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SWEET PEPPERS

Banana Sweet
New for 2021! Sweet banana pepper excellent for eating both fresh, or cooked. Thick-walled grow a pale green, ripen to yellow, then eventually to red. 66 days
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Sweet - Bull’s Horn - Corno di Toro Rosso (green to red)
This is a standard in Italy for frying. Tall plants give large yields of “authentic Bull’s Horn” tapered and pointed style Italian peppers. I have custom grown this type for years for a customer. I thought we would finally add them to the list for 2014. 70 days.
Picture and Source: GourmetSeed.com

PIMENTO - Pritavit
This plant is described as a classic ‘pimento’ type pepper, or as a ‘topepo’ type in Italy. Deeply-ribbed, flattened fruit (2-1/2” tall X 4” wide) looks like a small little crimson red pumpkin. This type fruit is sweet and very thick-walled. With its wide, shallow shape, they also make for a nice stuffing pepper. 75-80 days until red.

Carmen Hybrid- EARLY CONE Pepper (green to red)
Added 2019. Horn shaped pepper that is very reliable and easy to grow. Expect excellent yields In a short 60 days. These out performed my best looking bell peppers in 2018. Although fruit is smaller than a large bell, these plants sure put out a lot of good size peppers. Totally Tomato

Gypsy - Early, Cone - (yellow-orange-red)
Added 2019. Wedge-shaped fruit is 3 to 5 inches long. Grows pale yellow and matures orange-red. Expect this plant to perform well in hot and cool regions. Quick fruit at 60 days. This one should be a colorful sweet pepper (without the wait) that will outperform the bells, in a bit smaller package. Tomato Growers

Bell (green) - Big Bertha
We’ve grown this hybrid for three years past, and they have been pretty and huge! These are mostly 4-lobed, green fruits that can mature up to a full 7” long by 3-1/2” across. These will turn deep green to red. Plants will continue to produce all season. Resists Tobacco Mosaic Virus. Plants grow 25” to 30” tall. 70 days.
(From the garden of Melissa and Darren, Walnut Ridge, AR)

BELL (green)- 2016 Lido Lamuyo (similar to Goliath)
Added 2016. If you have been planting “Goliath” with us for the past 6 years, please try Lido Lamuyo. Fortunately, our SAME seed source was able to recommend this hybrid for very similar production and fruit. Expect elongated peppers measuring 6” by 3.5”. 75 days.
Picture and Source: Totally Tomato

BELL - Chablis (ivory - orange - red)
New for 2020! Early maturing means early rewards with this hybrid. Blocky bells measure 4” by 3” on plants 18-24” tall. Fruits are weighty and thick walled. Resistant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Bacterial Leaf Spot. These grow from ivory to orange to red. 60 days. Totally Tomato

BELL - Early Sunsation (green to yellow)
**SOLD OUT**
Added 2019. Large blocky bell peppers mature green in 70 days. Fruits turn extra sweet and golden yellow in 2 more weeks. Peppers are about 4.5” long and almost as wide. Plants are tolerant to most pepper virus diseases and 3 races of bacterial spot. Tomato Growers

BELL - Purple Beauty (green - purple - red)
**SOLD OUT**
Estimated maturity 70 days. Blocky bells produced on short, bushy, 17 inch tall plants provide good leaf cover. Source calls these the “best purple bell pepper available,” producing as many as a dozen fruits in a season on each plant.
Picture and Source: GourmetSeed.com

Jimmy Nardello - FRYING PEPPER
2015 addition. Long, thin-skinned frying pepper dries easily. It has been placed in the “Ark of Taste” by the Slow Food organization. As this pepper’s story goes: This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello, at their garden in the village of Ruoti, in Southern Italy. In 1887 they set sail with their one-year-old daughter Anna for a new life in the USA. When they reached these shores, they settled and gardened in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew this same pepper that was named for their fourth son Jimmy.

