(105 days) Open-pollinated. Several years ago when we were looking for a Prisma replacement we put a couple open-pollinated candidates into our trials. Ed’s Red won hands down in taste: full flavored, delicious, sweet and meaty. But the form was not at all uniform. Enter farmer-extraordinaire Beth Rasgorshek, who spent the intervening years selecting for color, vigor, uniformity and size. The result is this newly improved Ed, fresh out of the field. Beth sees it as ideal both for home use and for chefs, and is impressed with how it stands up under weed pressure. These fairly large gorgeous red shallots have storability almost as great as the legendary Prisma. ①
2443 Ed’s Red - Organic
Allium cepa (aggretatum group)
Days to maturity are from date of transplanting. The sweetest and mildest member of the onion family, important in Asian, Persian and French cuisines.
Culture: Start indoors in Feb. or March and transplant out in spring almost as soon as the ground can be worked. Set 4–6" apart in trenches in well-dug beds with generous quantities of organic matter. Avoid transplanting next to grass strips; slugs love to dine on tiny allium seedlings. Irrigate seedlings whenever the topsoil dries out.
Minimum germination temperature 50°, optimum range 60-70°. We discourage the use of bottom heat because onions germinate poorly in temperatures above 70°.