Red, hot and big eared vegetables

2018 All-American Selections announced

All-America Selections, a non-profit plant trialing organization, test new varieties throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges, growing them next to comparisons considered best-in-class. To be an AAS winner, plants must show improvements over similar existing cultivars. This year’s eight national vegetable winners include a sweet corn, pak choi, three peppers and three tomatoes.

• Sweet American Dream. This bicolour sweet corn has large ears with super sweet kernels. It can be eaten fresh, roasted, grilled, canned or frozen.

• Asian Delight. A Chinese pak choi cabbage with yields twice or more than other varieties. Much later to bolt, its small to mid-sized heads have a tasty, tender white rib contrasting nicely to the dark green leaves.

• Red Ember. This early-maturing cayenne is good choice for cooler climates and shorter growing seasons. It produces many bright red, thick-walled fruits with rounded ends, about 4 inches long and an inch wide. It’s described as spicy, but tastier than traditional cayenne.

• Roulette. This bright red habanero pepper winner has a tasty citrusy habanero flavour, but no heat. A plant will produce about 10 fruits at a time, up to 100 a season — acorn-shaped, 3 inches long and a bit over an inch wide.

• Mexican Sunrise. It’s a Hungarian pepper that performed best in the Southeast and Southwest, Perry says. Varied-color fruits are conical to 6 or so inches long.

• Chef’s Choice Red. What makes this beefsteak tomato special is its firm flesh, good balance of acidity to sweetness and many fruits on strong plants

• Red Racer. This cocktail-type tomato has resistance to several common diseases. Fruits mature in clusters about a week earlier than similar varieties, are uniform sized and are slightly larger than cherry tomatoes.

• Valentine. It’s a very sweet, deep red grape tomato that produces fruit about 55 days from transplanting, and can last quite well on the vine without cracking or losing flavour.

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