. Pkt $1.75 ORANGE SUN #FL547 Fancy, tangerine-orange colored blossoms are really stunning on the bright green plants. A very pretty, large variety of the Swiss Giants family. Pkt $1.75 SWISS GIANTS #FL541 An old standard in pansies, large flowers come in many bright and attractive colors. The flowers have long stems and add an old-fashioned touch to any garden. Pkt (350 seeds) $2.50 VIOLET, BOWLES’ BLACK #FL545 This old-fashioned garden favorite has small flowers that are nearly black in color with a pale yellow eye. It blooms all summer long and will come back every year in your garden. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.50 PETUNIA Annual. Early start indoors recommended. Orange Sun Pansy Laura Pansy BALCONY MIX #FL562 This old petunia was popular with gardeners through- 176 out much of the first part of the twentieth century,
  • 177. but has nearly been lost to cultivation because of seed companies’ interests in selling newer varieties. This variety has delightfully fragrant blooms in shades of rose, lavender and purple. Trailing plants are perfect for adding color and fragrance to window boxes and hanging baskets. Pkt (800 seeds) $2.50 DWARF BEDDING MIX #FL561 Here is the old standard petunia that graced American gardens in the 1950s. Dwarf plants produce loads of brightly -colored flowers in many colors. A must for all who want to re-create a retro American garden. Pkt (800 seeds) $2.00 FIRE CHIEF #FL563 An All-America Selections Winner in 1950, but this old winner has nearly suffered the sad fate of all the 50 or so other petunia varieties that were once so popular in the 1950’s. Bred by Bodger Seed Company of Lompoc, Cali- fornia, this variety set the standard in the 1950’s for red petunias, being rich red and fading to a soft red color; unlike modern petunias, these are fragrant. These come from a time when people watched “I Love Lucy” and ev- ery family had a cottage garden. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.50 ROSE OF HEAVEN #FL564 This is a lovely variety with flowers that are a beauti- ful shade of delicate rose. Compact plants are covered with small blooms. Popular in the 1930’s but is now very rare. Pkt $2.00 PHLOX BEAUTY FORMULA MIXTURE PHLOX #FL570 (P. drummondii) A formula mix of crimson, lavender, white, scarlet and yellow. Dwarf compact, annual plants, selected for beautiful flowers. Pkt (200 seeds) $1.50 RED DRUMMOND PHLOX #FL571 (P. drummondii) A lovely annual red Phlox that was dis- covered in the Dallas, Texas area in 1835 by Mr. Thomas Drummond who was a plant collector from England. Mother of Pearl Poppy Pkt (200 seeds) $1.50 POPPY ORIENTAL SCARLET: Perennial. SOMNIFERUM TYPES: Hardy annual. BALLERINA DOUBLE MIX CALIFORNIA POPPY #FL593 New! (Eschsholzia californica) A graceful mixture of the colors available in Califor- nia Poppies—warm orange, of course, but also sulfur yellow, white, carmine rose, lilac and scarlet. Double to semi-double, crepe-like flowers reaching about 14 inches in height. Such a cheery mix for naturalizing or the border! Pkt (600 seeds) $2.25 BLACK PEONY #FL582 (Papaver somniferum) We offer pure seed for this truly amazing, deep purple-black colored poppy. The flowers are fully double, ruffled and so large! This elegant beauty will be the winner in any garden. The seedpods make a wonderful addition to dried flower arrangements. This poppy is very easy to grow but does better in cooler regions. Pkt (600 seeds) $3.00 BLACK SWAN #FL591 (Papaver somniferum) Gorgeous double flowers have exotic, frilly cut petals of burgundy to almost black. One of the most unique and stunning varieties you can grow! Pkt (600 seeds) $3.00 EASTERN HORNED #FL588 (Dicranostigma franchetianum) A rare, yellow-flower- ing member of the Poppy family. Upright growing plant with decorative grey-green leaves and deep yellow half-nodding flowers. Like most other pop- pies, best when direct seeded on a light soil with sufficient moisture in full sun or partial shade. Hardy annual and even may be biennial in the right con- ditions. This native brightens the hills of southwest China. Pkt (300 seeds) $3.00 “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,177 than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.” Lilac Pompom Poppy Black Swan Poppy -Proverbs 15:17
