2020 was a strange year, but one benefit was the boom in new gardeners getting their hands dirty in the vegetable patch. The crop that reaped the biggest benefit from this boom was the tomato, taking the crown as the best selling vegetable seed in 2020.
It seems that large numbers of us spent last year learning how to grow tomatoes, as many seed companies revealed that the popular tomato was their best seller. At Burpee it was the fabulously named Bodacious Tomato that proved to be their superstar, becoming their best-selling vegetable seed in 2020.
While the hybrid tomato might be a little on the pricey side, that didn't discourage gardeners from scooping it up for their gardens. But Burpee wasn’t the only brand to have success with a supersized tom.
It is no surprise that tomatoes have once again proven to be the most popular vegetable to grow at home. While tomatoes can require a little more nurturing than other vegetables, they are very versatile when it comes to cooking.
However, seed companies reported a surprise newcomer to their best-seller list - the turnip. At Burpee, the Silky Sweet Turnip crept up the bestseller list alongside cucumbers, peppers and beans. Chairman George Ball called the surprise best-seller ‘kind of mind-blowing.’
Turnips are very easy to grow, but not the most beloved vegetable. Other than gracing the table in roasted form at a Sunday Lunch or Christmas dinner, the humble turnip is often left out in the culinary cold.
‘It’s the butt of many jokes and the bane of many appetites,’ says Ball. However, the brand’s new turnip variety seems to have hit the spot.
The Silky Sweet Turnip comes from a breeder in Japan and is described on Burpee’s website as a reinvented apple. ‘If you think you’ve ever had a turnip before, this is going to change your mind,’ claims Ball.
Will you be making space for turnips in your vegetable patch or raised beds this year?
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Rebecca has worked as a homes and interiors journalist for over four years, and is currently the Deputy Editor on Ideal Home online. Previously, she was the News Editor across the Future homes and gardens brands, including Gardeningetc.com. She lives in a rented flat in South London where she makes the most of window boxes to create small container gardens. Inside she has a jungle of houseplants in nearly every room which she does her best to keep up with regular watering and repotting.
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