10. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis ‘Jersey Giant’)

Plant them this year and enjoy your first crop of asparagus next spring. Jersey Giant is a high-yielding, all male variety that will give you 30% more asparagus than other co-ed varieties. Only about 5% of the plants are female, which is a good thing because the male spears are what are eaten. Jersey Giant is disease resistant and easy to grow. It will produce for many growing seasons if properly maintained.

Jersey Giant Asparagus

9. Calabrese Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica ‘Calabrese)

Calabrese is an Italian heirloom variety that produces small blue-green heads with many side shoots. It has a very tender and mild taste, and is good raw in salads or with dips. The sprouts can also be eaten in a similar fashion to alfalfa.

Calabrese Broccoli

8. Paris Island Cos Lettuce (Lactuca sativa ‘Paris Island’)

This romaine lettuce forms long, dark green leaves that have a delicious, juicy crunch and white midribs that are crisp and sweet. Paris Island Cos is great in sandwiches and salads, or as a garnish.

Paris Island Cos Lettuce

7. Golden Cal Wonder Pepper (Capsicum annuum ‘Golden Cal Wonder’)

Golden Cal Wonder is an heirloom variety pepper that matures to a golden-yellow color. It produces thick-walled fruits with a sweet flavour that goes well in salads and stir fries, but is also good on its own, in vegetable trays.

Golden Cal Wonder Pepper

6. Spaghetti Squash (Cucurbita pepo)

Spaghetti squash is an egg-shaped squash with flesh that becomes stringy like spaghetti when cooked. It can be served as a healthy alternative to spaghetti, making for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Spaghetti Squash

5. Straight Eight Cucumber (Cucumis sativus ‘Straight Eight’)

Straight Eight is a vigorous, productive vine variety that produces straight, deep green fruit with bright white flesh. This cucumber variety has a bitter-free flavor. It is excellent sliced on its own or in salads. This variety is also can also be pickled when small.

Straight Eight Cucumber

4. Golden Wax Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris ‘Golden Wax’)

This compact, productive variety of bean yields stringless, tender yellow pods. Golden Wax possesses a delicate, buttery flavor and is good for canning, freezing, or eating fresh.

Golden Wax Bean

3. Nantes Carrot (Daucus carota sativus ‘Nantes’)

The Nantes carrot is very high in vitamin A. It matures early in the season and has a bright orange color. This coreless variety of carrot is exceptionally sweet and is great for juicing, freezing, or for fresh use.

Nantes Carrot

2. Oregon Sugar Pod Pea (Pisum sativum ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’)

This pea has smooth, light green, edible pods that have a mild flavour. They are great for eating raw or for tossing into stir fries. Oregon Sugar Pod freezes well, retaining its full sweet flavour. This variety of pea is very productive over a long period of time, giving an exceptional yield.

Oregon Sugar Pod Pea

1. Brandywine Tomato (Lycopersicon lycopersicum ‘Brandywine’)

Brandywine is an heirloom variety from the 1800s, which produces medium-large tomatoes with dark reddish-pink flesh. Brandywine tomatoes have a fine, distinctive taste of gourmet quality, and are good for slicing, in salads, and on sandwiches.

Brandywine Tomato