5009 Scarlet Nantes
Originally grown in the Nantes region of France, this variety was popularized in the United States in the mid 1900's and continues to be enjoyed today for its tasty and quick maturing roots.
One of the most famous and classic heirloom carrots, the Scarlet Nantes produces medium, slender, orange-skinned carrots with the typical rich carrot flavor and a hint of red glow. The roots grow to 6-7" and taper towards the tip, with minimal cores. This type is known to keep well and has a good moisture content, making it a favorite choice for juicing.
Seedman Basic Info:
Seeds are very easy to germinate.
Good bouquet material. Excellent culinary herb. Good garden plant, good inside pot plant, good patio plant, good container plant, good flower garden plant, good hanging basket plant, has potpourri uses.
Outside: USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 12 inches
Sun/Shade: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Planting Directions: Minium Soil Temperature: 60F
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Depth: 1/4 inch
Sowing Rate: 1 seed per inch in garden, or 4-5 seeds in 4" pot inside.
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 6 inches
5010 Early Snowball Y
80 days. The name says it all, the Snowball Y cauliflower is pristine white. An heirloom variety, the Snowball Y cauliflower is a favorite of both home vegetable gardeners and professional growers.Plant produces very flavorful 6" diameter heads of pure white cauliflower. This is a self blanch variety as the leaves curl around heads protecting them from sun. A very good quality for the home garden and market grower.
5011 Tall Utah 52-70
100-120 days. Celery has never tasted this good! The 11-12 inch stalks are tender and crisp with a divine, sweet, rich, nutty flavor. Disease-resistant plants produce high-quality, broad, bright green stalks that are thick and stringless. Mature celery lasts into winter with light frost protection.
This variety is fast growing and very hardy in hot as well as cold weather. This bolt resistant plant grows about 20 inches tall and is not susceptible to wind damage. Vates produces well over a long period of time. Greens have mild cabbage-like flavor; ideal boiled. 80 days.
5014 Bilicious Yellow Cream Type
8" bicolor ears with good husk protection.
Bilicious is an exemplary bi-colored sweet corn that is renowned for being an excellent mid-season variety. Bicolor Sugar Enhanced Hybrid. High quality 8" bicolor ears with good husk protection. Disease resistant plants grow 6-7'
tall. Ready to harvest in about 75 days.
5015 Golden Bantam
Old heirloom standard yellow sweet corn that has been the home gardener's favorite since the beginning of the 20th century. A farmer named William Chambers of Greenfield,
Massachusetts had grown this variety for years. After his death, a friend of Chambers
found some of the sweet corn seeds and sold them to W. Atlee Burpee.
In 1902, Golden Bantam was featured in a Burpee catalog. Before 1900 most people
thought that yellow corn was fit only for animal feed. Within a few years, people in the
United States began to favor yellow corn.
The plants grow to about six feet and produce seven inch ears loaded with eight rows of
sweet, plump, golden kernels. 78 days.
5016 Straight Eight
This heirloom is one of the most popular cukes grown in gardens each year for generations. All-America Winner. A cucumber superstar, this classic has excellent flavor and is widely adapted. It's a cuke for all seasons. Pick when 8" long for top flavor. For perfect cukes, grow them on a fence or trellis netting. Sow seeds 6" apart in rows, or plant 5 or 6 seeds in groups (hills) 4-5 ft apart.
5017 National Pickling
A cucumber for all your needs. National produces short thick cukes with blunt ends that are perfect for pickles and also delicious for slicing in salads. Cucumbers average 6” and are slightly tapered to fit nicely in a pickle jar. Skin is medium green with some striping. A heavy producer. Black spines. Developed by the National Pickle Packers Association, this is the pickling cuke that pickle growers grow!
5018 Black Beauty
Black Beauty is a very well-adapted open-pollinated variety, thriving in almost every part of the country. It boasts big yields of large, glossy, delectable fruit.
These large, glossy fruits are a deep purple so intense it looks black. They are borne in great numbers on plants 21 to 30 inches high, you can expect a dozen or so fruits per plant.
This is our favorite Eggplant variety. It tastes great any way that you prepare them.
