Japonica Striped Maize Corn (Zea mays)
Japonica Striped Maize Corn - Historic variety introduced to the US seed trade before 1950.
Magnificent ornamental flint corn from Japan; known in the 1890's as Striped-Leafed Japanese Maize. Variegated leaves striped with green, white, yellow and pink. Tassels are dark purple, kernels are burgundy. Beautiful when planted as a border. Color develops better when plants are widely spaced. Can be ground for corn meal. 85 days. 50 seeds/packet.
Mandan Bride Corn (Zea Mays)
Mandan Bride Corn - Attributed to the Mandan tribe of North Dakota.
This Native American Flour corn was planted by Mandan women along with beans, sunflowers, and squash. This corn's colorful autumnal kernels, some of which are striped, can be used in fall displays or ground into corn mean. Plants will produce several 6-8" ears on 6' plants. 85-90 days. 100 seeds/packet.
Roy's Calais Corn (Zea mays)
Roy's Calais Corn - A flint corn that probably hails from the western Abenaki (Sokoki) indigenous people of Vermont.
Plants grow 7' tall and bear 8-12" gold-yellow or maroon-red ears. Primarily used for cornmeal, posole, or hominy. Passed down to Roy and Ruth Fair of North Calais, Vermont, in the 1930's from Roy’s father, who received it from his own father. 90-95 days. 50 seeds/packet.
Golden Bantam Improved Corn (Zea mays)
Golden Bantam Improved Corn - Historic Variety introduced to the U.S. seed trade before 1950.
Producing an early crop for home gardeners and market growers, this historic variety has an excellent sweet flavor and is ideal for freezing and fresh eating. The original strain of Golden Bantam was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee in 1902, and this improved strain was selected for even longer ears and greater tenderness. 70-85 days. 100 seeds/packet.
Hidatsa Red Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Hidatsa Red Bean - also called Hidatsa Indian Red, this variety was originally grown by the Hidatsa tribe in the Missouri River Valley of North Dakota.
In 1915, it was introduced to commerce in Oscar Will’s Pioneer Indian Collection of seeds. The dark-red seeds are reminiscent of kidney beans, and the productive, sprawling bush plants will climb to 3' if given support. Bush habit, dry, 80-100 days. 50 seeds/packet
Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Cherokee Trail of Tears - Saved and shared by generations of home gardeners.
Also known as Cherokee Black, the variety is good as both a snap and a dry bean. The mature, greenish-purple 6” pods encase shiny jet-black seeds. This bean was shared with Seed Savers Exchange by the late Dr. John Wyche of Hugo, Oklahoma. His Cherokee ancestors carried this bean over the Trail of Tears, the infamous winter death march from the Smoky Mountains to Oklahoma (1838-39) that left a trail of 4,000 graves. Pole habit, snap or dry, 85 days. 50 seeds/packet.
Pencil Pod Golden Wax Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Pencil Pod Golden Wax Bean - This old-time favorite, introduced in 1900, is regaled for its quality and delicious wax bean flavor.
The stringless pods reach 5-7" long on heavy-producing plants that grow 15-20" tall. Ideal for freezing or canning. Bush habit, wax, 50-65 days. 50 seeds/packet
Mixture Sunflower (Helianthus spp)
Sunflower Mix - A complete mixture of species and forms. If you can only plant one packet of sunflower seeds, this would be the one! Extended bloom period provides a nice supply of flowers for cutting from July until frost. For longer-lasting bouquets, be sure to pick heads that are just about to open. Plants average 4-6' tall. Annual, starts blooming at 60 days. 100 seeds/packets.
Lemon Queen Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
Lemon Queen Sunflower - Produces an abundance of multiple blooms with large lemon-yellow petals and dark chocolate centers. Sturdy plants grow up to 10' tall. Annual, 75 days. 100 seeds/packet.
Amish Paste Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Amish Paste Tomato - One of Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste varieties.
Tom Hauch of Heirloom Seeds commercialized this variety in 1990. It was acquired from the Amish near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bright red 8-12 ounce fruits vary in shape from oxheart to rounded plum. Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. 25 seeds/packet.
Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain) Tomato
Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain) Tomato - A family favorite for more than 100 years! Also known as Red Brandywine.
The original Brandywine introduced by Johnson and Stokes in 1889 from seeds they received from a customer in Ohio. Named after Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Large vines produce deep red 8-12 ounce fruits. Excellent flavor. Very productive. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant. 50 seeds/packet.
German Pink Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum)
German Pink Tomato - One of the two original Bavarian heirlooms from Diane Ott Whealy’s family that started the Seed Savers Exchange. Potato leaf plants produce large 1-2 pound beefsteak fruits. Meaty flesh with few seeds, very little cracking or blossom scars. Full sweet flavor. Excellent for canning, freezing, and slicing. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. 25 seeds/packet.
Martino's Roma Tomato
Martino's Roma Tomato - Italian variety with pretty rugose (puckered) foliage. Very heavy set of mild 2-3 ounce fruits perfectly suited for making sauce, salsa, and paste. Tends to fall off the vine when fully ripe. Determinate, but requires trellis, 75 days from transplant. 25 seeds/packet.
Black Beauty Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)
Black Beauty Zucchini - A 1957 All America Selections winner developed by John Scarchuk at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
Compact everbearing bush plants are loaded with glossy green-black fruits with firm white flesh. Best eaten when under 8" long. Excellent variety for freezing. 45-65 days. 25 seeds/packet.
Golden Midget Watermelon ( Citrullus lanatus)
Golden Midget Watermelon - An outstanding little watermelon, with golden-yellow rind and salmon pink flesh. Pleasantly sweet, about 3 pounds in weight. Bred by Elwyn Meader and Albert Yaeger at UNH in 1959. This watermelon is a cross between New Hampshire Midget and Pumpkin Rind. Has a built-in ripeness indicator: fruits turn yellow when ready. Very early variety, ripening in just 70 days. 23 seeds/packet.
Blacktail Mountain Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
Black Mountain Watermelon - Gorgeous green-black round fruits weigh 6-12 pounds. Deep scarlet flesh is super sweet, juicy, and crunchy. Perfect for short season areas; also does well in hot humid climates. Bred by SSE member Glenn Drowns in the 1970's when he lived in northern Idaho, where summer nights average 43°F. 65-75 days. 25 seeds/packet.
Jalapeno (Traveler Strain) Pepper
Jalapeno Pepper (Traveler Strain) - From Seed Savers Exchange member Larry Pierce of Cabool, Missouri. Named Traveler because Larry carried this seed with him when he moved to Oklahoma, Wyoming, and then Missouri. Sturdy plants covered in cylindrical fruits that average 3" long. Fruits ripen from green to bright red. 70-90 days from transplant. Hot. 50 seeds/packet.
King of the North Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
King of the North Pepper - This red bell pepper is the best variety for northern gardens where the seasons are cool and short. Full-figured, uniform fruits are excellent for stuffing or fresh eating and have a great, sweet flavor. 70 days from transplant. Sweet. 25 seeds/packet.
British Wonder Pea ( Pisum Sativum)
British Wonder Pea - A large-podded dwarf pea of good quality and yield. Introduced in England by Taber and Cullen circa 1890. W. Atlee Burpee introduced it in America in 1904. Short vines grow 3' tall and require trellising. Shell, 50-55 days. 75 seeds/packet.
Sutton's Harbinger (Pisum sativum)
Sutton's Harbinger - Historic Variety introduced to the U.S. seed before 1950.
English introduction by Sutton's Seeds in 1898; won an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1901. Very early heavy-cropping variety. Excellent quality eating pea. Plants are 28-32" tall. Shell, 52-60 days. 75 seeds/packet.
Early Fortune Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)
Early Fortune Cucumber - Also known as Special Dark Green. This variety was introduced around 1910 by the Jerome B. Rice Seed Company of Cambridge, New York. It originated with George Starr of Royal Oak, Michigan, who discovered it in a crop of Davis Perfect (now extinct). Fruits measure 8" long. 55-60 days. 25 seeds/packet.
