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Richard Frost's Top Plant Recommendations: Favorite Annual Fruits & Vegetables for Southern California

  Richard Frost

Green Globe Artichoke - Cynara scolymus 'Green Globe'
It's hard to beat fresh steamed artichokes.
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Green Globe Artichoke - Cynara scolymus 'Green Globe'

Hungarian Sweet Paprika - Capsicum annuum ssp. Grossum Group var. annuum 'Hungarian Sweet'
For paprika lovers.
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Mandarin Bell Pepper - Capsicum annuum ssp. Grossum Group var. annuum 'Mandarin'
A sweet bell pepper for those that don't like the taste of green bell peppers.
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Pimento Elite Pepper - Capsicum annuum ssp. Grossum Group var. annuum 'Pimento Elite'
Large, bell pepper sized fruits. Pimentos stuffed with meatloaf (turkey meatloaf !) and baked. Better, I think than green bell peppers.
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Bulgarian Carrot Pepper - Capsicum annuum ssp. Longum Group var. annuum 'Bulgarian Carrot'
Turns orange when ripe and is the size of a small carrot. Medium hot.
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Blue Lake Beans - Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Lake'
Plant a half-dozen of these and be endowed with fresh, stringless beans year-round in many locations. Great eating straight off the plant.
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Blue Lake Beans - Phaseolus vulgaris 'Blue Lake'

Azoychka Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum 'Azoychka'
Fabulous meaty large (1 lb) yellow tomato.
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Burpees Big Girl Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum 'Burpees Big Girl'
A meaty, round, large (1 lb) great tasting tomato.
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Burpee 'Big Girl'

Cherokee Purple Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum 'Cherokee Purple'
Simply the best tasting tomato you can grow.
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Cherokee Purple Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum 'Cherokee Purple'

Franchi Red Pear Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum 'Franchi Red Pear'
Best-tasting large (1 lb) pear known.
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Persimmon Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum 'Persimmon'
Huge (2 lbs or more), meaty, great tasting orange tomato that looks like a small pumpkin.
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Sungold Cherry Tomato - Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme 'Sungold Cherry'
The sweetest tomato, period.
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Florida Highbush Eggplant - Solanum melongena ssp. esculentum 'Florida Highbush'
A large bush that can easily support dozens of 2 to 5 pound large eggplant fruits.
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Ichiban Eggplant - Solanum melongena ssp. esculentum 'Ichiban'
Slice the long way and barbeque with a slight amount of olive oil.
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