  • 178. FLEMISH ANTIQUE POPPY #FL583(Papaver somniferum) Beautiful, large double blooms Ballerina Mix Ca. Poppyin shades of rose, all striped with creamy white. Thisnew poppy resembles those once seen in antiqueherbal books. The dried pods are filled with seeds thatcan be used in baking. Simply gorgeous! Your gardenwill be blessed with the simple elegance of this stun-ning selection. Pkt (600 seeds) $2.50FROSTED SALMON #FL586(Papaver somniferum) Giant 4-5” flowers are fullydouble, and bright salmon-pink in color, withcreamy, frosted edges that make this variety simplystunning and magnificent in the garden. This varietyalso produces unique seed pods that are popular indried arrangements. An annual that really makes abold statement with its richly colored blooms. Pkt(600 seeds) $2.50HUNGARIAN BLUE BREADSEED #FL581(Papaver somniferum) Beautiful, 3”-4” purple-blueblooms make this variety very unique and wonder-ful. After the flowers, there are the attractive, largeseed pods that are great for crafts and are tradition-ally used for their delicious, culinary seeds that aregreat in bread and cakes. This fantastic variety is easyto grow. Self-seeding annual. Pkt (200 seeds) $3.00LILAC POMPOM #FL590(Papaver somniferum) Amazing double and semi-double lanciniata-type flowers in delicate lilac color.The large, frilly blooms are truly eye-catching whenthey contrast to the blue-grey foliage of the plants.Just scatter the seeds of this hardy annual in earlyspring and wait for the colorful blooms. One of themost unique and beautiful poppies you can grow.Pkt (600 seeds) $3.00MISSION BELLS CALIFORNIA POPPY #FL584 (Eschsholzia californica) Lovely semi-double anddouble flowers in shades of yellow, gold, salmon, red,pink and cherry. This annual adds a space of color toany sunny spot! So pretty. Pkt (600 seeds) $2.00MOTHER OF PEARL #FL589(Papaver rhoeas) A lovely mixture of misty and subtleshades. The late Sir Cedric Morris, painter and gar-dener, presumably years ago selected and named Tina James Magic Primrosethis mixture of pale and smoky colors as grey, lilac,mauve, pink, soft orange and white. Various flowershave flecking in the same tones and some delightfulpicotees. This refined mixture has a good balance ofpastel colors. It is one of the most subtle poppy mix-tures to grow in the garden. Easy, direct seeding onalmost any soil, full sun or partial shade. Stunning!Pkt (600 seeds) $3.00ORIENTAL SCARLET #FL580A charming Asian variety, with large, glowing red-or-ange flowers--attractive and old-fashioned. This typeof poppy has been popular in the Orient for centuries.Perennial. Pkt (600 seeds) $2.25 or 1 oz $9.00PURPLE PEONY #FL592(P. somniferum) Large, double poppy flowers are of astunning, bright, grape-purple color. These big beau-ties really make a statement in your cottage garden.The seed pods produce lots of great poppy seeds forbaking. This annual with its big peony-like flowers isamong the most lovely you can grow. Pkt $2.75ROSE PEONY #FL587(Papaver somniferum) Brilliant rose-colored bloomsare among the largest of all poppies. They are doubleand 4-5” across. A unique color in poppies; so prettythat makes this variety’s blooms look like massiverose blossoms. A sturdy annual plant that often self-seeds. Pkt (500 seeds) $2.50PRIMROSETINA JAMES’ MAGIC PRIMROSE #FL605 New!(Oenothera glazioviana) Large, fragrant, soft yellowblooms literally burst open at dusk, revealing, with-in seconds, the large, chaste four-petaled flowers.Named for the garden writer, who hosts “primroseparties” where guests are amazed at the suddennessof the blooms’ opening. Fascinating and worthwhile!Pkt (75 seeds) $3.00 178
