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February 2023
New Edible Varieties for 2023 By Teresa McPherson

Breeders are offering these new edible varieties for retail in 2023.

Craving new edible plants for your garden center benches? Look no further than these new varieties breeders are offering for retail this year.

Mini Romaine Lettuce


Botanical Interests Truchas Mini-Romaine Lettuce Seeds

This deep-red mini-romaine is a game changer for Caesar salads. Mini romaine lettuce ‘Truchas’ is compact and easy to grow in small spaces and beautifully complements green lettuces. Uniform leaves stay upright in the garden and are easy to clean, and it’s disease resistant.

Botanical Interests

Hot Pepper

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Hot pepper ‘Aleppo’ has a sweet taste with a nice kick of heat on the back end. This very thin-skinned and thin-walled pepper is native to Syria and Turkey. It’s mainly used dried as crushed red pepper flakes.

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Dwarf Fig

Greenleaf Nursery Fig

Dwarf fig ‘Little Miss Figgy’ saves on space but delivers big with its fruit production. ‘Little Miss Figgy’ has a compact growth habit, is more cold-hardy than comparable figs and reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. USDA Zone 7.

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Dwarf Blackberry

Monrovia Blackberry Superlicious
Photo credit: Doreen Wynja for Monrovia

Tasty and touchable, Blackberry ‘Superlicious’ is a thornless, dwarf variety. Superlicious fruits more reliably than other similar blackberries, producing multiple harvests of large, juicy berries throughout the summer. It grows well in Zones 4 to 9 and stays 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.


Elongated Tomato

HandPicked Vegetables Tomato-Sun-Dipper

Elongated tomato ‘Sun Dipper’ has a “handle” for easy dipping. Orange-flesh fruit looks great on a vegetable platter. Plants offer high yield and resistance to Fusarium, nematodes and tobacco mosaic virus (TMV).

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Snack Pepper

Proven Winners Pepper Pots Sugar Kick Capsicum annuum

Capsicum annuum ‘Pepper Pots Sugar Kick’ is a sweet, crunchy snack pepper that grows vigorously to produce 3-inch-long, tapered yellow to orange fruits. It can grow in patio pots or in the garden. It has good disease resistance and grows 20 to 30 inches high with a 16- to 20-inch spread.

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Indeterminate Tomato

Sakata Seed America Inc.Tomato ‘RuBee Dawn’ is an indeterminate slicer tomato featuring exceptional flavor, a deep red exterior color and firm fruit. Perfect for slicing.


Heirloom Tomato

Seed Savers Exchange Tomato_Council Bluffs heirloom (1)

Seed Savers Exchange’s ADAPT trial participants gave this pink beefsteak tomato ‘Council Bluffs’ top marks for its sweet flavor and moderate acidity.

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Teresa McPherson

Teresa McPherson is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected].