Ark of Taste

Slow Food's Ark of Taste

The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. By identifying and championing these foods we keep them in production and on our plates.

Since 1996, more than 2,500 products from over 50 countries have been added to the International Ark of Taste. Over 200 of these foods are from the USA, and we are always seeking more edible treasures to include.

The Ark of Taste is a tool for farmers, ranchers, fishers, chefs, grocers, educators and consumers to seek out and celebrate our country's diverse biological, cultural and culinary heritage.
More information about discovering, nominating, tasting and championing Ark of Taste varieties can be found at:

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Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce

Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce LT125

50 days. Medium-green, triangular leaves are perfect for baby salad greens.... Read More
Amish Paste Tomato

Amish Paste Tomato TM126

80 days. Many seeds savers believe this is the ultimate paste tomato.... Read More
Aunt Molly Ground Cherry

Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry GR132

65 days. Polish heirloom variety has unusually fine flavor—very sweet with... Read More
Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato

Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato TG101

85 days. One of the largest green beefsteaks. Can grow to over 1 pound... Read More
Bolita Bean

Bolita Bean BN133

Half-runner. This bean was one of the original varieties brought by the... Read More
Boston Marrow Squash

Boston Marrow Squash SQ221

(C. maxima) 105 days Lovely 15-lb fruit are hubbard-shaped and a brilliant... Read More
Canada Crookneck Squash

Canada Crookneck Squash SQ266

(C. moschata) 110 days. Old New England variety, preserved at Old Sturbridge... Read More
Candy Roaster - North Georgia Squash

Candy Roaster - North Georgia Squash SQ240

(C. maxima) 95 days Here is a smaller strain of Candy Roaster from northern... Read More
Cherokee Purple Tomato

Cherokee Purple Tomato TP101

80 days. An old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful deep... Read More
cherokee trail of tears

Cherokee Trail of Tears Pole Bean BN134

Pole, 65 days. This heirloom was brought from Tennessee by the Cherokee... Read More
Christmas Lima Bean

Christmas Pole Lima Bean LB104

95 days. Very large white beans with beautiful, dark red splashes, rich... Read More
Crane Melon

Crane Melon AML130

85 days. The famous California heirloom was introduced in 1920 by Oliver... Read More
Datil Pepper

Datil Pepper HPP191

(Capsicum chinense) 100 days. Blazing hot, blunt little 3.5-inch fruits... Read More
Djeena Lee's Golden

Djeena Lee's Golden Tomato TO125

76-80 days. Family heirloom that dates back to the Roaring Twenties. Medium-sized... Read More
Fish Pepper

Fish Pepper HPP122

80 days. An African-American heirloom popular in the Philadelphia/Baltimore... Read More

German Pink Tomato TK173

85-90 days. One of the tomatoes that originally ignited the heirloom movement... Read More
Green Striped Cushaw

Green Striped Cushaw Squash SQ163

(C. mixta) 95 days Big white fruit with small green stripes. Oblong shape... Read More
bean hidatsa red

Hidatsa Red Indian Bean BN146

Half-runner, 85 days. Here’s another Dakota variety, so you know it’s... Read More
Hinkelhatz Pepper

Hinkelhatz Pepper HPP198

85 days--Small, hot peppers are shaped like a chicken's heart, which is... Read More
Hopi Yellow Watermelon

Hopi Yellow Watermelon WM176

This variety from the Hopi people has bright, golden-yellow flesh that... Read More
 Jacob's Cattle Bush Bean

Jacob's Cattle Bush Bean BN115

Bush, 90 days. An old-time bean from the New England states, the white... Read More
Jimmy Nardello Italian Pepper

Jimmy Nardello Italian Pepper PP143

This fine Italian pepper was grown each year by Giuseppe and Angella Nardiello,... Read More
kleckley's sweet

Kleckley's Sweet Watermelon WM106

85 days. Bright red, with a high sugar content, this heirloom has been... Read More
Long Island Cheese

Long Island Cheese Pumpkin SQ128

(C. moschata) 105 days A longtime favorite on Long Island; very popular... Read More
bean mayflower pole

Mayflower Bean BN111

Pole, 95 days. This is the bean that is said to have come to America with... Read More
Moon and Stars Watermelon

Moon and Stars Watermelon WM121

95 days. Legendary Heirloom Variety rediscovered in Macon, Missouri. Can... Read More
Moon and Stars Yellow Flesh Watermelon

Moon and Stars Yellow Flesh Watermelon WM122

90-95 days. Rare, this is the yellow-meated strain of this fine heirloom;... Read More
Mortgage Lifter Tomato web

Mortgage Lifter Tomato TK120

85 days. Large, smooth, 1-lb. pink fruit have a delicious, rich, sweet... Read More
Oxheart Orange Tomato

Oxheart Orange Tomato TO135

80 days. Gorgeous golden oxheart-shaped fruits. Sweet, flavorful oxhearts... Read More
Rice Carolina Gold

Rice Carolina Gold GS126

Considered the "grandfather" of long-grain rice culture in North America,... Read More
Seminole Pumpkin

Seminole Pumpkin SQ215

(C. moschata) 120 days The wild squash of the Everglades. The round, lightly... Read More
Sibley or Pikes Peak Squash

Sibley or Pikes Peak Squash SQ150

(C. maxima) 110 days Oblong, teardrop-shaped, slate-blue colored fruit... Read More

Speckled Lettuce LT103

45 days. Beautiful apple-green leaves speckled and splashed with deep red.... Read More
Tennis Ball Lettuce 2

Tennis Ball Lettuce LT164

55 days. Rather loose heads are petite, 6-8 inches in diameter, Bibb or... Read More
White African Sorghum

White African Sorghum SR109

Introduced to the USA in 1857 by Leonard Wray from Natal, South Africa,... Read More

White Sonora Wheat GS135

(Triticum aestivum) Here’s another very old wheat, dating to the time before... Read More
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