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Descriptions for Tomatillos, Eggplants, Artichokes, Beans, Cucumbers, Pumpkins, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Zucchini, Leafy Greens, and Herbs.

 

Tomatillos

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Purple Tomatillos (70 days). A tomatillo with beautiful purple color and superb flavor whether eaten fresh from the plant, grilled or in salsa. Harvest when the fruits are golf ball-size and the papery husk has split. More sunshine will produce a more purple fruit. *Photo courtesy of High Mowing Organic Seeds
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Super Verde Hybrid (60 days). Larger fruit, these tomatillos are a heavy and early producer and a wonderful choice for salsa verde since the larger fruits (3–6 oz.).are easier to prepare. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Eggplants

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Amadeo (65 Days). The heaviest-bearing eggplant is also the most delicious. Amadeo is renowned for its huge yields of succulent, nutty, bitter-free fruit on spineless plants. Easy to pick and irresistible on the tongue, this is the eggplant you need for the veggie patch. You will probably need to support it once it begins bearing the heavy 5-inch-wide, 8-inch-long dark purple to black eggplants.
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Black Beauty (65 days). This is the very popular, classic Italian eggplant with deep purple, bell-shaped 5–6" fruits that are glossy when mature. The plants are compact and very productive so a stake for extra support is advised. *Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/rareseeds.com
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Dancer (65 Days). Semi-cylindrical fruits are mid-sized—7 to 8" long by 3 to 4" diameter, mild, and non-bitter. Plants are strong and high-yielding. Green calyx. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Nadia (67 days). Traditional black Italian type. 7–8" long by 3–4" diameter, the uniform dark purple fruits are glossy and blemish free. Tall, sturdy plants can set fruit under cooler conditions, extending harvest into fall. Seed development is slow, which means a longer holding period and more leniency in harvest timing. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Orient Charm (65 days). Pink and white Asian type. 8–10" long by 1½–2½" diameter fruits of the Orient Express shape, but with attractive shades of fluorescent pink, pastel pink, and white. Strong plant with high yields. Green calyx. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Orient Express (58 days). Dark purple Asian type eggplant. The fruits are attractive, slender, 8"–10" long by 1.5–2.5" in diameter and glossy. The fruit is ready up to two weeks before other early varieties. The plant features an ability to set fruit in cool weather as well as under heat stress. Tender, delicately flavored and quick cooking. Purple calyx. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Traviata (70 days). Traditional black Italian type. Glossy black fruit in the classic bell shape, 5½–6½" long by 3–3½" diameter. Good flavor. Very uniform and high yielding. Green calyx. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Artichokes

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Green Globe. The original improved artichoke, Green Globe flowers in early summer. The flower buds are deep green with a light purple tinge. A good harvest of 3–4 heads can be expected throughout the summer. They are 3–5 inches in diameter and have wonderfully thick, flavorful hearts. Proven to be the most hardy and remains productive for at least 5 years. At an elevation of 900 feet, our research farm routinely overwinters Green Globe artichokes. Hardy in zone 7 and above. *Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/rareseeds.com
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Romanesco Italian Artichoke features greenish-purple “chokes” that are large and round with lots of edible flesh, with excellent flavor. Compact and high yielding plants make this one a great one to grow in your garden. In warm climates or with winter protection, they can produce for 4–5 years. *Photo courtesy of Multnomah County Master Gardeners Assoc.
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Violetto. Rich purplish green color with meaty heart, full nutty flavor. This variety prefers light/fertile soil (mostly for drainage). May produce some artichokes the first year depending on your climate. Plants produce for at least 3 years.
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Beans

Bush, Jade (53 days). A Master Gardener favorite at CoCoMG’s demo garden in Walnut creek! Long attractive pods. Jade’s 6–7” long, slender, deep green pods are exceptionally tender and delicious. Large, upright plants keep beans clean and straight. Heat tolerant, high yielding and long producing even when stressed by heat or cold. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Bush, Provider (50–60 days). This dependable early green bean is easy-to-grow with excellent flavor. Compact plant produces abundant 5–6" beans. Great for freezing and canning. Adaptable to diverse soil and climate conditions. Resistant to bean mosaic virus and powdery mildew. *Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
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Bush, Royalty Purple (55 days). Attractive plant with purple flowers and stringless, slightly curved 5” pods that are easily visible against the green foliage. Pods turn green when cooked. Meaty and flavorful, great for vegetable soup—or serve raw to show off their purple color. *Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
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Pole, Blue Lake (75 days). This 7-foot variety produces flavorful 6–7” pods that are tender, meaty and very flavorful. A canning and freezing favorite. High yield. *Photo courtesy of Territorial Seed Company
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Pole, Rattlesnake (60–90 days). Dark green pods with distinctive purple streaks grow up to 8". Dried seeds are light buff with splashes of dark brown, resembling a rattlesnake. Vigorous vines up to 10 ft. Very tasty at young and tender stage. Also can be canned, frozen or left on the vine to dry. *Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
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Cucumbers

