J. L. HUDSON, SEEDSMAN, BOX 337, LA HONDA, CALIFORNIA 94020-0337 USA
2017 SUPPLEMENT - Vegetables
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—Asparagus Owens Valley Wild. (25) VASP-OV. Packet: $3.00
Found growing in an abandoned field, left over from the early 1900s when Owens Valley was a farmer's paradise, before their water was taken by Los Angeles. Grows in decomposed granite, low in nutrients. May be rust-resistant, interesting for breeding. Incredibly hardy to have persisted for decades in this abandoned pasture land.
—Asparagus Very Wild. (25) VASP-VW. Packet: $2.50
Asparagus officinalis. An especially fine variety found growing wild in Michigan by Ken Asmus of Oikos Tree Crops, who says "The original plants were wild and surrounded by quackgrass. The asparagus was winning." He has grown the variety in his garden for over 20 years, where it has proven to be disease free. Spears smaller than most varieties, making them very tender and highly prized. Hardy to –30°F or more.
—Bean Painted Pony. (50) VBEA-PP. Packet: $2.50
1/4 lb: $10.00
Great for both fresh snap beans or dried for soup beans. Long slender bright green pods, mature beans pretty brown and white, keeping their color after cooking. Bush type. Organically grown.
—Carrot Black Nebula. (100) VCAR-BN. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Oz: $6.00, Oz: $12.00
Deep dark purple all the way through, no orange center. Long and slender, with delicious flavor, and keeps its color when cooked.
—Corn Country Gentleman. (100) VCOR-CG. Packet: $2.00
1/4 lb: $6.00, lb: $14.00
White sweet corn with tender milky kernels. A shoepeg type, the kernels are not in rows, but are tightly and irregularly packed on the cob. Bred and released by Frank Woodruff in 1890, becoming one of the most popular white sweet corns for decades.
—Corn Hopi Blue. (50) VCOR-HB. Packet: $2.00
1/2 lb $10.00
Ancient flint corn traditionally grown by the Hopi people in what is now Arizona. Dark blue kernels on large ears, produced on bushy 5 foot tall plants. Extremely drought tolerant and hardy. Ground into flour for making piki bread, or parched for stews, etc.
—Eggplant White Egg. (50) VEGG-WE. Packet: $2.50
Pure white 2 - 3" oval fruit with mild flavor. Heavy yields, does well in short-season areas if started early.
—Garlic Yugoslavian Giant. (25 bulblets) GARL-YG. Packet: $2.50 OUT OF STOCK
Porcelain type, which forms large bulbs up to 3 - 4" across. Tall plants reach over 6 feet at the seedheads. Good flavor, not too hot and spicy. Huge yield, and they store 6 - 9 months in a cool place.
—Jicama. (20) VJIC-J. Packet: $2.50
Pachyrhizus erosus. Long vines produce large crispy, slightly sweet tubers. Needs a long season, but can be grown in the North if started early. Peel and slice to eat raw, or used like water chestnuts in stir-fry. Best in light soil. Beans and pods are not edible.
—Kale Dazzling Blue. (250) VKAL-DZ. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Oz: $8.00 OTC ORGANIC SEED
Striking lacinato type introduced by Wild Garden in 2016. Classic savoyed narrow leaves are bright blue-green with pink midribs. Tender and flavorful, hardier than other lacinatos. Organically grown..
—Kale Walking Stick. (150) VKAL-WS. Packet: $3.00
10 grams: $10.00
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Brassica oleracea longata. The famous giant kale (or cabbage), reaching 5 - 7 feet the first year, and up to 20 feet the second. The straight thick trunks may be cut and polished to make handsome walking sticks, and the leaves may be harvested for years. Striking and unusual.
—Lettuce Red Ball Jets. (150) VLET-RBJ. Packet: $3.00 OTC ORGANIC SEED
Reddest of the red crisphead types, developed by Frank Morton and named alter the classic kids' tennis shoes many of us wore back in the day. Deep red-purple leaves, crumpled and savoyed, forming a dense crisp head. Stands heat. Organically grown.
—Melon Boule d'Or. (20) VMEL-BDO. Packet: $3.00
Heirloom French melon with smooth golden yellow skin. Flesh pale green, with delicious sweet pineapple-honeydew flavor. Stores for weeks.
—Mustard Golden Frill. (150) VMUS-GF. Packet: $2.50
1/4 Ounce: $9.00
Bright green-gold leaves, frilly, deeply cut, with a nice hot spicy taste. Excellent for baby salad mixes.
—Mustard Ho-Mi Z. (250) VMUS-HZ. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $7.50
New selection from Wild Garden, a cross of horned types with sweet and colorful miike types. Bright green leaves with vivid purple veins and wide midribs that thicken and produce 'horns' at maturity. Good young in salads, or stir-fry older leaves. Flavor is sweet, not overly hot. Organic.
—Mustard Pink Petiole Mix. (100) VMUS-PT. Packet: $2.50 OTC ORGANIC SEED
1/4 Ounce: $7.50
Incredible mix of shapes and colors-creamy yellow to emerald -green leaves, smoothly rounded to deeply cut, all with the leaf-stems in shades of pink or purple. Superb addition to baby salad leaf mixes. colors best with cool weather and well-spaced plants. Organically-grown.
—Onion Egyptian Top Onion. (6 bulblets) VONI-EGT. Packet: $3.00 OUT OF STOCK
Also called Walking Onions, the blue-green leaves can reach 3 feet tall, and form a clump of small bulblets at the top. These stalks bend down to produce new plants, 'walking' along. Hardy and perennial, used for bunching onions or scallions. (Allium X proliferum)
—Pepper Fish. (25) VPEP-FS. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $15.00
Striking African-American heirloom, with white and green striped foliage on spreading plants to 2 feet tall. Hanging fruits are green with cream stripes, ripening through orange with brown stripes, and finally to all red. Medium hot, used for shellfish cooking around Chesapeake Bay. Makes great salsa, and the plants are very ornamental.
—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.
—Pepper Padron. (25) VPEP-PD. Packet: $3.00
Famous small peppers from northern Spain. They start out mild when young, and turn very hot when red. Plants are 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, giving 50 - 100 peppers per plant. Does well in the North.
—Spinach Giant Nobel. (100) VSPI-GN. Packet: $1.50
Ounce: $5.00, 1/4 Pound: $10.00
Very large, smooth, thick, dark green leaves on big spreading plants. Slow bolting, for late spring sowing. A fine variety, not often available.
—Spinach Merlo Nero. (100) VSPI-MN. Packet: $3.00
Italian variety with heavily crinkled, savoyed leaves. Known for its excellent flavor. Large plants. Does best in cool weather.
—Tomato Azoychka. (100) VTOM-AZ. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $12.00
Russian variety with 3" orange-yellow tomatoes. Distinctive tangy flavor, very fine for a yellow type. Firm texture, great for sandwiches or salads.
—Tomato Dad's Sunset. (25) VTOM-DS. Packet: $2.50
5 grams: $20.00
Medium-sized round smooth tomatoes, a glowing sunset orange. Wonderful flavor, said to be one of the best tasting orange tomatoes.
—Watermelon Tendersweet Orange. (30) VWAT-TS. Packet: $2.00
Intense deep orange flesh, sweet and crisp. Big oblong melons to 20 - 30 pounds, light green with dark stripes. White seeds. Incredible color and flavor.