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An heirloom prized by generations of French squash connoisseurs for its mild, nutty flavor and ever-so-tender flesh and skin. Harv...est when fruits are young, when they are merely 2-3" in diameter, and steam or saute. Ready in about 45-52 days. read more

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Queen of the Ice is how the name of this regal French heirloom translates. Leaves of this crisphead lettuce are lacy and deep gree...n and form good-sized heads; inner leaves are light green, crispy and sweet. Tolerant of cold and resistant to bolting in the heat. read more

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Salmon-orange in color, scrumptious in flavor, this early-yielding heirloom has just the right credentials for orange-colored sauc...es and salsas. Nearly seedless, the large, firm fruits grow in prodigious numbers on indeterminate vines. read more

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True Hubbard has appeared in American gardens and been served on American tables since at least the 1780s. Weighing about 12 lb. e...ach, the squash has delicious yellow-gold flesh and deep green skin. The long-storing fruits are excellent in pies and soups. read more

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The famously hot and pungent pepper takes its name from a river in Guyana. We like to think the name derives from locals fleeing t...o the river for relief, their mouths scorched by the incendiary pepper. Most often dried, Cayenne, powdered or flakes, serves as a multi-purpose spice. The South American pepper's 4-6" long, 1//2" thin fruits, slightly hotter than jalape$os, have a multitude of uses, whether fresh, canned or pickled; excellent steeped in oil or vinegar for flavorful condiments. Yields are high, so extra peppers may be strung in "ristras" for easy drying. Fruits mature from green to red and are ready to harvest about 70 days from transplant. read more

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A unique heirloom tomato, Garden Peach was reputedly introduced to US gardens in the 1860s. The small, velvety-skinned 2-3 oz. fru...its have rich full flavor. The prolific vines unleash multitudinous 3-4" round fruits with peachy-yellow skin and flesh woven with hints of red throughout. Indeterminate. Certified Organic Seed. read more

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A delicious Charentais-type melon that originated in Italy, achieved full popularity in France and is now a favorite with American... gourmet gardeners. The melon, with blue-green skin that matures to salmon-orange, has sweet, fragrant orange flesh. read more

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Originating in Germany, this heirloom cherry tomato was grown by the Pennsylvania Dutch (who were in fact German) as early as the ...1850s. The variety's name, fittingly enough, translates from the German as "giant bunch of grapes". The compact indeterminate plants produce huge clusters of 20-40 red fruits, 1 1/2 x 1 1/2", with rich, meaty flavor. read more

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From Italy, with flavor. Primo Italiano heirloom paste tomato produces plenty of elongated, reddish-orange 6" long fruits. Firm an...d meaty, the flesh is piquant and sweet, ready to star as paste and in sauces. Fruits hold well after ripening on indeterminate vines. read more

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Originally from Thailand, this seriously hot pepper makes a lovely impression in a patio container. The ornamental 8-12" plants ar...e bedecked with up to 200 small, conical 1/2-1" fruits that ripen to bright red. Extremely hot, the peppers can be used fresh or preserved in oil or vinegar. Harvest about 85 days from transplant. read more

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You can harvest the fruits of this delicious Italian heirloom when it's young or at full maturity. Growing on bush-type plants, th...e long, 10-12" cylindrical fruits are dark green striped with light green. Delicious fried, sauteed, or baked the fruits can be frozen with heart-warming results. read more

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Bred right here, Burpee's Jubilee is the outstanding result of a stabilized, six-generation selection from a cross between Tangeri...ne and Rutgers tomatoes. Jubilee was an All-America Selections winner in 1943, and you can taste and see why. Up to 3" across, the bright golden-orange globular fruits are smooth and solid, with a mild delectable flavor. High-yielding indeterminate plants. read more

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With their graceful form and alluring color, swan-necked gourds are naturally ornamental. This variety's large round base is toppe...d with a thick curved neck with a bulbous tip, giving its swanlike effect. The deep green fruits, speckled with light green speckles, weigh about 3 lb. and are approximately 3" wide and 16" tall. read more

