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Are there vegetable winners in addition to the flower award winners for the coming year?
All-America Selections has given two new tomatoes, a pepper, a leaf lettuce and an eggplant awards for 2022.
Tomato Purple Zebra is a plum-size, deep mahogany red tomato with green and purple stripes. It is sweet and acidic with interesting complex flavors. Fruits have thin skin. Plants are resistant to eight different tomato diseases. Up to 150 3- to 4-ounce fruits are produced per plant. Tomato Purple Zebra requires about 85 days from transplant to first fruit, and can be grown in containers of 5 gallon or larger with support.
Tomato Sunset Torch is a small, orange plum tomato with a rose blush. The plant is an early-maturing and vigorous grower reaching 5 to 6 feet. Multiple disease resistant plants produce up to 250 2-inch fruits. The tomatoes have overall better performance, less splitting, a mildly sweet, fruity flavor. This variety takes approximately 75 days from transplant to harvest.
Pepper Dragonfly produces beautiful purple bell peppers that have thick, sweet walls. This pepper turns from green into purple, and the fruit is as delicious at the green stage of maturity as it is when fully purple and mature. The four-lobed fruits do not fade. If left on the vine, they turn a beautiful, bright red color. The 2- to 3-foot plants can be grown in containers. The fruit size is about 3 inches.