Peppers & other Nightshades


Ashe County Pimiento

Ever wonder what that red thing in your olive was? These bell pepper ancestors are more flavorful and heartier than their more modern counterparts. The red fruits are born on dark green squat plants that tend to endure most growing conditions. The flavor is balanced with no heat.

$3.50 / packet of about 25 seeds

Jimmy Nardello

Jimmy Nardello is the sweetest pepper I have ever tasted, and although they look like they would be spicy, they have no heat. They were very productive this year and took the bad weather like champs. The flesh is medium thickness so it is good dry or fresh, but my favorite is to fry them. They were brought from southern Italy to Connecticut by Jimmy Nardello in 1887.

$3.50 / packet of about 25 seeds

Super Shepard


More similar to a “normal” red bell pepper than anything else I grow, this pepper likes heat, sun, and water, more so than most other cultivars I grow also. They stand as tall as a determinate tomato plant and continue producing into the frost so if grown in a large container they can come inside to ripen the last round. The flavor is sweet but not as sweet as Jimmy Nardello, and not as strong flavored as the Pimiento, although it surpasses them in volume and weight making Super Shepard more practical for sandwiches, pizzas, stuffing, and other fresh and baked uses.

$3.50 / packet of about 30 seeds

Other Nightshades

Purple Tomatillo Grex

Although the segregating hybrid lines given to me were labeled “landrace” purple tomatillo, landraces are indigenous heirloom types with naturally occurring variations, whereas a grex is a family of dehybridizing lines from newly made crosses, such as this fantastic purple keeper tomatillo.

early, productive, and tasty, they also keep on the shelf for at least a couple months. they are good to eat raw or cooked, i like them best on pizzas. the majority of fruits have a dark pigmentation that goes all the way through the center of the fruit. some are green fleshes and some are yellow, but they all have at least some level of purple.

$3.50 / packet of about 30 seeds

Yellow Tomatillo Grex

An early and sweet cultivar, this yellow tomatillo sprang from a grex of various types to have volunteered. Although I cannot promise a % of seed purity, the vast majority come out yellow. The yellow fruits have much more mellow flavor which enables their use when raw in more dishes than green. The size is pretty decent for multiple use, and the shapes vary between round, heart, and flattened. The green offtype to this cultivar produces anthocyanin skin, and is usually sprawling, whereas the yellow types are standing. Good for northern gardeners who have not had much success with other tomatillos.

$3.50 / packet of about 30 seeds

Zuni Tomatillo

endangered semi-cultivated zuni variety. retains more disease and drought resistance traits with smaller more nutritious fruit. doesnt do too bad dry farmed in PA. fruits that are more exposed to sunlight tend to turn purple. fruits are cooked whole or halved for with breakfast. my intention is to keep this strain and breed it with other more domesticated varieties. limited supply.

$4.00 / packet of 20-30 seeds

Blackberry Nightshade

Bred by farming families of eastern europe for centuries, this heirloom nightshade berry is virtually unknown in the western hemisphere, and may not be commercially available anywhere else within the USA border. Unlike the wild predecessor, this cultivar has been selected for slightly larger fruit size, increased sweetness, and most importantly the berries never fall off when ripe, which is truly what makes this plant more easily grown as an annual sweet fruit crop. Normally one would have to search to find the ripe berries which had already fallen onto the ground, but these Blackberry nightshade will keep the clusters of ripe delicious berries up were you can see them. Around 70-90 days for fruit, and will continue to produce into frost. They prefer slightly more shade than tomatoes and are suitable for containers on porches where half the day’s sun is blocked by the house. They will grow up to 3 feet in height. When cooked with some sugar or maple they taste almost like blueberries.

$3.50 / packet of more than 35 seeds

Yantar Ground Cherry (Husk Cherry)

Also a physalis like tomatillos, ground cherries have a similar growth habit and husk their fruit. the sweet berries have many flavors depending on their age which is reflected in how golden orange they become. some of the flavors people notice are strawberry, pineapple, and tomato. Good fresh and cooked into jams and pies. the most hardy domesticated nightshade, grown in PA for centuries. Native to eurasia, this species has many wild relatives native to Turtle Island. Yantar is a rare Belarusian heirloom cultivar which is slightly better flavored than Aunt Molly’s.

$3.50 / packet of 35-40 seeds



Heirloom north american tobacco. Tobacco is an organic pesticide. It treats lice worms fleas aphids and all other insect problems. The large pink flowers attract native pollinators. traditionally tobacco is planted near the house away from the food plants, and by the men. it is said that when the tobacco and corn get too close its bad for the three sisters.


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