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March 2022
What’s New in Edibles By Teresa McPherson

Hungry for new edible varieties? Here are some brand new varieties worth considering for your benches.

Cucumber ‘Mexican Sour Gherkin’

Burpee Mexican-Sour-GherkinFruits look like miniature watermelons and taste like cucumbers with tangy citrus overtones. A crunchy addition to salad! Vines grow 4-7 feet long (perfect for a trellis) and the flowers attract hummingbirds.

Burpee Home Gardens 

Ficus Carica ‘Little Miss Figgy’

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This incredible dwarf Ficus will dazzle your customers with its deeply lobed, blue-green leaves and spectacular, dark purple fruits.

Greenleaf Nursery

Pepper ‘Candy Cane Chocolate Cherry’

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Beautiful and crisp mini bell pepper ripens from green and white stripes to chocolate and cherry-red stripes. The plant foliage is variegated, too. Winner of the NGB Green Thumb Award for 2022.

HandPicked Vegetables Collection

PanAmerican Seed 

Allium ‘AlliYum!’

Proven Winners Allium Alliyum

Carrying crossover appeal as a tasty herb and ornamental perennial, this new flat-leaf chive blends onion and soft garlic flavors. Succulent foliage is topped with lavender purple flowers in midsummer. 10-16 inches in height, full sun, Zones 5-9, vigor 1.

Proven Winners

Tomato ‘RuBee Plus’

Sakata Seed America, Inc.

‘RuBee Plus’ has juicy flavor, bold color and perfect texture. The mid-sized indeterminate, disease-tolerant plants set 8-10-ounce fruit.


Cauliflower ‘Clementine’ Hybrid

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Eye-catching deep orange curds have a mild, sweet and nutty flavor. Vigorous and reliable producer of high-quality heads. Dual-purpose variety for either fresh use or processing.

Best for: raw, roasted, grilled, sautéed, steamed or frozen for later.

Syngenta Flowers

Broccoli ‘Burgundy’

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Broccoli has never been so beautiful! “Burgundy’ is quick to produce and continues tender side-shoot production for a long harvest period.

Botanical Interests

Asparagus ‘Culver Williams’

Seed Savers asparagus_culver_williams_14 horizThe first asparagus ever offered by Seed Savers Exchange, this prolific variety produces large, juicy, crunchy stalks.

Seed Savers Exchange

Teresa McPherson

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