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Those busy Burpee Europe bees at the Netherlands trial grounds have been growing a whole host of vegetable, fruit and flower varieties with some stunning results this year.  So secret squirrel are some of these, their names cannot even be whispered by us yet, but they can be described and what mouth watering mental visualisations they make! The real tempters in the tomato trials are those that have only numbers and no name, these are the ones that you know could be making it on the market next year, and the dark and desirable offering pictured below, was firm fleshed and a treat on the tongue, as well as promising to be a real beauty in anyone’s salad bowl!  It also has the advantage of some blight resistance
The world of culinary exploration for all of us has become so small, that we are all used to cooking dishes from all over the world now.  Basil is not just a Mediterranean ingredient of choice but Thai basil offers that aniseed flavour desired for Asian cuisine too.  One variety we can actually name is Basil ‘Batik’ which has a smaller leaf than many basils and a variegated veining throughout which has the look of the wax-dyeing technique of cloth which first originated in Indonesia. ‘Batik’ is also included in trials at RHS Hyde Hall until September this year, and looking great!
Melons are becoming a firm favourite of the Burpee family and their trials have been overflowing with them! Small ones, BIG ones, ones with yellow skins and bright red flesh…I could go on!  But two stuck out from the crowd in the taste testing. Both of these are small and striped on the outside, one golden striped and one green striped, and both with a rich orange flesh inside.  One leaves a hint of spice lingering on your taste buds, whilst the other a deep, almost toffee/fudge flavour in your mouth…stunning!
Burpee bred blooms were putting on a fine display and one of these was the stunning double flowered Ipomoea, as seen at the top of this release.  The flowers have a white base leading into various shades of pink, until ending at the lovely deep hue at the edge of the petals. Burpee are also asking the general public if they have what it takes to get creative and think of a name for their new Gaillardia, as seen below.  If so, those entering should email Burpee Europe’s PR lady Fran at rabbitattackpr@gmail.comThe deadline for the competition is October 1st 2022. The winner will receive seeds of this new flower variety, as well as a selection of seeds of other Burpee Europe varieties and the chance to see their chosen name on seed packets.

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