Hope Seeds Vegetable Seed Listing
used for Family Pack Assortments

All of the items listed below are open pollinated and chemically untreated seed. Most all are older varieties which have proven reliable for production and success under wide variable growing conditions for many years. None of the below items are genetically modified organisms, rather they have been selected under traditional random mass seed production techniques from seed producing farms in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Missouri. We select from this list as we customize an assortment for each ministry/country sending a request for Family Packs of seed. A Family Pack is our selection of 10 varieties of vegetables/herbs best suited for the climate, growing conditions, and culture of the people group to be served by the ministry requesting our help. We also include in each family pack a Gospel Message of Hope, and in each box are instructions and suggestions for seed planting and seed saving, as well as seed storage requirements.


  • Midnight - Amaranth has long been considered a very nutritious and drought resistant and and is ideal from warm/ dry areas. It also does well in moist tropical zones. Amaranth leaves are very high in vitamin C, iron, carotene, calcium, folic acid, and proteins. 


  • Detroit Dark Red – Long considered the standard for gardens, farms and canners. Strong tops over nearly-round smooth blood red produce, with good flavor and nutrition.


  • Waltham 29 – old standard for open-pollinated broccoli, compact dark green plant with well rounded medium size heads.


  • Copenhagen Market – Open Pollinated older variety which performs well in many regions of the world. Compact plant with short core inside a small to medium size head. Keeps well when harvested if stored cool/cold. Nice flavor for slaw, salad, cooked, or kraut.

  • Pac Choi – quick maturing Chinese cabbage. Nutritious and easy to grow, we often include this item in our shipments to nations in need of good and easy to grow food. Pac Choi is very popular since you can continually harvest leaves until the plant flowers, its very productive and well adapted to many growing conditions. 


  • Chantenay Red Core – 70 day maturing and strong plant top the very nicely flavored orange produce. This variety is very widely adapted to many regions of the world. On occasion we will substitute Royal Chantenay for a superior top in cooler climates.

  • Danvers 126 – 80 day multipurpose with strong growing tops and a chisel shaped produce. This variety is very adaptable to most regions of the world, and is useful for fresh, freezing, and juicing… a good yielder of nutrition.


  • Snowball Y Improved – Medium in height with inner leaves covering the head, medium size white heads of good quality. We have selected this open pollinated strain for our shipments to those areas which request cauliflower.


  • Georgia Southern – This variety of collard is very easily grown in most any region of the world with reliable performance. We send collard to many regions of the world for its long history of usefulness and cultural acceptance.


  • Poinsett 76 – Bred at Cornell University, this variety has proven itself in most tropical and semi-tropical regions of the world. Good disease resistance allows the plant to yield good quantities of quality produce.

  • Straight Eight – This is a very popular old variety known for its very nice dark green skinned 8” +/- slicing produce. We send this on request to more temperate zones in place of Poinsett.


  • Florida Hi Bush – Main season tall plant producing teardrop shape purple eggplant, and highly acceptable for markets in most markets in the Caribbean and Africa. The eggplant is very easily grown in areas with warm nights and very warm days.

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  • Black Beauty – An old standard variety with tall plant and dark round shaped produce. This variety is very popular in many markets known for its eating quality.

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  • Long Purple Asian – A long narrow purple eggplant with purple calyx and high eating quality, producing very acceptable produce for market with Asian people groups.


  • Cilantro/Coriander – A very common herb used in many cultures for flavoring food and even medicinal purposes. The fresh cut leaves add a distinctive flavor to food. The seed (coriander) adds a stronger flavor to many recipes for Middle East and East Asia recipes. Has valuable minerals and vitamins for human health.

  • Parsley, Italian Flatleaf – Commonly used by many cultures even in the tropics. A valuable source of certain vitamins and minerals, taking little space in the garden to produce, and can be cut multiple times making it a valuable addition to any garden.

  • Basil, Large Leaf Italian – An herb popular for flavoring food and for medicinal teas, easily grown from seed yet sensitive to many fungal diseases and certain insects. Fragile for handling in market places because of its tender leaves the plant is very useful in home garden plots.

  • Dill, Bouquet – vigorous growing with fern-like leaves which are useful for flavoring food and making medicinal teas and/or compresses. Dill has many good minerals and vitamins for human wellness, and is especially good when chopped and added fresh to cooked potato…


  • Red Russian – Easily grown and useful green full of vitamins and minerals for good nutrition, and can be eaten fresh (young leaves) with salads or cooked with other vegetables.

  • Lacinato – More substantial leaf volume than Red Russian and easily grown with more cold tolerance for temperate zones. Very tasty cooked green full of vitamins and minerals.



  • Great Lakes Head – A head lettuce useful in many climates, and easily grown. Though lettuce is not something with many calories it still contains useful vitamins and minerals for health and nutrition balance.

  • Black Seeded Simpson Leaf – Leaf lettuce generally contains more vitamins than head lettuce because of the surface area exposed to sunlight, this variety is easily grown and also seed is more easily reproduced.

  • Parris Island Cos Romaine – Romaine types of lettuce are some of the more nutritious and full of flavor for salads. Romaine types are more easily transported for market than leaf types.



  • Southern Giant Curled – A slightly curled leaf type popular for fresh markets and full of flavor. The seed is reddish brown and can be crushed for condiment.

  • Tendergreen – Smooth and tender leaves are very useful for cooking greens, suited for milder climates.



