Heritage Varieties: Golden Oldies in the Garden

Heritage Varieties: Golden Oldies in the Garden

Heirloom Varieties: Golden Oldies in the Garden Presented by Joran Viers Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service Definitions What is an heirloom variety: An open-pollinated variety having some considerable ancestry and history of use. Definitions, cont.

Open-pollinated: not a hybrid variety; seeds from OP plants will grow plants that exhibit the desired varietal characteristics (provided proper care has been taken to prevent outcrossing with other varieties). Definitions, cont. When plant breeders create a hybrid variety, they cross two lines and come out with progeny exhibiting desired characters. This hybrid generation is termed the F1 generation, and it has a very uniform set of characters. However,

when the F1 is allowed to set seed, the resulting F2 generation exhibits a very wide and unpredictable set of characters. Parental plants = round, yellow and wrinkled, green. F1 generation = all uniformly round and yellow. F2 generation = four different phenotypes, nine different

genotypes. Saving seed from the F1 will not yield uniform plants in subsequent generations. Definitions, cont. Variety: a named type of a vegetable species, having certain distinguishing characteristics (taste, shape, color, size, length of season, etc.), being adapted to certain climates and soils, being resistant (or not!) to certain

pests/diseases A variety can be OP or hybrid. Definitions, cont. Considerable ancestry and history of use: decades or centuries of use. Often, long history in limited geographic area before becoming more widely available. Often, cultural connection with human society of origin. Flour corn:

Hopi Yellow Tarahumara Maiz Rojo Vadito Blue Mayo Tosabatchi Images courtesy of Native Seeds/SEARCH How are heirloom varieties different? From hybrids: these are specific crosses of two

distinct lines, having very uniform characteristics. Seed from the F1 generation, when grown out, exhibit wide variability and few come true to the F1 type. Often bred for high performance under optimum conditions, may not handle stress well. From newer open-pollinated varieties: these dont (yet) have a history, a record of use and approval, a connection to a group of peoplehowever, from todays new open pollinated varieties come tomorrows heirloom varieties. Why grow heirloom varieties? Given that many hybrids do quite well in

garden settings, taste fine, and may have more pest/disease resistancethis is a good question. 1. 2. 3. 4. The challenge The variety of varieties The biodiversity To save seeds

1. The challenge Many gardeners appreciate a challenge. Some of the tastier heirloom varieties may require extra love and care to be successful. Waltham 29 broccoli New England Pie pumpkin 2. The variety of varieties Many gardeners like to grow multiple types of certain crops, to revel

in the variety. Different colors, shapes, tastes, uses its easy to get lost in the bounty! Market gardeners benefit from offering their clientele a nice range of choices. Red Core Chantenay, Japanese Imperial Long, Scarlet Nantes and Oxheart carrots. Images courtesy of Seeds of Change.

3. The biodiversity The greater the range of genes available in a crop plant species, the more secure the future of that crop. Just a few large corporations control the majority of crop seeds, and they offer relatively few choices. Smaller, independent seed companies, certain non-profit organizations and backyard gardeners are vitally important to the maintenance of the incredible genetic diversity that humanity has fostered in our cultivated plants.

4. To be able to save seeds Many gardeners like to save seeds from their own gardens, to plant again next year and to share with friends. Seed saving is a fun hobby and a useful art. Depending on the species, seed saving is relatively easy (beans, tomatoes) or it may require considerable planning and care (squash, peppers). Seed saving: a brief discussion Heirloom varieties can inspire the latent seedsaver in a gardener. Simplisticly, successful

seed saving relies upon four steps: 1. Ensure proper pollination 2. Allow plants to mature seeds 3. Harvest seed, process as appropriate 4. Store seed properly until next planting Following is a discussion of some different plant families, some important crop species in those families, some of the heirloom varieties available and specific seedsaving guidelines. Family: Amaryllidaceae

Crop species: Allium ampeloprasum: leek A. cepa: common onion, shallot, potato onion A. sativum: garlic A. schoenoprasum: common chives A. tuberosum: garlic chives (Chines chives) Variety names: Leek: Giant Musselburgh, Blue Solaize, Prizetaker. Seed saving: self-incompatible, insect pollinated. Isolate varieties by 1-3 miles, or

cage and hand pollinate. Biennial, produce flower stalks after 4-6 weeks cold weather. Can overwinter here under mulch. Overwintering leeks often produce side shoots which can be used to vegetatively reproduce the variety. Poncho Images courtesy Seeds of Change Giant Musselburg Variety names:

Onion: Texas Grano Shallot: French, Dutch Yellow, Gray Multiplier: Yellow, Potato Seed saving: similar to leeks: for purity, isolate well from other A. cepa that will flower at same time. Shallots, multiplier/ potato onions often reproduced vegetatively (no isolation required for propagation this way). Yellow shallots; red shallots (de Groot) Texas Grano

Morgan) (Thompson & Variety names: Garlic: Inchelium Red, Georgian Crystal, Chets Italian Red, California Early, Spanish Roja, Killarney Red, German Brown, Persian Star, Red Czar, Brown Rose, Jovak, Rosewood, Georgia Fire, Wild Buff, Susanville, Nootka Rose, Mild French, Idaho Silver, St. Helens, Asian Tempest, Red Janice, China Stripe, Lotus, Uzbek Turban,

Burgandy, Cuban Purple, Pescadero Red Seed saving: garlic does not make true seed. Plant cloves or bulbils. No need to isolate. Asian Tempest Georgian Crystal Inchelium Red Persian Star (Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange)

Family: Brassicaceae Crop species: Brassica juncea: mustard greens B. oleracea: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi B. rapa: turnip, Chinese cabbage, broccoli raab Raphanus sativus: radish Seed saving: insect pollinated, largely self-incompatible. Save seed from more than one plant. Isolate by mile or cage.

Variety names: Mustard: Osaka Purple, Giant Red, Green Wave Cabbage: Early Jersey Wakefield, Mammoth Red Rock, Premium Late Flat Dutch Broccoli: Waltham 29, Calabrese, De Cicco Cauliflower: Early Snowball, Purple Cape Kale: Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch, Lacinato Kohlrabi: Supershmeltz, Dyna Collards: Champion, Vates Brussels Sprouts: Long Island Improved Calabrese

Rock Early Snowball Scotch Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange Early Jersey Wakefield Vates Mammoth Red

Dwarf Blue Curled Variety names: Turnip: Purple Top White Globe, Shogoin, Scarlet Ball Radish: China Rose, French Breakfast, German Beer, Round Black Spanish, White Icicle Broccoli Raab: Sorrento, Zamboni

Courtesy Seeds of Change Round Black Spanish Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange French Breakfast White Icicle

Family: Chenopodiaceae Crop species: Beta vulgaris: beet, Swiss chard Spinacia oleraceae: spinach Seed saving: wind pollinated, self-fertile. Isolate in time or space, or cage, or bag inflorescence. Spinach is monoecious, need a ratio of 1 male per two female plants. Variety names: Beet: Burpees Golden, Chioggia, Cylindra,

Detroit Dark Red, Lutz Green Leaf, Bulls Blood Swiss Chard: Fordhook Giant, Rhubarb, Five Color Silverbeet Spinach: Bloomsdale Long Standing, Viroflay Bulls Blood Cylindra Fordhook Giant America Burpees Golden

Rhubarb Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange Chioggia 5 Color Silverbeet Family: Asteraceae Crop species: Lactuca sativa: lettuce Seed saving: grown in Egypt by about 4500

BC. Largely self-pollinating, as flower opens. Can be insect pollinated, chance of cross-pollination by neighboring varieties not well known. Cage to ensure complete purity, or stagger planting times. USDA recommends 12 feet between varieties. Variety names: Amish Deer Tongue, Australian Yellowleaf, Baby Oakleaf, Bronze Arrowhead, Bunte Forellenschuss, Buttercrunch, Crisp Mint, Flame, Gold Rush, Green Oakleaf, Lollo Rossa, Mascara, Merveille des Quatre

Saisions, Pablo, Pirat, Red Coral, Red Leprechaun, Red Rapids, Red Romaine, Red Salad Bowl, Red Velvet, Reine des Glaces, Rossa di Trento, Rossimo, Rouge dHiver, Rubin, Slobolt, Tango, Tennis Ball, etc., etc., etc Amish Deer Tongue Merveille des Quatre Saisons Courtesy Seed Savers

Exchange Bronze Arrowhead Pirat Bunte Flame Forellenschuss Red Romaine Tango

Family: Cucurbitaceae Crop species: Citrullus vulgaris: watermelon Cucumis melo: muskmelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, casaba Cucumis sativus: cucumber Cucurbita maxima: squash (banana, hubbard, buttercup) Cucurbita mixta: squash (cushaw, silver-seeded gourds) Cucurbita moschata: squash (butternut, cheese, golden cushaw)

Cucurbita pepo: squash (acorn, crookneck, scallop, spaghetti, zucchini, pumpkin) Seed saving: All species in this family have separate male and female flowers on each plant. All are insect pollinated and readily outcross with other varieties in same species. Isolate by mile, or do hand-pollinating (flower bagging is easier than caging). Variety names: Watermelon: Blacktail Mountain, Chelsea, Chris Cross, Cream of Saskatchewan, Melitopolski, Moon and Stars,

Mountain Sweet Yellow, Orangeglo, Picnic, Sweet Siberian, Acoma, Hopi Red, Hopi Yellow, Jemez, Jumanos, Mayo, Navojo Red-seeded, San Juan, Rio San Miguel, Santo Domingo Winter, Tohono Oodham Yellow meated. Melons: Acoma, Chimayo, Hopi Casaba, Isleta Pueblo, Jemiz, Melon de Castillo, Navajo Yellow, New Mexico (from Alameda!), Oodham Ke:li Ba:so, San Felipe, Santo Domingo, Amish, Banana, Bidwell Casaba, Burrells Jumbo, Cavaillon Espagnol, Collective Farm Woman, Crane, Early Hanover, Edens Gem, Green Nutmeg, Hearts of Gold, Hollybrook Luscious, Haogen, Jenny Lind, Minnesota Midget, Noir des Carmes, Piel de

Sapo, Prescott Fond Blanc, Pride of Wisconsin, Sakatas Sweet, Schoons Hard Shell. Variety names: Cucumber: A& C Pickling, Boothbys Blonde, Bushy, Double Yield, Early Fortune, Japanese Climbing, Longfellow, Miniature White, Parade, Snows Fancy Pickling, True Lemon, White Wonder, Clinton, Telegraph Improved, Wautoma, Homemade Pickles, Marketmore. Squash (C. maxima): Amish Pie, Anna Swartz Hubbard, Australian Butter, Galeux dEysines, Golden Hubbard, Guatemalan Blue Banana, Iran, Kikuza,

Queensland Blue, Rouge Vif dEtampes, Calabaza del Norte, Indian Pumpkin, Mayo Blusher, Minnies Apache Hubbard, Mormon Squash, Navajo Hubbard, Peasco Cheese, Taos. Squash (C. mixta): Tennessee Sweet Potato, Waltham Butternut. Squash (C. moschata): Magdalena Big Cheese, Mayo Segualca, Middle Rio Conchos, Pima Bajo, Kikuza, Long Island Cheese. Variety names: Squash (C. pepo): Cheyenne Bush Pumpkin, Cornfield Pumpkin, Fordhook Acorn,

Nimba, Pattison Panache, Summer Crookneck, Table Queen, Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato, Woods Prolific Bush Scallop, Acoma Pumpkin, Hopi Pumpkin, Pacheco Pumpkin, Tarahumara, Cocozelle Zucchini, Ronde de Nice Zucchini, Zucchetta Rampicante. Blacktail Mountain Orangeglo Banana Fond Blanc

Courtesy Seed Savers Chris Cross Collective Farm Woman Moon and Stars Early Hanover Prescott

