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  1. Artichoke 'Green Globe'

    Artichoke 'Green Globe'

    Artichoke (Heritage, pre 1600's)
    €1.50

    Large and tasty heads of green buds have made Green Globe one of the most popular varieties of Artichoke. They are perennial plants and will produce more heads with each successive year. This old heirloom variety is a great delicacy, steam or boil and serve with melted lemon butter or hollandaise sauce.

  2. Asparagus Connover's Colossal is a traditional cultivar with good yields from selected crowns.

    Asparagus 'Connover’s Colossal'

    Heritage (USA 1870's)
    €1.50
    One of the most sought-after vegetables and one of the great luxuries of the vegetable plot, much of the mystique surrounding their cultivation is unwarranted. 'Connover's Colossal' is a traditional cultivar with good yields from selected crowns.
  3. ‘Early Argenteuil‘ is highly esteemed for its thick, rose-purple spears with tender tips and an excellent flavour.

    Asparagus 'Early Argenteuil'

    Precoce D'Argentuil,
    Heritage (France 1885)

    Earlier and hardier than most varieties, Asparagus 'Precoce D'Argentuil’ is an excellent choice for the impatient gardener. Highly esteemed for its thick, rose-purple spears with tender tips and an excellent flavour. In France it is the traditional variety used to create the popular white asparagus.

  4. Mary Washington is one of the most popular of all heirloom asparagus varieties and is an excellent choice for the garden.

    Asparagus 'Mary Washington'

    Heritage (USA 1949)

    Mary Washington is one of the most popular of all heirloom asparagus varieties and is an excellent choice for the garden. The delicious spears are tender, thick, heavy and straight and are of a rich dark green colour with a purple tinge. Produces uniform spears and a heavy yield.

  5. Black Beauty was introduced about 1910 and has long been popular with home gardeners.

    Aubergine 'Black Beauty'

    Eggplant. Heritage (USA 1910)

    Black Beauty was introduced about 1910 and has long been popular with home gardeners. An excellent quality variety, early to mature it gives and abundant crop of tasty fruits that are clear of the ground. Sturdy plants produce high yields of glossy, purple-black, pear-shaped fruit.

  6. Black Beauty was introduced about 1910 and has long been popular with home gardeners.

    Aubergine 'Black Beauty' Organic

    Eggplant. Heritage (USA 1910)
    €1.74
    Black Beauty is an excellent quality variety producing sturdy plants that give high yields of 10 to 15cm glossy, purple-black, pear-shaped fruit. Early and prolifically it will crop in 78 days. Three plants will keep a family of four in aubergines from July until late autumn.
  7. Aubergine 'Long Purple' is one of the most commonly grown varieties in the world.

    Aubergine 'Long Purple'

    aka 'Lunga violetta di Romagna 3'
    Eggplant, Heritage (Italian 1870's)

    Aubergine 'Long Purple' is one of the most commonly grown varieties in the world. They produce medium size fruits of elongated shape and a deep violet colour with good flavour. The plants grow to around 90cm in height with a spread of 60cm.

  8. Aubergine 'Rosa Bianca' is a gorgeous variety with a delicate, mild flavour, creamy consistency.

    Aubergine 'Rosa Bianca'

    Eggplant. Heritage (Italian)

    Considered one of the best by gourmets and gardeners alike, Aubergine 'Rosa Bianca' is a gorgeous variety with a delicate, mild flavour, creamy consistency. The fruits are produced in abundance, have a meaty flesh and a delicate flavour. They are both lovely to look at and lovely to eat.

  9. Basil ‘Lettuce Leaf Basil’

    Basil ‘Lettuce Leaf Basil’

    Large Leaf Basil or Crispum Basil
    Heritage (Italian)
    €1.50

    Lettuce leaf basil is a popular old Italian variety, a large leafed variety of Sweet Basil and one of the most productive of all basils. With very large, crinkled and highly aromatic leaves, it adds the texture of leaf lettuce while packing a tasty basil flavour to brighten up your summer sandwiches.

  10. Sweet Genovese is a delicate herb with an intense, spicy-sweet, aroma and a slight anise-like undertone.

    Basil, Sweet Genovese

    Basil, Heritage (Italian, Pre 1879)

    Sweet Genovese is often associated with Italian cuisine. Basil is native to the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. This delicate herb has with an intense, spicy-sweet, aroma and a slight anise-like undertone. It is THE Basil for pesto and a wonderful companion plant.

  11. This reddish-purple tinted plant exudes a delicious, sweet, clove-like aroma.

    Basil: Holy Basil, Tulsi, Sacred Basil

    Shyama Tulsi, Krishna Tulsi, Dark Tulsi

    Starting at: €1.32

    Holy basil, also called Tulsi or Sacred Basil is an ancient variety. It has highly aromatic, narrow oval leaves and pink flowers with a perfumed fragrance. This reddish-purple tinted plant exudes a delicious, sweet, clove-like aroma. The hotter the summer, the deeper the purple.

  12. Aquadulce is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Aquadulce'

    Broad Beans, Fava beans or Horse Beans.
    Heritage (Pre 1913)
    €1.62
    Aquadulce is highly prolific and easy to grow, and remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture. It can be sown anytime from autumn until spring and is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing. RHS AGM
  13. Bunyards Exhibition is the most popular old variety with home gardeners and ideal for children to grow.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Bunyards Exhibition'

    Broad Beans, Fava beans or Horse Beans
    Heritage (English, pre 1835)
    €1.62

    “Bunyards Exhibition” broad beans are a favorite of Chefs worldwide and the most popular old variety with home gardeners because of their beautiful colour and unique flavour. This reliable early English white longpod can be sown in autumn in mild areas and successionally sown throughout the spring.

