Favorite Heirloom Vegetables

Heirloom vegetables belong to a special class of plants. The term, “heirloom” – or Heritage Plant as it is also known – refers to open-pollinated varieties of vegetables and fruits that have been around for at least 50 years (before commercial hybrids came along).

There are many benefits to choosing heirlooms in the vegetable garden. They have outstanding taste, interesting shapes and colors and grow better than just about any other vegetable or herb. Plus, they are pretty easy to grow and are certain to always be around.

6 Best Favorite Heirloom Vegetables

1. Amana Orange Tomato

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Amana Orange is a beefsteak tomato that has very few seeds. Its rich, classic tomato flavor is perfect for eating raw, sliced thick with salt and pepper, or on sandwiches or burgers. Its lovely, bright orange color will surprise your backyard barbecue guests this summer. Amana Orange tomato plants are indeterminant and come originally from the State of Iowa.

2. Banana Leggs Tomato

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Children love the name of Banana Leggs, a yellow, oblong-shaped paste tomato. The fruit resembles a banana and sometimes has some light green striping. This variety has a sweet flavor and meaty texture and is excellent for making sauce. These determinant plants are extremely prolific and the pretty leaves are lacy.

3. Grey Zucchini

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  • Beautiful -- Large individual packets of Black Beauty, Cocozelle, Grey, Round, and Golden Zucchini seeds. A wonderful selection of shapes and colors to brighten your garden inspired dishes. A minimum of 3 to 5 grams per packet (depending on variety).
  • Good Eats -- Fresh zucchini squash is delicious sauteed in butter with a little garlic. It is also a wonderful addition to Italian lasagna, Asian stir fries, Middle Eastern curry, sweet breads and even pancakes. So many ways to use this versatile vegetable.
  • Great for Patio -- These compact varieties are disease resistant and could be grown in containers on your deck. They also do well planted in late summer for a fall harvest.
  • Easy to Grow -- Instructions included on each packet with additional growing tips on our “Sow Successful” Blog. Plus, we are available to answer all your questions. If these seeds don’t germinate, we will happily make it right for you.
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One of the most prolific plants in the garden, Grey Zucchini bear beautiful fruit on a uniquely textured and variegated plant. The leaves of this plant exhibit a unique grey, stripe pattern. It is a good idea to plant more than one Grey Zucchini to be certain of pollination, although this plant may be cross-pollinated if other squash plants are nearby in the garden. Fruits should be harvested continuously in order to encourage the plant to continue producing new blooms.

4. Long Island Cheese Squash

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This pumpkin-style squash is one of the most beautiful heritage varieties available to gardeners today. Although it starts out dark green, the fruit ripens to a lovely rusty orange color. It is extremely decorative, perfect for adorning your front porch in autumn. The flesh of this squash is sweet, terrific for cooking that Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. 10-pound fruits are ready to be harvested in about 105 days.

5. Paul Robeson Tomato

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  • Paul Robeson Tomato Seeds, Heirloom NON-GMO, Low Acid, Indeterminate, Open-Pollinated, Rich Flavor. 80-90 days.
  • Keep moist, not letting the seeds dry out between watering. **SOIL Temperature for Germination: 70-75F. Planting Depth: 1/4". Sprout tomato seeds in small containers, preferably 4" or smaller. In-ground germination is not recommended. Use a standard potting mix that is well drained.
  • Start seeds in containers approximately 8 weeks prior to the planned set-out date. Plants should ultimately be transplanted to the garden 1-2 weeks after the expected date of last frost. Soil should be kept consistently warm, from 70-85F. Cool soils, below about 60-65F, even just at night, will significantly delay or inhibit germination. Additionally, overly warm soils, well above 90F, can inhibit germination and provide ideal conditions for seed rot.
  • Over watering can cause fungal growth which leads to seed rot. Excess water can also bury seeds deep in the soil where they will not be able break the surface. Water when the soil surface just begins to dry.
  • Multiple seeds can be planted in a single starter container, but should be thinned once seedlings appear so only a single plant remains. Seeds do not require light for germination but some light source should be provided for seedlings once they emerge from the soil.

Paul Robeson is a black tomato. The flavor of the large fruit of this tomato is beyond compare. The fruit is deep red in color, sometimes with green shoulders. These tomatoes are dark in color and very rich in flavor. They are excellent for canning, or for eating in salads. The plants are indeterminant and originated in Russia.

6. “Purple Queen” Bush Bean

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  • A beautiful bean that will add attractiveness to your garden.
  • Upright, compact, and bushy, this variety can be grown in pots and containers.
  • This variety is productive and easy to pick.
  • Can be eaten whole or slice and is good for canning or freezing.
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Beautiful, slender, 6-inch beans grow bountifully on these plants, providing a punch of color to your crop of beans. The flavor is very similar to traditional green beans, with the added bonus of a pale purple bloom. The seeds can be sown directly into the garden as soon as the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. These beans are very tasty eaten straight off the plant, or steamed with a little butter, salt and pepper!

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