Plant Sale Variety Guide

Plant Sale this Friday only

Heriloom Tomatoes $4 each (Amish Paste, Cherokee Purple, Large Red Cherry, Earliana, Federle, German Pink, Hungarian Heart, Nyagous Black, Green Tomatillo)

Sweet Peppers (Buran, King of the North, Orange Bell, Sweet Chocolate) and Chilies (Aurora, Jalapeño, Paul’s chili) $2 each

Discounts for multiples bought together.

All sales benefit Cool Planet.  Raised in Morningside from seed.  Not certified, but using organic methods.

See details of varieties below.


Amish Paste

(Solanum lycopersicum) First listed in the 1987 SSE Yearbook by Thane Earle of Whitewater, Wisconsin. Commercialized by Tom Hauch of Heirloom Seeds, who acquired it from the Amish near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Bright red 8-12 ounce fruits vary in shape from oxheart to rounded plum. Delicious flesh is juicy and meaty, excellent for sauce or fresh eating. One of Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste varieties. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.

These are one of my favorite tomatoes to grow for salsa and canning. Fruits are not a consistent size and shape, but tend to be on larger size and not overly juicy.

Cherokee Purple (organic seed)

(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced by North Carolina SSE member Craig LeHoullier in 1991 from seed obtained from J. D. Green of Tennessee. Uniquely colored dusty rose-brown fruits weigh up to 12 ounces. Delicious sweet flesh. Indeterminate, 75-90 days from transplant. New for me this year.



Large Red Cherry (organic seed)

(Lycopersicon esculentum) Originally from Ben Quisenberry, a tomato collector from Syracuse, Ohio. Extremely productive plants yield large 1½-2″ cherry tomatoes. Great full flavor. Ben preferred this variety for canning whole. A favorite for salads and fresh eating. Indeterminate, 75-80 days from transplant.




Earliana (organic seed)

(Solanum lycopersicum) Standard early variety developed by George Sparks of Salem, New Jersey and introduced in 1900 by Johnson and Stokes. Smaller 30-36″ plants with clusters of 4-5 ounce fruits. Very good flavor. Indeterminate, 60-70 days from transplant. Earliest producers for me. Nice for fried green tomatoes.




(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced to SSE in 1991 by R. W. Richardson of New York. Original seed obtained through a swap with a West Virginia gardener. Productive plants loaded with 7″ long red paste tomatoes. Rich full flavor and few seeds. Excellent for processing, especially good for salsa. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. New variety for me this year, but look like the Long Toms that I love for salsa because of its dryer texture.


German Pink

(Solanum lycopersicum) One of the two original Bavarian heirlooms from Diane Ott Whealy’s family that started SSE. Potato leaf plants produce large 1-2 pound fruits. Meaty flesh with few seeds, very little cracking or blossom scars. Full sweet flavor. Excellent for canning, freezing and slicing. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. Beautiful pale pink and large fruit.



Hungarian Heart

(Solanum lycopersicum) Said to have originated in a village 20 miles from Budapest around 1900. Jerry Muller of Alabama (formerly of Tennessee) was the first SSE member to offer this variety; in 1988 he listed his seed source as Ed Simon of Pennsylvania. Huge pink oxheart fruits weigh upwards of one pound. Very few seeds and almost no cracking. One of our favorites for fresh eating, canning, and for making roasted tomato sauce. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant. Fun shape and large fruit.



Nyagous Black (organic seed)

(Solanum lycopersicum) Introduced in the 1997 SSE Yearbook by Glenn Drowns. Great black tomato that is virtually blemish-free. Baseball-sized fruits are borne in clusters of up to six fruits, very productive. Excellent full flavor, great for markets. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant. Great for fried green tomatoes. Color is fun for salsa making.



Green Husk Tomatillo (organic seed)

(Physalis ixocarpa) (aka Mexican Husk Tomato) Prolific bushy plants are 3-4′ across and almost as tall. Green 2″ fruits are ripe when they burst through husks. Blended with hot peppers to make traditional Mexican green sauce. 70-80 days from transplant. Need 2 plants to cross-pollinate. 


Sweet Peppers


(Capsicum annuum) Sweet and productive Polish heirloom. Two-foot tall plants produce 4″ long bell fruits with 3 lobes. Sweet even when green, sure to be a favorite. Does well in dry areas. 90 days from transplant. SWEET




King of the North

(Capsicum annuum) The best red bell pepper we know for northern gardeners where the seasons are cool and short. Blocky, uniform fruits are excellent for stuffing or fresh eating. Great sweet flavor. Our stock is from Fedco Seeds in Waterville, Maine. 70 days from transplant. SWEET



Orange Bell

(Capsicum annuum) The best tasting orange bell pepper we have grown. Given to SSE by member Alex Heklar in 1989. Blocky 4″ bell peppers have thick walls and excellent flavor. Heavy yielding. Can also be eaten green. 90 days from transplant. Sweet.




Sweet Chocolate (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) (aka Choco) Early bell pepper bred by Elwyn Meader and introduced by the University of New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in 1965. Ripens from green to chocolate on the outside and brick red inside. Thick sweet flesh. Great for gardeners in short-season areas. 60-85 days from transplant. SWEET.

These are beautiful and very sweet when ripe. Wonderful for roasted peppers and in salsa.


Chili Peppers

Aurora (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) Stunning 1½” long fruits borne on foot-high ornamental plants, perfect for container growing. Fruits ripen from lavender to deep purple to orange and finally to red. 60–75 days from transplant. MEDIUM HOT

These make great ornamentals. Easy way to grow chilies for salsa on the front stoop.




Jalapeno Traveler Strain (organic seed)

(Capsicum annuum) From SSE member Larry Pierce of Cabool, Missouri. Named Traveler because Larry carried this seed with him when he moved to Oklahoma, Wyoming, and then Missouri. Sturdy plants covered in cylindrical fruits that average 3″ long. Fruits ripen from green to bright red. 70-90 days from transplant. HOT.

Still the best for salsa.  Usually used green, but will turn red.


Paul’s Saved Cayenne style

This picture is not exact, but shows the style of chili pepper. These are from saved seeds of Paul’s favorite chili pepper. These dry well on the kitchen counter and last until the next season’s harvest and beyond. HOT