Chalk's Early Jewel
85 days, indeterminate
— The regular leafed vines of 'Chalk's Early Jewel' are vigorous, productive and reliable. Its fruits are smooth, generally uniformly red in color, globe to flattened-globe shaped, and typically range from two to six ounces each. Some larger fruits can occur.
It delivers a classic, balanced flavor that is neither too tart or too sweet. Attesting to its qualities, 'Chalk's Early Jewel' has remained commercially available since its introduction over one hundred years ago.
Said to be the culmination of ten years of selection work by James Chalk of Norristown, Pennsylvania after crossing Livingston's 'Perfection
' with 'Hubbard's Curled Leaf' in 1889.
It was introduced by Moore & Simon of Philadelphia in 1900.[2.5]
'Chalk's Early Jewel' is the parent of 'Bonny Best
' and Bolgiano's 'I.X.L
Several years later, W. Atlee Burpee introduced it to their customers in their 1904 Farm Annual dedicating a whole page as well as a color cover illustration. They further claimed, "Seed grown by chalk can be had only direct from us in our sealed packages. Unfortunately, however, while we have his entire crop, Mr. James Chalk saved less than one-half the quantity desired, and consequently the price is necessarily high.
Our stock was grown out from USDA accession number PI 339940. Each packet contains approximately 20 seeds.