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Often favorably compared with the illustrious Brandywine, the gold standard of heirloom tomatoes. With dark pinkish-purple skin, t...his widely adapted heirloom produces large, slightly flattened 1 lb. fruits with firm, meaty, crimson flesh and few seeds. Indeterminate potato-leaf plants. read more

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This red romaine heirloom variety has been an American favorite since the 1700s. A profound, beautiful, deep-red-going-on bronze, ...the 10-12" tall heads, packed with broad, flat leaves, take on a lighter green tone inside. Impervious to bolting. read more

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You may have encountered (and savored) this heirloom pepper in the oyster and crab houses around the Chesapeake Bay. One of the pr...ettiest peppers ever to grace our test gardens, this African-American heirloom predates the 1870s. Boasting handsome, variegated foliage, the 18-24" plants produce 2-3" long pendant fruits. Starting out an unusual cream color striped with green, the fruits ripen to orange with brown stripes, before turning all red. An attractive, attention-getting choice for containers. Harvest about 80 days from transplant. read more

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The tiny, round, yellow 1/2" fruits are produced in abundance on vigorous indeterminate plants. Large trusses hold easy-to-harvest... clusters of fruit. With strong, sweet-tart flavor and firm, juicy texture, the little yellow tomatoes are perfect for salads and crudites. read more

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In 1885, this variety made its debut in the French company Vilmorin's The Vegetable Garden. A compact romaine type, the heads grow... to 10-12" tall, producing large smooth leaves that are green at the heart and brownish-red throughout the body. Crisp and tasty, the lettuce combines well with green-leaf varieties. read more

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An heirloom originally from Russia, this beefsteak type has very large, persimmon-colored 1 lb. fruits. Uniform and blemish-free, ...the tomatoes have high flavor, low acidity, and a small seed cavity. Performs well in short-season areas. Indeterminate. read more

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De Cicco is an excellent choice for extended harvests for home gardeners. Vigorous plants yield 3-4", blue-green heads. After cutt...ing the main head, more side shoots develop, producing many more small to medium-sized heads through the summer. Good for steaming, stir-fries and for freezing. Sow indoors six weeks before transplanting outdoors. read more

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For maximum flavor and optimal texture, pick the fruits of this Southern heirloom eggplant when young. With appealing light green ...skin and full-bodied, nutty, white flesh, the slender fruits grow 8 to 9" long. Tall plants that produce high yields. read more

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A multitalented heirloom paste tomato from Wisconsin well-suited for paste, or as a slicing tomato. Acorn-shaped, the very large 8...-12 oz. fruits are deep red, thick-fleshed and nearly seedless. Indeterminate vines. Harvest 74-85 days after transplant. read more

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Sweet is the beet. When it comes to beets, the earlier the better. A dual-purpose beet, with sweet, early-producing, 3-4" roots an...d extra tall and flavorful tops for harvesting as greens. Cut the 18" tall greens, and use in lieu of spinach, kale or chard. Beets also freeze well, which is cool. Since the roots develop and mature over an extended period, there's no need to successively sow seeds. read more

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This easy-to-grow American heirloom thrives, whether it's hot or cold. Dating back to at least the 1770s, it makes a fine ornament...al choice for containers and kitchen gardens. The flavor is mild, and free of bitterness over a long season, pick leaves as needed at any stage. 45 days. read more

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Introduced to the seed trade around 1910, this variety was brought to our shores-and our gardens-by Italian immigrants. A deliciou...sly old-fashioned broccoli, it boasts dark bluish-green central heads about 5" across. Tall, erect, 30-36" plants give way to multiple side shoots once the central head is cut. Harvest 60-90 days after transplant. read more

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Lovely and decorative, this pumpkin with stunning blue-green skin comes to us from the town of Jarrahdale in New Zealand. Weighing... in the 8-10 lb. range and 10" tall, the flattened, firm-ribbed fruits have mild, slightly sweet, almost fruity, golden-yellow flesh that's highly aromatic, to boot. read more

