Seed Swap Chit-Chat

Two of my three seed swaps have come in and I thought you might be interested in hearing about some of seeds I’ve received from other participants. As a recap, I’ve outlined how the swaps worked below.

How it works: Each swap has a specified number of participants and this is the number of packets that each person sends in. The idea is that each contributor gets a packet of seeds from everyone else. This means that if there are 50 swappers each person gets 50 new packets of seeds and they can be ANYTHING.

I participated in three swaps this fall; 20 packs, 50 packs & 80 packs. I have received the 20 pack and 50 pack swaps back and they have some gems in them! Let’s talk about some of the exciting varieties that I received. Of the 70 packets I’ve gotten back, I have picked 11 that stood out as unique/rare/exciting.

This photo was sourced from http://www.seedsnsuch.com where these seeds are available for purchase.

1. Dragon’s tongue beans: yellow and purple striped bush beans and much like traditional green beans they can be used both with and without the pod.

This photo was sourced from http://www.gardeningknowhow.com where more information about growing cucuzza squash can be found.

2. Cucuzza squash: ranging from 1-3 feet in length, these zucchini-like squash are said to have a rich, nutty squash flavor.

3. Chinese five color pepper: at only an inch long these peppers pack a heavy punch, ringing in at 30,000-50,000 Scoville. Fruits mature from purple to cream, yellow, orange and various shades of red.

This photo was sourced from http://www.gurneys.com where loofah seeds are available for purchase.

4. Loofah: no, these are not sea creatures. They are a squash and can be eaten or dried and peeled to reveal a sponge-like bath scrubby.

5. Behemoth sunflower: 14 foot stalks support 16-18 inch dazzling heads that are full of one inch black and white seeds, enjoyed by humans and birds alike.

This photo was sourced from BoxGardenSeeds ( https://etsy.me/2XQlVgx ) where this variety is available for purchase.

6. Glass gem corn: a flint corn best used for cornmeal and popcorn.

7. Butterfly pea: not vegetables — flowers. Vining foliage with brilliant blue flowers that are said to mimic a woman’s ladybits. (How scandalous!) They are often used as a natural food coloring and are commonly found in tea, accompanied by lemon grass and honey.

This photo was shared on the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Facebook page.

8. Musquee de maroc: noted as a rare variety of squash that resembles a bewitched pumpkin, but don’t let the green warts fool you. The flesh is quite sweet and makes a delightful puree for baking.

This photo was sourced from http://www.bohicapepperhut.com where these seeds are available for purchase.

9. Aji Cachucha pepper: these sweet, smokey peppers range from 0-1000 Scoville. They are native to the Caribbean and ripen from pale green to orange when mature.

10. Crenshaw melon: a cross between Persian and Casaba melons, they are said to be of irresistible sweetness. Their rind is yellow and their flesh runs from peach to salmon pink.

This variety offered by World Seed Supply looks similar to the photo on the pack I received.

11. Breadseed poppy: also known as florist poppies, they’re native to southeastern Europe and western Asia and known for their breathtaking blooms.

I am thrilled to try some of these unique varieties myself (follow along next spring to see how they perform) and also to share many of the seeds I have received with my family and friends. T’is the season of giving, after all. 😁 Cheers, friends!

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