A Guide to Fruiting Vegetables

Use this simple fruiting vegetables guide to help you select the best crops for your garden and containers.

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Rosa Bianca Eggplant Real Gourmet Plant

Rosa Bianca eggplant is a real gourmet plant. It has fat, egg shaped fruits with lilac skins, and is a great specimen plant for a pot in a greenhouse or windowsill.

Rosa Bianca Eggplant Real Gourmet Plant

Rosa Bianca eggplant is a real gourmet plant. It has fat, egg shaped fruits with lilac skins, and is a great specimen plant for a pot in a greenhouse or windowsill.

Parador Zucchini Crops Prolifically Through Summer

Parador zucchini is a golden fruited cultivar that matures early and crops prolifically throughout summer if picked regularly while small and sweet. A good looking variety for a container.

Zucchini Summer Squash Savory Side Dish

The zucchini is a summer squash which often grows to nearly a meter in length, but which is usually harvested at half that size or less. It is a hybrid of the cucumber. The zucchini is treated as a vegetable savory side dish.

Eight Ball Mini Zucchini is Loaded with Flavor

Eight Ball Mini is a zucchini that is loaded with flavor. It is a round little charmer that is bold, glossy and with a deep forest green skin. Loaded with delicious nutty, buttery flavor, it makes a fantastic stuffer. Vines are very productive.

Cucino is Unique Bite Sized Mini Munch Cucumber

Cucino is a unique bite sized Mini Munch cucumber that is perfect in a daily lunch box. These tasty, crisp little fruits are produced prolifically throughout the season. Ideally grown under glass or outdoors in a sheltered spot. Crops in 60 days.

Gherkin Cucumbers Ideal for Pickling

Gherkin cucumbers grow fast and are high yielding. Best grown in a sunny spot outdoors. This small pale, slightly prickly fruit is ideal for pickling, but can also be eaten raw.

Mini Bell Peppers Make Decorative Patio Plants

Mini Bell peppers are decorative and perfect for growing in a patio container. This compact plant produces an early crop of boxy sweet peppers that ripen from orange, through red, to chocolate brown.

Gypsy Sweet Red Peppers Good for Roasting

Gypsy is an early sweet pepper that yields good crops of thin skinned fruits, which ripen from greenish yellow to red. The fruits grow up to 4 inches long and are great for salads or roasting.

Alma Paprika Unique Appearance and Sweet Flavor

Alma Paprika is a unique squatty looking chili pepper that matures from pale cream through to red. They have mild heat and sweet flavor, and can be eaten raw, cooked or dried for storing.

Aji Amarillo Peppers Ideal for Sauce and Salsa

Aji Amarillo peppers are a South American favorite. They are long, pointed fruits that ripen to yellow. They are medium hot and ideal for sauces and salsas.

Cherry Bomb Used for Hot Pickled Peppers

Cherry Bombs are little hot cherry peppers that make great pickled peppers. Compact plants produce terrific yields of globe shaped thick walled fruits that mature from green to red and can be used in both stages. Flavor is medium hot with less heat than a

Hungarian Peppers Bring on the Heat

Hungarian wax pepper is a pastel yellow chile pepper also known as the hot yellow pepper or hot wax pepper. It is closely related to the mild banana pepper. They taper to a rounded point and averages about 6 inches and are medium hot.

Sunburst Squash Compliments Any Summer Dish

Sunburst squash is a round, small bright yellow variety with scalloped edges, and dark green coloring on both ends of the squash. It offers a mild, yet buttery flavor. The flavor is subtle, but exquisite, complimentary to any summer dish.

Summer Custard Shaped Like a Flying Saucer

Custard White squash is notable for its small size, round and shallow shape, and scalloped edges, somewhat resembling a small toy top, or flying saucer. Its tender flesh is sometimes scooped out and mixed with flavorings, such as garlic.

Little Gem Rolet Winter Squash Early to Mature

Winter squash, Little Gem Rolet, is a cricket ball size fruit with dark green skin and orange yellow flesh which matures from mid August onwards. It is a very heavy cropper and very early to mature.

Sweet Dumpling Squash Perfect Individual Serving

Sweet Dumpling is small, mildly sweet tasting squash that resembles a miniature pumpkin with its top pushed in. It has cream colored skin with green specks. Weighing only about 7 ounces, it has sweet and tender orange flesh and is good for stuffing.

Uchiki Kuri Squash with Nutty Taste to Flesh

Uchiki Kuri is one of the best winter squash varieties. Its firm, deep yellow flesh has delicious nutty flavor. These round fruits grow up to 3 pounds, and harvests in about 115 days.

'Marmande' Tomato

'Marmande' is a beautiful, large-fruited tomato with slight pleats. Considered a hearty beefsteak tom, it is an old French variety that has a true tomato taste with an intense flavor when ripe. 'Marmande' matures in around 70 days and are great for gardeners in cool climates.

'Early Bush' Cherry Tomato

'Early Bush' produces heavy yields of red cherry tomatoes. This variety produces tomatoes 7 to 10 days earlier than other varieties and does well under adverse weather conditions. Plants do not require staking or caging, making them easy to grow in pots.

Tigerella Tomato

Tigerella tomatoes grow on highly productive vines that produce beautiful, silver dollar sized, round fruits with red orange with golden green to yellow jagged stripes. Its red orange, juicy flesh has a brisk, tangy flavor.

Country Taste Tomato is a Beefsteak Beauty

Country Taste tomatoes produce high yields of large 1 pound deep red beefsteak tomatoes. The tomatoes are meaty, juicy, and with a real tomato flavor. One of the best beefsteak varieties on the market.

'Black Cherry' Tomato

'Black Cherry' is a cherry tomato with a rich flavor. These are a round, true cherry type with fruits that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter and make great garden snacks. 'Black Cherry' matures in 65 to 70 days on large, bushy plants grow up to 8 feet tall.

Tumbler Tomatoes Good Choice for Hanging Basket

Tumbler tomatoes are the perfect tomato for containers and hanging baskets. Cascading determinate vines yield an unbelievable number of sweet, bright red, one and one half inch cherry tomatoes, up to 6 pounds of fruit per plant. This variety is extra earl

Grown Corn Close Together to Aid Pollination

Corn is a tall elegant plant that needs heat to crop well and should be grown close together to aid pollination. Tender sweet cultivars are a summertime favorite.

Baby Corn Cobs Come From Full Size Plants

Baby corn ears are picked by hand immediately when the silks emerge from the ear tips or a few days after. Corn matures quickly, so the harvest must be timed carefully to avoid ending up with normal corn ears.

Melanzana Viserba Eggplant Decorative and Delish

Melanzana Viserba eggplant is an unusual, long, almost black skinned fruit that is both decorative and delicious. It also crops well throughout summer in a greenhouse or sheltered site outdoors.