Apparently Monsanto Is Having A Lot Of Fun Naming Its Seeds

"Obsession," "Passion," and "Temptation," don't really shout "corn," but those are real names for some of Monsanto's sweet corn [pdf] varieties. "You couldn't make this stuff up," Civil Eats rightly notes.

The bizarre seed names don't stop at corn. Turns out that Seminis, one of Monsanto's two vegetable seed brands, has come up with some entertaining names for the majority of its products. One variety of green bean is called "Golden Child," and another "Hercules," while a certain kind of pepper is called "Excalibur."

We know Monsanto doesn't want labels on GMO food, but we didn't know the company has been having so much fun labeling its own seeds. Everyone needs a creative outlet, right? Here are some highlights from the wild and weird world of vegetable seed naming.

All photos courtesy of Seminis.

  • Obsession
  • Passion
  • Temptation
  • Devotion
  • Hercules
  • Spartacus
  • Golden Child
  • Ulysses
  • Cabernet
  • Chianti
  • Pink Panther
  • Hooter
  • Mariah
  • Annie
  • Braveheart
  • Bubba
  • Sniper
  • Excalibur
  • Sweet Spot
  • Socrates
  • Wizard

Correction: This post originally implied that the vegetable seeds listed above are genetically modified, when in fact, none of these seeds are genetically modified.