L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN,
BOX 337, LA
2019 SUPPLEMENT - Vegetables
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—Bean Zargana of Nestos. (20) VBEA-ZN. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
1/4 pound: $8.00
Beautiful red-podded snap bean from Nestos, Greece. Early and productive, rare in the U.S. The dry beans are shades of buff, pink, lavender, purple.
—Beet Three Root Grex. (100) VBEE-GX. Packet: $3.00 ORGANIC SEED
Bred by Alan Kapuler, a cross of Lutz Overwintering, Crosby Purple Egyptian, and Yellow Intermediate Mangle. Produces beets of varied shapes and sizes, in red, pink, and orange, all sweet and tender. Excellent for greens, too.
—Collards Champion. (100) VCOL-CH. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $7.50
Broad deep green leaves with white veins. Lots of flavor. An improved Vates type, slow bolting, stands 2 weeks longer than other collards. Flavor is richer and sweeter after frost. Nutritious addition to stews and soups, or braised with olive oil and garlic. Organically grown.
—Collards Ole Timey Blue. (75) VCOL-OT. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
Colorful tasty heirloom with large ruffled blue-green leaves with purple veins and stems. Grown for over 100 years by the Blackwell family in Alabama. Makes pretty baby salad greens, and great sauerkraut and curtido.
—Corn Double Red Sweet. (50) VCOR-DR. Packet: $2.50 Note: NOT organic - mistake in print supplement - my apologies!
Bred by Alan Kapuler, a cross of Ruby Queen and Martian Red. Kernels in shades of deep red to darkest purple, and stalks and husks in shades of red. One of the most striking sweet corns. Tender and delicious eaten fresh on the cob, also excellent dried and ground for cornmeal.
—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."
—Escarole Golden Giant. (100) VESC-GG. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
Huge tall plants with bright green leaves surrounding golden hearts. Thick, sweet, crunchy inner leaves for salads, outer leaves for braising or roasting with chicken, beef, or pork. Organically grown.
—Garlic Chives Alba Mor. (100) ALUM-105A. Packet: $2.50
A robust variety to 30" tall, with 20" leaves and 2 1/2" wide flower-balls. Nice garlicky flavor.
—Kale Wild Garden Mix. (100) VKAL-WGX. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $6.00
Another diverse gene pool from Wild Garden Seed, begun by crossing Siberian and Red Russian, it now produces a wide variety of leaf types colors, all developed for summer sowing, fall harvest, and overwintering in mild climates. All are sweet and tender, not as strong-tasting as European kales.
—Leek Blue Solaise. (100) VLEE-BL. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED - OUT OF STOCK
1/2 Ounce: $6.00 OUT OF STOCK
French heirloom from the 1800s, with large sweet-flavored stalks and blue-green leaves that turn vivid violet in cold weather. Extremely hardy, excellent in short-season areas, sown in early summer for winter harvest. Organic.
—Lettuce Jewel Box Mix. (200) VLET-JX. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
Another genetic blend from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seeds, this is a mix of dense-heading small-leaf 'Gem' types in many colors, often streaked or spotted. Small 'personal-sized' heads, with hearts of wine-red, rose, amber, or butter yellow. Organic.
—Mustard Vibrant Ultraviolet. (100) VMUS-VU. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
Extraordinary color in a mustard—in cold weather the lobed leaves turn a deep, dark violet with vivid magenta-pink veins and sterns. Color like no other! Mild flavor, perfect for winter salads. From Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds. Organic.
—Pea Tom Thumb. (50) VPEA-TT. Packet: $2.50
1/4 pound: $7.00
Growing only 8 - 9" tall, this is the perfect pea for containers. Usually for shelling, but the very young pods are also delicious. Frost hardy. Brought to the U.S. from England in the 1800s, further selected into the Tom Thumb Pea we have today.
—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.
—Pumpkin Styrian Hulless. (30) VPUM-ST. $3.00 ORGANIC SEED
C. pepo. Originally from Styria in Austria, grown for the hulless seeds, which are a nutritious snack, and pressed for an excellent cooking oil. The flesh can be cooked for soup or pies, but this type is mainly grown for the seeds. Organic.
—Salad Mix Astro. (300) VSAL-AS. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $6.00
This salad mix has quite a back-story. In 1994 Frank Morton's Outredgeous was the first lettuce grown in space—NASA chose it for the International Space Station. Frank worked with NASA scientists to create this mix, based on fast growth and high nutritional content. Contains Outredgeous and Jester lettuces, Red Ursa kale, Green Velvet and Triple Purple oraches, Persian Cress, and Vivid Choi mustard. The salad mix of astronauts and cosmonauts—try it with a glass of Tang! Organic.
—Shiso, Green. (250) VSHI-G. Packet: $2.50
10 grams: $7.50
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.
—Squash Yakima Marblehead. (15) VSQU-YM. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
C. maxima. Rare heirloom Hubbard-type squash, oblong with slate-grey rind, slightly ribbed. Golden yellow flesh, sweet and dry, very dense. Prized for its excellent flavor. Averages 20 pounds, and can reach 40 pounds. Stores well. This variety was popular with market growers in the Yakima Valley, Washington, in the late 1800s, where they sold cut pieces of the large squash. Organic.
—Tomato Early Wonder. (75) VTOM-EW. Packet: $2.50 ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $9.00
Introduced by Burgess Seed Co. in 1950, compact plants produce an abundant early crop of round, deep pink, medium-sized fruits with excellent tomato flavor. Perfect for container growing and short-season areas. Organic.
—Tomato Ukrainian Purple. (100) VTOM-UK. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $9.00
Smooth plum-shaped purple-red fruit to about 6 ounces. Meaty and full-flavored, with a sweet-tart taste. Also called Purple Russian.