Category Archive: Seed Stories

What’s Your Heirloom Tomato Name?

Heirloom Tomato

Ever wonder about the names of your favorite heirloom tomatoes? Some names are rather descriptive of the color, shape, or place they came from (Hungarian Heart, Green Sausage, Wapsipinicon Peach), ... Read More »

Storied Vegetables: the Root of Quality

Carrot Diversity

What if our relationship to food was like our relationship to storytelling; where mealtime, the end-product of a process, teems with meaning and soul?  What if a carrot wasn’t just a carrot, but a ... Read More »

Seed Stories

Bean 5527 'Aunt Mollie'

Just looking at a seed, you really can’t tell much about it. Maybe you can identify the type of vegetable or flower it will grow, but what about its flavor, its history, its grow-ability? Now ... Read More »

Evaluating Dried Legumes

Lima282 Pod

With spring around the corner and a foot of snow still on the ground, the Seed Savers Exchange evaluation team has been evaluating dried legumes from last summer’s harvest. Beans, peas, and lima beans ... Read More »

SSE Collection Pepper 1191: ‘Hinkelhatz’

Hinkelhatz Pepper

The ‘Hinkelhatz’ pepper was first noted as an ingredient for pepper sauces in the 1848 Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook, Die Geschickte Hausfrau. Seed Savers Exchange member, William Woys Weaver, ... Read More »

CORE Project: Collier Cucumber

Collier Cucumber

CORE: Unraveling the Stories Behind Our Seeds One summer during the 1950s, Graham Collier of Tennessee planted all the seeds he had of his family’s heirloom slicing cucumber. Little did he know, none ... Read More »

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