The Legacy Collection
Collection contains one packet of each variety:
- Ausilio Thin Skin Italian Pepper
- Jebousek Lettuce
- German Pink Tomato
- Italian from Grandma Basil
- Paydon Heirloom Acorn Squash
- Leaf Heading Mustard
Please note: In the event of a seed packet shortage, we will substitute a variety. Rest assured—you're still getting six great varieties!
Ausilio Thin Skin Italian Pepper [Medium Hot]
This Italian-style, thin-skin frying pepper offers excellent flavor when stewed, dried, stuffed, or fried. Donated to Seed Savers Exchange by Chad Ogle-Riccelli of Des Moines, Iowa. This pepper has been passed down for five generations and is at the heart of the Ausilio family’s culinary traditions. 85-90 days from transplant.
Jebousek Lettuce [Looseleaf]
"Everyone that has tried it says it’s the best," wrote Ella Jebousek of this deer- tongued lettuce in 1987. And we agree—it was a favorite in our 2015 taste test. Compact plants form rosettes of dark green, triangular leaves, which grow 7-9" long and 4-5" wide. Ella, of Brooks, Oregon, received this variety from a descendant of the family who brought it from Czechoslovakia. Black seeded. 40-50 days.
German Pink Tomato [Beefsteak]
One of the two original Bavarian heirlooms from Diane Ott Whealy’s family that started SSE. Potato leaf plants produce large 1-2 pound beefsteak fruits. Meaty flesh with few seeds, very little cracking or blossom scars. Full sweet flavor. Excellent for canning, freezing, and slicing. Indeterminate, 85 days from transplant.
Italian from Grandma Basil
A basil with personality, this herb offers stronger anise flavor than the standard Genovese, and its leaves are more savoyed and lighter green in color. It was donated to Seed Savers Exchange by member Amy Forstrom. She acquired the variety from her brother-in-law and his Italian family, the Barberes. The moderately dense plants measure about 1' tall and grow broad, yellow-green leaves that are 3½ -5" long and about 2-3" wide.
Paydon Heirloom Acorn Squash
A petite acorn squash with eye-catching coloring and very pronounced ribbing, this variety is not just another pretty face: its excellent eating qualities and sweet, buttery flesh are sought after for the table. The fruits measure 4-6" long and 3 ½-5" wide and weigh up to 2 pounds. It is reported to be an heirloom from the Paydon family of Bosco, Illinois. 90-100 days.
Leaf Heading Mustard
A top-notch mustard that’s impressive in size, this variety produces thick leaves measuring 15-18" long and 9-15" wide that impart a sweet and moderately pungent flavor and a juicy, satisfying crunch. The yellow-green leaves curl and form a small, crispy head. Give this mustard some space—plants grow 16-21" tall and 20-28" wide.