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Heirloom Seeds

It’s amusing that Heirloom Vegetables are a current craze in home gardening, yet no one knows what heirloom vegetables are! One of the truest definitions is that an heirloom is a variety that has been selected, re-selected and handed down from one family member to another for many generations. Another definition places a date point on the variety. Some purists say a variety must be at least a hundred years old to be a true heirloom, while less strict experts state that an heirloom must have originated before 1951, the year that marked the widespread introduction of hybrid varieties to home gardeners.

Regardless of how old a variety must be to be considered an heirloom, virtually all gardeners agree that heirlooms must be open-pollinated (not hybrids), either as a re-selection of the same variety or a variety that was bred and stabilized over many generations using classic breeding practices. Of course, no genetically modified variety can be considered an heirloom.

With their overall popularity, it should come as no surprise that heirloom tomatoes are the most popular heirloom species. Many of our heirloom tomatoes first appeared in mail-order catalogs over a century ago. Some heirlooms like “Yellow Pear” have been publicized since the 1880s, while other heirlooms like “Cherokee Purple” disappeared for many years before being recently re-discovered. If you feel more comfortable with varieties with a proven history of reliability and dependability, be assured that heirlooms come in all shapes, sizes and colors. There are several – just for you!

If you’re trying heirloom tomatoes for the first time, don’t miss the “Brandywine” series. First grown in the 1870s by the Amish, long considered authorities on heirloom vegetables, Brandywine is still considered by many critics to be the best-flavored tomato available. Our strain of “Pink Brandywine” is the “Sudduth’s Strain,” which dates back to the Sudduth family at least as far as 1885. Try other colors in the series as well. We also offer a “Black Brandywine,” a “Red Brandywine” and a “Yellow Brandywine.”

While heirloom tomatoes are our most popular, virtually any vegetable we sell, from “A” to “Z,” contains at least one or two heirloom varieties. Our “Ping Tung Long” Aubergine hails from Taiwan; our “Black Beauty” Zucchini is just another of the numerous heirlooms we offer.

  • Detroit Dark Red Beet Seeds

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    SKU: 239 For bulk sizes, click here 60 days. Heirloom variety that’s most popular and most reliable. Dark green leaves with red veining and large,...

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  • Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach Seeds

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    SKU: 551 For bulk sizes, click here 45 days. Old heirloom variety that is early, extremely slow to bolt and very tolerant of hot weather. Stands 2 ...

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  • Amish Paste Tomato Seeds

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    SKU: 748 For bulk sizes, click here 74 days. No one knows gourmet cuisine better than the Amish, who give us this terrific heirloom for sauces and...

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  • Clemson Spineless Okra Seeds

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    SKU: 564 For bulk sizes, click here 56 days. Southern variety whose lack of spines gives easy picking! Former AAS Winner produces 4 to 7-ft. plant...

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  • California Wonder Bell Pepper Seeds

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    SKU: 649 For bulk sizes, click here 75 days. The perfect stuffing pepper, setting the standard for open-pollinated peppers years ago. Its medium-s...

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  • German Giant Radish Seeds

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    For bulk sizes, click here  SKU: 568 28 days. Also called Parat. A German import that grows to the size of a baseball, yet stays sweet and crisp, ...

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    Red Peter Hot Pepper Seeds

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    SKU: 676 For bulk sizes, click here Not for the prudish, the mature shape of this devilish heirloom always turns heads! Pods are blunt-ended, 4 to...

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  • Vegetable Spaghetti Winter Squash Seeds

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    For bulk sizes, click here SKU: 368 95 days. Pale yellow flesh breaks up into spaghetti-like strands when boiled for 20 to 30-min. and removed wit...

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  • San Marzano Tomato Seeds

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    SKU: 779 For bulk sizes, click here 80 days. A more rectangular, slightly later, indeterminate version of Roma. Bright red, meaty, 3 1/2-in. fruits...

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  • Big Zac Hybrid Tomato Seeds

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    SKU: 861 For bulk sizes, click here 80 days. Grow your own huge, prize winning tomatoes! This gargantuan red beefsteak, bred by Minnie Zaccaria of...

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  • Cherokee Purple Tomato Seeds

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    SKU: 736 For bulk sizes, click here 80 days. A Tennessee heirloom from the Cherokees. Strange, dusky rose-brown fruits weigh 12 to 16 oz., with br...

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  • Giant Belgium Tomato Seeds

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    For bulk sizes, click here SKU: 717 86 days. Massive fruits average 2-lbs. but have been reported at nearly 5-lbs. – a serious contender for “worl...

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  • National Pickling Cucumber Seeds

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    For bulk sizes, click here SKU: 387 52 days. A dependable, reliable heirloom since 1924 with great versatility. Pick them at 2 to 3-in. for gherki...

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  • Epic Hybrid

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    SKU: 216 For bulk sizes, click here Formerly Dusky Hybrid. 63 days. One of the best selling eggplants around! Our most consistently uniform variet...

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  • Chef’s Choice Orange Hybrid Tomato T

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    SKU: 895 For bulk sizes, click here 75 days. 2014 AAS honors with bright, glowing orange skin on big, beefsteak-size, 5 to 6-in., 9 to 12-in. frui...

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  • Long Island Improved Brussels Sprout Seeds

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    SKU: 267 For bulk sizes, click here 90 days. A dependable, reliable performer for most of a century. A favorite of home gardeners due to high yield...

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  • Little Gem

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    SKU: 479 For bulk sizes, click here 33 days. A miniature green romaine with a blanched thick heart that remains a single-serving treat! Heads meas...

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  • Mortgage Lifter Tomato Seeds

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    SKU: 711 For bulk sizes, click here 80 days. This famous classic maintains its widespread popularity due to its large, meaty, smooth, globe-shaped...

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  • Acorn or Table Queen Winter Squash Seeds

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    SKU: 374 For bulk sizes, click here 85 days. Heirloom with dark-green, deeply ribbed skin and fine-textured golden-yellow flesh that sweetens in s...

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  • Early Jalapeno Hot Pepper Seeds

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    SKU: 632 For bulk sizes, click here 63 days. Time tested, open-pollinated version of Mucho Nacho, but even earlier and better in cool conditions. ...

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  • Golden Self-Blanching Celery Seeds

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    SKU: 329   For bulk sizes, click here 85 days. An old yellow heirloom that remains unbeatable for both home-gardener and market-grower use. Husky p...

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  • Anaheim Chili Hot Pepper Seeds

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    SKU: 665 For bulk sizes, click here 75 days. Ideal for cooking specialty chili dishes. These mildly hot, 2-celled fruits have thick, dark-green fl...

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  • Premium Late Flat Dutch Cabbage Seeds

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    SKU: 289 For bulk sizes, click here 105 days. Our best winter keeper – holds its quality for months! Huge, flattened, solid heads measure 10 to 12-...

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  • Black Krim Tomato Seeds

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    SKU: 755 For bulk sizes, click here 80 days. An unusual Russian heirloom featuring beefsteak sized fruits weighing 10-12 oz., with unique colors o...

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