Savour Basil Tree From Pacific Plug And Liner Among New Edibles Introductions

The Savour display at Pacific Plug And Liner

The trend in edibles we’ve been seeing in the past few years continues in full force this year. From our first stop at Danziger to our most recent one at Ball, we have seen new edibles all along the way.

A favorite of mine is the Heartbreakers tomato at Danziger. The heart-shaped grape-sized fruit was unique and the packaging, designed by John Henry, is sure to catch a consumer’s eye. Upscale restaurants can serve something a little unique and home gardeners will love it too.

At Pacific Plug and Liner, they had a creative display featuring their new Savour basil. It’s a Greek basil grafted to a wild-type tree form. Because of its height, PP&L ships it small and recommends retailers let it grow a bit more. Growers can add sage and other herbs to the pot underneath the “trunk” for an extra value. Gardeners can clip and harvest the leaves continuously.

I was pleased to see a new rosemary at the Sunset Western Garden Collection. ‘Chef’s Choice’ rosemary reportedly has twice the oil content as regular rosemary, and it smelled wonderful.

At Syngenta Vegetables there was a great selection of veggies. One of their new ones is a pepper called ‘Red Belt.’ It’s a bright red, elongated sweet bell pepper with a thick wall, making it perfect for making roasted red peppers on the grill.

Another group of peppers, ‘Hot Banana,’ ‘Hot Burrito’ and ‘Snack Pepper Orange,’ caught my eye. These were at Greenex. Gorgeous fruit combined with a great taste at different degrees of hotness make it both eye-catching and very edible.

Sakata had a large raised container filled with all sorts of greens they have determined are excellent for baby greens. Mustard and arugula are among the greens Sakata is recommend for growers who would like to have a quick turnaround crop in between their floral crops.

Sakata also had a beautiful new Swiss Chard, called ‘Peppermint,” which will attract attention for its pink-and-white streaked stalks that become brighter as it grows. Like the ‘Bright Lights chard, I think this one will be a winner.

The Vegetalis division of Floranova has a number of promising new experimental tomatoes due out next year, but one that is actually new and available this year is ‘Red Fusion.’ This early fruiting cultivar has a very heavy fruit set, and the fruits are actually on top of the plant. It is a compact type, ideal for containers.

At Seminis, the company behind many All-American Selections Award winners, such as ‘Better Boy’ tomato and ‘Bell Boy’ pepper, is introducing several new cultivars this year. One of them is called ‘Apt 410.’ This cultivar is great for sauces, and has been used for years in commercial vegetable production. The folks at Seminis are also introducing a grafted tomato this year, which will provide additional disease resistance.

And at Burpee, the tomato ‘Homeslice’ was causing a lot of buzz. Ideally, this would be used on a patio or container. Good leaf mass gives it the energy to photosynthesize enough to push sugars through to the fruit. Its tight and tidy habit makes it a good choice for containers or in the ground.

Burpee is also introducing their new Try Basil mix. Featuring three basil cultivars: ‘Serrata,’ ‘Ruby’ and ‘Sweet Italian,’ this is a pelleted mix that finishes in just six weeks. Consumers can harvest the leaves all summer long.

Leave a Reply

4 comments on “Savour Basil Tree From Pacific Plug And Liner Among New Edibles Introductions

    1. In the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens on page 84 is a small picture of one. It states that they are being sold at Loewes, Home Depot and Walmart.

More From Vegetables...
Feature image The 2015 Perennial Plant Of The Year, Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo.’

August 27, 2015

The Perennial Plant Association’s Regional Symposium Will Be This October In Dallas

The Perennial Plant Association plans to hold its Regional Symposium October 5 in Dallas, Texas, in conjunction with the All-America Selections/Home Garden Seed Association's Summer/Fall Summit held October 5 to 8.

Read More
september_grow_rodale institute

August 25, 2015

Hospitals Are Getting Into The Organic Food Business

Growers investing in the organic food movement could serve a growing new area with vegetable transplants and starts, as well as produce, as hospitals begin to prescribe healthy diets and nutrition, and even go so far as to grow their own food. As part of a new phenomenon among progressive hospitals, health professionals are beginning to realize that without health and nutrition, programs and techniques may be done in vain or worse — obsolete. As more patients seeking a healthy diet turn to nutritionists, who recommend sugar-free, alkaline diets to prevent disease and aid in recovery, hospitals recognizing this trend are taking action. St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pa., recently contracted with the nearby Rodale Institute to manage an organic farm, established in 2014. The hospital, part of a six-campus network, aims to provide excellent healthcare, part of which includes educating patients about the benefits of a plant-based, organic diet. […]

Read More

August 21, 2015

Proven Winners Announces Roadshow Events For 2015

Proven Winner's Roadshow Events, held across North America, provide growers and retailers with the opportunity to learn how to grow Proven Winner's newest varieties and receive information about industry trends.

Read More
Latest Stories

August 4, 2015

New 2015 California Spring Trial Edibles For The Patio …

If you are looking to capitalize on the foodie trend and spread your risk beyond Spring sales, new vegetables showcased at 2015 California Spring Trials offer plenty of opportunities to focus on unique, flavorful vegetables and edible plants that also hold ornamental value. Here are a few of new varieties Editor Laura Drotleff and Group Editor Carol Miller discovered at Spring Trials that will help diversify your crop mix.