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Diva (58 days). Diva produces distinctly tender, crisp, sweet and bitter-free seedless cukes. Adapted for open field production, so no need for support. Especially flavorful when harvested small. Disease and mildew resistant. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Itachi (44 days). Unique white color, great tasting and highly productive. Uniform 9–11” fruit. Trellising recommended for straighter fruit. Great for stir-frying. Transplant 12” apart, being careful to not disturb roots. Cucumbers are cold sensitive. Plastic mulch and row covers provide warmth and insect protection. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Lemon (65 days). Small, rounded, pale yellow cucumbers. Pick at 1½–2½" diameter. This versatile cucumber is sweet and flavorful, and doesn't have much of the chemical that makes other cucumbers bitter and hard to digest. Though it's often served raw, it's also a good pickling cucumber. Note: Very late to begin bearing. *Photo courtesy of High Mowing Organic Seeds
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Marketmore 97 (55 days). This is a great slicing cucumber, bitter-free and burpless too! Vines up to 6 feet long bearing cucumbers 9–11 inches in length. Disease resistant. *Photo courtesy of Territorial Seed Company
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Striped Armenian (65-70). Valued for its flavor and attractive fruits, this cucumber is also known as snake melon. It is a heavy producer of light and dark green striped fruit that have a curved shape. An excellent slicer, the flesh is mild, sweet and crunchy. This variety requires a long and warm growing season. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Suyo Long (61 days). Traditional long-fruited variety from China. A sweet-flavored, bitter free, ribbed fruit growing up to 15" long. Widely adapted, grows well in hot weather, and sets early. Try using this unusual-looking cucumber in salads, for bread-and-butter, or mixed vegetable pickles. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Unagi (55 days). A glossy, spineless cucumber with tiny seed cavities, crisp texture and excellent flavor, truly a cucumber you can't live without! High yielding bears fruit 9–11 inches long but stays crisp and delicious up to 14 inches long. High resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, powdery mildew and target spot. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Pumpkins

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Cider Jack (90 days). This is a gorgeous Jack O' Lantern! Plants bear 2–3 medium sized (10–14 lb.) fruits per plant with smooth, bright skin—perfect for painting or carving. Medium resistance to powdery mildew. *Photo courtesy of High Mowing Organic Seeds
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Cinderella (110 days). Yes, it's true—Cinderella's coach is a pumpkin with its pronounced lobes and flattened top! Tasty, orange flesh is superb for pies and savory dishes. 10-foot vines with up to 6 fruits on the vine that can measure as large as 15 inches across. What fun for the kids! *Photo courtesy of Territorial Seed Company
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New England Pie (105 days). This is the classic New England pie pumpkin! The plant produces small dark-skinned pumpkins ranging in 4–6 lbs. Not as sweet as squash, the well-colored orange flesh is relatively starchy, dry and stringless—just what you want for your pumpkin pie! USDA Certified Organic. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Racer (85 days). Extra early workhorse variety. Blocky, heavy, midsize pumpkin with a great-looking rib and big, dark green handle. Typical weight 12–16 lb. Highly productive, vigorous, short vine. Combines parentage from Univ. of New Hampshire and Johnny's. Avg. yield: 2–3 fruits/plant. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Summer Squash

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Golden Glory (53 days). An attractive zucchini, this variety has waxy, gold skin with a creamy white interior. 7–8” in size, it provides an excellent yield of blemish-free fruits. Golden Glory is also resistant to watermelon and zucchini yellow mosaic viruses and powdery mildew. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Success PM Straight Neck (50 days). An excellent choice if you’re looking for a yellow squash especially resistant to powdery mildew. It provides several months of abundant yield and has a uniform shape. Harvest when 6–7” long. *Photo courtesy of High Mowing Organic Seeds
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Zephyr (54 days). A Master Gardener favorite! Distinctive, slender fruits are yellow with faint white stripes and light-green blossom ends. Harvest young at 4–6" for unusually delicious, nutty flavor and firm texture. Vigorous, high-yielding plants. NOTE: Under certain stressful situations, such as hot weather, Zephyr fruits can show some variability in the amount of green at the blossom ends. In addition, sometimes the first one or two fruits produced will be yellow with green stripes. Edible Flowers: Blossoms bear a mild, squash-like flavor and are great stuffed and fried, or sliced for used in soups, omelets, salads, and pasta dishes. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Winter Squash

