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Asian heirloom with luscious and fragrant baseball-sized fruits. Rarely encountered in the States, this heirloom melon variety has... been grown in Asia for centuries. This strain, bred in Yokohama, Japan, has round, 10-12 oz. baseball-sized fruits with gray-green skin that morphs to yellow-green. The soft green flesh is luscious and fragrant. Fruits hold well after harvest. read more

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Italian heirloom with blue-green leaves loaded with flavor, Also known as Dinosaur or Tuscan Kale, this Italian heirloom dates bac...k to the 18th century, and is an essential ingredient of caldo verde (green broth), a popular soup in Portugal. By whatever name, the sweeter, milder, blue-green, heavily crinkled strap leaves impart excellent flavor, especially harvested young and after first frost. read more

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HEIRLOOM. The ultimate French melon?and one of the best-tasting anywhere. The definitive French melon. Originating in the Poitou-C...harentes 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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Productive, Italian heirloom broccoli especially good for freezing. De Cicco is an excellent choice for extended harvests for home... gardeners. Vigorous plants yield 3-4", blue-green heads. After cutting 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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An heirloom squash that tastes like a sweet potato. Introduced in 1891, Delicata's taste is remarkably similar to that of sweet po...tatoes, but it's much easier to grow. The vines produce plentiful cream-colored, green-striped oblong fruits, about 3" in diameter and 6" long. read more

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Tasty kidney beans from an Italian variety can be enjoyed fresh or dried. Originally from Italy, this exceptional kidney bean has ...been a delectable fixture in American gardens since the early 1800s. The bean has played a starring role in home cooking as well, in soups, stews and as an ideal choice for baked beans. You can pick the 5-7" pods and enjoy the beans fresh, or allow them to dry on the highly productive 2-3' plants and harvest for dried beans. 85 days. read more

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A Romanian variety that produces an abundance of sweet, crunchy yellow wax beans. This heirloom from Bacau, Romania, is quickly be...coming a stateside favorite. A prolific producer, Gold of Bacau yields abundant long, flat, 6-10" golden yellow wax beans. Notable for their sweet flavor and crunchy texture, the beans remain tender and stringless as they mature on the vine. read more

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Dutch heirloom beet with white roots. An heirloom from Holland, this non-staining beet is a standout because of its completely whi...te roots and its delicious, sweet, mild 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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Hardy and vigorous vining plants produce a plethora of delectable stringless beans. First introduced in the US in 1914 as Black Cr...easeback, this variety now answers to the apt name of Ideal Market. Very hardy, vigorous and easy to grow, this heirloom variety produces high yields of great-tasting 5 to 6" stringless beans on vining plants. read more

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A persimmon-colored Russian heirloom beefsteak; high in flavor, low in acidity. 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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All-America Selections winner for 1935 and long-time southern favorite with mild, mustardy flavor. With crumpled, frilled edges, t...he bright green leaves impart a mild, mustardy flavor. Served raw, the young leaves are tasty in salads?they're also delicious lightly stir-fried or saut?ed. Superb candidate for freezing or canning. Cold-resistant and slow to bolt, the large, upright and vigorous plants spread to 18-24". Harvest young leaves in about 50 days or more mature leaves in about 70. read more

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Chinese variety of delicious, burpless cucumber: bright-tasting and crisp. Suyo Long is a traditional variety from China that offe...rs an abundance of delicious, burpless, crispy cucumbers. Growing to 16" long on vigorous vines, the sweet ribbed fruits can be picked at any stage, from very young to fully mature. Perfect for eating fresh or for pickling. Grow it on a trellis for straighter fruits. read more

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Medium-hot heirloom peppers with a pedigree that goes right back to Thomas Jefferson. A tangy hot pepper that's rich in flavor and... history. Producing tiny, shiny, round-red peppers, this variety was introduced in 1813 by Bernard McMahon from seeds given to him by Thomas Jefferson who was, as you may know, an accomplished plantsman. Striking and decorative, the 12" plants are ideal candidates for indoor or outdoor containers. The medium-hot fruits can be strung like cranberries and dried. Plants can be overwintered indoors. Harvest about 90 days from transplant. read more

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A longtime favorite in France that's lovely to look at and delightful to taste. The French love affair with this heirloom owes its... passion and longevity to the bean's delicious taste and beautiful presentation. Tender and stringless, the thin, bright green pods should be picked every few days, right before they are prepared in the kitchen. This variety performs well in cooler soils where others may not. read more

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An heirloom found in Ohio and yours to enjoy: delicious and super sweet. You can tell that Sheepnose has vintage rural origins, si...nce few of us see a sheep, or its nose, often enough to think of naming a lovely, delicious pimento after the ovine proboscis. An heirloom originally found in Ohio, these 3-4"- diameter tomato-shaped peppers are thick-walled and super sweet. This tasty variety is a popular choice for canning. When refrigerated, the harvested fruits stay fresh for a good while. Harvest in 70-80 days after transplant. read more

