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The nightshade plant family has lots of esteemed aunts, uncles, and cousins to be proud of, and you’ll get to meet some of the best with this variety pack. Thrill your sweet tooth with pineapple-flavored ground cherries, crunch on the tastiest (and prettiest!) peppers ever, munch on sweet and savory tomatoes, and bake a delectable eggplant parm. Nifty!
included are 5 full size packets of the following certified organic seed varieties:
• Black Krim Tomato • Black Cherry Tomato • Iko Iko Pepper • Listada Di Gandia Eggplant • Pineapple Ground Cherry •
nifty nightshades: what you get
Black Krim Tomato
Offering 3″-4″ fruits with bold, smoky flavors and intense colors ranging from dark red, purple and green. “Krim” is the Ukrainian word for “Crimea,” the Ukrainian island where the Black Krim originated. After the Crimean War (1853-1856), in which Russia was defeated by French, British, Ottoman and Sardinian forces, Black Krim seeds were brought home by soldiers stationed on the island. Eventually, the Black Krim would appear in the 1990 Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook, where it had been introduced by Lars Olov Rosenstrom of Bromma, Sweden.
Black Cherry Tomato
If you’re looking for the perfect cherry tomato, this might just be it. ‘Black Cherry’ produces loads of small, dark-fruited tomatoes on large robust plants that produce all season long. The fruit is about 1” in diameter with red-purple-black color hues and wonderfully complex sweet and savory flavor notes. You probably won’t have any left to bring inside!
Iko Iko Pepper
Grow a rainbow of sweet bell peppers from the same plant — they start purple then turn bronze, yellow, orange, and red (peppers can be harvested at any color stage, though the red ones are sweetest). ‘Iko Iko’ is a newer heirloom bred for outstanding productivity and flavor. The plants rarely need staking to stay upright and have prolific foliage to create sugars more quickly and protect fruits from sun scald (veggie sunburn). This variety is also earlier than similar bell peppers which means it is widely adapted to different growing zones and will actually become sweet in regions with a shorter warm season. In areas with very hot, long summers, expect the best production to occur in the fall.
Listada De Gandia Eggplant
We can’t think of a garden vegetable more beautiful than this purple and white striped, thin-skinned, oblong eggplant from Europe (accounts of its original origin range from Gandia, Spain to France and Italy, but it was first developed in the mid-1800s). One of the earliest striped eggplant varieties, the fruits are so stunning that it is almost a shame to eat them. However, it’s also considered one of the tastiest varieties so enjoy them as ornaments on the powdery-green bushes while they’re in the garden and as quick-to-disappear dishes in the kitchen. Its flavor lives up to its beauty since it bakes, roasts, or pan-fries into non-bitter, deliciously nutty-sweet & tender morsels—no need to use pre-cooking tricks to remove bitterness. Harvest when 6-8″ long or when the skin still feels like a slightly sticky latex balloon (tough, slick skin means they are overripe).
Many people get confused and think these are a named variety of ground cherries called ‘Pineapple’ but turns out, it’s just a misunderstanding about their other common name of “pineapple tomatillo.” This is one of those “tastes like chicken” situations where an uncommon food gets nicknamed after other foods it doesn’t quite taste like. Ground cherries are not even related to cherries or pineapple, though they are a cousin of tomatillos. Of the three sobriquets, the pineapple notes are the most noticeable (yet still isn’t a match). What do they taste like, then? Delicious, complex, sweet, tart, tropical, and exotic! Plus, they come in their own individual “wrappers” (technically husks)—useful as well as enchanting to children and adults alike. Each ground cherry falls from the plant when ripe but is protected from most critters by the papery husk (we do occasionally find a pile of wrappers sitting next to a chipmunk hole, so you may want to grow enough to go around). Unlike most produce, ground cherries actually improve their flavor when they are stored briefly after harvest. They can keep for weeks when allowed to dry or cure, and they also make really good tangy “raisins” when dried. Spread your harvest in a single layer for a few days (if you collected them during damp weather they may need to dry a bit longer) and then move them to a “candy” bowl for daily snacking. These fruits also substitute perfectly 1:1 for any tart cherry recipe.
Specially selected variety packs of Certified Organic Heirloom gardening seeds – 1 packet = 5 full size packs + expert growing instruction. Wonderful gift!