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.
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.
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.
Dwarf French Bean, Bush variety€1.86 As low as: €1.49
Italy's noble bean grows in cream and claret flecked pods, it is a lovely tasting and strikingly beautiful bean. A dwarf variety growing to just 60cm, Borlotto Suprema is suitable where space is limited, in containers on balconies or as a border plant in small gardens.
French Bean, Dwarf Bean
‘Purple Queen’ French beans are the sort of fun, sassy crop every stylish gardener wants to grow in their good-looking veg plot. They race up their supports, burst into shocking magenta flower, and then produce hundreds of gorgeous regal purple beans which are a pure pleasure to eat.
Red BikoresBeetroot Bikores produces smooth-skinned red roots with dark-red flesh, it is a fairly sweet beetroot with a full and rounded flavour and has consistently been one of the highest ranking beetroot in taste tests. It is resistant to bolting and suitable for early sowing under cloches and for maincrop use.
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.
Green Sprouting Broccoli
This lovely, old fashioned Broccoli variety is a very disease resistant, very hardy and very prolific producer of large dark green heads. Italian Green Sprouting Broccoli is very easy to grow and will produce a number of good-size side shoots once the initial head is harvested.
Autumn to Winter Cabbage.
Cabbage Brunswick is a fine flavoured, popular old variety. Cold hardy and drought tolerant It can be sown early and grown to huge proportions but is more usually sown in March to May for harvesting August to October. Used in soups or stews, made into sauerkraut or coleslaw.
Summer to Autumn Cabbage.€1.74 As low as: €1.39Cabbage F1 Stonehead produces densely packed medium sized, green round heads. This excellent compact variety can be sown from February to mid June for harvesting from June right through to October, so there is no need to hurry the harvest. RHS AGM.
Heritage (Denmark, Pre 1927)
Golden Acre is an excellent early summer variety ball head cabbage. With small to medium-sized green solid heads on compact plants. Ideal for confined areas, it can be grown at 30cm spacings. This heritage variety gives excellent small heads of first rate quality and flavour.
Maincrop & Successional
Chantenay is deservedly well known, a popular small variety of carrot with orange-red flesh and a fine crisp texture. A premium all purpose, intermediate, stump-rooted variety, with broad shoulders and a blunt tip. With a good, sweet flavour, they taste as carrots used to taste.
Second Early & Maincrop
Heritage (1927)Early Nantes 2 An excellent variety for early and successional crops producing uniform blunt-ended cylindrical roots. With good carrot fly resistance, it matures in 110 days in a warm climate and reaches an average size of 15cm. Ideal for freezing. Sow February to August, harvest in June to October .Romanesco broccoli, Calabrese romanesco, Broccoflower.
Heritage (Northern Italy)One of the most beautiful vegetables and a true Objet d'Art. Each complex, symmetrical head features whorls of chartreuse green florets, in a complex, bewitching design, an amazing example of phyllotaxis - the fractal patterning that appears in nature.Early Cauliflower: Baby Vegetable.
Cauliflower Snowball is a superb heritage variety from the 1890's, this regular favourite has certainly stood the test of time. This easy maintenance variety is very suitable for the home gardener, the pure white, snowball-sized heads can be harvested when small or left to mature.Perle du Nord.
Heritage (Belgium 18th C.)
Famous for the forced, blanched heads or ‘chichons’ that are loved by gourmets Chicory 'Brussels Witloof' is the traditional finely-textured variety used for forcing. With a delicious, tangy, unique flavour, it is very easy to grow and produces one of the finest tasting winter vegetables.Mandarin Cabbage.
Heritage (China 14th C.)
'Michihili' is a softer, loose leaf form of Chinese Cabbage. It has dense, narrow leaves with a deeper green outer colour with lighter green interior leaves with wide, flat white ribs. It produces a cylindrical, leafy head of 40cm long, a little more akin to a large romaine lettuce than to our familiar cabbages.American Cress or Upland Cress
Once very popular for winter salads, Land Cress has the same pungent nip that Watercress does but can be grown directly in the garden. Leaf production is at it's highest during the summer and autumn, but it will happily carry on growing right through the winter. It deserves to be far more widely grown.Outdoor, Ridge Cucumber
Green ridge cucumbers are the best known variety. Cucumber Long Green Ridge is a compact variety and reliable cropper, that can be produced in a greenhouse or directly outdoors. The name ‘ridge cucumber’ comes from the old habit of growing them on raised beds or ridges.Heritage variety (English 1897)€2.34
Cucumber ‘Telegraph Improved’ is an improved strain of this superb heirloom variety. It is an excellent choice for cool greenhouse or cold frame growing. This reliable variety gives medium-long dark, smooth-skinned fruits with a excellent mild flavour.CardoonWhether you are into the culinary arts or edible landscapes, you may want to put this plant at the top of your list. Chosen by the RHS as one of the top plants of the last 200 years, Cardoons are aristocrats in both the ornamental and the vegetable world.Thousand Headed Borecole
Kale 'Thousand Head' is a plain-leaved variety which is extremely reliable and prolific. It is particularly winter hardy and consequently a popular product with growers in northern areas. There is none of the heartache of seeing all one’s hard work destroyed by a sharp and prolonged frost.Black Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Borecole
Heritage (Italian pre 1879)
Until recently Cavolo Nero, or 'Tuscan Kale', was one of Italy's best kept secrets. Simply adored, especially in the north of Italy, it has been an essential fare of traditional dishes for centuries. Cavolo Nero can now be found in garden markets, specialist greengrocers and trendy restaurants throughout Europe.Midseason Leek. Heritage (1834)
Leek Musselburgh is named for a coastal market town on the Firth of Forth. Introduced in 1834, it has remained popular ever since. It is extremely hardy and can be picked over winter from December to April when there is little else in the garden. A very hardy leek and a very dependable performer.