Although some of the most commonly grown garden plants come from hybrid seeds, many people adhere to the belief that non-hybrid, or "heirloom," vegetables are the best to grow in the home garden. Heirloom seeds have been saved from year to year by home gardeners because of their flavor. While they may not produce large and shiny examples that you might show off to your neighbors, heirloom vegetables may be the best varieties that you'll ever taste.
'Kentucky Wonder' Pole Beans
These family favorites were introduced in 1864, and were reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as being the most widely grown pole bean in America by 1907. 'Kentucky Wonder' produces snappy, tender beans that grow up to 9 inches long. The vines grow from 5 to 7 feet, and the crop has an extended season. Even after more than 100 years, 'Kentucky Wonder' is still one of the most popular pole beans in the country for the home gardener, according to online resource The Heirloom Vegetable Gardener's Assistant.
'Improved Long Green' Cucumber
Introduced in 1872, 'Improved Long Green' cucumber is still a recommended variety for home gardeners. It is productive with few problems even for beginning gardeners, and produces a large amount of foot-long cucumbers. The young fruits are tasty as pickles, and the full-grown version produces few warts.
'French Breakfast' Radish
'French Breakfast' is an attractive addition to your plate, with an oblong shape and two-color finish. Like most radishes, it grows quickly and can be picked in 20 to 30 days. The radish is not too spicy or hot, and is considered a first-rate radish for home gardening, reports the Heirloom Vegetable Gardener's Assistant.
Tomato fans can be somewhat snobby when it comes to judging what makes a good tomato. For those who prize flavor above all else, 'Brandywine' is a natural choice. This large pink tomato is meaty with a strong tomato flavor, and the plants have heavy foliage. 'Brandywine' is a late producer, and has a smaller yield than many modern varieties, but many say that the flavor is worth any drawbacks that it may have, according to University of Arkansas Extension.