J. L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN, BOX 337, LA HONDA, CALIFORNIA 94020-0337 USA
2018 SUPPLEMENT - Vegetables
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—Bean Fava Sweet Lorane. (30) VBEA-FSL. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 pound: $8.00
Small-seeded light colored beans bred for low tannin and sweet flavor. Re-selected by Alan Adesse to recover the best color and taste, Sweet Lorane can be eaten fresh like chickpeas or dried for soup. Very cold hardy and good nitrogen fixer. Organic.
—Bean Gold Marie Vining. (25) VBEA-GMV. Packet: $2.50
1/4 pound: $7.00
Heirloom pole bean with bright yellow flat pods. Best picked at 6 - 7" long for tender delicious snap beans. Large vigorous plants with heavy yields.
—Bean Petit Filet. (50) VBEA-PTF. Packet: $2.50
1/4 pound: $6.00
Heirloom French semi-bush bean, bearing slender, rounded, deep green pods with delicate flavor. A favorite in French gardens for decades.
—Bean Whipple. (25) VBEA-WP. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 pound: $6.00
Family heirloom from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, this is a dry bean for soups and stews. Beans are dark purple-red with white markings, and incredibly flavorful. Bushy plants with an occasional runner. Organically grown.
—Carrot Black Spanish. (100) VCAR-BLS. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 Oz: $6.00, Oz: $12.00
Deep purple skin, pale yellow to white inside, with strong, spicy carrot flavor. Delicious roasted, creamed, or sliced thin for salads. Similar to the black carrots that arrived in Spain from North Africa in the 1300s. Organically grown.
—Corn Chires Baby. (25) VCOR-CB. Packet: $2.50
Slender little ears to only 3 - 4" long, with tiny orange-red kernels. The tender young ears are eaten whole, cob and all. Best picked within 5 days after the silk appears. Wonderful pickles, or added to stir-fry or soups. Freezes well.
—Corn Gurney's Giant Mexican. (15) VCOR-GM. Packet: $3.00
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Creamy white kernels, huge plants. Our grower writes, "This was offered by Gurney many years ago in their Amaze Your Neighbors section. I have been growing a few plants nearly every year just for the fun of having 15 foot tall corn stalks. I actually needed a ladder to pick an ear one time."
—Corn Midnight Snack. (40) VCOR-MS. Packet: $2.00 ORGANIC
1/2 pound: $10.00
Wonderful sweet corn, kernels creamy yellow in the milk stage for fresh eating, maturing deep purple-black when dry. Fairly early, good in northern areas. Bred by Edwin Meader in 1978. Organic.
—Popcorn Red Husk Spectrum. (100 ) VCOR-RHS. Packet: $2.00
1/4 pound: $8.00
Multicolored ears in white, yellow, red, and purple, many with deep red husks and stalks. Grows to 9 feet tall, great for fall decorations and excellent popcorn. About one third of the plants will be red.
—Cucumber Bush Hog. (100) VCUC-BH. Packet: $2.50
Wonderfully odd little cucumbers, spiny like hedgehogs, striped light and dark green. The 2 - 3" fruits are slightly bitter, but make delicious pickles. Compact plants, great for kids' gardens.
—Kale Black Lake. (100) VKAL-BL. Packet: $2.00
Oz: $5.00, 1/4 pound: $12.00
Long, narrow, deeply savoyed and curled leaves, dark green above, nearly black beneath. A Tuscan type, tender and flavorful. Good for baby salad greens, mature leaves great baked for chips.
—Lettuce Bistro Blend. (250) VLET-BBL. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $10.00, 1/4 pound: $21.00
Fine mix of types and colors, ruffled and plain, green, purple, red, and bronze. Sow thickly to harvest all together for baby salad mix, or thin to harvest individual heads.
—Lettuce Red Butter Romaine. (200) VLET-RBR. Packet: $2.50
Another wonderful cross by Wild Garden Seed, this one has deep red outer leaves and a buttery yellow interior, with blushed rose center. Crisp outside, tender inside. Organically grown.
