We've added a few more Heirloom Seeds to our growing collection and thought you might enjoy learning about a few of them.
Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) has many names including magic velvet bean, Bengal velvet bean, Florida velvet bean, Mauritius velvet bean, Yokohama velvet bean, cowage, cowitch, lacuna bean, and Lyon bean
Velvet Beans are a summer legume. The vines may reach 12 to 15 feet in length, and the roots grow as long as 20 to 30 feet.
Velvet bean plants (Mucuna pruriens) are tropical legumes that are native to southern China and eastern India. The plants have spread throughout much of Asia and are often cultivated around the world, especially in Australia and the southern United States.
Velvet bean plants are not frost hardy, but they have a short lifespan and even in hot climates they are almost always grown as annuals.
Excellent soil-builder. Velvet bean is often used as a quick annual fodder or silage crop.
Minute hairs on flowers and seed pods can cause intense itching, explaining another of its common names--Cow Itch Plant.
There are a few scientifically proven health benefits for Velvet Beans.
All parts of M. pruriens possess valuable medicinal properties and it has been investigated in various contexts, including for its anti-diabetic, aphrodisiac, anti-neoplastic, anti-epileptic, and anti-microbial activities (Sathiyanarayanan et al., 2007). Its anti-venom activities have been investigated by Guerranti et al. (2002) and its anti-helminthic activity has been demonstrated by Jalalpure (2007). M. pruriens has also been shown to be neuroprotective (Misra and Wagner, 2007), and has demonstrated analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity (Hishika et al., 1981).
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We are so excited to announce our first "batch" of New Arrivals for 2019. All of these varieties should be available to ship after October 1st. Enjoy!
100 days. The Dickinson Pumpkin has a long and famous history. This is one of the varieties that Libbey's uses in its pumpkin pie filling.
A medium to large tan squash, weighing from 10-40 pounds. Nearly round to elongated fruits, 18 inches long by 14 inch diameter.
This is an excellent variety for canning and pumpkin pie filling
BOONE COUNTY WHITE CORN
110 days. Boone County White corn dates back to 1874 from a mane named James Riley in Boone County, Indiana.
There are many reason to love this heirloom corn variety:
It is a very heavy producer of huge ears that measure 9-11" in length. 9-11' stalks. Uniform ears have 18-22 rows.
HICKORY KING WHITE CORN
110 days. Hickory King White Corn can grow up to 12 feet tall and produces 8-9" long ears. Huge white kernels not seen in modern corn. An Appalasian staple, dating back to the 1800s.
Excellent for roasting, grits, cornmeal, and cornuts. Hickory king has a very high leafy green matter which makes it perfect for silage. Tight husks which help keep out corn worms.
45-50 days. White Egg turnip is fast growing variety, producing Medium-green 17 inch tops. Good bunching variety.
White egg turnip is a long time favorite in the South where it is know for its reliability and fine flavor.
85 days. Cubanelle Pepper is a variety of sweet pepper commonly used in Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican cuisine. Famous for delicious fried or stuffed peppers.
Sweet frying pepper, 4.5-6 inches long x 2-2.5 inches in diameter, 3 lobes, tapers to a blunt end, slightly irregular and roughened, medium-thick waxy flesh, yellow-green to red, distinct flavor.
MIZUNA MUSTARD GREENS
40-60 days. A hardy Japanese non-heading type mustard that is extremely vigorous and cold tolerant.
Mizuna grows in bunches and has long stems growing from a central stalk. The dark green leaves have deeply serrated edges and have a fringed appearance. The thin, white stems are firm and offer a crunchy texture. Mizuna is harvested at both the baby lettuce and mature stages, with the younger leaves being more tender and milder.
TENDERGREEN BURPLESS CUCUMBER
55-60 day. A burpless slicing type that has been popular for over 80 years!
Fruits are medium-dark green, 7-12 inches in length, and quite plump and smooth. Excels as a slicer, because each fruit yields so many slices of uniform diameter.
Tendergreen Burpless can also be used for pickling if picked early.
GOURMET GREEN SALAD MIX
20-50 days. Contains: Arugula, Red Russian Kale, Greenwave, Tatsoi, and Mizuna Mustard, and Paris Island Cos Lettuce.
Start harvesting your greens when they’re 4- to 6-inches long. This can be as soon as 2 weeks after planting!
GRANNY CANTRELL'S GERMAN PINK/RED TOMATO
70-80 days. (Indeterminate) A Kentucky Heirloom grown by Lettie Cantrell since the 1940s. The original seeds were given to Lettie from a soldier returning home from Germany during World War II.
Large, meaty fruit are about 1 lb. and are wonderful for fresh eating, slicing, or canning.
80 days. (Indeterminate) Bulgarian heirloom tomato
The word druzba means "friendship" in Bulgarian and Druzba is a very friendly tomato. Not too large, half pound to a pound, the fruit is born in clusters of 3 to 5. Flavor is outstanding, with just the right combination of sweetness and tartness.
PINK BRANDYWINE TOMATO
80-90 days. Indeterminate. One of the most popular heirloom tomatoes!
A favorite of many gardeners; large fruit with superb flavor. A great potato-leafed variety from 1885! Beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each!
60 days. (Determinate) One of our Earliest producing heirloom tomatoes!
Sets fruit at 24" tall and keeps producing all season long. Great for the small garden or containers. Potato-leaf foliage.
Very cold-tolerant and may survive a light frost. Potato leaf foliage.
60-70 days. (Semi-determinate) Moskvich is a high quality, early season, Russian Heirloom.
Fruits are round to slightly flattened with deep red color and luscious, rich flavor. Great eaten fresh or processed. Highly resistant to cracking, making it a great pick for the greenhouse. Like most Russian varieties, it can stand up to cool conditions.
BLACK RUSSIAN TOMATO
80 days. Indeterminate. A heirloom variety from Russia. These compact plants bear plenty of wonderfully rich, mahogany-brown tomatoes that average about 4 ounces.
Grows in full sun and are cool-tolerant. The is a great greenhouse variety.
BACK IN STOCK FOR 2019
I hope you're as excited as we are about these new arrivals! We are currently working on more tutorials and videos for 2019 and adding a few more heirloom varieties to our current collection.
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