Favorite Fruit and Vegetable Seed Varieties

Lemon Cucumber

On WMUR's Grow it Green, Mary Tebo Davis shared her favorite seed varieties and asked that viewers share theirs too. She also asked around the office and people where happy to offer up the seeds that they think standout among the rest.   

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THE FAVORITES

Submitted on January 19, 2019 - Roberta Smith, Croydon NH

  • Sweet 100 tomatoes. - so many...enough to share...and so yummy .

From Mary Tebo Davis:

  • Tomato: "Sweet Tangerine" - Large sweet tomato with lower acidity; flavor similar to brandy wine, but more dissase resistant.
  • Winter Squash: "Sunshine/Amber Cup" - Smooth and very sweet, sweeter than butternut. People in my family who typically don’t like squash really like this one. Great winter keeper, too. 
  • Beans, Green Flat Pod: "Italian flat bush" and "Jumbo" - These have great flavor and if you don’t get to pickling, they are still delicious even when big!
  • Red Raspberry: "Encore" - Large berry, very sweet and almost thornless.
  • Black Raspberry: "Jewel" - The flavor is great. They usually don’t make it into the house!
  • Pepper: "Shishito" - Mild pepper from Japan that can be eaten green or red (deeper flavor if ripened to red). Has a long season and does well in cooler climates. Has a thin skin, so it can be seared quickly in a pan. Approximately 1 in 10 have a little heat, so it's fun include in a meal with family or friends and see who gets what!

From Margaret and Karl Hagen:

  • Pepper: "Shishito" - Mild pepper from Japan that can be eaten green or red (deeper flavor if ripened to red). Has a long season and does well in cooler climates. Has a thin skin, so it can be seared quickly in a pan. Approximately 1 in 10 have a little heat, so it's fun include in a meal with family or friends and see who gets what!
  • Tomato: "Berkeley" Tie Die -  Medium sized slicer (4 inches across) that is both flavorful and meaty. Great for BLTs. Heirloom.
  • Tomatillo: "Purple" - More prolific than green tomatillos. Tomatillos aren't good pollinators, so plant in a group or cluster for best results. Great for green sauce for Mexican dishes.
  • Snow Peas: "Oregon" Giant - Large size, very sweet flavor. 

From Emma Erler:

  • Beans, Pole: "Red noodle" - Beautiful, long burgundy-colored sweet beans.
  • Tomato: "Indigo Rose" - Great flavor and unusual color: a true black/purple.
  • Tomato: "Purple bumble bee"  -  Salad tomato with incredible flavor.
  • Cucumber: "Lemon" - A classic heirloom.
  • Summer Squash: "Magda" - Light green; has a great sweet taste when harvested young.
  • Beans, Flat Pod: "Dragon's Tongue" - Yellow with purple streaks. Can be eaten fresh or used as a shelling bean.

From George Hamilton:

  • Grapes: "Somerset Seedless" - A sweet, wonderful red table grape.
  • Grapes: "Vanessa" - A sweet, wonderful red table grape.

From Jonathan Ebba:

  • Corn, Field Corn: "Oaxacan Green" - Ancient drying corn with dented green kernals of all shades, traditionally used for green tortillas. It also makes an excellent green corn bread! Also used ornamentally.
     
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