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Jesuit missionaries gathered up this ancient winter radish from China and introduced it to Europe in the 1950s. Now ours to enjoy,... the long peppery roots-6-8" by 2" diameter-have bright, beautiful rose-colored skin with white flesh. An ideal variety for fall planting. 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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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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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 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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Translated from Italian, this bean's name means "purple triumph." This treasured heirloom is a crisp, flavorful treat. Displaying ...lavender flowers against the bright green leaves with purple veins and stems, the very productive 6-8' vines are highly ornamental. When cooked, the rich purple 7-10" pods turn bright green. read more

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Burpee introduced this now classic cucumber in 1893, after receiving it from a customer in western New York State. Pale ivory, the... 6 to 8" long and 2 to 3"-wide fruits have an exceptionally crisp texture, making for excellent fresh eating or tasty pickles. Produces high yields, even in high heat. read more

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We have one Giuseppe Nardello to thank for this spectacularly tasty sweet frying pepper. From the small village of Ruoti in the Ba...silicata region of southern Italy, Giuseppe brought this heirloom to the states, where it was introduced in 1887. Grazie, Giuseppe! All season long the low-growing 20-24" plants produce loads and loads of long, thin peppers, up to 10" long. The peppers are altogether delicious, whether cooked in a little olive oil, grilled, chopped, sauteed with other vegetables, or used raw in salsas and salads. These peppers are perfect for pickling or drying. Harvest in 80-90 days from transplant. read more

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The definitive French melon. Originating in the Poitou-Charentes region around 1920, Charentais is considered the best melon ever ...developed because of its high sugar content, smooth texture and ambrosial fragrance. Perfect for two servings, the small round melons weigh just 2 lb. Gray in color with slight ribs, the melons have rich salmon-orange flesh. 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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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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Introduced in 1891, Delicata's taste is remarkably similar to that of sweet potatoes, but it's much easier to grow. The vines prod...uce plentiful cream-colored, green-striped oblong fruits, about 3" in diameter and 6" long. 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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An heirloom too rarely encountered, this delectable variety fully merits a place in the garden and on the dinner table. Yields ple...ntiful clusters of perfectly round 1" true cherry tomatoes that are deep red with a blackish hue. The flavor is complex, rich, juicy and sweet. Indeterminate. 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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A heirloom tomato that originated in Russia's Black Sea region, this variety yields large, finely flavored 12 oz. pink tomatoes on... indeterminate vines. Savor the mild, delectable fruits either fresh or in cooking. 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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This Japanese mustard, reputedly Indian in origin, has a mild, slightly peppery taste. The heirloom's leaves add pizzazz to gourme...t mixed-green salads, and are delicious sauteed or stir-fried. Bright green and heavily serrated, the leaves have a picturesque feathery look that adds interest to the garden bed. Heat-tolerant. 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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Originally grown in West Virginia, this heirloom was one of the parent lines for another cherished heirloom: the legendary Mortgag...e Lifter. With pinkish-red skin and nearly seedless meaty, mild flesh, the large, lobed fruits weigh 3/4-1 1/2 lb. A favorite variety for slicing or canning. The disease-resistant, indeterminate vines thrive in hot, humid areas. read more

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Heat-lovers, here's another Mexican favorite used in a variety of dishes, from salsas to soups. Large 2-3' plants produce plentifu...l smooth, club-shaped, 1 1/2" long fruits with medium-thick walls. Best used fresh, the fruits mature from green to red. Heat scale is about 3,00-0 Scovilles. Harvest about 75 days after transplant. 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Ever vigorous, this variety's vines produce mighty yields of striking apple-shaped gourds. Deep green with lighter flecks when fre...sh, the 9 x 12", 5-7 lb. gourds transition to brown when dried. Excellent for crafts and birdhouses. read more

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We consider this the most beautiful lettuce we have grown. With bright-green cupped leaves splashed with rosy-red, this butterhead... type makes a visual and flavorful splash in the salad bowl. The taste is superb, buttery and mild. Loose heads grow to 12" across and can be harvested in about 55 days. read more

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Appropriately enough, these peas were introduced in peacetime, just after World War II. Lincoln quickly became a favorite with Ame...rican gardeners thanks to its high yields and sweet, tender flavor. Suited for eating fresh, freezing or canning, the 4-5" pods are loaded with 6-9 sweet, tender peas. Heat- and wilt-tolerant, the 18-30" plants require staking with a small pea fence for proper support. read more

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Discovered in an Ozarks vegetable garden in the 1930s, the striking deep purple pods grow in abundance on 6' tall pole habit vines... over a long season. Tender and round, the 5-7" stringless pods turn green when cooked. A delectable bean for eating fresh and for canning. 68 days. 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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Red Zebra is thought to be a naturally occurring cross between Green Zebra and an unknown, though certainly red, parent. The beaut...iful and tartly flavored offspring are gorgeous 2 to 3", round cherry-red fruits with rich orange streaks. The bountiful, high-yielding indeterminate vines are ready to harvest about 75-90 days from 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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These were the beans carried in the pockets of Cherokee Indians on their tragic forced relocation from North Carolina's Smoky Moun...tains to Oklahoma in 1838-1839. Shiny and jet-black, the beans are harvested dry and can be happily incorporated in an array of traditional American dishes. The beans are encased in 6-8" greenish-purple pods that are left to dry on the vine before picking, but they can also be picked green and prepared like snap beans. read more

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Romanesco is the preeminent Italian heirloom variety and was first documented in Italy in the 16th century. Its crisp, beautiful a...pple-green whorled heads impart an altogether pleasing, nutty taste. Most often enjoyed raw, the broccoli, if lightly cooked, will retain its flavor and unique texture. 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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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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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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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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An heirloom from Holland, this non-staining beet is a standout because of its completely white roots and its delicious, sweet, mil...d taste. Beets are ideal for boiling, roasting or pickling; they also freeze well. You can pick these even when the roots are large without compromising their firm texture and high flavor. To avoid green tops, blanch the roots by hilling up the soil. 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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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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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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Known for producing large heads and long stalks, this longtime favorite is excellent for cooking fresh or freezing. The 4-6" dark ...blue-green heads are arrayed with side shoots. Developed to withstand cold, it performs outstandingly in the fall. read more

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Lovely and flavorful, Jackson Wonder was introduced in 1888, quickly becoming an American favorite. A rich chestnut color, speckle...d with maroon, the beans have a bright, nutty flavor. With a compact bush habit, the prolific plants only grow 18-24" tall, so harvesting is quick and easy. One cold-hardy lima bean, Jackson Wonder performs beautifully through the warmer parts of Zone 5 when other limas have given up. read more

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Originally from Mexico-and taking its name from a Mexican state-this small, very hot pepper's a favorite in the South and East, wh...ere the plants can grow tall and are covered with the petite light yellow-green to red fruits. Best known as the pepper that lends the kick to the namesake hot sauce from Avery Island, Louisiana. Harvest about 80 days after transplant. read more

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Known and beloved by Italians as "Costata Romanesco", this Italian heirloom offers up a distinctive nutty flavor. The 6-8" medium-...green fruits have pale green ribs and flecks. The prominent ribs create star-shaped slices which are lovely sauteed or roasted. read more

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