Shishito - APPETIZER/FRYING PEPPER
These are a long-time favorite variety in Japanese markets. The buzz of this "gourmet" pepper came to me from Martha Stewart’s website. If you like the Padron pepper for its frying attributes (see the Padron description for cooking instructions), but don’t want the heat, this is a must have variety. Fruits of the Shishito are larger than the Padrons, measuring 1” wide and 3” to 5” long. Shiny green fruits are crisp and thin. They can be eaten raw or cooked. You will find them to taste between that of a bell pepper and a mild chili pepper.

** PADRON PEPPER - NO HEAT IF PICKED EARLY - see description under the “Hot Peppers”

** ORNAMENTAL PEPPERS - CHECK THEM OUT
We have Bolivian Purple Rainbow and Tri-fetti. Most people who grow them, do so for their cool APPEARANCE. Beware, though, they would be VERY HOT if EATEN...hence, their description can be found under ‘Hot Peppers.’


(MILD TO FLAMING) HOT PEPPERS

Padron - APPETIZER/FRYING PEPPER
This was a favorite sample from 2009, now making our list for 2010. This one has NO heat if picked very small at around an inch long...the size of a large olive. A little longer...you can expect some wonderful fine MILD flavor in this pepper. Beyond, that...they are SCORCHING! This truly can be a pepper for the WHOLE family!!!! Fry them in olive oil, blistering one side (both sides if it is a large one), then turn over, add sea salt and eat. Less than an inch, eat like popcorn. These are also known as tapas when served this way. As the plant carried different sized peppers (some big ones that escaped my prior picking) on a given picking/frying day...my husband would start eating the big ones on the plate, as I would start eating the smallest ones first. We will plant several for ourselves this year, as one plant just didn’t supply them near as quick as we could eat them. Makes a very spicy paprika if ripened and dried. 55 days.

Alma Paprika - mild, spicy
This is a thick-walled sweet pepper that can be used fresh or harvested for making paprika seasoning. The 1-2” fruits start out creamy white, then turn to orange before finally turning shiny red. In this red stage, they will have found their “hint of warmth” whereas they can be dried and ground for your own paprika seasoning. (I picked this one for 2013 solely, yes,....again.....on its striping as it matures. The creamy, almost pearlescent white/yellow, with the maturing orange/red gave it a marbled/streaking was a gorgeous in the photo.) 80 days.

Mexibell - mild chili flavor (green-chocolate-red)
Described as a “bell pepper with a mild chili flavor.” Three to four lobed fruit is short, squat, and plump. Ripens from green to chocolate to red but can be eaten at any time. Tolerant to Tobacco Mosaic Virus.

POBLANO - Mosquetero
Added 2019. We are in search of a perfect, good growing, poblano with a little heat. This is listed with a scoville rating of 250 to 1,500. Promises to be very productive bearing dark glossy green, two-lobed fruits measuring 6” X 3”, thick-walled fruit. Use green for fresh poblano use or allow to ripen red and dry for later ancho use. 80-90 days. Totally Tomato

Tobago Mild Habanera - SEED CHARGE +$0.50
New for 2021! This is a mild, 500 scoville version of the traditional “fruity” habanero. This would be one for those of us that don’t like the super hots, but still want to taste (why everyone else would even consider stupid heat). 2-3” fruits fruiting green, changing orange, and maturing red. Recommended for cooking, adding to salsa, or drying to crush for seasoning.
Source and picture:Rare Seeds

Banana - Yellow Wax, Mild
We found this mild banana in 2009. It is the “Alainia, not-so-hot!” type for my mom. If you like a hot one, please try the Inferno Hot Banana (below) instead. Early, prolific, yellow pepper 2 inches wide and 5 to 8 inches long.

Banana - Yellow Wax, Mild
We found this mild banana in 2009. It is the “Alainia, not-so-hot!” type for my mom. If you like a hot one, please try the Inferno Hot Banana (below) instead. Early, prolific, yellow pepper 2 inches wide and 5 to 8 inches long.

Banana - Inferno, Hot
Early high yielder produces big, 8” by 1-1/2” fruits with outstanding flavor - they have outstanding flavor, however, it is very hot compared to most hot bananas. Matures yellow to red. 60 days.

