Essentially a type of cherry tomato mainly found in Italy, these sweet plants grow in clumps of up to a dozen at a time. The name “datterini” means “little dates” in Italian because of its very sweet taste and small size. The skin is thicker than regular tomatoes and they have fewer seeds, which means more flesh.
Although native to Eurasia, catnip is fully naturalized across North America. Part of the Mint family, it is sometimes called Catmint. What is essentially a behavior-modifying drug for felines works as a mild sedative for us. When catnip’s crushed leaves and flower buds are brewed as a tea, it has a calming effects. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) has also been used widely in salads and soups, and as a digestive aid.
Attractive in appearance as it is delectable in flavor, the Gold Medal heirloom showcases an orange-yellow exterior splashed with pink marbling. Its super-sweet, well-balanced flavors make it ideal for slicing and tossing into a salad.
This heirloom originated in Virginia and North Carolina. Robust in flavor, these huge, beefsteak tomatoes can grow up to 1 pound. Ideal for slicing, canning and juicing, the German Johnson does it all.
The brandywine heirloom matures slower than other tomatoes. One of the most popular garden varieties in the United States, it is easily identified by its unusual potato leaves. .
Not only do shiitake mushrooms enhance the flavor of many dishes, they are also known for their medicinal properties, including research concluding immune-function increase, and they are often used in Japan as a complementary alternative medicine by cancer patients.