Alisanders, Black Lovage
Wildflower of Britain and Ireland£1.75
Alexanders are an ancient food source, cultivated for many centuries. This biennial wild flower, with dark green, shiny leaves and umbels of yellow-green flowers can be grown as an ornamental or can be put to use as a culinary herb or spice, the flavour is said to be similar to myrrh.
Artichoke£2.25A newly bred variety specifically for organic growers, Artichoke Arad has a short vernalisation period and can be grown as annual in one season. The plants are compact and nearly spineless.
Artichoke (Heritage, pre 1600's)£1.25
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.
Artichoke£2.25Artichoke ‘Tavor’ is a vigorous re-selection of Green Globe that provides a much easier growing experience. A thornless green globe variety, this 'new' variety is fast growing, often cropping in the first year, and with improved cold tolerance it is more productive in subsequent years. Organic seed.
Artichoke ‘Violet de Provence’ is one of the most traditional of Italian vegetables. This delicious medium sized artichoke develops rich violet-purple headed globes. Few dishes are as satisfying to eat as the globe artichoke. Dip the leaves into warm balsamic-bacon dressing and fall in love with a little thistle!
The attractive Purple Globe artichoke is similar to the Green Globe, but with a finer flavour. Globe artichokes are perennial plants and will produce more heads with each successive year. They are a popular dual-purpose plant, being grown not only for food but often as borders in ornamental gardens.
Heritage (USA 1870's)£1.25One 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.
Crimson Pacific produces high yields of even, purple spears that are sweeter and tender with very low fibre content. Thick, tasty, purple spears are produced in May and early June. This is a high yielding variety that is super sweet when cooked, they are so delicious they are good enough to eat raw.
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.
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.
White Sprouting Broccoli£1.20
Sprouting Broccoli 'White Eye' is a very early, uniform variety which will produce delicious tender white spears in February and March. You’ll never regret planting it, we can guarantee that once you taste it, you will cultivate broccoli every year.Sprouting Broccoli£1.20Home grown sprouting broccoli is the ultimate treat at the start of spring. White Sprouting 'White Star' Broccoli is a uniform variety which produces abundant pretty white broccoli spears. This late variety will produce delicious tender spears in April and May.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.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.Chicory / Radicchio£1.05 As low as: £0.84
Out of stockItalian Chicory, or Radicchio 'Palla Rosso' from Chioggia in Italy is a reliable radicchio that forms a gorgeous, firm, round, dark-red and white head which appears like a jewel when you pull aside the tattered clump of outside green leaves.Chicory / Radicchio£1.45'Palla Rossa 3' from Chioggia in Italy, is known for its compactness, size and flavour. A very reliable radicchio, it is fairly easy to grow in that it consistently forms nice heads, yet can also be forced. It has probably the greatest colour contrast of the red radicchios.Chicory / Radicchio, Early variety.
Heritage (Italian 18th C.)£1.15 As low as: £0.92
The classic tall Italian radicchio. Upright with red and white striped leaves with large pure white stems. Highly prized, this flavoursome early variety is grown in the Treviso area in winter and is eaten, root and all, simply pan fried or grilled. It has high resistance to cold.Chicory / Radicchio, Late variety.
Heritage (Italian 18th C.)£1.25
‘Variegata di Castelfranco’ has a beautiful form with wavy leaves that are flecked with purple. It is one of the hardiest and easiest to grow at any time in the year. Traditionally sown in mid to late summer, the harvest begins in December and lasts well into winter.Seakale, Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
Crambe maritima is a lovely dual purpose plant. This delicacy from the olden days has a unique delicate flavour, forced Seakale is a real delicacy. In the garden, it can be grown as an eye-catching and fragrant border plant. It has perhaps the most beautiful of all large glaucous leavesTrue Samphire, Sea Fennel£2.45
For centuries, Samphire was food for the poor, free to those who picked it, usually ordinary people living by the sea. It is ironic that today it is regarded as a specialty food and is often served with an accompanying price tag. Somewhere between asparagus and seaweed in flavour, Rock Samphire has the thrill of a mermaid’s kiss.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.£1.95If you're an adventurous gardener, cook, or gastronome, then you'll want to grow cardoons. In summer, tall flower stems which are topped with large blue-violet blooms. A dramatic statement in the flower border and a flavour that is truly unique in the vegetable world.Curly-leaved endive£1.55Italian Frisée Pancalieri resembles a lettuce that has gone horribly awry. With a pale green explosion of frizzy leaves it adds a frisky note to green salads. The large, loose collective head is dark green with a self-bleaching, creamy white interior.Florence Fennel or Bulbing Fennel£1.25'Zefa Fino' is a superior strain of fennel that is ideal for cool climates and the best fennel for garden use. It keeps a succulent texture, never tough or woody. It harvests easily because the root stem is relatively short and is good for use as a mini-veg or for growing on to maturity.