New Edible Varieties For 2021
In June and July, we reported on the new ornamental introductions that made their debut during the virtual California Spring Trials this year. This month, we’re sharing the new home-garden crops to add to your vegetable production!
New to the BOOST collection, this crack-resistant tomato contains 40% more lycopene than similar types, which helps protect against cell damage. It is full of flavor with good disease resistance.
‘Siam’ is part of the new Kitchen Minis collection of potted vegetable plants that consumers can grow inside on a sunny windowsill or counter without a garden. This versatile variety works in 4.5- to 8-inch containers. On average plants reach 7 to 9 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide, making it manageable in shipping.
Snack pea ‘Snak Hero’
‘Snak Hero’ creates a whole new produce category — snack pea. It presents succulent, slender, 4-inch pods that are easier to hold for a sweet healthy treat. Pods are stringless and perfect for garden fresh snacking, stir fry or freezing for later.
‘Armageddon’ is the world’s first F1 hybrid super-hot chili pepper. It is two weeks earlier than comparable varieties, with a higher number of peppers as well. It gives growers an advantage in terms of improved plant vigor and fruit uniformity.
Brussels sprouts ‘Redarling’
An innovative crop, this new Brussels sprouts boasts purple-red color and a mild taste. It produces firm, well-filled, colorful buttons with good standing ability. High-yielding stalks reach 31 inches tall.
Cabbage ‘Sweet Slaw’
This variety’s smooth, dense and cone-shaped head has a short core — making it perfect for slicing or shredding. Home gardeners will appreciate its sweet flavor, quickness to fruit and long harvest window.
Eggplant ‘Asian Delite’
This slender, elongated eggplant is glossy with bright purple skin and white, tender, non-bitter flesh. Plants are upright and semi-spineless, so they are easy to harvest. They are great for in-ground gardening or in a large container.
Strawberry ‘Berried Treasure Pink’
Joining the previously introduced ‘Berried Treasure Red’, Pink offers semi-double, pink flowers alongside small, sweet fruits all season on a compact, everbearing plant. It reaches 12 to 16 inches tall, prefers full sun, and is hardy to Zones 4 through 9.
Tomato ‘Mountain Man’
‘Mountain Man’ is a beefsteak tomato that produces extra-large fruit with delicious flavor starting in early season. High potential yields and multiple harvests are supported by strong plants.
Pak choi ‘Asian Delight’
A new All-America Selections winner, this pak choi features small to mid-sized Canton-type heads with a tasty, tender white rib and dark green, textured leaves. Expect to begin harvest in about 30 days. Plants will hold for about two to three weeks after maturity.
Tomato ‘Gold Spark’
This great-tasting yellow grape tomato has high yield potential and consistent sweetness throughout the season. Fruits weigh about a half ounce and have excellent shelf life. Plants have strong vigor and high resistance to Tomato Mosaic Virus.
Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at [email protected]