  • 179. HENRY WILDE #FL745 SALVIA Annual. (150 seeds per Pkt) The classic-looking heirloom sunflower with pure yel- BLUE MONDAY SAGE #FL700 low petals and dark centers is perfect for using as a cut (Salvia horminum) Wow, these produce long-lasting flower and perfect for planting along a fence or barn. blue flower spikes over a long period! A lovely 2’ plant Pkt $2.00 that is becoming all the rage in cottage gardens. Pkt ITALIAN WHITE #FL723 $2.00 This heirloom produces white and creamy-yellow, 4” PINK SUNDAY SAGE #FL701 flowers with dark chocolate-brown centers and many (Salvia horminum) Lovely, romantic, bright-pink flower blooms. Tiny seed. Pkt $2.25 spikes that shine in any heritage garden! The 2’ plants LEMON QUEEN #FL722 -Our best selling flower!- are covered in pink all summer and are very easy to Beautiful, lemon-yellow blooms with chocolate cen- ters. This one is very unique; tall plants produce many grow. Pkt $2.00 brilliant blooms. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4 lb $15.00 SCABIOSA OR PINCUSHION MAMMOTH GREY STRIPED #FL735 PAPER MOON #FL610 The standard giant variety that produces delicious (Scabiosa stellata) Attractive pale blue flowers are fol- seeds. The 10’ plants produce heads that average 12” lowed by cool, everlasting seed heads that are perfect across. A stately garden plant. Pkt (25 seeds) $1.50 MEXICAN SUNFLOWER - GOLDFINGER #FL746 for dried arrangements. This pest-tolerant, annual plant Lovely soft-orange-colored flowers on a more com- is native to Southern Europe. Pkt (200 seeds) $2.00 pact, yet profusely flowering plant makes this variety SCENTED STOCKS stand out in the crowd. Pkt $2.50 MEXICAN SUNFLOWER - RED TORCH #FL729 Hardy annual. Often self-sows. STARLIGHT SCENTSATION #FL680 (Tithonia rotundifolia) (GOLDEN FLOWER OF THE AZ- TECS) Brilliant, red-orange, 2”- 3” flowers; an excellent (Matthiola longipetala ssp. bicornis) Now you can butterfly plant. These bloom over a very long season, grow this fragrant old-fashioned favorite in a whole and the plants produce masses of blooms. The large 5’ Giant Primrose Sunflower mix of pastel colors. Lovely 18” plants are so beautiful plants are very beautiful. I enjoyed these as I traveled when in bloom. Great for containers on the patio. Pkt along the roadsides in the high mountains in central (250 seeds)$2.00 Mexico. Pkt $2.25 SNAPDRAGON (Antirrhinum majus) MEXICAN SUNFLOWER - YELLOW TORCH #FL747 Here is a yellow version of this most popular plant with BLACK PRINCE #FL621 delightful apricot-yellow flowers that really cast a glow. One of the best, this variety has beautiful dark leaves This plant produces loads of flowers till frost. Superbly and stunning, very dark crimson flowers. This plant is easy to grow. Pkt $2.50 so attractive when planted with light-colored plants. TALL ORANGE SUN #FL825 New! All parts of the plant are poisonous. So pretty! Pkt (600 Clear yellow-orange, six-inch, fully double flowers look seeds) $2.50 for all the world like super-sized chrysanthemums, TALL DELUXE #FL620 perched atop plants reaching 4-5 feet in height. Pkt Beautiful, 30”-36” flower spikes in a brilliant range of $2.50 colors: pink, red, yellow, lavender, and rose shades. Na- TARAHUMARA WHITE SEEDED #FL741 tive to southern Europe. Pkt (800 seeds) $1.75 Grown by the Tarahumara tribe for their mostly white seeds, plants produce beautiful 8”-10” golden yellow STATICE Annual. Occasionally self-sows. flowers on tall plants. We are proud to offer this rare BLUE SEAS #FL662 heirloom that may have originally been brought to (L. perezii) This variety produces large clusters of deep Canada by Russian Mennonite farmers. Pkt $2.75 blue flowers over a long season, perfect for using in TEDDY BEAR #FL724 both dried and fresh flower arrangements. Pkt (150 Beautiful 3”- 6” double, deep yellow blooms. Plants seeds) $1.75 grow to only 18”- 24” tall, and the double blooms are very unique! This is a superb variety. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz STRAWFLOWER $5.00 Annual. Sow where plants are to grow. TIGER EYE MIX #FL743 TALL DOUBLE MIX #FL640 (Helichrysum bracteatum) This mix is a stunning assortment of bronze, red, Teddy Bear Sunflower The popular everlasting flower that is easy and fun to brown and yellow, and many are multicolored with an grow. These come in red, pink, salmon, lemon, white, “eye” look. Medium to large flowers. Many blooms per lilac, and more! Pkt (250 seeds) $1.75 plant make these some of the showiest flowers in the garden. Pkt $2.50 SUNFLOWER Annual. (35 seeds per Pkt) TITAN #FL749 AUTUMN BEAUTY #FL720 Massive, record-setting flower heads have reached a (Helianthus annuus) A beautiful sunflower! Many 6” fantastic 24” across in some areas. One of the largest flowers in brilliant red, gold, yellow, rust, and burgundy. you can grow, it also produces lots of really big seeds. Blooms over a long period. Makes a wonderful display. Fun for the kids and adults as well. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.50 Tall, 7’ plants are a favorite. Pkt $2.00 or 1/4lb $9.00 EVENING SUN #FL733 YARROW This beautiful variety has medium-large blooms in Hardy Perennial. Sow fall or spring. shades of burgundy, rust, bronze, bright yellow, and PARKER’S VARIETY #FL795 (Achillea filipendulina) crimson, with many being bi-colored. The 7’ plants pro- This hardy yarrow has beautiful, feathery gray-green duce many flowers over a long season. This is one of my foliage and lovely flower clusters with many tiny yel- favorite varieties. Gorgeous! Pkt $2.00 low flowers. Makes a beautiful and long-lasting cut GIANT PRIMROSE #FL734 flower. An easy perennial to grow almost anywhere! Tall plants grow 8’ to 12’ and produce multiple blooms Pkt (900 seeds) $1.75 that are a soft, creamy yellow in color with a choco- late center. A striking variety for the garden’s edge. Pkt $2.25 “And the earth brought forth grass, GIANT WHITE-SEEDED #FL744 and herb yielding seed after his kind, This classic giant variety produces large, yellow heads and big, delicious white seeds perfect for roasting. It and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed also grows very tall, 10’-12’! Fun to grow and eat. Pkt was in itself, after his kind: and God (20 seeds) $2.25179 saw that it was good.” -Genesis 1:12 Tiger Eye Sunflower
  • 180. Lemon Queen Sunflower Tall Orange Sun SunflowerRed Torch Mexican Sunflower Janet Scott Sweet Pea Lord Nelson Sweet Pea 180
  • 181. SWEET PEAS (Lathyrus odoratus) We offer a wonderful collection of old heirlooms and many are very fragrant. Plant in early spring, or whenever the weather is cool and moderate. Annual except as noted. Soak seeds 24 hours be- fore planting. Sow in place in early spring into rich, moist soil. Plants thrive in the moderate conditions of spring, and tolerate some low temperatures. In most climates hot summer weather will put a stop to the blooming season. (25 seeds per Pkt) (Warning: The seeds, pods and plants are poisonous!) AZUREUS BLUE #SW160 New! (L. sativus azureus) Brilliant azure-blue flowers about 1 inch across, borne on semi-trailing or bush plants reaching about 2 feet in height. Really distinctive ac- cent or container plant! This Chinese native tolerates heat much better than ordinary sweet peas. Pkt (10 seeds) $2.75 BEAUJOLAIS #SW134 Gorgeous, large, fragrant blossoms are a rich, burgun- dy wine color, truly stunning. Pkt $2.50 BLACK KNIGHT #SW103 Dark purplish-maroon blossoms are nearly black! In- troduced in 1898 by Henry Eckford, a pioneering sweet pea breeder. Very fragrant. Pkt $2.50 BLANCHE FERRY #SW104 Beautiful rose-red blossoms are blushed with white. Very profuse bloomer, sweet fragrance. The oldest American introduction, from 1889, was by D.M. Ferry & Co. and named after his daughter. Pkt $2.50 BLUE REFLECTIONS MIX #SW147 Superb blend of fragrant Reflection sweet peas in all shades of blue and white. Truly a market winner. Bred by Keith Hammelt! Pkt $2.50 BLUE STREAMER #SW161 New! White petals with the merest hint of “blue” flecks, which to me look more like pale lavender. (There is no truly blue shade in domestic sweet peas.) Fragrant Chocolate Streamer Sweet Pea