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This heirloom's lovely French name translates, prettily enough, as "embroidered with warts from Eysines," that being a small town ...in southwest France. This pumpkin's random "peanut" warts bedeck the flesh-colored outer skin. A unique decorative piece, to be sure, but also a richly flavored eating pumpkin. Harvest the 10-20 lb. fruits are mature in about 90 days. read more

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Over the last 30 years, this here gigantic pumpkin has earned miles of blue ribbons in growing contests. Proudly descended from se...veral strains of prize-winning "Mammoth" pumpkins that go back centuries and were legends in their day. Given the right conditions-proper care and attention, full-sun location; soil that's deeply tilled, high in humus, has adequate moisture and with a pH of 6.5-7.0-your pumpkins can range in the vicinity of 200 lb. Abundant and balanced fertilizer applications are key to producing these giants of the pumpkin world. read more

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A beautiful heirloom from the south of France with large 20 lb. flattened fruits that are heavily ribbed. Green when immature, the...y turn a lovely deep brown when fully ripe. The deep orange flesh is a particular favorite of chefs for its fine flavor. read more

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Originating in New Zealand, this unusual heirloom cucumber was first offered in 1934. When mature, Crystal Apple's pretty, pale, g...reenish white-skinned fruits resemble Granny Smith apples. To experience the smooth, tender and cream-tasting fruits at their peak, enjoy them when they're young. A bright, scrumptious addition to salads. read more

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We admire this French heirloom's looks, taste and illustrious heritage. Dating to the 1800s, this venerable beauty is patty pan, o...r scalloped, in shape. At first, the squash is the palest sea foam green (Verte); as it matures, the fruit turns all white (Blanc), with deep green radial streaks. Pick when small and saute, bake or stuff. read more

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This beautiful and especially flavorful heirloom comes to us from Norbert Perreira of Helliner, France. A perfect, fruity blend of... sweet and tart, Jaune Flamme (or Yellow Flame in French) excels, whether dried or roasted, the slices retaining their deep orange color. An early producer, ample crops of apricot-colored 3-4 oz. fruits are borne on elongated trusses. read more

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This squash commands your attention on account of the fruits' color and succulent flesh. Red Kuri's magnificent bright scarlet tea...r-drop-shaped fruits are packed with dense flesh that's smashing roasted or in soups. Generous plants produce large yields of 4-6 lb. fruits. read more

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Originally from Mexico, "Pasilla Bajio" furnishes abundant yields of 7" x 1" mildly hot peppers. The name "Pasilla" translates fro...m Spanish as "little raisin", referring to the way the dark green fruits turn deep brown and slightly wrinkled when fully mature and dried. Harvested green, the peppers are used fresh in enchilada sauces and salsas; dried, they're used in smoky-flavored sauces. This is the pepper of choice (once dried and ground into a powder) for the famous Mexican mole (mo-lay) sauce. Harvest about 85 days after transplant. read more

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Native to Turkey, this heirloom variety is a favorite of Italian gardeners and chefs. The petite 18-22" plants produce abundant yi...elds of round, red-orange 3" fruit. Eat when the fruits are young and in the green stage. Once orange, the fruits are excellent for stuffing. 65-85 days from transplant. Insect-resistant. read more

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A favorite heirloom of farm markets and restaurants, thanks to its unique tart flavor and attractive presentation. Originally crea...ted by crossing Yellow Pear with Evergreen, Green Grape produces clusters of 6-8 yellow-green 1" fruits. read more

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Prized for the rich, tangy flavor, this heirloom tomato variety from Czechoslovakia produces impressive yields of succulent 2" red... fruits. The indeterminate plants with potato leaf foliage are early to yield, making them delicious candidates for northern gardens. read more

