Updated on March 23, 2017

2017 EGGPLANT, PEPPER,
GARDEN HUCKLEBERRY, JALTOMATO,
NARANJILLA AND GROUND CHERRY
(Nightshade Family)

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2017 EGGPLANT

(22 varieties to choose from)

Eggplant culture:  Culture is similar to tomato, though we start them inside about April 1. Set out plants 1 foot apart. Watch for flea beetles, which are the biggest pests. Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite food! Everyone should try some eggplant this year. Seed packets contain around 50 seeds. Enjoy the abundance we were provided.

Applegreen:  65 days.  A nice flavored, round eggplant. Apple green colored skin. Tasty and easy to slice. Nice dwarf plants are very productive. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Bhaghatt's Green:  85 days.  A late season, long skinny pale green variety from India. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Casper:  75 days.  8 to 10 inches long, 2 to 3 inches in diameter, white skin. Pkt $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Chinese White Sword:  65 days.  Long, skinny, very straight, white fruits. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Cookstown Orange:  69 days.  Beautiful, ornamental. A different species than common eggplant. Fruits are medium tomato size and shape. Fruit color is a bright, scarlet red/orange with faint stripes. Rather bitter fleshed, but a gorgeous ornamental. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Diamond:  72 days.  Russian variety that is a super heavy producer of fat 6 to 8 inch long slicer type eggplant. A superb type. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Early Black Egg:  63 days.  Small, nearly round, deep purple fruits. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Fenyuan Purple:  80 days.  Long, skinny with purple skin. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Jade Sweet:  77 days.  Blocky shape, lime green skin. Fruits can get large and still maintain quality. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Long Green:  75 days.  Very productive, long slender, pale green fruits. Pkt. $1.00 Certified Organic Seed

Morden Midget:  70 days.  Nice sized fruit of deep purple color. Early and productive. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Pingtung Long:  75 days.  Long, purple fruit, sweet and tender. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Red China:  50 days.  Different species than regular eggplant. Looks very similar to a red to orange colored "Jack-Be-Little" pumpkin. Extremely productive. Attractive, spiny plants. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Rosa Bianca:  90 days.  Light pinkish-lavender fruits, 4 to 6 inches round. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Rosita:  78 days.  Rose-lavender skin, 6 to 8 inches long, heirloom from Puerto Rico. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Thai Green:  75 days.  Short plants, light green, 8 to 12 inch long fruit. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Thai Round Green:  80 days.  Small, round, globe-shaped, apple green fruits with whitish streaks. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Thai White Ribbed:  80 days.  Hand sized, ribby, white skinned fruits. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Udmalbet:  51 days.  Fist sized. Starts out greenish with purple streaks, then turns a deep golden color with purple streaks. Very attractive and productive. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Ukrainian Beauty:  75 days.  A superb selection of large, blocky, dark purple fruits with a slight green cast. Excellent yields and superb growth habit. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Violette Pale De Florence:  70 days.  Violet pale purple with whitish streaks at the ridges. Fruits can get large. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Waimanalo Long:  85 days.  Very, slender, snake-shaped, dark long purple fruit. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

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2017 PEPPER

(99 varieties to choose from)

Pepper culture:  Plant culture is similar to eggplant. Packets will contain 35 to 50 seeds (unless otherwise noted). Set out transplants about 1 foot apart in rows 3 feet apart.

2017 SWEET BELL OR SEMI-BELL TYPES

Albino:  65 days.  Large bull nosed, heavy cream colored pepper. High Yield but very low seed production. (20 seeds/Pkt.) Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Ampuis:  60 days.  Very early to turn red, thin walled, squatty and ribbed pepper, small to medium size, very prolific. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Carmagnota Rosa:  85 days.  Large red bell, thick walled. (25 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 pkt.)

Chinese Giant:  85 days.  Introduced in 1900. Very large, dark green turning red. Pkt. $2.50

Chocolate Miniature:  80 days.  A striking deep chocolate miniature bell pepper, superb candidate for making hors d'oeurvres. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Earlired:  70 days (to red stage).  Small plants produce a good quantity of elongated bell shaped peppers that are quick to turn red. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Early Niagara Giant:  64 days.  A nice, early selection of a green bell. Fruits will turn red in about 95 days. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Etiuda:  80 days.  Blocky, thick walled, bell. Orange when mature. Gets large and is an heirloom from Poland. Pkt. $2.50

