Six new AAS national winners for 2022

Each AAS Winner is grown and trialed anonymously by independent, volunteer judges all across North America. The entry is scored next to a very similar variety (we call it a comparison variety) across North America and only if the entry performed better than the comparison does it become an AAS Winner. The same is not good enough in our world!
Keep an eye on this website and as each variety becomes available from National Garden Bureau members, the “Where to Buy” buttons will be updated so you can purchase your own AAS Winners for your gardens. For an overall list of online retailers who carry the non-GMO AAS Winners, check out the “Buy AAS Winners” page.
What makes it a National AAS Winner?To earn the National Winner designation, the selection had to perform in a majority of sites, proving itself to be a great choice for gardeners all over North America. There is a good variety of choices, from annuals to edibles, so you can certainly find something to suit your tastes.

Eggplant Icicle F1: Fewer seeds, nice yieldThis cylindrical white eggplant earned the prestigious AAS award for several reasons. The Icicle plant has fewer spines than most eggplants, making for a less painful harvest! With larger fruits than other white eggplants, it produces a nice yield while also providing fewer seeds. The large, durable, and vigorous plants hold up to insect damage and the environment. The pure white skin does not tend to yellow like many other white varieties of eggplant. The improved taste and texture have universal appeal (whether fresh or cooked).
“Even my 11-year-old asked for seconds when I breaded and fried them at home,” said one judge who served the Icicle Eggplant to their family. “I would actually consider growing this in my home garden. It is easy, looks kind of interesting, and has great culinary qualities. Good stuff” stated another judge. “Best features of entry are that it has reduced spines, larger size, better fruit shape, and uniformity,” exclaimed another judge.

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Tomato Purple Zebra F1: High disease-resistant with fun striped fruitPurple Zebra tomato is a fun new addition to striped tomatoes, producing tomatoes that are rich with complex flavors and a moderately firm texture. Dark red fruits with green stripes and a deep mahogany red interior do not produce muddy coloration like other tomatoes of this type. The taste is sweet and acidic leaning to sweet. Overall, this tomato has a better taste and thinner skin than comparisons with excellent disease resistance. Judges in the know say this is a very marketable fruit for farmers’ market growers. High disease resistance to ToMV, Verticillium Wilt Va/Vd, Fusarium Wilt Race 1, Leaf Mold A-E, Late Blight PH2/PH3, and intermediate resistance to TYLCV and TSWV.
“Flavor is rich, deep-bodied, almost dessert-like. Could go with vanilla ice cream. Very unique,” commented one judge. “The fruit was beautiful inside and out. They were orangy-red with green stripes and when cut diagonally, the interior was an especially attractive, juicy red,” mentioned another judge. “Good plant habit and disease resistance,” exclaimed another.
View the rest of the selections here.