Read More

April 20, 2015

Three Michigan State University On-Demand Webinars Offe…

The first rule of effective insect and disease control for vegetables is to take action to prevent problems before they occur. But in order to do that, you need to have an effective pest and disease management strategy in place that incorporates best practices to ensure a successful outcome. Michigan State University offers three pest and disease management on-demand webinars that will get you started and keep you on the right track.

Read More
Asian-Vegetables-Lettue-Trio-American-Takii

April 16, 2015

American Takii’s Asian Vegetable Line Is Designed…

Unlike many of the other breeders displaying at Spring Trials, American Takii didn’t have many new introductions. But it did have a new program that has prompted many visitors to post to social media — its Asian vegetables. Takii, which is well known for its vegetable breeding, is in the process of vetting the eight to 12 vegetables it will include in the program, and it should have its list fully complete by fall 2015. It is selecting plants that will be easy to use in Asian cooking and will help it stand out from the many vegetable programs in the ornamental market. The Takii marketing team designed bright-red Chinese food takeout containers to act as plant sleeves and a small booklet with five recipes. Honey Chicken With Pak Choy looked especially tasty. Take a look at how the program looks and let us know what you think.       HilverdaKooij is a […]

Read More
Zucchini 'Brice' (Syngenta Vegetables)

April 14, 2015

18 New Vegetables For Easy Growing And Healthy Eating

Current breeding efforts have focused on vegetable varieties that cater to small space and urban gardening trends and offer consumers good performance with minimal efforts. As a result, new, easy care vegetable introductions packed with flavor and loaded with fruits have swept onto the market. Here are 18 of the newest vegetables already on the market or hitting the market in 2016.

Read More

April 13, 2015

Keeping Your Greenhouse Vegetables And Fruits Safe: Ove…

This is the first installment of a four-part series that will bring you up to speed on what it takes to fulfill food safety mandates for greenhouse production.

Read More

April 10, 2015

5 Selection Principles For Vegetables That Sell

You gain a competitive edge when you select vegetable varieties that are right for your greenhouse and right for your customers. Here are five pieces of advice from breeders to help you stay ahead of the game.

Read More
Basil_Persian-AAS2015_620x329

March 31, 2015

California Summer Vegetable Trials To Be Hosted By Nati…

Vegetable breeding companies will come together this August to host the Summer Vegetable Trials in California. Like the long-standing California Spring Trials that are held annually in California, attendees will have the opportunity to visit breeding companies' trial sites in seven locations throughout the state, from August 20-21, 2015. National Garden Bureau (NGB), the non-profit organization promoting gardening on behalf of the horticulture industry, is organizing and publicizing this event on behalf of its members.

Read More

November 24, 2014

Root Crops And Plug Trays: A Perfect Match

Growing a plant to maturity in plug trays might be foreign to ornamental growers, but with a little help from plug tray manufacturers and breeders, there is little to hold growers back in this root crop category.

Read More

November 14, 2014

First Vegetatively Propagated All-America Selections (A…

All-America Selections (AAS) honors two vegetatively propagated impatiens with AAS winner status.

Read More

October 8, 2014

Gotham Greens To Build Rooftop Farm In Chicago

Gotham Greens announced October 7 that it has partnered with Method Products, an eco-friendly cleaning product company - to build what they are calling the "world's largest rooftop farm" at Method's new manufacturing plant in the Pullman neighborhood, on Chicago's south side.

Read More

August 19, 2014

A Look Ahead At Food Safety For Commercial Greenhouse V…

If you grow food in your greenhouse that is sold for consumption, food safety regulations will affect you. Here is a recap of Debbie Hamrick’s (North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation) Cultivate'14 presentation on food safety for commercial greenhouse vegetable production.

Read More

July 22, 2014

Bright Farms Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Build Ur…

Urban farming pioneer Bright Farms is attempting to crowdfund what it hopes will be the "world's most productive urban farm," in Washington, D.C.

Read More

July 18, 2014

Meeting The Demand For Edibles: Go Green Agriculture In…

Read about how Go Green Agriculture Inc. took its business from the classroom to commercial reality in one of four articles on how growers are appealing to the growing interest in edibles.

Read More

July 18, 2014

Meeting The Demand For Edibles: Peace Tree Farm

Interest and response to Peace Tree Farm’s annuals and foliage plants continues to increase, but herb and vegetable starter plants is where the company makes its money. Read about it in one of four articles on how growers are appealing to the growing interest in edibles.

Read More

July 18, 2014

Meeting The Demand For Edibles: High Meadows Farm

Grants brought opportunities for High Meadows Farm to start growing raspberries and tomatoes. Read about it in one of four articles on how growers are appealing to the growing interest in edibles.

Read More

July 18, 2014

Meeting The Demand For Edibles: Altman Plants

Read about Altman Plants' venture into greenhouse vegetable production in one of four articles on how growers are appealing to the growing interest in edibles.

Read More

July 15, 2014

Cultivate’14: Vegetable Production Tour Highlight…

Check out photos from Greenhouse Grower's visit to CropKing Inc.'s research greenhouses as part of he vegetable production tour at Cultivate'14.

Read More

July 8, 2014

Veterans Are Well-Suited For Grower Jobs, And AgVets Is…

AgVets is breaking ground this summer with the first of up to 30 hydroponic greenhouse operations located throughout the country to provide produce to lower- and middle-income consumers.

Read More