Filed Under “UMMMMM… HUH?” Seed Collection

Why is it always the bush beans and the tomatoes with the most absurd names? Some variety names are just plain confusing. And weird. Possibly a little bit embarrassing.

  • ‘Kung Poo’ Sweet Pepper – The description reads, “Very red. Nice flavour.” And they got ‘Kung Poo’ from that?
  • ‘Black Master’ Tomato – This one makes me a little uncomfortable.
  • ‘Grub’s Mystery Green’ Tomato
  • ‘God Love’ – Switch the words around and you’ve got a candidate for the Hustlers and Pimps Collection.
  • ‘Digwall Scotty’ Tomato
  • ‘Royal Chico’ Tomato
  • ‘Lunch Bucket’ Tomato
  • ‘Golden Girl’ Tomato – This one isn’t really strange but it does remind me of a certain eighties television sitcom.
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12 thoughts on “Filed Under “UMMMMM… HUH?” Seed Collection

  1. Ciao Gayla-

    I’m guessing Kung Poo is a typo meant to be Kung Pao.

    Grub is the online handle of a gardener I know in Australia. It appeared in his garden from one “Paul Robeson” plant producing green-when-ripe fruit. He’s distributed both regular and potato leaf forms. It sometimes throws a red, so not completely stable yet.

  2. Sorellina: I do believe you are right about the Kung Pao. Lots of spelling mistakes in the Seeds of Diversity catalogue. I knew it was a name. I also happen to be partial to the word grub regardless. So I think it is a great name!

  3. Everyone dies laughing over my enthusiasm for my recently ordered “Black Seaman” tomato seeds.

    …I can’t imagine why. I can’t wait for the double takes when I start harvesting the tomatoes.

    “I’m harvesting my Black Seamen…”

  4. Van: I get a laugh and a roomful of snorts every time I mention ‘Black Seaman’ in a presentation. It also happens to be my very favourite determinate variety!

  5. I cannot say Black Seaman to anybody without a giggle.

    I agree with Quant though, ‘Lunch Bucket’ is definitely my favourite from this list. What is it about those two words together?

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