MINIATURE VEGETABLES

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MINIATURE VEGETABLES


Miniature vegetables is a term encompassing all smaller scale versions of vegetables. Miniature vegetables are generally of two types: Immature specimens of standard varieties, and mature specimens of miniature varieties. Care must be taken when planting these, as some variety descriptions do not clearly specify what the mature size is, or whether the plants are compact or regular size.

These "baby" vegetables have become quite popular in fine restaurants in Europe. Interest is also increasing stateside, for their use in home cooking, and for their novelty appeal. Miniature vegetables can be used in many ways, including: raw in salads (especially in salad bars), in stir-fry dishes, cooked, and pickled.

The most popular miniature vegetables include: beets bush cucumbers snap beans sweet corn lettuce shorter pea vines tomatoes potatoes carrots bush winter squash

Kinds and varieties of miniature vegetables include: [This information is for educational purposes only and no endorsement is implied.

Vegetable Varieties Source* -------------------------------------------------------- Beans, snap Cyrus 8 Frenchie 7 .................................................... Beets Burpee's Golden Beet 1 Gladiator 3 Little Ball, Little Mini Ball 1,9 Spinel 8 .................................................... Carrots Amstel 6,7 Baby-Finger Nantes, Baby Orange 7 Early French Fame, Mini Express 10 Golden Ball, Planet 6 Gold Nugget 3 Kundulus 6,8 Lady Finger 2,6 Little Finger 1,9 .................................................... Eggplant Easter Egg 9,10 Little Fingers 4 .................................................... Lettuce Tom Thumb 2,3,6, 8,10 ....................................................

Muskmelon Honey Gold No. 9, Sakata's Sweet 5 Minnesota Midget 2,3 .................................................... Onions Barletta, Silver Queen 7 Crystal Wax Pickling PRR 1 Eclipse L-303, Quicksilver 5 .................................................... Potato Ladyfinger 3 .................................................... Pumpkin Mini-Jack 3 .................................................... Squash Benning's Green Tint 3,5 (summer) Cousa 7 Hybrid Daytona 3 .................................................... Sweet Corn Golden Midget 2,3,5,6 Miniature Hybrid 6 .................................................... Watermelon Golden Midget 2,3,8 -------------------------------------------------------- *CODE TO SEED COMPANIES

1 W. Atlee Burpee Company 7 Stokes Seeds, Inc. 2 Farmer Seed and Nursery Co. 8 Thompson and Morgan, 3 Gurney Seed and Nursery Co. P.O. Box 1308, 4 Joseph Harris Co. Jackson, NJ 08527 5 Johnny's Selected Seeds 9 Otis S. Twilley Seed Co. 6 George W. Park Seed Co. 10 Vermont Bean Seed Co.

SOURCES:

"Vegetable Baby Boom", American Way, April 16, 1985 Leonard and Sophy Carpenter of Harbor Springs, MI. (Sellers of miniature vegetables for over 30 years).

"Miniature Vegetables" by Gurney's Seed and Nursery Co., describing some of the miniature varieties they carry.

MSU Cooperative Extension Bulletin E-760a.

Hortopics: June 1985, J. Lee Taylor Department of Horticulture Michigan State University

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