• Fin de Bangol – Old gourmet French; best picked young.
• Mayflower (1620) – Also known as Amish Knuttle; excellent as young string bean and dried.
• Speckled cranberry (from 1825) – Triple-purpose variety that can be used as snap beans at 60 days.
• Japanese climbing (1892) – Tender, crisp, slightly tart; grows up to 9 inches long.
• Parisian pickling (1892) – French; often used small for Gherkins.
• Pintung long – Taiwanese; has a dark lavender hue and is very hardy.
• Thai green – Light green skin that does not require peeling.
• Rosa bianca – Italian, round, with a mild flavor.
• Bull Nose Bell (1774) – Green to red, excellent flavor, productive and sturdy; originally grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.
• Jimmy Nardello (1887) – Highly productive with an apple flavor; great for frying.
• Nepalese bell – Medium hot, ripens from green to red, sweet on the outside, hotter near the seeds.
• Galeux D'Eysines (aka peanut squash) – French Bordeaux; best in soups, stews.
• Purple tomatillo – Dark purple fruit that is small, sweet and great in salsa.
• Brandywine – Top-selling tomato has pink beefsteak fruit, delightfully intense flavor.
• German pink – Bavarian that produces large, 1- to 2-lb. fruits; excellent for slicing, canning and freezing.
• Blondkopfchen (aka Little Blond Girl) – Small, golden yellow fruit borne in giant, succulent clusters.
Offering oldies but goodies
Among heirloom vegetables available at Urban Roots:
- 403 Letter: Court should uphold birth control coverage
- 124 Letter: Women, not their employers, should pay for birth control
- 109 Letter: Hatred of Obama is richly deserved
- 81 Making the case for Core, King rejects argument that education standards are too difficult
- 72 Letter: SAFE Act is flawed, needs to be repealed