Boothbys Blonde Lemon Miniature White Galeux dEysines Crookneck Guatemalan Blue Banana Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange

Snows Fancy Pickling True Long Island Cheese Summer Family: Fabaceae Crop Species: Phaseolus acutifolius: tepary bean P. coccineus: runner bean P. lunatus: lima bean

P. vulgaris: common bean Pisum sativum: garden pea Vicia faba: fava bean Seed saving: largely self-pollinating, may be crossed by insects. For purity grow one variety, cage, or isolate by some distance. Variety names: Tepary: Big Fields White, Big Fields Brown, Black, Blue Speckled, Brown Speckled, Cocopah Brown, Cocopah White, Colonia Morelos Speckled, Guarijio White, Hopi White, Kickapoo White, Little Tucson Brown,

Menagers Dam Brown, Paiute Mixed, Paiute Yellow, Pima Beige and Brown, Pinacate, Sacaton Brown, Sacaton White, San Felipe Pueblo White, San Ignacio, San Pablo Balleza, Santa Rosa, Sonoran White, Tohono Oodham Brown, Tohono Oodham White, Yoeme Brown, Yoeme White. Runner: Four Corners, Scarlet Runner, Painted Lady, Sunset Runner. Lima: Christmas Lima, Henderson Bush Lima, Sieva, Thorogreen. Common: Arikara Yellow, Bountiful, Brittle Wax,

Brockton Horticultural, Cherokee Trail of Tears, Dragons Tongue, Hidatsa Shield Figure, Kentucky Wonder Bush, Jacobs Cattle Gasless, Lazy Housewife, Mayflower, Rattlesnake Soup, Speckled Cranberry, Swedish Brown, Oregon Blue Lake, Tongue of Fire, Four Corners Gold, Frijol Gringo, Hopi Black, Hopi Light Yellow, Hopi Pink, Hopi Pinto, Hopi red, Milta Black, Mt. Pima Burro & Caballito, New Mexico Bolitas, Oodham Pink, Taos Red, Vadito Bolita Garden pea: Amish Snap, British Wonder, Dwarf Gray Sugar, Green Arrow, Little Marvel, Suttons Harbinger, Tom Thumb,

Cascadia Snap, Sugar Ann, Oregon Giant. Fava: Aquadulce, Sweet Lorane, Broad Windsor, Banner (used for cover crop/green manure), Friedrichs (used for cover crop/green manure). (certain people, mostly men of southern European descent, may have potentially fatal allergy to fava beans) Courtesy Native Seeds/SEARCH Big Fields White

Mixed Blue Speckled Christmas Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange Sieva Tohono Oodham Paiute Brown

Painted Lady Sunset Arikara Yellow Dragons Tongue Mayflower Brittle Wax True Red

Cranberry Brockton Trail Tears Swedish Brown Horticultural Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange Jacobs Cattle

Hidatsa Shield Gasless Figure Cherokee of Dwarf Gray Sugar Little Marvel Edible Podded British Wonder Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange

Amish Snap Tom Thumb Aquadulce Courtesy Territorial Seed Company Green Arrow Broad Windsor

Family: Solanaceae Crop species: Capsicum anuum: sweet and chili peppers Lycopersicon escultentum: tomato Solanum melongena: eggplant S. tuberosum: potato Variety names: Peppers: Alma Paprika, Aji Crystal, Ancho Gigantea, Balloon, Beaver Dam, Black Hungarian, Bulgarian Carrot, Candlelight, Chervena Chushka, Cyklon, Fatali, Fish, Garden Sunshine, Georgia Flame,

Golden Treasure, Jimmy Nardellos Sweet Italian Frying Pepper, Hot Portugal, Lemon Drop, Marconi Red, Napolean Sweet, Orange Bell, Quadrato Asti Giallo, Santa Fe Grande, California Wonder, Staddons Select, Italian Pepperoncini, Gourmet, Red Bulls Horn, Buran, Anaheim, Mulato Isleno, Ancho 101, Big Jim, etc. Seed saving: all are capable of self-pollinating, but will also easily out-cross with insect assistance. Isolate by at least 500 feet, or cage. May need flower agitation or hand pollination. Bag individual flowers to prevent crossing.