Banana - Wenk’s Yellow Hot - JALAPENO heat
This heirloom pepper looks like a yellow banana, but it is just as hot as an average jalapeno! Many customers refer to these as our Yellow Jalapenos so this is how we are going to list them. You will find that they have the very flavorful banana taste, but in a HOT way. Fruit is a pearlescent yellow color that matures to orange, then red. Thick waxy walled fruit used pickled, cooked or pureed into the pepper vinegar often found on sauerkraut and other PA Dutch dishes. Widely appreciated for its heritage and wonderful distinct flavor. 105 days.

Chili - Big Jim
Added 2019. Medium hot fruit with a scoville rating of 500 to 2,000. Released by New Mexico State University. Sturdy 24-36” plants yield 24-30 pods per plant which tend to ripen all at the same time. Fruits measure 10-12” long and weigh up to 4 oz. 75-80 days. Totally Tomato

Chili - Nu-Mex, Hot Sandia
Added 2019. This Nu-Mex type pepper is smaller and hotter than Big Jim and Joe E. Parker. 4-6” peppers turn scarlet when ripe. Approximately 5000 scovilles. 75-80 days Tomato Growers

Satan’s Kiss - Hot CHERRY Pepper
This pepper’s name, Ciliegia Picante, translates to “little cherry” but the locals call it Baccio de Satana or “Satan’s Kiss.” This premium Italian red pepper is about the size of a golf ball and not often seen in the U.S. Traditionally it is stuffed with anchovies and mozzarella then grilled. We sampled one customer’s dried, ground seasoning which was comparable (heat-wise) to cayenne, but with a distinct flavor. 85 days.

Cayenne - Thick Red, Hot
These long, slightly wrinkled, very hot peppers are especially good for pickles, canning and drying. Brilliant, fiery red peppers. Excellent for chili and homemade salsa. Two-celled fruits start out dark green, and then ripen to a bright red color. We are pretty proud of these as they can produce huge thick peppers about 10” long. 72 days.
(From the garden of Melissa and Darren, Walnut Ridge, AR)

Cayenne - Golden Yellow
Added 2014, I thought we would try this yellow maturing cayenne, to compliment the red we have had for so long. Plants are more compact and are only to reach 2 feet.
Source and picture: RareSeeds.com

Jalapeno - Hot Telica - (similar to Goliath)
**SOLD OUT**
Added 2016. If you have been planting “Goliath-Tula” with us for the past 13 years, please try Telica. Fortunately, our SAME seed source was able to trial and secure Telica after being notified of grower’s discontinuation (of Tula). Reportedly, you can expect the same great production and fruit that have been making our jalapeno plants a TBC favorite. Expect record-breaking 6000 to 8000 scovilles (much hotter than the average jalapeno), we suggest you fireproof your kitchen before slicing, stuffing, or grilling these giant 4” beauties. Thick-walled fruits, about 1-1/2” across, mature from green to red. If you can stand the heat, you will be pleased at the size and production of this one!!! 65 days.

JALAPENO - Purple
**SOLD OUT**
Added 2014. As in many reviews of peppers, heat varies...this has a lot to do with the length of time it is on the plant, whereas the size and color more so related to the conditions. Some are calling this one mild, while others are saying it has plenty of heat, and a great jalapeno taste. Seriously...it is purple...!!!! Although the actual reviews are inconsistent, they are all giving this one five stars. It must be productive and worth a try. 75 days.
Source and picture: RareSeeds.com

Brazil Starfish Hot Pepper
Added 2019. Unique star shaped fruit reaches 2” in width. Ripens green to red. Vigorous vines are slow to yield, but by the end of the season, are amazingly prolific. Expect a “weeping, vine-like habit” to the plant. Fruit exhibits a wide range of heat on its fruit. Some reviews can say it is mild as a bell, but then has fruits that are much hotter than a jalapeno.....same reviewer, with varying fruit on each plant. The baccatum pepper species originates in Peru but this one was domesticated in Brazil. Rare Seeds

