Yellow Peppers — The 2016 All-America Selections vegetable award winner is a small yellow pepper. The 6-inch long peppers start out green, but develop a bright yellow color as they ripen. I am finding this so interesting because I have ordered 2 different kinds of yellow peppers. Hungarian yellow wax which is hot, and the other is Hungarian sweet wax, which is like a banana pepper but only larger. Hungerian Yellow Wax 1½ x 6", very sweet, light yellow turning red, excellent yield, for salad, sandwich, frying, 66 days. So the picture is right about this pepper. I just lucked out with picking these as good selections for peppers.
Brussels Sprouts —Is another one and this one I am growing from seed. which will fall into this to grow in the North, you will want to start seed indoors four to five weeks before the last frost date. You can enjoy these Brussels sprouts roasted in olive oil with whole garlic cloves, apple slices and bacon. What’s not to love!
If you still love kale, consider trying the newish kale-Brussels sprouts cross called Kalettes®. One blogger refers to it as “kale on stick.” I grew these last year, and the only problem is they are a long growing vegetable. But they are an awesome plant, grows tall, is a beautiful color and on the stocks will be the Kalettes which is a cross between Kale and Brussels Sprouts. Will try them again and see if we can get them to grow like it says.
Broccoli — If you prefer broccoli to Brussels sprouts, how about trying baby broccoli, a 2015 All-America Selections winner? Baby broccoli forms heads along the stems, so instead of having a large head (often with a tough stalk) you get many small heads with edible stalks. These are perfect for light steaming or stir-frying. Established plants can tolerate temperatures as low as 26 degrees F, but you may want to protect young transplants if the spring weather turns cool. I have these started all ready so they will be sold as transplants this spring.
What new vegetables for 2016 will you be trying? Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Beckys Greenhouse, Dougherty