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Better Performing New Veggies (page 3 of 4)

by Charlie Nardozzi

Improved Yield and Fruit Size

Sometimes bigger is better, and more is what you want. These varieties are known for large fruits and big yields.

Bean, Bush

'Blue Lagoon' (60 days). All the pods on this dark green, high-yielding bush bean mature at once. It is great for freezing and canning.

Lettuce, Leaf

'Mighty Red Oak' (50 days). This lettuce touts larger (16-inch) heads than 'Oak Leaf', and the leaves have a beautiful red tinge.

Melon

'Golden Jenny' (85 days). A more vigorous, compact, and productive version of the heirloom 'Jenny Lind'. Fruits are 1 1/2 pounds with sweet orange flesh.

Okra

'Cajun Delight' (50 days). This vigorous, dark green hybrid okra, an All-America Selections winner, produces high yields and stays tender even when large. Testers who like growing and eating okra appreciated the more compact growth, beautiful flowers, and consistent yields.

'Cowhorn' (68 days). This reintroduced heirloom is known for heavy production of 10- to 12-inch-long curled pods on tall, well-branched plants.

Pepper

'Big Red' cayenne (85t days). This hybrid pepper produces a larger plant and bigger fruits than most other cayennes. Our testers loved the large, thick-fleshed fruits and the vigorous, strong plants. Their only complaint: This pepper took too long to mature in colder areas. The dried peppers make great ristras.

'The Godfather' (64t days). This high-yielding, large (7-inch-long), hybrid Italian sweet pepper, a grilling type, turns red in 80 days.

'Mucho Nacho' (75t days). Vigorous plants produce larger and wider fruits than the traditional jalape-o type. They turn red in 80 days.

Spinach

'Viroflay' (50 days). This variety, known in France as "the monster spinach of Viroflay," can grow to 2 feet tall; its smooth leaves can reach 10 inches long and 8 inches wide.

Squash, Summer

'Starship' (45 days). This hybrid scallop squash has an open bush habit and produces more and higher-quality fruits than other scallop varieties.

Tomato

'Florida Pink' (85t to 90t days). Indeterminate plants produce 2-pound light pink fruits that are crack-free, sweet, and juicy; yields are very high for a large tomato.

'Productiva' (88t days). This indeterminate heirloom from eastern Europe produces 3-inch-diameter red fruits. Testers liked their meaty, juicy, large size but noted a tendency toward green shoulders and a taste that was not noteworthy.

'Santa' (75t days). Hybrid indeterminate plants produce an abundance of firm, sweet, grape-shaped fruits.

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