L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN,
BOX 337, LA
2021 SUPPLEMENT - Vegetables
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—Amaranth Gold Seed. (500) VAMA-GS. Packet: $2.50
An old type with light golden-tan seeds. A multi-purpose crop, producing leaves for spinach and nutritious grain. To about 5 feet, with green flower heads. Cover seed, needs darkness to sprout.
—Bean Gold Rush. (50) VBEA-GR. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Pound: $5.00, Pound: $12.00
Along-time favorite, sturdy bushes produce clusters of bright yellow wax beans, crisp and tasty.
—Celery Chinese Pink. (300) VCEL-CP. Packet: $3.00 ORGANIC
Vibrant candy-pink slender stems, green leaves. A classic Chinese celery with strong flavor—not eaten raw but used in stir-fry, soups, and stews. Good eaten young as an herb, like cilantro or parsley. Organic.
—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."
—Kale Mixed Gene Pool. (500) VKAL-GP. Packet: $2.50
A selection from a Massachusetts gardener, who says: "This kale began about 20 years ago as 'asparagus kale' from the Seed Saver's Exchange. Here in my garden it's almost perennial. It's a prolific seeder, and bees love the flowers. The leaves are large and flat, not as round as collards, and some are crinkly."—Dvora Cohen
—Lettuce Camo Oakheart. (200) VLET-CO. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 Ounce: $20.00 ORGANIC
Beautiful mix of dense-heading small-leaf plants in rich colors of ruby, deep purple, green, and gold. Another beauty from Wild Garden. Organic.
—Melon Early Silver Line. (100) VMEL-ESL. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
Korean melon with small oval fruit, canary-yellow with pale ribbing. Sweet, fragrant, crisp white flesh, only 1 - 2 pounds each. Thin skin makes this melon hard to ship, so best for farmer's markets.
—Melon Vine Peach. (100) VMEL-VP. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $6.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00
Cucurnis melo Chito group. Also called 'Mango Melon'. Peach-sized yellow-orange melons, said to taste like mango. Vigorous and productive sprawling vine, can be staked. Many prefer it cooked, in pies, preserves and pickles.
—Millet German Foxtail. (1000) VMIL-GF. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $15.00 ORGANIC
Setaria italica. One of the oldest crops, this annual summer-growing grass gives both excellent grain and high-quality hay. Tolerates a dry growing season. First grown in China about 6500 BCE, and it remains an important crop for arid regions. Organic.
—Mustard Dragon Feathers Mix. (250) VMUS-DF. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 Ounce: $6.00 ORGANIC
Beautiful mix of textures and forms—frilled, rounded, feathery, in shades of green, gold, and purple. Highly flavorful, great for salad mixes. Bred by Frank Morton at Wild Garden. Organic.
—Parsley Hungarian Landrace. (400) VPAR-HU. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC
1/4 Ounce: $7.50 ORGANIC
Flat-leaf type from Hungary, selected for sweet flavor and disease resistance. Organic.
—Pea Blue Podded. (25) VPEA-BL. Packet: $2.00 ORGANIC
1/4 Pound: $5.00 ORGANIC
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Heirloom Dutch pea, called Blauwschokkers, or Pois A Cross Violette in France. Enjoyed in Europe for centuries. Sweet-scented bi-colored flowers followed by striking blue-violet pods. Young pods are sweet and delicious, or dry mature peas for soup.
—Pea Swenson Swedish. (50) VPEA-SW. Packet: $2.50
A fine snowpea brought to the U.S. from Sweden by Charles Swenson's family in 1876. Sturdy and productive vines bear sweet tender pods. In Sweden they are picked young, cut into small pieces and cooked in a cream sauce.
—Pepper Habanero Red Sweet. (40) VPEP-HRS. Packet: $3.00
1/4 Ounce: $12.00
These crinkled red habaneros have the smoky sweet flavor without the burn. The complex taste with no heat makes this a superb addition to many dishes, and makes great pickles.
—Pepper Lemon Drop. (50) VPEP-LM. Packet: $3.00
Beautiful clear yellow 2 - 3" long peppers, thin and slightly wrinkled. Very hot, and some detect a citrus flavor. Peru. Makes bright yellow powder.
—Pepper Pasilla Bajio. (200) VPEP-PSB. Packet: $2.00
Long slender peppers, 7" long by 1" wide. Dark green ripening to chocolate brown. Mild and rich flavored, most often dried and toasted for use in mole anti other Méxican sauces. Fresh they are called chilaca. The word pasilla means 'little raisin', and several different chiles are called pasilla dried.
—Pumpkin Ugly Duckling. (15) VPUM-UD. Packet: $3.00
This French heirloom resembles the classic Cinderella pumpkin, but in colors from pale gold to deep orange-red, some with green stripes and rough skin. Large flattened pumpkins with thick smooth flesh. Excellent ornamental and for cooking, nothing ugly about it!
—Radish Halloween Mixed. (300) VRAD-HAL. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
Very pretty and tasty small round radishes in purple, white, yellow, and black. Colorful bunches for farmer's market sales.
—Squash Black Forest Kabocha. (20) VSQU-BFK. Packet: $2.50
Cucurbita maxima. A small variety of the Japanese pumpkin, giving round 2 - 4 pound squash with dark green skin and orange flesh. Rich nut-like flavor with a touch of sweetness, perfect for roasting, stuffing, soup, or tempura. The thin skin can be eaten when young, and makes a nice topping when peeled, diced, and fried crisp. The grower writes "Very early to set female blossoms, and as this is March I still have 9 so a reasonable keeper."—T. Hicks.
—Squash Romanesco. (40) VSQU-RO. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $9.00
Cucurbita pepo. Also called Costata Romanesco, this is the classic Italian ribbed zucchini—deep green with distinct lighter green ridges. Very flavorful, good for grilling or picked very young with the flowers still on.
—Squash Silver Bell. (40) VSQU-SIL. Packet: $2.50
Ounce: $10.00, 1/4 Pound: $21.00
Cucurbita maxima. Small bell-shaped Winter squash with silver-grey skin and orange flesh, nice for baking whole. High sugar content, stores well. Originally selected from Blue Banana and introduced by Ferry-Morse Seed Co. in 1956.
—Squash Sugar Loaf. (30) VSQU-SUG. Packet: $2.50
Cucurbita pepo. Delicata type, with thicker flesh and higher yields than the regular strain. Small oval squash with cream-orange skin and green stripes. Very flavorful orange flesh. Bred by Dr. James Bagget at Oregon State University. Stores well but becomes less sweet with age.
—Ukrainian Hard White. (75) VWHT-UK. Packet: $2.50
Hard white is a light-colored wheat high in protein. Excellent for flour, which makes a light, sweet. flavored bread. The Ukraine is one of the world's major producers of hard wheat.