Arugula is also known as Salad Rocket, Rucola, Rucoli, Roquette, or Colewart. It is an annual salad green with a peppery flavor. Arugula prefers cooler temperatures, so plant it early in the spring and late in the fall. Pick the leaves small for less peppery flavor. The leaves will get much stronger when the plant bolts (sets flowers). The white flowers are edible, or you can leave them to get seeds for the next planting season. From planting to first harvest is about 40 days, so if you plant new seeds every three weeks or so, you should have a continuous harvest. If growing arugula in the summer, or warmer climates, plant it in partial shade. Otherwise, spring and fall plantings should be in full sun. Arugula is a good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folic acid, and iron. In ancient times it was used as an aphrodisiac. The plant is said to grow two or three feet tall, but I believe this includes the flower stem. One half cup (1/2c) of arugula is two or three calories.
Shape: Oblate, almost boxy
Notes: Indeterminate. It seems like nobody has ever grown this out to add their own comments. Every single reference I've found online is the same origin story that was given in 2012 when Seed Savers Exchange offered the seeds for the first time. In fact, every photo I've found is the exact same as the one taken from SSE in 2012. What's up with this tomato? I'll need to grow it out to get more information (and when I do, I'll post it for the rest of the world to see).
Notes: Indeterminate heirloom from Mexico, requires support for large plants. Prolific production, regular leaf. Sometimes a mutant white version shows up.
Color: Dark carrot orange
Suze: 10-12 ounces, 3-1/2 inches
Notes: Information on this variety seems a little jumbled. Some sites list it as determinate, some as indeterminate, some claim it's a beefsteak, others say it's round. It is said to have ten times the beta caritene of other tomatoes, and is an improved version of Caro Red. Regular leaf, low acid, drought tolerant, good taste and heavy yields. No problems with cracking.
Color: Dark Purple over Yellow
Notes: Indeterminate variety created by J and L Gardens and released in 2012. Plants grow to six feet tall, and tomatoes are deep purple on top and yellow on the bottom. I have seen this one also labeled as "Purple Yellow Light Bulb" which is the wrong name. This variety should not be confused with older sibling Bosque Blue, which is a similar but different variety (from the same tomato breeder). I have not been able to track down details on exact tomato size or if it needs to be caged/staked.
Color: Purple to Black
Size: 2 to 2-1/2 ounces, 2 inches
Notes: Indeterminate, open pollinated, cross from OSU Blue. Said to be one of the darkest available "blue" tomatoes. They turn from red to deep purple or black where exposed to the sun. This may be the proper name of a variety currently being traded and sold as "Dancing With Smurfs." Can be grown in a large container. Though not required, it does do better with some support.
Color: Dark Purple
Notes: Cross between OSU Blue and Amy's SugarGem, released in January 2011. Plants grow five to seven feet tall. Skin is thinner than Indigo Rose. Will produce right up until frost. The tomatoes will become darker when exposed to direct sunlight and cooler weather. Some of the photos I've found seem to indicate that the inside is green.
Color: Dark Red (Burgundy) with Green stripes
Size: 3-4 ounces, 1-1/2 to 2 inches
Notes: Indeterminate late season, vigorous with good disease resistance. Prolific production. Suitable for containers.
Color: Rusty Brown / Red with Green, Purple, or Black shoulders
Shape: Oblate to Beefsteak
Size: 4-8 ounces, or 12-16 ounces
Notes: Determinate Russian heirloom, early for a black tomato. There seems to be some mixed feedback on what size these should be, with some sites reporting 4-8 ounce oblate tomatoes, and others reporting 12-16 ounce beefsteak type tomatoes. Can be grown in a large container. Potato leaf, prone to cracking and cat-facing. Flesh inside is marbled. Good options for use include slicing for a sandwich or dicing for a salad.
Color: Dark maroon / Brown, darker shoulders
Size: 6-8 ounces, 3-4 inches
Notes: Indeterminate Russian heirloom from the Crimean Peninsula. Grows up to four feet tall, does better if staked or caged. It can be grown in (large) containers, is heat tolerant (will actually get darker in warmer weather), but is prone to cracking. Green seed gel. Black Krim can be used for slicing, salads, or other cooking.
Color: Deep Purple to Mahogany Brown
Size: 1 to 1-1/2 inches, about the size of a grape
Notes: Indeterminate, plants grow six to eight feet tall and do require a cage. Open pollinated, disease resistant, regular leaf, abundant yields.
Size: 1-2, or 2-5 pounds
Notes: Heirloom variety from Ohio, averages four feet tall with a three foot spread. Low acid. Tomato size reports vary from 1-2 pounds up to 2-5 pounds, though two pounds seems to be about average. Some varieties are said to have green or brown shoulders while others are just pink. Use for canning, sliced on a sandwich, or diced in a salad.
Seed Stash Blog
In an attempt to keep my seed stash organized, and yet easily accessible, I'm going to use this blog. The plan is to make a blog post for each seed variety as I research it, tagging it to pertinent information. That way, I can come back later and search through the seed stash (even if I'm not at home), or sort results by growing factors!