Frank's:  56 days.  Our most productive pepper ever. Plants are very compact with a solid pack of fruits. Good for fresh use or for cooking. Turn red quickly. Fruits are a medium size, elongated bell shape. Very sweet flavor. We beat the rabbits and got a good seed supply. Pkt. (25 seeds) $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Georgescu Chocolate:  80 days.  A Romanian, oblong, sweet pepper that turns chocolate when ripe, very productive. A suitable alternative for Sweet Chocolate. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Hercules Yellow Golden:  80 days.  Huge green (turning deep gold) bell type pepper. Sweetest flavor in the gold stage. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

King of the North:  65 days.  Plants produce huge, thick walled, super tasty fruits in large numbers when properly cared for. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Large Yellow:  78 days.  Sent to us in a large collection of other seeds, a very thick walled sweet bright yellow bell of large size. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

La Rouge Royale:  85 days.  A late season, elongated, bell type. Fruits ripen to a scarlet red and average well over 1 pound each. (20 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Little Bells:  A red, slightly elongated bell shaped sweet pepper. This pepper has excellent production in cool climate or short season areas. Medium thick walls hold up well for stuffing, seasoning, and salads. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed (OSSI pledged variety developed by Frank Morton.)

Montana Wonder:  56 days (to green) and 68 days (to red).  Small plants and small bell that turns red quickly. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2016)

Napolean Sweet:  77 days.  First offered in 1923, a nice, sweet, green bell pepper. (25 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Nick's Thin Skin:  56 days.  Almost identical to Frank's and since both are of Italian origin, they could well be the same. (25 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Orange Bell:  80 days.  Beautiful, deep orange fruit. Fruit is large and very flavorful. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Orange Sun:  80 days.  4 inch long, 3 to 4 lobed, green ripening orange bell pepper. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Ozark Giant:  75 days.  Very large, long, smooth, thick fleshed fruits, shiny, dark green. (20 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Permagreen:  79 days.  An introduction of Dr. Meader that stays a deep, black/green without ever turning red. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Purple Beauty:  74 days.  A beautiful, deep purple, blocky bell pepper. Turns a deep wine red when ripe. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Red Miniature:  85 days.  Small, red bell, suitable for use on an hors d'oeuvre plate. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Soroksari:  80 days.  An Italian variety that produces well. Large numbers of large, pale yellow bell peppers that turn orangish and then a pale orange/red. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Staddons Select:  70 days.  Very nice compact plants with medium sized deep green bell peppers that turn red. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Sweet Chocolate:  85 days.  My favorite pepper. Very mild and sweet. A beautiful chocolate color. Pkt. $2.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Wisconsin Lakes:  84 days (to red).  No real points on the bell. Smooth, blocky, medium sized bell-shaped pepper. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Yankee Bell:  80 days.  A nice uniform green bell pepper. Not very early to turn red but good yields with very thick walls. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Yellow Miniature:  70 days.  Early maturing, miniature, yellow bell type pepper. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Yolo Wonder:  75 days.  Midseason medium green bell pepper on large plants. Pkt. $1.50

2017 SWEET NON-BELL TYPES

This group is still not hot, but in some cases a bit stronger pepper flavored. We find many of these to be excellent for cooking as the strong pepper taste mellows with cooking.

Aconcagua:  75 days.  Superb, large Cubanelle shaped pepper. Fruits get large and start out yellow green turning to red. Peppers are very mild, large size is dependent upon good soil fertility and adequate spacing of plants. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Cubanelle:  65 days.  I've grown this for years for the farmers' market. It always produces huge crops of yellow-green, oblong peppers. Flavor raw is not superbly sweet, but cooked in stir fries it is mild and sweet. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Giant Marconi:  85 days.  Tall plants with very large peppers, sweet and elongated in shape. Green turning red. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Kapiya:  75 days.  Mild, red, long, top shaped, very fleshy pepper. Typical Bulgarian variety. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Knaz:  65 days.  Compact plants, variety obtained from Kurt Wold in Alaska where it produces well. Does well here in Iowa with lots of pale colored peppers of good flavor. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Lipstick:  65 days.  Long, cone shaped, dark green fruits ripening to red. Thick, juicy flesh. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Mt. Etna:  75 days.  Shorter, compact plants with medium sized, fatter, elongated, pointed sweet peppers with rather thick walls. I bred this one for a sweet, blocky, Italian type pepper. A 2014 Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed (OSSI pledged variety)

