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April 27, 2013


Ready to start your vegetable garden, but looking for something different? At Art Form, we strive to carry varieties you cannot find elsewhere. Here are a few highlights:

Purple Filet Bean – Grown like bush beans, they are very slender and stringless. Their gourmet appearance makes them a favorite among chefs. They are delicious raw or cooked but will lose their purple color when cooked.

Orient Express Eggplant – This is a heavy and fast producer of attractive, slender, 8-10 inch long by 1.5-2.5 inch diameter eggplants with the ability to produce fruit in cool weather as well as under heat stress. It is tender and flavorful without the harsh acid reaction of traditional eggplant.

Italian Heirloom Kale – The Toscana variety of kale is not only the favorite of chefs for its flavor; it also has the distinction of being one of the most unique ornamental plants for a landscape. Toscana kale can be grown in the vegetable garden or in a flowerbed or planter.

Peppers – Our pepper selection is awesome, with a lot of diversity to match lots of flavor profiles.

  • Chinese 5 Color – Liven up any dish, salad or jar of pickled vegetables with color and spice. These cute little peppers have the spice of a jalapeno and come in a rainbow of colors from purple, cream, yellow, orange or red. Their small size makes them excellent for containers. This is also great as an ornamental plant.
  • Frying Pepper of Naples (Friariello Di Napoli) – This is a sweet, popular pepper from Naples, Italy, that is great fried, pickled or eaten raw. The plant is easy to grow and is a heavy producer. The plants produce small, long cone shaped peppers.
  • Lemon Drop – This is an heirloom pepper from Peru. The peppers ripen to a clear lemon yellow, and they have a clean, slightly citrus flavor with the heat of a jalapeno. The plant grows to about 2 feet in height and is covered with 2-3 inch long peppers.
  • Red Buccs Horn Type (Corno di Toro Rosso) – An heirloom Italian sweet frying pepper with a name meaning “bull’s horn”. This heavy producing plant carries peppers 8 inches long by 2-3 inches wide with thin skin and thick walls, which are brilliant red when ripe. Ideal to stuff, grill or fry.
  • Shishito – A Japanese favorite that produces lots of 3 inch long emerald green peppers. Their mild flavor makes them a standard for chefs. The peppers are great on their own or fried or roasted in dishes.
  • Thai Yellow Chile – This is the golden yellow version of the Thai Pepper; a hot and flavorful heirloom pepper from Thailand. The plants are loaded with fruit, and the masses of yellow add an ornamental value to the garden.

Bright Lights Swiss Chard – Lightly savoyed green or bronze leaves with stems of many colors including gold, pink, orange, purple, red and white with bright and pastel variations. It puts on a great show, but this variety is somewhat less frost hardy than other types of Swiss Chard.

Tomatoes – Anyone can grow a simple tomato, our offerings are a little more off the beaten path.

  • Black Cherry – This variety is known to be superior in flavor to the red cherry tomato. These unique and delicious tomatoes are very prolific, and they grow in nice clusters that are easy to pick.
  • Japanese Black Trifele – This unusual tomato is about the shape and size of a Bartlett pear. They are burgundy in color, and are very heavy producers of 4-6 oz. fruit with smooth skin. Harvest when shoulders are still green for best flavor.
  • Moskvich – This heirloom variety is semi-determinate, and is one of the most appealing extra-early tomatoes that produce 4-6 oz. fruits, which are uniform and deep red. The tomatoes are great used fresh, in cooking or canning.
  • Yellow Pear – This is a super prolific tomato, with tall vigorous vines bearing large quantities of small, lemon yellow pear-shaped fruit.

Costata Romanesco Zucchini- This is the traditional heirloom zucchini form Italy. It is far superior in taste to other zucchini. It is ribbed and should be picked when small. The flower can be left on because it is also flavorful.

This is just a small sampling of the cool varieties of vegetables that we carry. Give some of them a try; your customers will love them! Check out the full list of what we grow in our catalog.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us. And, recommendations for new plant varieties are always welcome.