My 2013 Seed Savers Exchange catalog arrived a few days ago, and I have been happily circling, highlighting, and dog-earing pages ever since. If only I had another acre or five...
There are several varieties in this catalog that SSE is offering for the very first time, including:
- Carrot, 'Jaune du Doubs': A 19th century French heirloom with bright yellow 8-inch roots.
- Tomato, 'Peach Blow Sutton': An 1897 British introduction with slightly fuzzy, pink skin. An indeterminate variety.
- Tomato, 'Black Cherry': 1-inch round purple-black cherry tomatoes. I have grown these via a trade with another gardener, and they are delicious.
- Cucumber, 'Holland White': A pure-white cucumber described as having "sweet, crunchy flesh."
- Cucumber, 'Little Potato': I want to try this semi-bush variety, mainly because it's just so odd. These 3-inch cucumber actually look like potatoes on the outside, with brown russeted skin. The catalog claims that it has a lemony flavor and stays crisp in storage.
- Lettuce, 'Three Heart': I am a sucker for a good butterhead lettuce, and this one looks promising. The catalog describes it as "a small chartreuse butterhead with crisp, tender leaves and a mild flavor." This would probably look very pretty in an edible container garden.
If you'd like to order a copy of the 2013 Seed Savers Exchange catalog, or check out any of these varieties online, visit the SSE website.