—Onion Egyptian Top Onion. (6 bulblets) VONI-EGT. Packet: $3.00
Also called Walking Onions, the blue-green leaves can reach 3 feet tall, and form a clump of small bulblets at the top. These stalks bend down to produce new plants, 'walking' along. Hardy and perennial, used for bunching onions or scallions. (Allium X proliferum)
—Onion Purplette. (50) VONI-PR. Packet: $3.00
Early mini-onion with glossy rich purple golf-ball sized bulbs, or can be harvested young for bunching onions. Turns a pretty rose-pink when cooked. Short-day type, good in the North.
—Pepper Black Cobra. (20) VPEP-BLC. Packet: $4.00
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Also called 'Goat's Weed Pepper'. Slender upright peppers turn from green to black, then red. Extremely hot! Graceful shrub with dusky green fuzzy leaves, reaching 8 - 5 feet tall. Great flavor. The only Capsicum annuum with fuzzy leaves.
—Pepper Jolokia. (100) VPEP-JK. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $10.00
Also called Naga Jolokia, Bhut Jolokia, and Ghost Chili. These peppers from India hold the Guinness Book of World's Records world's hottest pepper. Tapering 3" orange-red, rough-skinned peppers. Apparently a cross between Capsicum chinense and C. frutescens. Eat these fresh or dried when you want an extreme experience!
—Pepper Satan's Kiss. (50) VPEP-SK. Packet: $2.50
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Small round cherry pepper with a good amount of heat, though said to lose about half its heat when cooked. Also called Baccio di Satana, Ciliegia Picante, and Picante Calabrese.
—Pepper Xigole. (25) VPEP-XI. Packet: $4.00
Very small hot peppers grow up-turned and are bright red when mature. A long-lived perennial in the cool Oaxacan mountains, but needs more warmth than Manzano to really thrive. Extremely hot. Name pronounced 'she-GO-lay'. Also called 'Soltero' (bachelor), a humorous allusion to the shape and upright habit of the fruits. "I grew this for several years and it provided all my hot pepper needs with plenty to give away. I liked it because I could carry over a plant or two in a sunny window. It carried on until Christmas and started blooming again as soon as I moved them outside for the summer. They bore like this for 2 - 3 years. Also it was the hottest pepper I've ever grown, including Habanero and Serrano."—B. T., North Carolina,1/98.
—Rutabaga Nadmorska. (100)VRUT-ND. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 Oz: $5.00, Oz: $11.00
Large oval golden-yellow roots with green tops, and a mild sweet taste. Delicious creamed or roasted. Organically grown.
—Shiso, Green. (250) VSHI-G. Packet: $2.50
Perilla frutescens. 'AO SHISO', 'JI SOO'. Aromatic coleus-like herb with crinkled, delicate green leaves. Unique spicy flavor makes this an irreplaceable herb in China and Japan. The green variety is milder and preferred for all-around cooking and garnishing. Adds a wonderful flavor to tempura, tofu, etc. Tender annual, good in containers. Light aids germination, sow on the soil surface. Easily grown, standing heat, but needs constant moisture.
—Spinach Giant Nobel. (100) VSPI-GN. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
Very large, smooth, thick, dark green leaves on big spreading plants. Slow bolting, for late spring sowing. A fine variety, not often available.
—Lunga di Napoli. (20) VSQU-LDN. Packet: $2.50
Oz: $6.00, 1/4 pound: $16.00
Large Winter squash with a long neck and rounded end. Dark green striped skin, vivid orange flesh, mild sweet flavor. Heirloom from southern Italy, where it is used in giambotta, a classic soup, along with tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, plums, and pears. Also fried, mixed with oil, vinegar, mint, garlic, and sugar, and eaten cold.
—New Big Dwarf. (50) VTOM-NBG. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $9.00
A cross between Ponderosa and Dwarf Champion by S.M. Isbell Co. in 1909, this unusual variety has large pink fruit (up to a pound), on a compact plant to 2 - 4 feet. Sweet, tart, complex—excellent flavor in a pink tomato. Sturdy, bushy plants, good in containers.
—Raspberry Lyanna. (50) VTOM-RSL. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 Oz: $15.00
Medium-sized raspberry pink fruits, with full rich flavor. Heavy yields, great for canning or fresh. Originally from Russia, does well in cool coastal areas. Semi-determinate. Organically grown.
—Black Diamond. (20) VWAT-BLD. Packet: $2.50
The classic watermelon, deep green-black skin, brilliant red flesh. Crisp, sweet, and juicy. Huge melons, up to 50 pounds. The king of summertime.