Odessa Market:  77 days.  Lime green, ripening orange and then red. Very sweet, thick-walled, 4 to 6 inches long, top-shaped pepper. Thanks to John Trumpeter of Clinton, Iowa for getting us the start for this one. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Pointy Kaibi #1:  70 days.  Sent to us by Micki Taylor of Kansas, originally a variety from the UK. Very early compact plant with semi-bell shaped green rapidly turning red peppers. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Purple Marconi:  85 days.  Nice large carrot shaped peppers that are a bright deep purple turning a deep red on ripeness. More of a strong pepper taste, not sweet. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Sirenevyi:  75 days.  A superb sweet, non-bell pepper that is very early and high yielding. Starts out a bright purple and eventually turns a deep purple/red. Very thick walled and very mild and sweet. Donated to us by Kurt Wold of Alaska. (20 seeds/Pkt.) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Toyozhini:  65 days.  Another early type from Kurt Wold of Alaska. Sweet pale green non-bell peppers on compact plants. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

2017 SWEET PAPRIKA TYPES

This group is really mild flavored and has very dry flesh that dries easily to then be ground into the seasoning paprika.

Gozogled:  80 days.  Small to medium size pointy pepper. Ripens to a nice red, heavy yields. An heirloom from Bulgaria. A very good, mild paprika type, shorter and fatter than Hungarian Paprika, excellent for drying for paprika. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Hungarian Paprika:  77 days.  Not for eating fresh, but once it turns red, the fruits are a dry, almost leathery texture. When dried and ground will make an excellent paprika. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

2017 SWEET ITALIAN FRYING TYPES

My favorite group for eating. They are sweet with no pepper aftertaste. While they are called frying peppers, they are excellent eaten fresh off the plant with a delightful fresh taste.

Gatherer's Gold:  85 days.  Very thick walled large fruits maturing to a pretty shade of orange. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Giant of Italy:  80 days.  I am very fond of the flavor and yields of the Italian type peppers. The only problem is with the sandy soil we have and with all of the wrinkly skin they have, they tend to collect particles of sand from the soil. This is especially in years when we have to irrigate by sprinkler. It appears to splash the sand up into the plant more than rain and this means a lot of washing or you get a gritty pepper. I have attempted to keep the yield and flavor and selected for more smooth skinned variety. A 2014 Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed (OSSI pledged variety)

Italian Frying:  50 days.  Very early, long, shiny pepper that resembles a hot pepper, but is very sweet. Turns red as it matures. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Jimmy Nardello (Organic Seed):  60 days.  A large, nice, very productive sweet frying pepper. Thanks to Kim Mullen for getting us a start of this great pepper. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed (Please specify Organic seed.)

Jimmy Nardello (Non-organic):  60 days.  Non-certified seed grown by Kurt Burroughs. No chemicals used. Pkt. $1.75

Lemme's Italian:  71 days.  Italian frying pepper, fatter and shorter in size than Italian Frying and Jimmy Nardello, excellent eaten fresh. Pkt $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Lombardo:  80 days.  A thinner, very productive type that starts out yellow/green and ripens red. As sweet and tasty as the others, but thinner, wrinkly fruits. Pkt. $2.75 Certified Organic Seed

Stocky Red Roaster:  80 days.  A sweet cone shaped red pepper, 5 to 7 inches long with excellent production and good tolerance of cool spring temperatures. This is a very good pepper for kitchen food seasoning and for grilling or roasting. Pkt. $2.00 OSSI pledged variety developed by Frank Morton.

2017 SWEET PIMENTO TYPES

This group is best used to make preserved peppers. They, of course, can also be eaten fresh and have very thick flesh.

Alma Paprika:  75 days.  Thick walled sweet cheese, box shaped fruit. They start out cream color and turn to red. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Bulgarian Red Pimento:  75 days.  Very hard, thick flesh, red pimento, some come out top shaped. A hot type, not scorching but spicy. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Gambro:  80 days.  Red, pimento type, sweet and meaty. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Ruffled Red Pimento:  80 days.  Nice, thick fleshed pimento. Fruits tend to be predominantly top shaped. Some get elongated. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Tangerine Pimento:  83 days.  Flattened, orange flesh, pimento type. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Topepo Rosa:  80 days.  Nice thick walled red pimento. One of the best producers we had in 2016. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

2017 SWEET PICKLING OR SNACKING PEPPERS

This group just doesn't fit any other group. Many of them make great pickled peppers or are great fresh for salad garnish.