  14. Broad Bean 'Grano Violetto' beans are green when fresh, the purple coloration appears once the beans are dried.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Grano Violetto'

    Aka 'Extra precoce a Grano Violetto'
    Heritage (Italian)
    €2.10

    Grano Violetto is a unique and colourful early maturing broad bean. This hardy variety is suitable for sowing from October. The plants grow to 90cm tall and are highly productive even at the lower parts of the plant. Harvested while still green, the purple coloration appears once the beans are dried.

  15. Super Aquadulce is highly prolific and easy to grow, and remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Super Aquadulce' Organic

    Broad Beans, Fava beans or Horse Beans.
    Heritage (Pre 1913)
    €2.34

    Out of stock

    'Super Aquadulce' is highly prolific and easy to grow, and one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture. It can be sown anytime from autumn until spring and is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing. 90 days.
  16. Broad Bean The Sutton has a bushy dwarf plant habit, ideal for small gardens and very useful exposed locations.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'The Sutton'

    Dwarf variety. Broad Beans, Fava beans.
    Heritage (English)
    €1.62
    Growing to only 40cm tall, The Sutton produces a huge amount of tasty beans for such small plants, it is ideal for small gardens and with beautiful white flowers they would not look out of place if you grew them amongst flowers in a border. RHS AGM
  17. Bean: French Climbing 'Blue Lake Stringless'

    Bean: French Climbing 'Blue Lake Stringless'

    Climbing French Bean.
    Heritage (1885)
    €1.62

    Blue Lake is a classic choice for early beans of highest quality eating. A wonderfully prolific French climbing bean that does well even in adverse weather, the dark green pods remain stringless and fibreless at all stages of growth. They are tender and rich, and filled with white seeds that are of incomparable flavour.

  18. Scarlet Emperor produces heavy crops of long, smooth textured dark-green, pods of excellent flavour.

    Bean: Runner Bean 'Scarlet Emperor'

    Runner Bean
    Heritage (Introduced in 1633)
    €2.34

    Scarlet Emperor has been a favourite for decades, which is no surprise, it produces heavy crops of long, smooth textured dark-green, pods of excellent flavour. With a richer, more savory flavor than snap beans, the taste of Scarlet Emperor is as sweet as a bean gets.

  19. Scarlet Emperor produces heavy crops of long, smooth textured dark-green, pods of excellent flavour.

    Bean: Runner Bean 'Scarlet Emperor' Organic

    Runner Bean
    Heritage (Introduced in 1633)
    €3.30
    Scarlet Emperor is grown both for the flowers and the sweet pods. It produces large sprays of brilliant red flowers that contrast against deep green foliage. This easy-to-grow bean needs little tending to produce 38cm long, plump, juicy pods. Organic Seed.
  20. Beetroot ‘Albino Ice’ is an old Dutch variety that has a particularly sweet and delicate flavour.

    Beetroot 'Albina Ice'

    Maincrop. Also called 'Blankoma' or 'White Albino'
    Heritage (Dutch)
    €1.80

    Beetroot ‘Albino Ice’ is an old Dutch variety that has with ivory white flesh and a particularly sweet and delicate flavour. Sweeter and less earthy than red beetroot with a firmer texture, it is particularly good variety for salads, for roasting and for pickling it is also good for freezing.

  21. Beetroot‘ Cheltenham Green Top’ is a heavy cropping tap-rooted old variety that has been around since before the 1880s.

    Beetroot 'Cheltenham Green Top'

    Maincrop
    Heritage (England 1880's)
    €1.74
    Bred by A H Cook of Cheltenham, Beetroot ‘Cheltenham Green Top’ is still appreciated for its exceptional delicate flavour. They produce good strong tops for easy lifting and deep-purple tapering roots with a conical crown.
  22. Beetroot Detroit 2 Bolivar is a classic, main-crop globe beetroot which produces excellent quality, smooth skinned globe beets.

    Beetroot 'Detroit 2 Bolivar' Organic

    Beetroot
    Heritage (USA 1892)
    €1.86

    Out of stock

    Detroit 2 Bolivar is a classic, main-crop globe beetroot which produces excellent quality, smooth skinned globe beets with strong skin and flesh colour. It is a high yielding variety with good internal colouring and excellent taste.
  23. Beetroot Detroit 2 is a classic, main-crop globe beetroot.

    Beetroot 'Detroit 2 Crimson Globe'

    Beetroot
    Heritage (USA 1892)

    Detroit 2 Crimson Globe or Rote Ruben is a popular improved Detroit globe beetroot. It is a classic, main-crop beetroot which produces excellent quality, smooth skinned beets with strong skin and ox-blood flesh colour. It is recommended as a good cultivar to use for succession sowings.

  24. Who would have thought that peeling and caramelising a few roots in the oven, would glorify this humble root vegetable to new heights?

    Beetroot 'Golden Beetroot'

    Maincrop
    Heritage (USA 1940's)
    €1.98

    Golden Beetroots have a great mild taste and a slightly honeyed taste. They can be lifted young or left to mature. Sown March to July for harvesting June to December, they don’t dye other ingredients or stain the dishes, after all, at the end of a long work day, the last thing you want to do is get your hands dirty.

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