The following heirloom cultivars are popular with container plant gardeners because of their great taste. Try one of these great heirlooms in your garden this season!
- 'Cherokee Trail of Tears Pole.' Cherokees brought the seeds of this hardy bean from Tennessee to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.
- 'Jackson Wonder Bush.' This lima bean is a drought-tolerant variety from 1880s that not only produces a lot of beans. It is also an attractive container plant.
- 'Jacob's Cattle.' This attractive bean is great for baking and in soups.
- ‘Kentucky Wonder.’ Around since 1864, this pole bean variety was originally known as ‘Old Homestead.’ These green beans were really long, tender and tasty.
- 'Deer Tongue.' This lettuce variety dates back to the 1740s. It is heat-tolerant, slow-bolting and has a great flavor.
- ‘Paris White Cos.’ This Romaine lettuce variety has been grown in Europe since 1835. It is a late-season variety and has thick, crisp leaves.
- 'Tennis-ball.' This variety was grown in the vegetable garden at Monticello and was one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite lettuce varieties.
- 'Ruby Crescent Fingerling.' This small potato has red skin and yellow flesh.
- 'Russian Banana.' This light yellow potato variety has small banana-shaped tubers that are finger-sized up to the size of an actual banana.
- 'Yellow Finns.' This yellow skinned and yellow fleshed potato has a creamy texture and a buttery flavor.
- 'Brandywine.' This famous tomato heirloom originates in Amish Country in Pennsylvania from 1885. It is often disease-resistant.
- 'Cherokee Purple.' This flavorful tomato has soft red flesh.
- 'Georgia Streak.' This beefsteak tomato is yellow and red and comes from Georgia.
- 'Yellow Pear.' This easy-to-grow tomato plant variety produces many small yellow, pear-shaped tomatoes.
- 'Mortgage Lifter.' This beefsteak tomato is pink to red and is also called ‘Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter.’