Monday, August 4, 2014


If you read "The Wonderful World of Heirloom Seeds" then you know that I'll be sharing about different and unique heirloom seed varieties.

An heirloom seed variety has been saved and passed down from generation to generation. These seeds have been carefully cultivated and are considered a great value to the recipient. Some say an heirloom variety is 50 years old or more.  Some heirloom varieties have been passed down for over 100 years and others for over 400 years.

Heirloom Seeds can be very unique like the Lemon Cucumber and others are just like the produce you buy in the store (only tastier) like the Roma Tomato.

On to the Heirloom Beans & Corn!

60 days.  This dark-green bean has been a favorite for over 40 years.  Heavy yield.  Matures its large crop early and all at once.  Stagger planting for longer harvesting.  Developed from the Pole Blue Lake.

55 days.  Old-time favorite introduced in 1900.  Excellent quality and yields.  Stringless pods are 5-7 inches long with delicious wax bean flavor.  Good for freezing or canning.

65 days.  Pole Bean variety.  Introduced in 1864, this bean was originally known by the name 'Old Homestead.'  What made the 'Kentucky Wonder' a wonder was, in part, its size. The beans are extraordinarily long.  They produce beans in clusters over an extended season. 'Kentucky Wonder' beans actually mature in 58-72 days.

56 days.  Bush variety.  Tender, bright purple pods turn green when cooked.  Prolific producer and a good home garden variety.  Beautiful addition to your garden and very tasty.  Plant a row every three weeks until July for a long harvest period.

90 days.  The ears reach 7-8 inches long and produce a sweet and delicious, white kernel.  The ears have no rows, as this is a shoepeg type, and kernels are packed in a zigzag pattern.  Country Gentleman was introduced around 1890 by Frank Woodruff & Sons.  One of the best heirloom sweet corns.

90-110 days.  Considered a staple corn of the Hopi people, this corn can be eaten as a sweet corn when young, or allowed to dry it can be used to make flour.  Hopi Blue has a higher protein content than a dent corn and makes wonderful tortillas. The 7 inch, dried blue ears also make great autumn decorations. Plants are 5-6 feet tall.

90-110 days.  Released commercially in 1856.  This delicious white sweet corn is regarded as the "King of All White Sweet Corn Varieties", has been popular for over 160 years.  Stowell's Evergreen matures slowly over a long period, extending the usual harvest and produces 9 inch ears with 16 to 20 rows of plump, sweet white kernels.  It has a good shelf life, and is a good option for eating fresh, canning or freezing.

There are so many more Beans and Corn seed varieties!  
These are just a few of my favorite!

Stay tuned for more unique varieties of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds

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