They are wonderful fried, steamed, grilled, stuffed or added to your favorite spaghetti recipe.
A old heirloom variety eggplant introduced in 1902 by Burpee seed company. And still the worlds favorite eggplant.
These eggplants ripen to perfect fruits.They are much earlier than other varieties.
They are large producers of dark glossy eggplant. Keep them picked and you will have abundant supply of fresh eggplants until fall frosts.
The classic large-leaved Italian sweet basil prized for its spicy flavor and wonderful aroma. Fragrant plants grow 18-24". Extremely tender, fragrant, extra-large, dark green leaves. An Italian strain, best for pesto. Annual.
5020 Italian Large Leaf
Large Leaf Italian basil is regarded as the essential variety for true Neapolitan cuisine, especially pesto.
Pick the extra large leaves and use fresh or dried in tomato dishes, pasta sauces, vegetables and soups. You can also use basil in the garden as a companion plant to repel aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms.
This Genovese-type basil grows 18 to 24 inches high and 12 to 15 inches wide. The dark green, shiny leaves grow up to 3 inches long on a tall, erect plant that is slow to bolt. Small terminal racemes of pink flowers are borne in summer.
Basils are loaded with volatile oils, responsible for the heady aroma and strong flavor so essential to cooking. The composition of oils varies greatly in different basil types, thus accounting for the wide range of scents available.Annual.
5021 Chervil Curled Leaf
Widely used throughout Europe and The USA and fast becoming one of the most popular herbs used in cooking, with a delicate aniseed flavor. Chervil Curled is an annual with fine cut dark green leaves. Used for flavoring salads and stuffings.
Extremely sweet and aromatic herb. Leaves are similar to parsley in appearance, but
Usually grown as an annual for best results. Grows about 12" tall, 120 days till maturity from seed.
Thriving in cooler weather, chervil will often over-winter in milder climates if sown late or allowed to self-seed. It is an easy-to-grow herb and can be sown and grown in a windowbox or trough, in pot on a deck, or indoors on a windowsill as long as the container is deep enough to support its long taproot.
5022 Mammoth Dill
Anethum graveolens. An old heirloom dill growing to 4' tall. A large vigorous plant with an abundance of feathery foliage and lots of seeds. Plant produces very flavorful leaves and seeds. Seeds are used as a pickling spice and leaves are used in omelettes, fish dishes, and salads. Also used as a garnishes. Leaves can be dried for later use. This variety matures more quickly than others and also has higher yields. 75 days. Annual.
5023 Dwarf Siberian
12-15 inch coarse blue-green leaves and delicious flavor on a compact plant make this one of the most popular kales grown today.
5024 Early Purple Vienna
60 days. The standard home and market variety with a taste that is delicate and unique. The bulbs are purple-red on the exterior and pale green on the interior. Harvest them at 2-3" in diameter when they are crisp and tender. The leaves can also be eaten when they are young.
5025 Early White Vienna
60 days. Heirloom "White Vienna" Kohlrabi.
Though not as colorful as its purple sibling, the White Vienna Kohlrabi produces the same deliciously mild taste. Excellent raw or steamed. Tends to produce higher yields in colder climates.
All-America Winner. Extremely popular lettuce with luscious, buttery texture.
Soft heads are creamy yellow inside. Best in cooler regions. Compact heads with some heat resistance. Plant early in spring. Repeat every two weeks into fall. Protect from heat with shade cloth during summer. Likes fertile soil, ample water. Best when picked minutes before your meal. Space lettuce plants 8" apart.
A butterhead variety considered a real delicacy. Easy to grow. The small, somewhat loose head is tender with a distinctive flavor. Early starting is advised to avoid bolting to seed in hot weather. this packet will plant approximately a 100 foot row. Lettuce needs plenty of moisture.
5028 Black Seeded Simpson
An old time favorite, the Heirloom Black-Seeded Simpson is considered by many to be the #1 leaf lettuce variety. This variety is among the easiest of the leaf lettuce cultivars to grow, and it produces strong yields from seed. In addition to its delicious and complex taste, it is also a steady grower even in warmer climates.
W239 Retato Degli Ortolani Cantaloupe ( Italian Heirloom )
Very sweet cantaloupe, with the classic netting of the skin. Deep orange sweet flesh. Known as a market or garden melon in Europe and described as the main melon used in most Italian cuisine. The "Gardener's" melon of Italy. 3-4 lbs average weight. 80 days.
5029 Heart of Gold
Medium-size nearly round fruits weigh about 3 lbs. each. Deep orange flesh is thick and very sweet. Ready to pick about 90 days after sowing.
5030 Honey Rock
Introduced in 1920, 'Honey Rock' was an All-American Selection in 1933. The luscious result of crossing 'Champlain' and 'Irondequoit', the 3-4 lb., 6 x 6" melons have firm grey-green ribbed skin, a coarse, open net and thick, sweet, firm deep salmon-toned flesh. Vigorous, wilt-resistant vines yield 5-7 melons per plant. 74-88 days.
Heirloom. Also known as 'Spinach Mustard'. An early maturing flavorful nutritious vegetable. Leaves are mild flavored, smooth and dark green. Usually cooked as greens but can be used raw in salads like spinach. As easy to grow as it is rich in vitamins and minerals. Approximately 40 days to maturity.
5032 Red Burgundy
When cooked, the leaves of this hibiscus relative turn a deep lovely shade of purple. Gorgeous 3-5' ornamental plants produce high numbers of tender 6-8" pods. There's a pretty contrast between the plant's green leaves against the burgundy stems, branches, leaf ribs and fruits—and a pretty display of yellow-cream flowers. For optimal texture and flavor, harvest often when the pods are young about 3" long, in about 49-60 days.
5033 Clemson Spineless
Great old heirloom. 1939 All-America Selections Winner! 66 days. Plant produces heavy yields of flavorful 9" long by 1-1/2" wide dark green okra. Leaves are spineless making it easier to harvest. Best if picked when 3" long. Used in soups, stews, and meats dishes.
5034 Evergreen Bunching
Bunching onion does not form a real bulb. Oriental bunching onion has a green leaf portion and a long blanched white stalk portion. The blanched portion can be from a few inches to 20 inches, depending the varieties. The long-stalk onions are blanched by earthing up during growth. The long-stalk onions are very tender and well flavored, excellent for stir-fry, sukiyaki, tempura and many Japanese dishes. Plants can be harvested for vegetable use at any growing stage. Considered a neutral day variety that grows about anywhere.
5035 Sweet Yellow Spanish
These golden onions produce fruit up to 1 lb (16 oz.) and their great flavor lasts longer than most other varieties. Yellow Sweet Spanish onions are a gardener's favorite because they grow quickly without much effort. You will be able to harvest your onions less than four months after planting.
A long day variety for northern gardens.
5036 Sugar Snap
65 days. The original sugar snap pea! An "All American Selection" winner in 1979. The long growing vines can reach up to 6 feet and need support. Use the 2½ to 3½ inch pods just like snap beans. A very good producer that freezes well!
Stringless 3-in. pods keep their rich color and crunch after cooking. Dependably wilt and frost resistant. 5-to 6-ft. vines produce heavy yields over a long season.
5037 Little Marvel
62 days. A heavy yielder. Vines about 15 inches tall, sturdy, dark green with heavy foliage. The peas are dark green, round, tender, sweet and fine flavor. Unsurpassed by any others in its class. Space-saving semi-dwarf sets huge yields of 3-in. pods with 6-9 large, sweet peas. Good for freezing and canning.
5038 Jalapeno M
73 days. This is the pungent little dark green pepper found in rings atop nachos and chopped in Mexican sauces -- both sweet and hot, with an addictive flavor that has made it one of the most popular seasonings in American dishes!
Just 3 1/2 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches wide, these rounded, thick-walled fruits are borne in great numbers on very vigorous 26-inch plants. They are ready to pick when dark green, delivering 4,750 Scovilles of heat!
5039 California Wonder Sweet Bell
A delicious heirloom. The standard bell pepper for many decades, this 1928 introduction is still the largest open-pollinated, heirloom bell you can grow, and a big improvement over the earlier bells. Consistently produces 3" X 4", 4-lobed fruit.
