Collection, Seed Savers Exchange Favorites
- Lacinato Kale
- Provider Bean
- Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard
- Chioggia Beet
- Persian Carpets Zinnia
- SSE Lettuce Mixture
We reserve the right to substitute seed varieties in all collections in case of shortages.
These hailed varieties are stars among the Seed Savers Exchange favorites. You can’t go wrong with these top picks.
Italian kale which reportedly dates back to the 18th century. Blue-green strap-like leaves are 3" wide by 10-18" long with a heavily savoyed texture. Excellent flavor that is enhanced by frost. Best eaten when leaves are small and tender. 62 days from transplant.
Introduced in 1965 by horticulturist Dr. Hoffman of the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in South Carolina. Known as the most dependable early green bean. Round straight pods (5-8" long) borne heavily on compact plants. Excellent flavor, one of the best for freezing and canning. Germinates well in cool soil. Disease resistant. Bush habit, snap, 50-55 days.
Five Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard
Australian heirloom from Digger’s Garden Club. Technicolor mixture of Swiss chards with shades of red, orange, purple, yellow, and white tastes as good as it looks. Seed crops of all the different colors are grown in isolation to maintain a proper balance of colors. Tender and delicious. 50-60 days.
Pre-1840 Italian historic variety, introduced to the U.S. before 1865. Named for a fishing town near Venice. Uniquely beautiful flesh has alternating red and white concentric rings that resemble a bull’s-eye. A feast for the eyes; wonderful for fresh eating and pickling. Retains markings if baked whole and sliced just before serving. 50 days.
Persian Carpets Zinnia
(Zinnia x haageana) Listed by many companies earlier this century as Mexican Hybrids. Beautiful semi-double flowers with mahogany, orange, gold, cream, and many bicolored blossoms. Very good for cutting. Resists mildew. AAS winner in 1952. Annual, 24-28" tall.
SSE Lettuce Mixture
This is a well-balanced mixture of cutting lettuces: Amish Deer Tongue, Forellenschluss, Lolla Rossa, Red Salad Bowl, and at least four more of our favorite varieties. Enjoy a flavorful and colorful bouquet of lettuces at 40-45 days.