Southern Favorites Collection
Collection contains one packet of each variety:
- Jernigan Yellow Cabbage Collard
- Ideal Market Bean
- Rooster Spur Pepper
- Halbert Honey Watermelon
- Hill Country Red Okra
- Whittemore Heirloom Tomato
Please note: In the event of a seed packet shortage, we will substitute a variety. Rest assured—you're still getting six great varieties!
Jernigan Yellow Cabbage Collard
(Brassica oleracea) This faintly sweet, buttery-tasting heirloom collard produces modest heads and light-green to yellow-green edible leaves that are elliptical, lobed, and slightly dangling. Plants measure 17-23" tall by 32-43" wide. It hails from Snow Hill, North Carolina, where Nancy and James Jernigan grew it throughout their married life after receiving it from James’ father. Acquired by SSE from the USDA in 2016. 75-80 days. .
Ideal Market Bean
(Phaseolus vulgaris) Flawless. An early-producing, stringless pole bean with vines that bear 5"-long snap beans all along its 6'-tall vines. This variety has a fine texture and excellent taste and is suitable for eating fresh or freezing. Introduced to the seed trade in 1914 as Black Creaseback by Van Antwerp’s Seed Store of Mobile, Alabama, it was reintroduced in 1924 by Chris Reuter Seed Company of New Orleans, Louisiana, as Reuter’s Ideal Market. Pole habit, snap, 65-70 days
Rooster Spur Pepper
(Capsicum annuum) Rare variety from SSE member Virgil T. Ainsworth of Laurel, Mississippi. Grown in his family for more than 100 years. Two-inch long, tapered, fire engine red peppers borne erect on 2' plants. Traditionally used to make Rooster Pepper Sausage. Also excellent dried and ground for chili powder. Ideal for container growing. 95 days from transplant. Hot.
Halbert Honey Watermelon
(Citrullus lanatus) Developed by Mr. H.A. Halbert of Texas and introduced in 1902 by the W. Atlee Burpee seed house. Thirty years later the Steckler Seed Co. of New Orleans still called it “one of the best tasting melons on the market, a favorite”. Sweet pink flesh with a crisp juicy texture. The dark green elongated fruit has a thin, somewhat delicate rind. 90-100 days.
Hill Country Red Okra
(Abelmoschus esculentus) Said to originally be from the Hill Country of southern Texas. Beautiful 6' tall red-stemmed plants produce wide green pods tinged with red. Full of the good okra flavor popular in the hill regions of the south. Excellent pickling variety. 60-70 days.
Whittemore Heirloom Tomato
(Solanum lycopersicum) Considered one of the best- tasting tomatoes by Seed Savers Exchange staff, this variety offers complex and well-balanced flavor. The impressively large pink beefsteak tomatoes have large lobes and deep ribbing. Some fruits may have moderate cracking, but they are remarkably blemish-free with respect to their size—a whopping 1½-2 pounds and nearly 5-6" in width. Edley Bellamy of Virginia donated this seed to SSE; Bellamy received the variety from Oscar Gibson in 1993. 70-80 days. Indeterminate.