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New Varieties for 2004 (page 2 of 2)

by Charlie Nardozzi

New Vegetables:

New Vegetables:
'Amy' melon

'Romano Gold' bush bean. Dwarf bushy plants produce thick, light yellow, flat pods on disease-resistant plants. More productive than other wax Romano types. (Stokes Seeds)

'Citrus' cauliflower. This early-bearing hybrid produces orange heads that turn even brighter when cooked. (Johnny's Selected Seeds)

'Graffiti' cauliflower. This hybrid produces purple heads that turn bluish-purple when cooked. Best sown for a fall harvest. (Johnny's Selected Seeds)

'Japanese Climbing' cucumber. First introduced to America in 1892, this heirloom has vigorous, clasping tendrils that easily grow up trellises and fences. The 8-inch-long, light green fruits can be used for pickling or eating fresh. (Seed Savers Exchange)

'Bistro' mache. This unique, mild flavored, dark green, European salad green has a nutty flavor and tender texture. It's best picked when 5 to 7 inches tall and used in salads or steamed. (Nichols Garden Seeds)

Amy' hybrid melon. An All-America Selections, 3-pound, casaba melon, 'Amy' features smooth, yellow skin, and firm, sweet, white flesh. (Stokes, Park Seed)

'Tom Thumb' pea. This heirloom is one of the best dwarf shelling peas for container culture. The 1- to 2-foot-tall bushes are tolerant of temperatures down to 20 degrees F. They make great deck plants or can even be used as an indoor centerpiece. (Seed Savers Exchange)

'Orange Thai' hot pepper. A great addition to your hot pepper medley, these bushy plants produce 2-inch-long, tasty and attractive chili peppers that start green and turn orange. (Seed Savers Exchange)

'Topepo Rosso' pepper. 'Topepo Rosso' looks like a small beefsteak tomato, but it's actually a thick-walled, sweet pepper. Compact plants produce an abundance of fruits that start green and turn red. They can be used fresh, for stuffing, or for pickling. (Nichols Garden Seeds)

Strawberry spinach. Compact plants produce triangular, tooth-shaped, lamb's quarter-like leaves that are great in salads or steamed. Also, edible, mulberry-like fruits are produced along the stems. (Seed Savers Exchange)

'Success' summer squash. This new, straight-neck summer squash is a boon for organic gardeners since it has strong powdery mildew resistance along with a buttery flavor. (Territorial Seeds)

'Sunny Delight' summer squash. This yellow, patty-pan summer squash produces successive flushes of squash that are blemish-free. It has good tolerance to virus diseases. (Nichols Garden Seeds)

Sunshine' winter squash. This amber, cup-type winter squash features bright orange skin and orange, sweet, nutty, creamy, string-less flesh. This 2004 All-America Selections winner also stores well. (Stokes Seeds, Park Seed, Nichols Garden Seeds)

'Glory' tomato. This unique hybrid is a cross between two heirlooms, producing 11-ounce, soft, sweet, meaty, red fruits on indeterminate vines. (Park Seed, Nichols Garden Seeds)

'Pink Accordion' tomato. This heirloom features 4- to 5-inch-diameter, pink fruits with deep scalloping like an accordion. 'Pink Accordion' is indeterminate with sweet, meaty, low-acid flavor. (Territorial Seed Company)

'Plum Crimson' tomato. This extra-large, saladette-type tomato features dark red fruits on determinate plants. The fruits are high in cancer-fighting lycopene. (Stokes Seeds)

'Purple Russian' tomato. This indeterminate heirloom from the Ukraine features plum-shaped, purple, 6-ounce fruits. The plants have good cold tolerance, and the fruits don't crack or have green shoulders. (Seed Savers Exchange)

'Extazy' watermelon. 'Extazy' is a 4- to 5-pound watermelon that's just the right size for two people for dessert. It's seedless and is adapted across the country. (Stokes Seeds)

'Sweet Beauty' watermelon. An All-America Selections winner for 2004, this bowling-ball-shaped, red watermelon weighs just 6 to 7 pounds and matures earlier than most. (Park Seed)

Burpee Seed Company (www.burpee.com)

Park Seed Company (www.parkseed.com)

Johnny's Selected Seeds (www.johnnyseeds.com)

Stokes Seeds (www.stokesseed.com)

Territorial Seed Company (www.territorialseed.com)

Nichols Garden Nursery (www.nicholsgardennursery.com)

Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org)

Thompson & Morgan (www.thompsonandmorgan.com)

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