Blue Streamer Sweet Pea enough to please even the color-blind! Pkt $2.75 BLUE VELVET SPENCER #SW162 New! Another old variety, originally found in the legenday garden of the Earl of Spencer. Though it’s called a blue, it’s really a stunning medium purple. Pkt $2.50 BUTTERFLY OLD SPICE #SW105 The Old Spice types carry intense fragrance, and But- terfly is no exception. White blooms are tinged with lavender toward the petals’ edges. Introduced in 1878, by Suttons of England. Pkt $2.50 CAPTAIN OF THE BLUES #SW130 Introduced in England by breeder Henry Eckford in 1889. Beautiful bluish-lavender flowers. Fragrant. Pkt $2.50 CHOCOLATE STREAMER #SW150 New! Gorgeous, chocolate-speckled blossoms are fragrant. Rare and unusual. These will steal the show in your home- or market garden. Pkt $3.00 CUPANI ORIGINAL #SW131 The original strain of sweet pea, sent to England in 1699 by Franciscus Cupani, a Sicilian monk. Colorful burgundy and purple bi-color blossoms with a very strong fragrance. Pkt $2.50 DOLLY VARDEN #SW109 Lovely lavender-white heirloom with wonderful fra- grance, 1898. Pkt $2.50 DOROTHY ECKFORD #SW132 A wonderful variety that is fragrant and pure white. In 1901 Henry Eckford introduced this variety, naming it after his granddaughter. Pkt $2.50 DWARF VILLA ROMA WHITE/ROSE #SW163 New! Bush habit, unusual for sweet peas. White petals blushed with rose toward the edges. Perfect for pots or borders. Pkt $2.50 FLORA NORTON #SW111 Lovely clear-light-blue flowers, that have a powerful fragrance. Introduced by Morse-Vaughan in 1904. De-181 lightful. Pkt $2.50 Old Spice Mix Sweet Pea Azureus Blue Sweet Pea
  • 182. HENRY ECKFORD #SW158Named after Mr. Eckford himself. The vines produceloads of spectacular bright orange flowers! One of themost beautiful we sell. Pkt $2.50JANET SCOTT #SW114Lovely, baby pink blossoms are highly perfumed andare quite beautiful. This old variety was introduced in1933. Pkt $2.50KING EDWARD VII #SW157Brilliant crimson sweet peas are very fragrant and col-orful! Plants produce abundantly. A superb heirloombred by Henry Eckford in 1903. Pkt $2.50LORD NELSON #SW117Beautiful navy blue flowers are quite stunning! Extra fra-grant too. This heirloom was introduced from Englandin 1907. Pkt $2.50LATE SPENCER CHOICE MIX #SW133The mix includes selections from the entire range ofthe Spencer types: pure white, dainty bicolor pinksand salmons, scarlet, burgundy and midnight purple.The Spencers were among the earliest large-floweredtypes; all are heavily ruffled; fine for cutting. They tendto carry a moderate fragrance. Pkt $2.50 or 1 oz $6.50MELODY MIX #SW154A new series of sweet peas bred in Australia by KeithHammelt. Gorgeous bi-colors that are perfect for your Butterfly Sweet Peaflower sales! Truly stunning. All seven stupendous bi-colors are in this mix, and these fragrant flowers aresure to please! Pkt $2.50MISS WILLMOTT #SW118An English heirloom from 1901. She is one striking Irish Poet Tassel Flowersweet pea! Blossoms are a delightful salmon-pink. Areal show stopper. Superb. Pkt $2.50OLD SPICE MIX #SW122A gorgeous and fragrant mix of the finest sweet peas.Selected from varieties dating 1901-1907, has manybrilliant shades of colors. Great heat resistance. Mod-ern varieties are just not the same. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz$6.50PAINTED LADY #SW135One of the most fragrant sweet peas, the flowers are strik-ing bi-colored deep pink and white. This variety is quiteold, dating to the 1730’s. It is becoming very popular withseed savers and is a very good producer of flowers withrich, old-time sweet scent. Pkt $2.50PERENNIAL SWEET PEA MIX #SW156Hardy Perennial. Sow in place fall or spring. (L. lati-folius) Here is the wild sweet pea that comes in pink,red and white. Long blooming vines are very droughtand winter hardy. Slow to germinate; soak 24 hoursbefore planting in early spring. Beautiful clusters ofblooms but are not fragrant like annual sweet peas.Pkt $2.50 Blanche Ferry Sweet PeaPRINCE OF ORANGE SPENCER #SW164 