Friday Catalog Review – Seed Savers

I haven’t actually gotten a hard copy of the Seed Savers catalog yet, but they do have their “new for 2010” items up on their website.

Cincinnati Market Radish – This is a spring radish (25-30 days to eating), but it looks like a bright pink carrot. How fun would that be! According to their website, this is a pre-1870s heirloom.

Poona Kheera Cucumber – I have actually grown this cucumber. It is fairly seedy and quite prolific. It is tastier when it is small and creamy white colored, but the big brown cucumbers that look like potatoes are really unique to look at. The website claims 55 days to maturity, which is quite early for cucumbers.

Yellow Sweet Pea (Not edible!) – I love sweet peas, and there are no true yellow sweet peas…but apparently this one is! It is native to Turkey and India.

Tours Squash – This squash originated in Tours, France. It is green and yellow striped, and they are marketing it for carving and decorations. Apparently it has large oilseeds that have been used medicinally. I assume it can also be eaten, but don’t hold me to it.

Hill Country Red Okra – Okra does well here, heat-loving as it is. This okra has fat pods that are green with some red streaking on the ribs. The stems are red too. If you are into okra, this is one to try out.

Have a great weekend!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on December 4, 2009, in Around the Garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I always consider the arrival of the Seed Savers Catalog the true beginning of next year’s vegetable garden. What a great organization!!!

    Our goal for next year’s potager in 150 square feet is 4 pounds of food for each square foot over the entire season.

    Thanks for helping to look forward to 2010.

    Jeff Ball

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