Our donor has been enjoying this pea since the 1970s after being given them by her Uncle Fred, who had grown the variety since the 1940s. She said that they have a wonderful sweet flavour for a large pea. Growing to around 2m in height, this variety is prolific and high-yielding so will require sturdy supports. Pick the pods when full; best eaten fresh but excellent for freezing.
Thought to have been developed by Veitch's Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea, this variety is referred to in Johnson's Gardeners' Dictionary (1842 edition). It is a late variety producing vigorous (1.2-1.8m) plants with very large leaves and white flowers. The large pods contain 9-11 marrowfat-type peas with strong but sweet flavour.
This variety originated around 1862. The DM Ferry catalogue (USA) of 1881 states, “A fine, white, wrinkled pea, very prolific, quite early and of delicious flavour; grows to about 2½ feet high (70cm) and keeps a long time in season. In fact, it never becomes hard. The seed, when ripe, is of a creamy-white colour, much shrivelled and indented, and in its green state is unsurpassed in sweetness and delicate flavour.” Let us know what you think.
This pepper was among a collection of seeds obtained from the parents of our donor's son-in-law who had a smallholding near Gostivar, Macedonia (then part of the former Yugoslavia). Produces green peppers that turn dark red when mature. Found by our Seed Guardians to perform well even in northern England. Guardian Bev Mumford adds, “An excellent variety with sweet, juicy flesh.” Milder than a chilli, but still has bite.
Originally from Ohio, this standard-looking bell pepper ripens from green to red, but it is unusual in having a slightly matte finish to its skin. For people who do not like the usually tough skin of bell peppers this may be more palatable. Seed guardians have described the pepper as “very fleshy, very rich flavour, excellent roasted in oil, and very prolific”. It may require staking to support the fruit.
A fairly slow-growing variety producing small fruit (1-1.5cm long) with pointed ends. Produces compact plants that are perfect for growing in pots on a windowsill. The peppers are extremely hot and care should be taken when handling, preparing and eating them. Prolonged handling of the seed can also cause irritation, so take care if seed saving.
Syn. Purple Tiger. Produces pretty plants with variegated cream and green leaves, purple flowers and dark purple/black, bullet-shaped fruits that turn red when ripe. We recommend early sowing (February/early March) and a long growing season for this pepper. The peppers are extremely hot and care should be taken when handling, preparing and eating them. Prolonged handling of the seed can also cause irritation, so take care if seed saving.
Dating back to around 1910, this is a conventional-looking radish, but with larger (3-4cm diameter), round roots. The solid white flesh is firm, crisp and mild. Hardy, attractive and quick to mature, so perfect for successional sowing. It is also reluctant to become pithy or hollow, even when large. Sow to harvest 29 days (approx.)
Thought to date back to 1908, this fast-growing white variety is suitable for spring or autumn growing. The globe-shaped, white-skinned roots should be harvested when they reach about 2.5cm in diameter. Produces firm, juicy flesh which stays crisp once harvested and has a mildly spicy flavour. Seed to harvest 30 days.