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An American favorite since the 1920s. Popular since the 1920s, this is the golden version of the red California Wonder. Smooth, bl...ocky and blunt-ended 5" x 4" fruits are thick-walled, very sweet and mild. Maturing from light-green to golden-yellow, the peppers grow on 22-26" sturdy, upright plants that set continuously. Harvest in 62-73 days from transplant. read more

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High-yielding, super hot pepper with a multitude of uses. The famously hot and pungent pepper takes its name from a river in Guyan...a. We like to think the name derives from locals fleeing to 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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Hardy heirloom strain with sweet flavor and crisp texture. Named after Parris Island, SC, this heirloom variety bred by the USDA a...nd Clemson University was introduced in 1952. The sweet flavor and crisp texture have earned it a devoted following. Growing to about 10-12" tall, the large heads have deep green leaves that turn to a creamy yellowish-white at the heart. Highly disease resistant. read more

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Sweet, tart, flavorful tomatoes originating in the Ozark Mountains. This 100-year-old heirloom favorite hailing from the Ozark Mou...ntains of Arkansas produces goodly numbers of rich flavorful tomatoes. Deep pink when ripe, the round 6-8 oz. fruits' artful balance of sweetness and tartness accounts for its standing as one of the very best heirloom varieties. Disease-resistant, indeterminate vines. read more

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Ornamental edible heirloom that can take the heat and the cold. This easy-to-grow American heirloom thrives, whether it's hot or c...old. Dating back to at least the 1770s, it makes a fine ornamental 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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Thai pepper variety is seriously hot and gorgeous in a container. Originally from Thailand, this seriously hot pepper makes a love...ly impression in a patio container. The ornamental 8-12" plants are 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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Early rooted variety with mildly spicy taste. 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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Large crops of tapered fruits that turn bright red when ripe. Generations of Italian families have savored this crispy sweet peppe...r. This family heirloom variety is used in salads or saut?ed, 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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Big blocky fruits with sweet, juicy taste. Bred by experts at the USDA, and introduced in 1963, this variety produces heavy yields... of large, blocky 4-5" x 3½-4" fruits. The thick-walled, dark-green to red peppers have a sweet, juicy taste and crisp texture. Vigorous and prolific, the 26-30" upright plants bear over a long season and an excellent choice for the South. Harvest in 72-80 days after transplant. read more

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A Mexican favorite that's four to five times hotter than jalapeno: distinctive pungent flavor. Heat-lovers, here's another Mexican... favorite used in a variety of dishes, from salsas to soups. Four to five times hotter than a jalapeno, it has a distinctive pungent flavor. Large 2-3' plants produce plentiful smooth, club-shaped, 1½" long fruits with medium-thick walls. Best used fresh, the fruits mature from green to red. Harvest about 75 days after transplant. read more

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A high-yielding Missouri heirloom squash with a sweet potato flavor: one of our favorites. A favorite at our Fordhook Farm test ga...rdens, this family heirloom squash from Missouri has a flavor that is distinctly sweet potatoesque. High-yielding vines produce a plentitude of cream-colored 6-8" acorn-shaped fruits with a wondrously sweet chestnut flavor. This squash stores well. read more

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Early arriving heirloom melon with delicious meaty golden flesh. This ever-so-sweet melon arrives early, making it a good choice f...or northern gardens with short seasons. Bred at the University of Minnesota in the 1940s, the small 4" melon's thick, meaty, golden yellow flesh boasts excellent flavor and a high sugar content. Perfect for smaller gardens, the compact vines grow to only 3' and produce prolifically. read more

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The pepper of choice for Mexican mole sauce?also sparkles in enchilada sauces and sauces. Originally from Mexico, "Pasilla Bajio" ...furnishes abundant yields of 7" x 1" mildly hot peppers. The name "Pasilla" translates from 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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A French heirloom crisphead lettuce: light green, crispy and sweet. Queen of the Ice is how the name of this regal French heirloom... translates. Leaves of this crisphead lettuce are lacy and deep green 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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Simply spectacular: a delicious sweet pepper from Italy. We have one Giuseppe Nardello to thank for this spectacularly tasty sweet... frying pepper. From the small village of Ruoti in the Basilicata 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, saut?ed 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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Shiny jet-black beans that are harvested fresh or dried. These were the beans carried in the pockets of Cherokee Indians on their ...tragic forced relocation from North Carolina's Smoky Mountains 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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Medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, with wonderfully rich flavor. HEIRLOOM. This medium-sized, very dark maroon beefsteak, w...ith wonderfully rich flavor, originated in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea with perfect "tomato summers". Extremely tasty. This is a grafted plant, and it has very good disease resistance and superior growth characteristics. read more