Fish - VARIEGATED Hot PEPPER
An heirloom considered by many to be the best variety to use when cooking fish and shellfish. Plants grow 18” to 24” with decorative green and purple foliage splashed with white variegation. High yields of very hot, pointed fruits, about 1 1/2” long. The colors range from white fruit with green stripes to orange with brown stripes. You can also get some brilliant reds and some deep purples too. We like these as they are a nice size for a hot pepper. They were great for seasoning in the kitchen in just the right portion. 90 days

Tabasco
Finally! Everyone requesting Tabasco will be glad I finally added it. This variety is originally from Mexico, and best known for its heat in Louisiana’s hot sauce. 2” fruit grows light yellow-green and matures a fiery red. This is the only chili pepper variety that is juicy on the inside. Fruit is most commonly used in Tabasco sauce and peppered vinegar. Tomato Growers

Habanera - Chocolate
I had some requests for habanera, so I thought we’d grow a unique color. Seed company promises very high yields of crunchy, 2-1/2” fruits with velvety brown inside and out. Of course, this one is extremely hot, but is supposed to be flavorful as well. I believe these are large compared to a typical habanera pepper. Seed company states I will get the right ‘kick’ in stir-fry, salsas, and sauces...Ha! I can’t even take my coffee hot! 85 days


Bhut Jolokia (**EXTRA CHARGE + $2.00)
This pepper is also known as Ghost Chile. It measures over one million scovilles and is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest in the world. These orange-red peppers growing to be 2-1/2” to 3-1/2” long, can be used to spice up dishes but should be used with extreme caution. We first grew them in 2011. I was surprised to see that people did actually like them and eat them...way too hot for TomatoGirl. The seeds are more expensive and the plant is slower growing, so there is a larger price on this plant. 80-85 days.

Trinidad Scorpion (**EXTRA CHARGE + $2.00)
This one is for all those crazy heat loving people...you know you are crazy...this is the new record holder for heat, 1.2 million scovilles. New Mexico Chile Institute rates this one hotter than the Bhut Jolokia...and evidently it is somewhat disputed by the crazies. I just think it looks really cool...90 days. (The seeds are more expensive and the plant is slower growing, resulting a larger price on this plant.)
Source and picture: Rare Seeds

ORNAMENTAL - Bolivian Purple Rainbow
**SOLD OUT**
One inch long cone-shaped peppers are very hot if eaten. Plants show varying colors of peppers all at the same time. Fruit starts purple, turning yellow, orange, then finally red. Most people growing this plant, grow it for its ornamental qualities. It is still even more unique in that it has 2-3’ tall dark purple foliage. People just like them


EGGPLANTS

Aswad
New for 2020! So the seed company’s picture showed this HUGE eggplant that they promised was “incredibly delicious.” Apparently, it can get more than 3 lbs. Dark purple squat teardrop eggplant could yield some massive eggplant steaks. Supposedly tender, good for baking and grilling, yet heat tolerant and productive.
Source: Rare Seeds

Black Beauty
Ready in 80 days from setting of plants. Fruits are round to globe shaped, large when mature. Plants 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall. Tasty when picked young, about 5” long, and of glossy color. Best in rich, loose soils. Warm temps are needed to grow this crop.
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Bride
New for 2021! Slender Asian type eggplant. We added these for their pretty, very pale lavender appearance. We have tried various white eggplant and found them too seedy, without flavor, or just too small. (PHH) This is very close to white, and our latest try. Mild fruit 8” long. 65 days.
Source: Tomato Growers

Cambodian Green Giant
New for 2021! We are trying green eggplants for the first time this year. Great picture on the link below, or just grow it and be surprised. They look like a green, striped watermelons about 5-6” wide. Source states that they have a “full bodied eggplant flavor”
Source: Rare Seeds

Chinese String
New for 2021! These are THE most highly recommended by the seed source, “marvelous”, “superior”, “best-tasting”, “masterpiece”. Quick to mature, these are a thin 10-15” with lavender/violet skin. Expect them to look like very fat green beans... or cayenne peppers. Tender flesh is described as sweet when raw and buttery when cooked.
Source: Rare Seeds