Golden Greek:  75 days.  2 to 3 inch elongated thumb sized peppers. Used for making pickled peppers. Not overly sweet (but not hot), good pepper flavor. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Little Dickens:  80 days.  Beautiful dwarf plants with orange red, finger sized peppers pointing upward. Very decorative. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Sweet Pickle:  85 days.  Very colorful pepper about thumb sized. Very productive colors start pale yellow and progress to bright orange. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Tequila Sunrise:  75 days.  Ripens from green to orange, about 5 to 6 inches long, carrot shaped, distinct sharp flavor. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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2017 HOT PEPPERS

Aci Sivri:  80 days.  Turkish Heirloom - Tall plants produce 7 to 10 inch long, thin green (turning red) peppers. Variable heat. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Aji Amarillo:  85 days.  Very productive plants with 3 to 4 inch bright, lemon yellow pointed peppers of medium heat. Distinctive flavored pepper that is very common in Peru. I noticed as the fruits are mature the end of the pepper has an almost citrus taste until you hit the seeds and then wow the heat kicks in. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Aji Colorado:  83 days.  Very productive, bushy plants that produce many green turning scarlet red 3 to 4 inch pointed peppers of medium heat. A common pepper in Peruvian cooking. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Anaheim Mild:  80 days.  Large tall plants with large mild peppers that have just enough zip to make them very flavorful. Remove the seeds and they are superb for Chile Rellenos Pkt. 1.50

Ancho:  92 days.  Deep green, semi-bell shaped, hot. Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed

Bhut Jolokia:  85 days.  Named hottest pepper. Orange red peppers get 2.5 inches long. Use extreme care in usage. Pkt. $2.00

Bolivian Rainbow:  85 days.  Gorgeous plants with purple turning to yellow to orange to red fruits that look like miniature teardrops, very prolific. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Bulgarian Carrot:  65 days.  Bright orange, thin walled, clusters of orange colored carrot shaped fruits, hot. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Bulgarian Spice:  80 days.  Short, stocky red peppers of moderate heat. Plants are heavy producers. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Bulgarian Top:  75 days.  Variable in shape, but predominantly red top shaped, mildly hot. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Bulgarian Wax:  75 days.  Yellow to orange (then red), very large banana shaped pepper, medium hot. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Carlo Putini:  80 days.  Italian heirloom, thick walled, blocky, cayenne, turns green to red. Very high yields. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Cayenne Large Red Thick:  75 days.  Very productive, ornamental and functional. 4 to 5 inches long, thin pepper that ripens red. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Chapeau de Frade:  100 days.  Late, but beautiful. True bell-shaped hot pepper. These are bell shaped - not like a bell pepper. Plants can get 6 to 7 feet tall and are loaded with red bell shaped peppers. Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Chili Rayado:  85 days.  Hot chili type with sort of a Jalapeno shape. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Christmas Variegated:  90 days.  An ornamental, yet very hot pepper. Compact plants are loaded with 2 inch thin, spicy, hot green turing red fruits. Many hundred peppers per plant. Please use care when harvesting these as they are very hot. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Czech Black:  90 days.  A little wider than a Jalapeno. Otherwise about the same size. 2 to 3 foot tall plants, fruit is deep purple and ripens to a garnet red. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Doug's:  100 days.  Rather late, heavy yields of green peppers turning red as they ripen, 3 to 4 inches long, EXTREMELY HOT, rather unusual shape. Pkt. (15 seeds) $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Golden Cayenne:  65 days.  Extremely high yields of bright yellow, 4 to 6 inch, thin peppers. Very hot and decorative. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Habanero:  105 days.  Very late and VERY HOT. Beautiful little crumpled looking fruits turning from green to yellow to orange. Pkt. $1.75

Hungarian Hot Wax:  70 days.  Super heavy yields of banana yellow peppers, turning red at maturity. Moderately hot. Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed

Jalapeno:  85 days.  Fairly tall plants produce an abundance of dark green hot peppers. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Mexican Chili Bell:  80 days.  Bell to semi-bell miniature hot peppers. Look basically like Red, Chocolate, and Yellow Miniature only deep green ripening to a deeper red with a very hot taste. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Negro Chili:  77 days.  Deep, dark red, thick fleshed, Cayenne-type. Huge yields. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Orange Thai:  90 days.  Similar to Thai Hot, but fruits are longer, tend to be more downward pointing and less plentiful and a nice shade of orange. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Punjab Lal:  85 days.  A tiny, pointed, red hot pepper from Taiwan. EXTREMELY HOT and very productive. Pkt. $2.25 Certified Organic Seed