Tomato: SSE members offer 2,980 varieties!! Amish Paste, Angora Super Sweet, Aunt Rubys German Green, Austins Red Pear, Basinga, Black Krim, Black Plum, Black from Tula, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Cherry Roma, Czechs Bush, Druzba, Dr. Wyches Yellow, German Pink, Giant Syrian, Golden Sunray, Green Zebra, Hillbilly Potato Leaf, Hungarian Heart, Isis Candy Cherry , Juane Flamme, Kelloggs Breakfast, Lemon Drop, Long Tom, Martinos Roma, Nebraska Wedding, Nyagous, Opalka, Orange Banana, Principe Borghese, Peron, Purple Russina, Red Fig, Riesentraube, Russian Persimmon, Soldacki, Stupice, Tommy Toe, Tiger Tom, White Beautythe list goes

ever on! Seed saving: Most tomatoes can be grown side by side with no trouble. To save seed, squeeze ripe fruit into container to collect seeds and surrounding gel. Allow gel to ferment for a few days. After this time, rinse resulting smelly goop to clean and isolate seeds, and then allow them to air dry. Eggplant: Applegreen, Casper, Diamond, Florida High Bush, Listada de Gandia, Pingtung Long, Rosita, Thai Green, Udumalapet. Seed saving: primarily self-pollinating; isolate by 50 feet or cage. To collect seed, fruit must ripen far past

edible stage. Grate bottom portion of fruit (greatest seed density) into a bowl. Add water to within 2 inches of rim, squeeze gratings to release good seeds (which will sink to bottom). Potato: All Blue, Butte, Caribe, Carola, Cranberry Red, Rose Gold, Russian Banana, Yukon Gold, Elba, Red Cloud, Island Sunshine, Swedish Peanut, Rose Finn Apple, Onaway, Reddale. Seed saving: mostly reproduced vegetatively, no chance of crossing. Chimayo Paprika

Alcalde Lemon Drop Jimmy Nardellos Bulgarian Carrot Ancho Gigantea Isleta Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange, Native Seeds/SEARCH

Alma Dixie Golden Giant Indische Fleish Lemony Courtesy Druzba Hazel Mae

Peacevine Cherry Costoluto Genovesee Evergreen Martinos Roma Orange Russian Hillbilly Oregon Spring Applegreen Long

All Blue Courtesy Seed Savers Exchange FL High Bush Russian Banana Listada de Gandia Cranberry Red

Ping Tung Yukon Gold Family: Apiaceae Crop species: Apium graveolens: celery Anethum graveolens: dill Coriandrum sativium: coridander (cilantro) Daucus carota: carrot Foeniculum vulgare: fennel Seed saving: Seed saving: perfect flowers,

self-incompatible. Insect pollinated. For purity, isolate by three miles, or cage, or hand pollinate. Variety names: Celery: Ventura, Giant Red, Brilliant (celeriac) Dill: Long Island Mammoth, Dukat, Fernleaf, Bouquet Seed Coriander: Slo Bolt Carrot: Nantaise, Amstrong, Yellowstone, Royal Chantenay, Danvers, Rodelika, Thumbelina, Kuttiger Fennel: Perfection, Fino, Romy

Japanese Imperial Long Oxheart Red Core Chantennay Scarlet Nantes Courtesy Seeds of Change

Family: Poaceae Crop species: Zea mays: corn Seed saving: wind pollinated, readily cross between varieties. For good pollination plant is blocks, not rows. Large population sizes guard against inbreeding depression. Isolate by two miles for purity, or bag and hand-pollinate. Sequential planting can provide isolation in time, but you must have a good idea of the maturity time of the varieties involved.

Golden Bataam Improved Painted Mountain Stowells Evergreen Domingo Posole Manzano Yellow Bloody Butcher Courtesy Native Seeds/SEARCH; Seed Savers Santo

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