All-America Selections (AAS) announced its first six AAS Winners for the 2015 gardening season. The July announcement introduces four regional Winners and two national winners, all of which are vegetables, reflecting the continued interest of consumers in edible gardens. Also reflecting current consumer interest, two of these AAS winners are available as organic seed.
Regional Winners are:
Brussels Sprouts ‘Hestia’ F1 (Southeast and Mountain/Southwest)
Cucumber ‘Parisian Gherkin’ F1 (Northeast and Mountain/Southwest)
Pak Choi ‘Bopak’ F1 (Northeast, Great Lakes and Mountain/Southwest)
Pepper ‘Sweet Sunset’ F1 (Southeast, Heartland and West/Northwest)
National Winners are:
Radish ‘Roxanne’ F1
These six AAS Winners were trialed during the 2012 and 2013 growing seasons next to two other similar varieties that are currently on the market. The AAS Judges grew the entries and comparisons then did a side-by-side analysis of growth habit, taste, disease resistance and more to determine if these were truly better than those already available to home gardeners. Only those vegetables with superior taste and garden performance are given the AAS stamp of approval.
With this announcement for breeders, brokers, distributors, AAS Judges, mail order and seed packet companies, these varieties become available for immediate sale. Consumers and garden writers will receive their announcement on August 1, then will find this seed for sale in the coming months as supply becomes available with catalog companies, in seed packets, from mail order companies and various websites. AAS Winners will also be available as young plants in lawn and garden retail stores next spring, in time for the 2015 gardening season.
Source: All-America Selections