The Legacy Collection
Collection contains one packet of each variety:
- Ausilio Thin Skin Italian Pepper (25 seeds)
- Drott's Yellow Ground Cherry (50 seeds) (description/image coming soon!)
- Jebousek Lettuce (500 seeds)
- Long Season Winter Keeper Beet (100 seeds) (description/image coming soon!)
- German Pink Tomato (50 seeds)
- Hanover Salad Kale (150 seeds) (description/image coming soon!)
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.
Drott's Yellow Ground Cherry
(Physalis grisea) This highly productive variety yields medium-sized, round, orange-yellow fruit with a mild, sweet flavor. Its green husks turn yellow and then brown when fruits are mature; ripe fruits measure 0.45-0.6" long by 0.4-0.6" wide. The plants have a prostrate growth habit, reaching 9-17" tall by 5.5-8.5' wide. This mid-season maturing variety was donated to Seed Savers Exchange by Thomas Jerde, a Wisconsin member who acquired it in 1986 after he bought his home from the Albert Drotts family and discovered these delightful ground cherries growing in the garden. 70 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.
Long Season Winter Keeper Beet
(Beta vulgaris) This purple-fleshed variety tastes great and stores well. Beets have purple, elliptic roots; semi-smooth skin; and purple flesh with concentric rings. Known for its sweet, less earthy taste, the variety has green leaves (some with purple veins) and green, purple-streaked petioles. The beets measure 3" long and 2.5" wide, and weigh 5-9 ounces when mature. Acquired by Seed Savers Exchange from Gurney Seed and Nursery Company, this variety matches historical descriptions of the ‘Winterkeeper’ and ‘Long Season’ beet, offered commercially since the 1940s and 1950s. Greens, 35 days; roots, 60 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.
Hanover Salad Kale
(Brassica napus) This Siberian kale variety yields compact, low-growing plants with light-green petioles and a dense rosette of smooth, blue-green leaves. Mature plants average 1.5-2' tall and 3-5' wide. When steamed, the leaves have a distinct mustard flavor and taste moderately bitter yet slightly sweet. Its flavor varies a bit from leaf to leaf. This kale was acquired by Seed Savers Exchange from member Lloyd Baum, who obtained it from Pam Baggett of North Carolina via a National Gardening Association seed swap. 55-70 days; baby greens, 30 days.