New!Late-flowering “multiflora” type, producing large, ma-ny-flowered trusses. This one is pure, clear orange, hav- Miss Willmotting flowers of excellent substance. Pkt $2.50ROSE PINK MAMMOTH #SW165 New!Very large, mildly fragrant blooms on long stems, butwith a difference: these are shaded white towards thecenter of each precious, deeply ruffled bloom. Pkt$2.50ROYAL FAMILY MIX #SW155A standard old selection; needs to be grown in coolspring weather. The flowers are very large and solidcolored. Sweet fragrance and very beautiful. Manystunning colors. Pkt $2.50SCARLET MAMMOTH #SW167 New!Extravagant, large-flowered type in rich, true scar-let. Extra long stems make it superior for cutting. Notstrongly fragrant. Pkt $2.50“He that does good for good’s sakeseeks neither paradise nor reward,but he is sure of both in the end.” -William Penn Black Knight Sweet Pea Canary Bird 182
  • 183. TASSEL FLOWER IRISH POET #FL790 (Emilia javanica) Beautiful bright orange variety for naturalistic gardens. This annual has long stems and small, bright orange flowers in clusters. These flowers were once described as the windswept hair of an Irish poet. Suitable as a specialty cut flower, it is a colorful filler for summer bouquets. Grow in full sun in a soil with good drainage. Tassel Flower was introduced to England from Asia in 1799 and was also known as “Flo- ra’s Paintbrush” in Victorian times. Pkt (150 seeds) $2.50 ZINNIAS (100 seeds per pkt) Introduced from Mexico in 1800 and have been very popular ever since. They have huge flowers in many striking colors and are so easy to grow. BONBON MIX #FL827 New Dahlia-flowered variety in a range of zinnia colors. The petals are exquisitely colored, often having two colors running the length of each petal. Height is about 30 inches. Great for cutting or for a veritable splash of color right in the garden. Pkt $2.50 BRIGHT JEWELS CACTUS FLOWERED #FL807 Unique flowers have pointed petals. Large and at- tractive, these come in many colors; really popular in the 1950s. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $6.00 BURPEE ROSE GIANT CACTUS #FL812 Lovely, big blooms in shades of rose to “bubble gum” pink; they have the unique pointed “cactus” type pet- als that make giant zinnias so unusual! Easy to grow and perfect for stunning bouquets. A hard to find va- riety that was introduced by Burpee’s. Pkt $2.00 CANARY BIRD #FL805 Large dahlia-type blooms are a beautiful yellow, 4”- 5” across. Great cut flowers for home or farm mar- kets; an old favorite. Pkt $1.75 or 1 oz $6.00 DREAM #FL814 Dreamy looking, lavender-rose blooms are good sized Sasha in the Bright Jewels Cactus Zinnia Patch and add a wonderful effect to the garden. Provides great color all summer and into the fall. Pkt $1.50 ENVY #FL800 Exciting chartreuse-green blooms that are very unique. The beautiful flowers are 3” across. A wonderful variety that is a very popular color for marketing. These always are a favorite here! Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $8.00 GIANTS OF CALIFORNIA #FL801 Very large, 4”- 5” double flowers. This California heir- loom dates back to 1919. The plants bloom all sea- son and make superb cut flowers. This mix contains cherry, orange, pink, purple, scarlet, yellow, and white. Pkt $2.00 or 1 oz $5.00 ILLUMINATION #FL808 A lovely Dahlia-type zinnia with large, double blooms that are a blushing, soft rose color. Great cut flowers. Pkt $1.75 Burpee Rose Giant Cactus LAVENDER QUEEN #FL809 Very large blooms are a lovely lavender color. This is an attractive “California Giant” type; causes a sensa- tion when planted in large groups. Pkt $2.00 LILLIPUT MIX #FL803 Cute 1 1/2” beehive-shaped double flowers, in colors of white, yellow, pink, scarlet, purple, orange, and more. This mix is blended by formula. Plants grow 18” tall. Lovely! Pkt $1.75 or 1 oz $6.00 METEOR #FL817 The big, bright red zinnia—truly majestic—grows up to 5” across, being double and rich red in color. This giant beauty is hard to beat and great as a cut flower. Pkt $2.00