Burpee Europe – Chelsea Review & New Varieties

Burpee Europe and Pennard Plants wowed the public and the judges at the RHS ‘Chelsea Flower Show’ last week. 
As their RHS Gold winning, combined exhibit was inspired by the American author Bill Alexander’s new book: ‘Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World’, it was no surprise that the majority of questions that they had from visitors was about blight.  Burpee Europe have a bounty of blight resistant varieties which have been bred specifically to deal with this disease in our climate.  These varieties include the two new types below :
Tomato ‘Merrygold’The world’s first blight resistant orange fruited variety. Plants are high yielding, producing a mass of brightly, rich orange toms. Taste is sweet with a slight tangy flavour, making them perfect for summer salads. Indeterminate.
Tomato ‘Burlesque’
‘Burlesque’ is our new superstar-gorgeous, juicy and prolific. These large, round, vibrant, pure-red 280–350g fruits entice with heirloom aromatics and tangy tomato sweetness. Ripening from early August, the large fruits are produced in clusters of three to four per truss. These are easy to pick and show no cracking. Excellent blight resistance makes this a useful beefsteak for outdoor growing.

The Aubergine ‘White Knight’ and brand new ‘Purple Knight’ seeds were in demand at the show.  ‘White Knight’ and ‘Green Knight’ were new last year, and Burpee Europe are delighted to welcome the gorgeous ‘Purple Knight’ to the jewel like fold!
Aubergine ‘Purple Knight’ 
These alluring droplets of large, purple loveliness, seen in image above, are delightful baked, sautéed or used in a wide range of exotic recipes.  The disease resistant plants produce prolific yields of irresistible fruits.

Due to the amazing sight of the brand new Okra ‘Bhut Bhindi’ on the display, seen in image below, it was no surprise that this was one of the stars of the show.

Okra ‘Bhut Bhindi’
Unique okra, never before offered in the UK which has a white flower and greenish white fruit.  This is a vigorous grower, highly suited to cold greenhouse production.  Probably the best Okra available for UK growing.

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