We started our tomato and eggplant seeds today. Christina and Rhianna started 72 tomatoes and 16 eggplants, of the following varieties:
Applegreen: An early, light-green eggplant. Good yield, very tender and delicious. Smooth oval-round fruit growing on small plants.
Black Champion: Standard old type; large black fruit of excellent quality is very tasty but is lower yielding and much later than many types and needs a long season.
Brazilian Oval Orange: Very tall, erect plants with dark green foliage which provides good cover. Small oval fruits are shiny bright green, ripen through orange to bright red at full maturity. Delicious in anipastos, grilled, or fried.
Casper: Medium size, very attractive, smooth ivory-white fruit, that have a very mild mushroom-like flavor. Prolific plant. Fruit ripens early. An excellent variety for specialty growers and gardeners.
Round Mauve: Round, 4" fruit are lovely, deep, mauve color; purple calyx. Plants are compact and have purple stems. Produces early.
Brandywine: The most popular heirloom vegetable! A favorite of many gardeners, large fruit with superb flavor. Beautiful pink fruit up to 1-1/2 lbs. each!
Cherokee Purple: An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful, deep, dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor, and very large-sized fruit.
Roma: A quality paste variety, very thick flesh. A popular old favorite, good yields.
Rutgers: Good for canning, also excellent fresh; large red 8-oz. globes. Good yields and flavor, large vines.
Striped Roman: Stunning and unique. These long, pointed red fruit have wavy orange stripes!
Seattle Best of All: A mild tasting tomato that is a good all purpose, medium sized red. The vines are high yielding, and the plant has good foliage.
Sub-Arctic Plenty: One of the very earliest tomatoes, the compact plants produce lots of 2-oz. red fruit. One of the best for cool conditions and will set fruit in lower temperatures than most.
Riesentrabue: An old German heirloom with sweet, red 1-oz. fruit growing in large clusters. This is likely the most popular small tomato with seed collectors, as many favor the rich, full tomato flavor that is missing in today's cherry tomatoes. Large plants produce massive yields.
Golden Sunray: Uniform, golden-orange globes are so smooth and uniform with the rich, full tomato flavor missing in modern varieties. Productive vines yield lots of sweet and tangy 8-10 oz. fruit that excel at markets.
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