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The Best New Plants for 2020: Vegetables

Fine Gardening - Issue #193
Photo: courtesy of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Tops in taste and in trial gardens

Name: ‘Alston Everlasting’ cherry tomato

Days to maturity: 65

We put a lot of stock into tomatoes that come out on top when taste-tested by hundreds of people. Such was the case for ‘Alston Everlasting’ cherry tomato, which was an overwhelming favorite at the 2019 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello and in the 2019 Southern Exposure Seed Exchange trial gardens. They call this a “two-bite” large cherry tomato, and plants produce big yields while remaining disease free.

Introduced by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Photo: courtesy of John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds

This pea has high yields and a cool color

Name: Shiraz Purple’ snow pea

Days to maturity: 70

Purple peas aren’t new, but we’re used to seeing sugar snap varieties, not snow peas. ‘Shiraz Purple’ sports 3-to-4-inch-long dark burgundy pods in late spring. The vines are resistant to powdery mildew, and the yields are high.

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