These plants were chosen because of taste, ease of growing, and how much it produced.
My first fave is the Hot Hungarian Wax Pepper (the yellow peppers pictured in the middle.) It's a garden classic, not a new variety, but that doesn't stop this plant from putting out pepper after pepper! It's tops in productivity and taste! It's a medium-hot pepper, the heat is anywhere from 1,000 to 15,000 on the Scoville rating list. We found them to be hot enough for our eating tastes; they were great in chicken fajitas, quesadillas, chilis, tacos...you get the idea. If the heat isn't enough for you, you can certainly bump it up to jalepenos and such, but this is a great beginner hot pepper for anyone. We froze all the ones we didn't eat. I may possibly pickle the last of the lot as they are excellent for canning and drying as well. Any way you dice it, this pepper is a winner.
When it comes to zucchini, I'm a bit picky. I don't like the type of zucchini that is really watery, I prefer a dryer, meatier variety and this heirloom round zucchini is perfect. It grows ideally to about a softball size or smaller for the best eating quality, but of course, we would inevitably miss some or not get to the garden and ended up with bowling balls. However, if you cut out the seeds in the middle and peel the skin, this zucchini was still tops to eat. Nice firm flesh and mild flavor made it a great squash to have on hand. I stuffed half a dozen of these and roasted them in the oven...fabulous! The extras, I grated, drained and froze. AND I managed to dehydrate many more as well for mid-winter soups and stews. These are a great zucchini to have on hand and they keep a long time in storage if they've gotten bigger. I've stored them in the pantry for a month and was able to use them after peeling. Try this one out...it's a Spanish heirloom variety and I found the seeds in a local grocery store, but you can find some here. Oh, one more bonus, these plants keep a nice bush form which makes them a space saver...perfect!
Yes, I'm on a squash kick and if you know winter squash, you'll know these are the basic butternut type. The big difference with this one though is the fact it's a bush variety, more specifically called, "Burpee Butternut." I have a very small garden space and bush varieties are of vital importance if I'm going to grow squash. So, this one was perfect for us. Relatively small plants put out many large squash with a sweet full flavor. We got about a dozen from only a few plants. A nice amount for us and these will be perfect diced up in our winter beef stews, pureed in soup and diced and roasted in the oven. I love this variety and if you are looking for a space saver, this one will satisfy. I found these seeds in our Walmart, but you can find them online here.
Well, there you have it, my top four faves! Hope this is helpful! If it is, pin this so you can plan for your garden next year. I know these lovelies will be growing for us in 2013.
What were some of your top garden favorites this year? Blessings!
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