  • Honeydew Green Flesh – 100 day melon with smooth green skin and creamy white interior and sweet taste. Exterior skin color will change slightly when interior is ripe for eating

  • Hales Best – Long considered a standard for large cantaloupe types in the US market place, the strain we offer is quite large and full of summertime flavor.



  • Clemson Spineless – Long considered the most common US garden okra and still quite productive. Large leaves on strong stemmed plants will produce edible young pods all summer season.

  • Gumby – Hope Seeds selection of an old Northrup King Seed company variety called Prelude, is earlier than Clemson, shorter plant, and will outyield most other okras during the season. Test plots in Missouri and Florida have proven superior harvest over the past several years of trialing.

  • Pusa Makmahli – Hope Seeds selection of an old variety originally collected by the USDA in northern India back in the 1950’s, an early maturing okra with small lancelet leaves making produce easily seen for hand harvest. It is highly productive and proven to be one of our best yielders in several trial locations over the years.

  • Borneo – A unique okra with very long pods which stay tender a bit longer than many other varieties. Later in maturity and much taller plant than Clemson but still very productive by seasons end.



  • Red Creole – an intermediate day-length type red onion, flattened shape with short storage capabilities. Nice flavor and usefulness if grown for slicing onion or bunching type

  • Texas Early Grano – short-day type yellow onion popular in many regions of the world, especially tropical/equatorial regions.

  • White Lisbon Bunching – good bunching salad/cooking onion for quicker harvests than full sized onion varieties… a type we like to promote in poor nations to help with quicker access to nutritional benefits.


Peppers, Sweet

  • California Wonder – 75 day Bell Pepper G>R color, 3-4 lobed and thick fleshed, shows tolerance to Tobacco Mosaic, has proven itself in many regions of the world.

  • Keystone Resistant – 75 day Bell Pepper G>R color, large 3-4 lobed and thick flesh, shows good resistance to Tobacco Mosaic

  • Hungarian Sweet Paprika – 65 day sweet pepper Ivory to Salmon to Orange/Red color, low growing plant with concentrated set of conical shaped produce pointing upward through the canopy. Produce is thick fleshed and of good quality.

  • Sweet Banana – Named for its banana-like shape, this variety bears sweet, mild banana peppers that mature from yellow, to orange, and then to crimson red. Plants fruit prolifically, easily producing up to 25 to 30 pods per plant.  Great for containers and tire gardens.

*** All Peppers will benefit from extra feeding of calcium rich fertilizer, especially when bloom and first fruits begin to set.


Peppers, Hot

  • Jalapeno M – 72 day 3” long dark green>red produce, up to 6000 Scovilles of heat, and very prevalent in Hispanic and Tex/Mex type recipes.

  • Cayenne Long Red Thin – 71-78 days to mature. Flavor is considered very serious “heat”. 5 to 6 inches by 3/4 to 1 inch diameter. Fruit is thin walled & somewhat twisting while developing. Plants are 24-30 inches with good cover for fruit. Excellent yielder.

  • Hungarian Hot Wax – 70 days to mature. A Hungarian heirloom that is excellent for short season area. Medium to very hot fruit are light yellow in color; sets fruit over a long season.  Can be grown in 60F - 95F weather but will benefit from some shading in the tropics. 


  • Sparkler – 25 days, bright red skin with a white tip, white flesh, crisp and tender. Good source of vitamins and minerals


Squash, Summer

  • Black Beauty – This early and prolific heirloom variety has been exceedingly popular for its very dark green skin and creamy white flesh. The fast-growing plants are very easy to grow and will continue to produce abundantly through if kept picked. Harvest while skins are still tender; pick really small for “baby zucchini.”

  • Zucchini Dark Green – 49-53 days to mature. Plant is upright and closed with dark green spiny leaves providing good fruit cover. Fruit length is 19-23 cm, diameter is 5 cm and is cylindrical, smooth. Color is dark green. A very heavy producer.

Squash, Tropical (Pumpkin)

  • Trinidad* – Dark green skin, very thick and sweet orange flesh, and strong vines make this squash a good source of nutrition and vitamins for many regions of the tropical world.

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Swiss Chard (Silverbeet)

  • Lucculus – White ribbed green leaves and standing about 18” at full maturity yield good volumes of vitamin packed produce in many regions of the world.



  • Roma VF – A determinate plant with good foliage cover and good yields of meaty tomato for saucing and salads. Roma type tomato are very popular in many markets around the world

  • Floradade – A University of Florida beefsteak type tomato release which has proven itself to be very reliable under adverse conditions and disease pressures in tropical locations.



  • Purple Top White Globe – Standard among turnips for both good tasting roots and strong tops. Tops are tasty if harvested before root gets large.



  • Crimson Sweet – The standard for all round icebox red watermelons. Good rind thickness for shipping and handling, great interior color and sweet flavor, and good disease tolerance as the plant grows to produce good yields of 15-25lb. melons.

  • Sugar Baby - 68-86 days to mature. Superior ice box type, very early, thin hard tough rind, distinct stripes when immature becoming almost black when ripe. round, 7-8.5 inches diameter, 6-12 lbs., firm, sweet red-orange flesh, small dark-brown apple-like seeds, drought resistant.

  • Jubilee Improved - 90-95 days to mature. Jubilee strain from University of Florida with much greater fusarium wilt resistance. selected to survive in fields which now cause severe loss.



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