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Butternut—Waldo (100 days). An excellent-flavored butternut, Waldo also provides good yields of 5–6 fruits per plant. With fruits averaging 3–4 pounds at maturity, this improved Waltham variety is a winner for most gardens. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Delicata—Sweet Dumpling (110 days). Sow Sweet Dumpling squash seeds for fruits with delicious, light-golden flesh and fine, sweet texture when baked. The 8–10cm (3–4″), squat fruits weigh about half a pound—just right for an individual serving. And that makes them positively ideal for stuffing and baking. Sweet Dumpling squash are very productive and good keepers. Shaped like small, flat topped acorn squash, but with the distinct markings of a Delicata, Sweet Dumpling produces 8–10 little fruits per plant. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Kabocha—Sunshine (95 days). Stunning, scarlet fruit. Tender flesh is smooth, sweet, and bright orange for baking, mashing, and pies. Deep scarlet fruits are slightly flat-round, avg. 3–5 lb. Vigorous, short vine. Sunshine's appearance and eating quality are superior to other varieties of this type. Can be consumed at maturity. Avg. 3–4 fruits/plant. AAS winner. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Spaghetti—Pinnacle (85 days). High yielding, semi-bush variety with slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Avg. 3 lb. fruits with yields of 4–6 fruits per plant. Good companion plant for sunflowers. Bake like other winter squash, and then flake out the noodle flesh into tasty spaghetti-like strands. To store: keep cool and dry. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Zucchini

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Black Beauty (45–60). A 1956 All American Selections winner, this heirloom summer squash grows on a compact, high-yielding bush (not a vine). Dark green fruit is best picked when 6–8” long. Easy to grow and great for freezing! *Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
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Dunja (47 days). Organic, early, powdery mildew resistant. Dunja is a high yielder of dark-green, straight zucchinis. Open plants and short spines make for an easy harvest. Resistant to powdery mildew. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Gray (49 days). Great tasting, high quality zucchini. Very good yields, flesh is firm, mild and very tasty. *Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/rareseeds.com
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Leafy Greens

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Arugula—Astro (38 days). Astro has strap-shaped leaves, less deeply lobed than many, with a milder flavor. Heat tolerant and slow to bolt, it still prefers the cold soil of early spring and fall. Plant in fertile, moist, well-draining soil in full sun to part shade. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Kale—Scarlet (30 days for baby, 55 days for full size). Broad, frilly, tightly curled leaves grow on 2–3 ’tall, upright stalks. Leaves are red to purple color on a blue-green background. A vigorous performer with good cold tolerance. Begin harvesting leaves when young and plant will grow well into winter. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Kale—Toscano (30 days for baby, 65 days for full size). Lacinato or “dinosaur” type Italian heirloom. Rich, tender leaves have a softer texture than curly green kales. Tolerant of hot and cold. Plant 12–8” apart for full size, 2–4” for baby. Recommend harvesting as baby kale. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Lettuce—Adriana Butterhead (57 days). This is a heat tolerant, dark green butterhead that is full and dense with very good flavor. It has a high resistance to downy mildew and a good tolerance to tipburn and bolting. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Lettuce—Crispino Iceberg (57 days). This variety produces medium-sized, glossy green, firm heads with a flavor that is juicy and mild. An adaptable iceberg, it has a high percentage of perfect heads even when grown in less than optimal conditions. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Lettuce Coastal Star Romaine (57 days). The large, heavy heads of dark green leaves with good, sweet flavor makes this variety a long time favorite. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Lettuce Bronze Guard Oakleaf (70 days). An oakleaf type lettuce with beautiful bronze/green leaves. Great flavor and color add to any table as a salad or a garnish. This variety grows well in most climate areas. *Photo courtesy of trueleafmarket.com
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Lettuce—Red Oakleaf (28–50 days). This lettuce has oak leaf shaped leaves that are medium green with red and green veining. Full sun brings out a deep burgundy as the leaves mature. Some heat resistance with good regrowth for multiple cuttings. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Swiss Chard—Bright Lights (52 days). Leaf stalks up to 20” tall; can be yellow, gold, orange, pink, crimson or purple. Lighter, milder flavor compared to other chards. Somewhat less frost hardy than other chards. Will overwinter in mild climates. As leaves are harvested, plant will produce new leaves. Plant 4” apart. Good for containers. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Herbs

Basil—Genovese (68 days). Classic Italian variety. Authentic flavor and appearance. Tall and relatively slow to bolt with large, dark green leaves about 3” long. Height 24–30”. This common strain of Genovese basil can present some variability in leaf shape and plant size. Perfect for garden production. Edible flowers: use the flowers in any recipe that calls for basil or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta and desserts. Flavor is of intense basil. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Basil—Nufar (74 days). Fusarium resistant, Italian large-leaf type. For field or greenhouse growing. Leaves up to 4” long, sweet scent and flavor. Height 24–30”. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Basil—Sweet Thai (64 days). Authentic Thai basil flavor. Green leaves, 2” long, have a spicy anise flavor. Attractive plant! Purple stems and blooms make this culinary herb a beautiful addition to any garden. Great as a garnish for sweet dishes. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Cilantro—Santo (50–55 leaf harvest, 90–105 seed harvest). Santo is a slow bolting selection, grown for its leaves but the seeds and flowers are also edible. If eating the flowers, use them raw as the flavor fades quickly if they are cooked. If allowed to flower, the plant attracts beneficial insects. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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Parsley—Giant of Italy (75 days). Great to cook with! Giant of Italy has large, dark green leaves with great flavor. 18–20" stems are strong and upright. Very high yield. *Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds
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