Purple:  90 days.  A very ornamental pepper that has purplish plants and colorful flowers with large acorn sized deep purple peppers with lots of heat. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Purple Cayenne:  80 days.  Somewhat variable in shape. Peppers start out a beautiful purple and eventually turn red. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Tennessee Spice:  82 days.  Very similar to a Tobasco in shape and size. About the length of a little finger. Very pointed and red in color. Very hot. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Thai Hot:  90 days.  Unbearable hot, plants get bushel basket size and are loaded with many small (less than 1 inch size) slim peppers that start green and turn red. It takes a long season to get red. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Trinidad Scorpion Moruga:  85 days.  Super hot, scorpion type chili. Set the record for heat. Be very careful when handling these. (20 seeds/pkt.) Pkt. $3.00 (Limit 1 Pkt.) (SOLD OUT FOR REMAINDER OF 2017)

Volcano:  70 days.  Larger version of Hungarian Hot Wax, greenish yellow turning red. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

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2017 SEASONING PEPPERS

We have broken these out of the main group of hot peppers as they are not incredibly hot and, when used in cooking, tend to add a bit of zip that is not horribly hot.

Golden Ancho:  80 days.  (Seasoning Pepper) A pale yellow Pablano type that ripens to red, mildly hot (not scorching) and a good one for cooking. I selected this one for mildness and color. A 2014 Sand Hill Preservation Center introduction. Pkt. $3.00 (15 seeds) (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed (SOLD OUT FOR REMAINDER OF 2017)

Guajillo:  83 days.  An excellent mild chili that is thick walled, green turning red, stays well. This was sent to us by our friend Sonny Gogel from Missouri. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Tobago Seasoning:  85 days.  Strong pepper taste, hot near the seeds, flesh is not hot but is spicy. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Trinidad Perfume:  90 days.  Hot only near the seeds, otherwise strong pepper taste. Green, turning to yellow and then to a bright red. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Trinidad Seasoning:  85 days.  Strong pepper taste, mildly hot near seeds. Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Zavory:  90 days.  Thick foliage and robust plants produce many balloon teardrop shaped habanero looking fruits. Mild yet spicey. Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

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2017 GARDEN HUCKLEBERRY

Following is the recipe for processing Chichiquelite and Garden Huckleberry into a delicious edible form

Garden Huckleberry Recipe:  Place 8 cups of berries in a non-aluminum one gallon size pan and add enough water to not quite cover the fruit. As they begin to boil add a total of 1/3 cup of baking soda (a little at a time) and stir continuously. As you add baking soda, green foam will appear. Be sure to watch this carefully as it will foam up quite a bit. After adding the baking soda, cook for 10 minutes at a low boil. The mixture will continue to foam quite a bit as the berries are cooking. After they have cooked for 10 minutes, drain this solution off and rinse with clean water. The berries will still be somewhat hard. Next return the pan of berries to the stove, add 1/3 cup water and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Watch with amazement as the mixture changes from emerald green to a royal purple color. Cook an additional 35 minutes until the berries are tender and then add 2 3/4 cups sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon extract, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 cup tapioca. Pour the above mixture into two 8 inch unbaked pie shells, then add a top crust or lattice and bake as you would a blueberry pie. You can also omit the tapioca and just eat the sauce or use it as an ice cream topping.

Chichiquelite (Solanum nigrum):  70 days.  Small berries, resemble nightshade except extremely productive. Prepare for use the same way as Garden Huckleberry (same recipe works for both). Pkt. $2.00 Certified Organic Seed

Garden Huckleberry (Solanum melanocerasum):  90 days.  A superb dessert plant when properly prepared. I tried growing this for years and wasted pounds of sugar before discovering the secret to edibility. The plants make a beautiful decoration in the garden as they become heavily laden with fruit as the season progresses. (50 Seeds/Pkt.) Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed


2017 JALTOMATO

Jaltomato(Jaltomato sp.):  80 days.  Native to Central America. Only use completely ripe berries as the green berries are poisonous (as well as the rest of the plant). Best cooked and sweetened. Set out transplants about 1 foot apart. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)


2017 NARANJILLA

Naranjilla (Solanum quitoense):  A unique plant that will become a permanent part of our greenhouse. A tomato relative that is from Latin America. Fruits resemble little oranges on a huge (to 6 foot tall) eggplant-looking plant. Very long season, so I recommend growing it in a large pot and move indoors in the Fall to ripen. Plant is very ornamental. Fruit has a refreshing taste. Eat when fruit is very soft to the touch. Hopefully back in 2017. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)


2017 GROUND CHERRY

Set out the transplants about 1 foot apart. (25 to 50 seeds/Pkt.)

Aunt Molly's:  85 days.  Best ground cherry we have ever grown. Resists husk worms better. Sweet, tasty fruits. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed

Pineapple:  80 days.  Superb pineapple flavor. Pkt. $2.00

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