2010 Trials

The best varieties of 2010 from the Organic Gardening test gardens

By Doug Hall

Photography by Christa Neu


‘Cajun Belle’ pepper
All-America Selections winner; widely available
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When young, ‘Cajun Belle’ fruits look like small green peppers and carry a mild kick. They gain heat as they mature and redden.

“Pop-in-your-mouth good.” —Nan Sterman, Encinitas, California


‘Sweetie Baby Romaine’ lettuce
Source: Renee’s Garden

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(photo courtesy of Renee's Garden)

Although the heads top out at 8 inches, this variety has all the crunch and flavor of full-sized romaine lettuces.

“ ‘Sweetie Baby Romaine’ showed very good heat tolerance and was quick to germinate. The plants were petite and compact, and leaves had a nice sweet flavor.” —Leslie Halleck, Dallas, Texas