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A prized variety in Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello: sweet, mild, delicious. Thomas Jefferson grew this bull-nosed pepper ...in his garden after it arrived here from India in the 1700s. Bull Nosed peppers, popular in early America, are due for a renaissance. Still grown at Jefferson's Monticello, the variety has a delectably mild, sweet taste and thick walls. Can be enjoyed raw, cooked or pickled. Fruits ripen from dark green to red and can be harvested 60-80 days from transplant. read more

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A Turkish heirloom producing abundant red-orange fruit. Native to Turkey, this heirloom variety is a favorite of Italian gardeners... and chefs. The petite 18-22" plants produce abundant yields 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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Beautiful bicolor beans from Mexico that can be harvested fresh or dried. Originating in Mexico, this Mexican heirloom is a choice... dual-purpose bean. Harvest at about 60 days for plentiful long, thin, stringless snap beans?or let the pods dry on the bush type plants, and harvest after 80 days for a bountiful crop of dry beans filled with rich nutty flavor. When cooked, the dry beans retain their unique brown and white bicolor markings. read more

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A parent line that gave rise to the illustrious Mortgage Lifter. Large lobed fruits with pinkish-red skin. Originally grown in Wes...t Virginia, this heirloom was one of the parent lines for another cherished heirloom: the legendary Mortgage Lifter. With pinkish-red skin and nearly seedless meaty, mild flesh, the large, lobed fruits weigh ¾-1½ lb. A favorite variety for slicing or canning. The disease-resistant, indeterminate vines thrive in hot, humid areas. read more

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A really pretty, really tasty 1-2 lb. heirloom from West Virginia. With lovely yellow-orange skin and flesh mottled and streaked w...ith 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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Red pear-shaped heirloom Americans have enjoyed since Colonial times. 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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An heirloom perfect for orange salsas and sauces. Salmon-orange in color, scrumptious in flavor, this early-yielding heirloom has ...just the right credentials for orange-colored sauces and salsas. Nearly seedless, the large, firm fruits grow in prodigious numbers on indeterminate vines. read more

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An African-American heirloom pepper that's one of the prettiest, tastiest peppers you'll ever meet. You may have encountered (and ...savored) this heirloom pepper in the oyster and crab houses around the Chesapeake Bay. One of the prettiest 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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Thick-walled fruits are very sweet, very mild. The golden cousin of the red-colored Marconi, this delicious and mild-tasting heirl...oom pepper is prized in Italy. Very sweet and very large, the 7-10" long tapered fruits are great for eating fresh, frying, grilling or stuffing. Pick at either the light green early stage or wait until fully mature and golden yellow. Harvest in 80-90 days from transplant. read more

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Produces lovely, scrumptious cherry tomatoes in profusion. Red Zebra is thought to be a naturally occurring cross between Green Ze...bra and an unknown, though certainly red, parent. The beautiful 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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French heirloom whose taste a hearty blend of sweet and tart. This beautiful and especially flavorful heirloom comes to us from No...rbert 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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Small, very hot peppers that lend the kick to the famous hot sauce. Originally from Mexico?and taking its name from a Mexican stat...e?this small, very hot pepper's a favorite in the South and East, where 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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A vintage variety and perennial favorite with rich, complex flavor. This old variety, a favorite in tomato taste trials, comes fro...m a farming hill town in Lebanon. Growing to 1½ lb., the large, pink, flattened fruits delight with their sweet, rich, complex flavor. The vigorous indeterminate vines are disease-resistant. read more

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A Burpee original?and an All-America Selections winner in 1943. Bred right here, Burpee's Jubilee is the outstanding result of a s...tabilized, six-generation selection from a cross between Tangerine 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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Multi-talented Italian heirloom: delicious raw, fried, stuffed or grilled. The name of this Italian heirloom translates as "horn o...f the bull", a tribute to the peppers' full, tapered shape. Ripening to a bright red, the fruits?8-10" long and 2½-3' wide at the top?have a sweet, crisp, full-bodied flavor. A tasty favorite eaten raw, fried, stuffed or grilled. Ready to harvest about 75 days from transplant. read more

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Plentiful clusters of juicy-sweet deep-red tomatoes with a blackish hue. An heirloom too rarely encountered, this delectable varie...ty fully merits a place in the garden and on the dinner table. Yields plentiful 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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Eastern European variety with bright red fruits for paste, sauces, canning or freezing. A meaty, delicious variety from Eastern Eu...rope 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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This heirloom from Czechoslovakia is prized for its rich, tangy flavor. Prized for the rich, tangy flavor, this heirloom tomato va...riety 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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