So many choices, and they all look delicious. How do you choose which fruits and vegetables are right for your inventory? We’ve selected only 10 here, but you’re bound to find just the right selections.

Your mother was right. For that matter, so are the American Dietetic Association and every doctor you’ve ever consulted. Fruits and vegetables are good for you.

They’re good for your business, too. In the past few years, home gardeners once again have adopted growing their own as a way to reap the benefits of fresh produce. Whether it’s a matter of environmental consciousness, economics or simply the desire for that homegrown taste, the fruit and vegetable trend is growing.

We’ve gathered here a few tasty treats from a number of growers; these are but a few from among the bounty of offerings that will tempt clients and customers this season. A word of caution: Don’t read this on an empty stomach.

‘Sweet Purple’ asparagus

‘Sweet Purple’ asparagus from Bailey Nurseries displays deep burgundy to purple spears, and it is larger and more tender than green varieties, growing to 3 to 4 inches tall and spreading about 2 to 3 inches. With a higher sugar content, ‘Sweet Purple’ is sweet enough to be eaten raw. Requires full sun in zones 3 to 7.

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
www.baileynurseries.com


First Editions® Tawara Asian pear

Grown mainly for its edible fruit, First Editions® Tawara Asian pear from Bailey Nurseries has incredible flavor that tastes like a cross between an apple and a pear, with a slightly crispy texture. The tree grows in an upright oval form with glossy green foliage. In the spring, it boasts gorgeous white flowers, which give way to an unusual dark tan to light brown fruit that is delicious to eat fresh; also suitable for canning. The fruit ripens in August to September. Asian pears are partially self-fruitful, but better crops are set where two or more cultivars are planted together; try Seckel, Bosc or Bartlett for pollination and a more fruitful tree. Hardy in zones 4 to 7.

Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
www.baileynurseries.com


‘Try Basil’

Now your customers can grow and “try” three different basils in one pot! Grown from a multiseed pellet, new ‘TryBasil’, from Burpee Home Gardens, includes a blend of Genovese, serrated and dark-red basil varieties. The fragrant plants are great for herb gardens or adding scent to mixed flower combinations. Having three basil varieties in one container provides consumers a colorful-and useful-culinary or ornamental treat. Prefers a sunny location, and will grow 24- to 30-inches tall by 12- to 16-inches wide.

Photo courtesy of Burpee Home Gardens
www.burpeehomegardens.com


‘Cupido’ F1 strawberry

Strawberry ‘Cupido’ from Ball Seed produces firm, heart-shaped fruit with a nice red color and delicate flavor. The plant is everbearing, and the fruit is easily visible and easy to harvest. Bred by ABZ-Strawberry and available exclusively through Ball Seed.

Photo courtesy of Ball Seed
www.ballseed.com


Tomato ‘Homeslice’

This is the perfect slicer tomato for containers and small gardens. Homeslice is an early, compact and mounding plant that produces bountiful harvests of round, 5- to 6-ounce fruit with true tomato flavor. It can be sold in large containers in bloom or with small fruit. A match made in tomato heaven, ‘Homeslice’ is part of Pan American Seed’s Heirloom Marriage varieties, which cross two heirlooms to create a tomato that is much higher yielding and earlier maturing than its heirloom parents, with all of the flavor and less of the fruit blemishes. The following crosses are being released for sale for 2015: Big Dwarf x Brandywine = Big Brandy F1; Costoluto Genovese x Brandywine = Genuwine F1; and Peron x Flamme = Perfect Flame F1.

Photo courtesy of Pan American Seed
www.panamseed.com


Pinstripe Comet™ eggplant

Pinstripe Comet™ eggplant, from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection’s Patio Veggies and Herbs™ series, produces many small, unique, striped fruits on a compact habit, making it ideal for container gardening. Purple and white fruits mature in 60 to 65 days on a shrub reaching a mere 22 inches tall by 18 inches wide. Requires full sun; hardy to Zone 4.

Photo courtesy of HGTV HOME Plant Collection
www.hgtvhomeplants.com


‘Jelly Bean’ blueberry

‘Jelly Bean’, a dwarf shrub from Fall Creek’s BrazelBerries® collection, is a prolific producer of sweet, medium- to large-sized blueberries in mid-summer. Bright green spring color develops to rich green fall foliage that’s tinged with red, making this compact shrub an ornamental gem. Gorgeous, full-flavored fruit is abundant in mid-summer. ‘Jelly Bean’ grows to about 1 to 2 feet in a spherical mound in full sun. Best in zones 4 to 8.

Photo courtesy of Fall Creek/BrazleBerries®
brazelberries.com


Mamacita Fuego™ hot chili pepper

Mamacita Fuego™ hot chili pepper, also from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection’s Patio Veggies and Herbs™ series, is a petite plant that produces small, hot fruits in quantity. Fruits mature in 90 to 95 days and turn from green to orange to a fiery red. Fantastic for container gardening, the plant reaches 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide in full sun; it’s hardy to Zone 4 (cool weather tolerant).

Photo courtesy of HGTV HOME Plant Collection
www.hgtvhomeplants.com


Angel Red® pomegranate

Angel Red® pomegranate from Monrovia produces a heavy crop of large, brilliant, “London bus” red fruit that ripens in early fall, with less pulp and a higher juice content than others currently on the market. What’s more, the seeds are soft enough to be eaten without leaving the typical residue. Loaded with bright orange-red flowers in mid- to late summer, this small tree offers ornamental interest in small spaces; it grows only to about 8 to10 feet tall and wide. Requires full sun and is hardy in zones 7 to 11.

Photo courtesy of Monrovia
www.monrovia.com


Bountiful Blue® blueberry

Pink-blushed white flowers, rich burgundy fall foliage and large, sweet, juicy blueberries on a compact, rounded shrub; that’s Bountiful Blue from Monrovia. Ideal for larger containers, Bountiful Blue also is suitable for massing in the landscape, where it reaches about 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. It’s self-fertile, but a more prolific crop can be achieved if another variety is planted nearby. Full sun in zones 6 to 10.

Photo courtesy of Monrovia
www.monrovia.com