Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Crop of Vegetables Ordered

The final small space inclusion winners are......


La Ratte Fingerling Potato
Long prized by French chefs as a top quality fingerling. We cannot recommend this variety highly enough, an absolute delight to cook with. Long uniform tubers, yellow flesh with firm, waxy texture and a nice nutty flavor, holds together very well. Especially good for potato salad or as a boiled potato. Commands a high price both in the restaurant and fresh market trade. 

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Red Wethersfield Onion

First listed in 1834 by Hovey & Co. Developed by growers in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Large flattened globe, deep purplish-red skin, fairly firm pink-tinged white flesh with red concentric circles, fine flavor. 

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Blue Jade Corn


Miniature plants bear 3-6 ears of sweet, steel-blue cobs that turn jade-blue when boiled. Plants grow 2-3' tall, one of the only sweet corns that can be grown in containers.

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 Are you biting your fingers to contain yourself from the beauty to the left? 


Chioggia Beet


First introduced to American gardeners in the lat 1840s from Italy. Uniquely beautiful flesh has alternating red and white concentric rings that resemble a bull's-eye. Very tender, nice for eating and pickling. Retains markings if baked whole and sliced just before serving. A spectacular variety. 
 
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Can I display them as art as well as eat them?

I have a new book on container gardening.  The authors are very wise it seems and I'm getting lots of ideas of what to do with my small space.  So much confidence that I placed the order for these beautiful veggies today.  I'm going to have a lot of seeds extra - hopefully I can find someone to share them with. 

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