Fengyuan Purple
New for 2020! One of the longest Asian eggplant available at well over a foot long. Mild, not bitter with thin skin that would not need to be peeled. Easy to grow with abundant medium colored purple fruit. Great for grilling or stir fries. 65 days.
Source: Tomato Growers

Millionaire
Description of this seed says you will “feel like you’ve hit the jackpot” for this one’s extra early maturity and high productivity. Deep purple, slender fruit, 8 inches long. Japanese variety is tender and delicious with a minimal seed cavity. 54 days.

Orient Express
New for 2020! Slender 8-10” Asian long eggplant. Versatile eggplant for grilling, roasting, or stir fries with thin skin, mild flesh, delicate flavor. This hybrid has been bred to tolerate a wide range of temperatures making it a long season plant in anyone’s garden. Fruit matures very quickly at 58 days.
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Pingtung Long
This eggplant is named after its town of origin in Taiwan. Plant has the ability to thrive and produce continuous, large harvests despite summer heat and humidity. Slender, violet-purple eggplant become at least 12” long. Tender flesh is mild and non-bitter. Excellent for slicing in Oriental or other dishes. If you don’t typically like eggplant (as many have that bitter bite) give this one a try. I describe it to others as being mild like squash but with an eggplant flavor. 65 days.
Added 2018. Medium long eggplant on strong, thornless plants. Feedback has reports of varying color schems. Some report light purple with white stripes, while others are getting white fruit with purple stripes. All seem to report great production and great mild flavor.
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Rosa Bianca
Tear drop shaped Italian fruit is white with soft lavender streaks outside and white, bitter-free flesh inside. Good for slicing, stuffing, or any eggplant use. Several suppliers spoke highly of it., 75 days.

Rosita
Large tear drop shaped fruits become 8-9” long and about 4” wide. This is a pinkish-lavender colored eggplant compared to other light purple colored. White, mild, eggplant developed in Puerto Rico in the 1940’s. 70 days.

Round Mauve
New for 2021! We grew these about 10 years ago. I wasn’t as crazy for eggplant then, so I am not sure of the taste... they are a beautiful mauve in the sources’ website picture... go on and look! They have a short, squat appearance like a beefsteak tomato, approximately 4”. Source reports that these are mild and early with great productivity. 65 days.
Source: Tomato Growers

Thai Elephant Tusk
New for 2021! 10-12” long, light green. Heirloom mild and sweet eggplant from Thailand. Good seed source calls them “one of the best tasting epplants” and “superb”. 85 days.
Source: Rare Seeds

BASIL

Dark Opal, Purple
New for 2020! Beautiful dark purple Italian variety.
Source and picture: Rare Seeds

Genovese Italiano Classico
We tried this one for the first time in 2010. “True pesto basil” most commonly used fresh, but also a good all-purpose basil. Imported from Italy. 68 days.

Lemon
New for 2020! We have had the lime basil for some time which I love.. now finally, I found the LEMON. I expect it to smell and taste lovely!
Rare Seeds

Lime Basil
Grows in a loose, mounding habit to 12” tall. Leaves are a slender, 1-1/2” long. Hmmm...wonder how it would taste in a Bloody Mary?

Sweet Basil
Plants grow 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall. Indispensable for seasoning tomato sauce. Use fresh or dry in soups, stews, with vegetables, eggs, and meats.


TOMATILLO

Tomatillo, PURPLE
This tomatillo is much sweeter than the green types and can be eaten right off the plant. Turns purple when ripe. Two or more plants are needed for proper pollination.

Super Verde
New for 2020! Extra large large fruit weigh in at 2.5 oz each. This all new hybrid has it all with Attractive large green fruit, an above average shelf life, and a sturdy plant. Indeterminate, 75 days. TWO OR MORE TOMATILLO PLANTS ARE NECESSARY FOR POLLINATION.
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