5040 Small Sugar
Sometimes called New England Pie Pumpkin.
The long time favorite and standard for pies. None grows any sweeter. Fruits small, 6-8 lbs; round, flattened at the ends and a good keeper. Skin is deep orange, smooth but plainly ribbed. Flesh is thick, deep yellow, fine grained and has a deliciously sugar flavor. 95 Days
5041 Cherry Belle
A tasty, round, brilliant red radish with crisp white flesh. Tolerant of poor soils, retains tenderness, resists pithiness. 1949 All America Selection Winner, it may be planted and harvested all summer long. 22 Days.
5042 American Purple Top
90 days. Brassica napus. Rutabagas were the standard root crop in Europe before the potato arrived on the scene in the 16th century. American Purple Top Rutabaga has been around since the 1920s. It produces huge yellow roots 4-6" in diameter that are globe shaped with purple shoulders. The flesh is yellow, sweet and finely grained. It turns orange when cooked. An excellent storage variety. If stored properly can last 4-6 months.
5043 Noble Giant
Giant Noble Spinach is an old heirloom that was the All-America Selections Winner in 1933. This variety produces very large, dark green spinach leaves with wonderful flavor. Perfect fresh in salads, cooked, canned or frozen. This spinach is slow to bolt and is very easy to grow. Perfect for the home gardener! 46 days.
5045 Vegetable Spaghetti
90 days. Fruits average 9" long, and turn from buff to pale yellow when mature. Keeps well. Flesh is pale yellow and breaks up into spaghetti-like strands. Boil fruit for 20 to 30 minutes and remove flesh with a fork. Flesh is tasty and may be used like spaghetti, topped with your favorite sauce.
80 days. Lycopersicon esculentum. Plant produces good yields of flavorful 8 oz red tomatoes. Excellent for salads, sandwiches, and canning. Plant does well in hot & humid conditions making it a perfect variety for Southern regions. Determinate. Disease Resistant
The Marglobe tomato is an old heirloom variety with natural disease resistance that is an ancestor of many hybrid varieties. Its name was derived from its ancestors the 'Globe' and 'Marvel' tomatoes. It produces a heavy yield of fruit with a typical size of 8 to 10 ounces but can produce larger fruit as well. This tomato is one of the most vigorous and disease resistant of the standard tomato varieties.
It is resistant to Fusarium Wilt and is said to resist tomato blight well even in wet weather. These tomatoes are globe shaped, smooth and bright red right to the stem. The Marglobe has also been noted for resistance to blossom end rot.
The Marglobe plant is a determinate (bushy) vine that is very productive. Staking of determinate vines is optional but is still recommended in order to keep fruit off the ground. And because the vine is determinate, it means that Marglobe will produce all of its crop of tomatoes at one time, which makes it excellent as a canner or for market gardeners.
Delicious heirloom. The legendary 'Jersey' tomato, introduced in 1934, is a cross between J.T.D. (an old New Jersey variety from the Campbell Soup Co.) and Marglobe. Its flavor, both for slicing and cooking, is still unequaled. Red fruits are slightly flattened. Tall vines, fusarium resistant. Indeterminate. 74 Days.
5048 Purple Top White Globe
This is an outstanding all-purpose variety turnip. The round purplish top turnip can reach 5" in diameter. Harvest in 40-60 days or when white root with purple top reaches 4"-5" in diameter. The young leaves can be cooked as greens, stir-fried or used in soup. The root is excellent raw, for pickling or cooking.
5049 Black Diamond
Plant produces good yields of large 40 to 75 lb watermelons. It has very flavorful bright red flesh. Tough black-green rind helps fruit from bruising. Plant has large leaves which help prevent sunburning of watermelons. This is the Blue Ribbon Winner strain! An excellent mid-season variety for home gardeners and market growers. Good shipper variety! 85 days.
5050 Sugar Baby
80 days. The standard of the icebox melons, Sugar Baby has been a staple at picnics for years. Vines grow to 6 feet and set 4-6 melons roughly 10 inches across. Has that unmistakable crisp, mouthwatering, sweet rich flavor. Terrific for home gardens.