Bushy Cucumber ( Cucumis sativus)
Bushy Cucumber - Produces bumper crops for fresh eating and pickling, with fruits seemingly growing overnight in peak season. A bush cucumber, this variety will take up only 2 or 3 square feet per plant. Introduced to American gardeners by Seed Savers Exchange in 1992, the variety originated in Russia, where its short vines (up to 5' long) and ease of growing made it perfect for dacha or second-home gardens near Moscow. 45-50 days. 25 seeds/packet.
French Breakfast Radish ( Raphanus sativus)
French Breakfast Radish - Historic variety introduced to the U.S. seed trade before 1950.
Also know as Radis Demi-long Rose a Bout Blanc. A very early market garden radish of French origin. Listed by J.M. Thorburn & Co of New York in 1870. Oblong and blunt, rose-scarlet with a white tip. White crisp flesh with a mildly pungent flavor. Sow in the spring or fall and pick when small. 20-30 days. 250 seeds/packet.
Watermelon Radish (Raphanus sativus)
Watermelon Radish - Also known as Roseheart, Chinese Red Meat. Round 2-4" white radish with a stunning dark pink and white interior. Flesh is surprisingly sweet, crisp, and refreshing. Best grown in cool weather. Warm days, cool nights, and adequate nutrition and moisture result in a more colorful interior. 50-60 days. 250 seeds/packet.
Detroit Dark Red Beet (Beta vulgaris)
Detroit Dark Red Beet - Historic variety introduced to the U. S. seed trade before 1950.
Great for canning and fresh eating, this variety is a good keeper, producing round, blood-red, 3"-diameter roots. This historic variety was introduced in 1892 by D.M. Ferry & Company. Original selections were made from the Early Blood Turnip beet by Mr. Reeves of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. 60-65 days. 100 seed/packet.
Calabrese Broccoli (Brassica oleracea)
Calabrese Broccoli - Historic variety was introduced into the U.S. seed trade prior to 1950.
This historic and delicious variety dates back to the 1880's, when it was brought to America by Italian immigrants. Tight heads can grow up to 8" in diameter. After the central head is harvested, many side shoots will form, and they can be harvested right up to frost. 58-90 days from transplant. 100 seeds/packet.
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts ( Brassica oleracea)
Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts - A historic variety introduced in to the U.S. seed trade before 1950.
A single stalk of this variety can bear 50-100 dark-green Brussels sprouts (florets) over an extended period. Compact plants produce sturdy spikes with edible florets that mature from the bottom up and take on sweeter tones after a light frost. Introduced in the 1890's, this historic variety was once the most important commercial sprout in the United States. Brussels sprouts mature 80-115 days from transplant. 100 seeds/packet
Minnesota Midget Melon (Cucumis melo)
Minnesota Midget Melon - Historic variety introduced to the U.S. seed trade prior to 1950.
Extra-early variety bred by the University of Minnesota at St. Paul in 1948. Introduced by Farmer Seed and Nursery Company. Capable of producing two crops—an excellent choice for northern gardeners. Vines seldom over 3' long; suitable for growing in containers. Round 4" fruits have thick golden-yellow flesh that is edible to the rind and deliciously sweet. Resistant to fusarium wilt. 60-75 days. 25 seeds/packet.
Early Snowball Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea)
Early Snowball Cauliflower. This historic variety has smooth 6-7" heads of tightly formed white curds are solid, crisp, and tender. This variety is well-suited to being eaten raw, baked, roasted, or steamed. Can be overwintered for an early crop in warmer regions. Introduced to American gardeners in 1878 by Peter Henderson & Company. 60-85 days from transplant. 100 seeds/packet.
Dragon Carrot (Daucus carota)
Dragon Carrot - This carrot’s beautiful red-purple exterior provides a striking contrast to its yellow-orange interior and light yellow core. A treat for the eye when sliced, its sweet, almost spicy, flavor makes this carrot a home gardener’s favorite and a best-seller at specialty and farmers’ markets. Considered the most refined purple carrot available, it was bred by Seed Savers Exchange member John Navazio. 90 days. 250 seeds/packet.