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Tatsoi, a long-time Asian staple, forms dense rosettes of mild mustardy-flavored leaves. Enjoy the leaves raw or stir-fried. Crunc...hy and flavorful, the midribs have a bright, celeryesque taste. Extremely cold-hardy, you can harvest the plants even under snow cover (mittens not included). read more

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If you are a pickled pepper person, this Italian pepper is for you. Expect gratifyingly large crops of 5-6" long thin, slightly wr...inkled peppers. At first, the peppers are a pleasing light green, and as the season progresses, their color shifts into bright red. Take your pick: you can harvest the sweet, thin-walled fruits in either the green or red stage, and you can enjoy them raw, pickled or cooked. Harvest about 75 days after transplant. read more

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An heirloom variety with legions of fans in Italy and England who are mad for its beautiful deep-purple sprouts and high nutrition...al content. Introduced to the U.S. in the second half of the 19th century, this long-season variety is also a favorite of American gardeners and chefs. Enjoy raw for beautiful color in salads and crudites or cook as you would regular broccoli and the color turns the traditional green. Once the central head is harvested, the plants continue to produce plentiful side shoots. In long-season regions, you can start it indoors and plant outside in early spring-or, if you like, plant in late fall, allow the plants to overwinter and harvest in spring. Extremely cold-hardy. Harvest in about 120 days if growing in summer in long-season areas or about 200 days if overwintering. read more

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First offered in 1908, this early, large rooted variety has pure white skin and firm flesh with a juicy, mildly spicy taste. Stays... crisp for an extended time. Ready to pick in just 23-30 days. read more

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This old variety, a favorite in tomato taste trials, comes from a farming hill town in Lebanon. Growing to 1 1/2 lb, the large, pi...nk, flattened fruits delight with their sweet, rich, complex flavor. The vigorous indeterminate vines are disease-resistant. read more

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A bright red, pear-shaped heirloom with an American pedigree that goes back to Colonial times. Attractive and tasty, the 1-2" long... fruits are delicious in salads or roasted in the oven. Indeterminate. read more

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A unique English heirloom lettuce that can take the heat and stars in the kitchen. Mild and creamy, the bright yellowish-lime gree...n leaves from the tiny, 4-5" butterhead are just right for individual salads. The bright, yellow-lime green leaves form medium-tight central heads even in hot weather and ignore the heat when fully mature in the garden, resisting bolting and allowing for a longer harvest. Cut the individual leaves or pick the entire head. read more

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Catskill produces outsize yields of extra-large, deep green 2" round sprouts that flank the super-strong stalks. Introduced in 194...1, this flavorful long-time favorite is a good choice for freezing. Harvest at once for freezing or as needed for eating fresh. read more

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We're particularly partial to this Italian heirloom winter squash, and we've been seduced by its rich, superb flavor. Excels in so...ups, roasted or in sauces. Provides high yields of turban-shaped fruits weighing 10-12 lb. The color is beautiful: an unusual dark gray-green. These are good keepers: when stored, the sweet, dry flesh actually improves in flavor. read more

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With lovely yellow-orange skin and flesh mottled and streaked with red, this West Virginia heirloom beefsteak weighs in at 1-2 lb.... Heavily ribbed fruits bring superb, sweet, low-acid flavor to salads and sandwiches. read more

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In 1901, Burpee introduced this mild, flavorful, all-purpose heirloom tomato. Ready for salads or sauces, the delectable fruits ra...nge in size from10 to 12 oz. Disease-resistant and heat-tolerant. Indeterminate. read more

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A meaty, delicious variety from Eastern Europe that was brought to America by Polish gardeners in the 1800s. Extremely large, the ...10-12 oz. sausage-shaped fruits are produced on indeterminate vines. The bright red fruits lend themselves to a broad range of uses: paste, sauce, canning, drying or freezing. read more

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Generations of Italian families have savored this crispy sweet pepper. This family heirloom variety is used in salads or sauteed, ...with the extras pickled or dried. Large 3' plants bear large crops of 3-4" long tapered fruits that turn bright red when ripe. Ready to harvest about 70 days from transplant. read more

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