Eat Up These New Bonnie Edibles

Lucy Mercer
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Bonnie Plants knows that vegetables are for growing, cooking, snacking and sharing. Their newest varieties were developed for eating out of hand and sharing with friends and neighbors. Our step-by-step photo gallery captures the new varieties in all their splendor. All photos courtesy Bonnie Plants.

Amish Paste Roma is an heirloom variety from Wisconsin. This blocky Roma is beloved by cooks for canning and making sauce or paste.

Step 1

Charger Hybrid Tomato produces a large number of heavy fruits that are terrific for slicing. Compact in size, this determinate variety reaches a mature size of 3 to 4 feet tall, perfect for container growing. Charger Hybrid plants benefit from staking in both container and garden settings.

Step 2

Can’t wait for that first tomato? Debut Hybrid Tomato yields flavor-filled slicer tomatoes in just 70 days. Are you an urban gardener? Give this one a try — its compact size makes it the perfect choice for growing in a container on a deck or patio. Dress up the containers with bright marigolds to fight off pests and complement these beauties.

Step 3

Fill your garden with a healthy snack for lunchtime and beyond with these Lunchbox Sweet Snacking Peppers. These crunchy peppers serve up loads of beta-carotene and vitamin C. You can expect high yields with this plant, so consider staking with a tomato cage to keep stems from breaking.

Step 4

Patio Baby Mini Eggplant matures in just 45 days. It’s a 2014 All-America Selections Award Winner, developed for the shorter growing seasons of the Midwest and Northeast, though it grows well in a wide variety of climates. Good for container gardening. The fruits are known for a lack of bitterness, even when left a few days past ripe on the plant.

Step 5

Maxibel Snap Beans are stringless and feature long, pencil-thin pods. The seedlings grow into a compact bush bean plant with a strong upright form. Plants bear high yields in a small time frame, so prepare to pick beans every other day when they reach 5 to 7 inches long. They work well in containers, a handy solution for continuous harvest to ensure plenty of green beans throughout the season.

Step 6

Garlic Chives, also known as Chinese Leeks, add a garlicky hit to any dish that usually benefits from oniony chives. Give them full sun for best flowering and upright growth. Garlic Chives are ornamental, too, making an attractive edging in herb or vegetable gardens. They’re also frost tolerant. (Bonnie Plants photo)

Step 7

Prized by chefs and lucky home cooks for versatility in stir fries and tempura, Shisito is a Japanese sweet pepper that produces handfuls of finger-long fruits. Plants are compact and ideal for container gardening. Toss the fruits in oil, then grill to a blackened, blistered state, sprinkle with salt to taste, and serve as an appetizer.

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