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  1. ‘New Zealand Spinach’ is an interesting alternative that has the virtue of not minding hot weather.

    New Zealand Spinach

    Sea Spinach, Warrigal Greens
    Ancient Crop

    Considered a 'summer spinach' because it thrives in hot, dry weather, ‘New Zealand Spinach’ is an interesting alternative. It is drought-tolerant and doesn’t bolt. It can be eaten raw as a simple salad green or can be cooked like any other spinach and will give succulent leaves throughout the season.

  2. Nigella sativa 'Black Cumin'

    Nigella sativa 'Black Cumin'

    Black caraway, Fennel flower

    We have all heard of Nigella Lawson, the British cooking show goddess who advocates the importance of a well-stocked pantry. But the seeds had the name first. Nigella sativa have a spicy, nutty flavour with a crunchy texture, they may be used whole or ground, and develop their flavour best after short toasting.

  3. The heart-shaped leaves of Orach have a pleasant flavour and the colour is always spectacular.
    $2.31
    Colourful Red Orach used to great effect in ‘edible landscape’ plantings, mingled with flowers, vegetables and herbs. Whether in salad mix, cooked like spinach or as a micro-green, the heart-shaped leaves have a pleasant flavour and the colour is always spectacular. As beautiful as any floral bouquet. Organic Seed
  4. Orach 'Scarlet Emperor'

    Orach 'Scarlet Emperor'

    Mountain Spinach
    $1.89

    Orach ‘Scarlet Emperor’ is a heat and cold tolerant green for all seasons. With purple leaves that look great in the garden and on the table. Whether using individual leaves in salad mix, cooked like spinach or as a micro-green, the colour is always spectacular.

  5. Pennyroyal has attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers appear in mid to late summer, held above the foliage on stout stems.

    Pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium

    Pudding Grass, Pulegium
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland, Ancient Crop

    Pennyroyal is a cottage garden plant of old. This highly aromatic herb has a strong peppermint scent to its dark green leaves, even more so than other mints.With attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers, it can be used to carpet a shady corner or make a 'lawn' smelling deliciously of peppermint.

  6. Pennyroyal has attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers appear in mid to late summer, held above the foliage on stout stems.

    Pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium, Organic

    Pudding Grass, Pulegium
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland, Ancient Crop
    $2.17
    Today, Pennyroyal is seldom considered a culinary herb, it can be found naturalised throughout the civilized world. In mid to late summer, attractive whorls of lilac-blue flowers appear held above the foliage on stout stems. Organic Seed.
  7. Persicaria flowers are clustered in a cylinder shape on the top of tall flower spikes.

    Polygonum bistorta, Bistort

    Herb Bistort, Easter Giant. Aka Persicaria bistorta
    Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    $2.03

    Out of stock

    Bistort was formerly cultivated as a culinary and medicinal plant. This semi-evergreen perennial produces clusters of small, light pink flowers throughout summer and into autumn. The plant is ideal for creating groundcover, it is also highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

  8. A long established favourite, especially bred for carving out Jack O Lanterns for Halloween.

    Pumpkin 'Jack O' Lantern' Organic

    Winter Squash, Halloween Pumpkin.
    $2.59
    Jack O' Lantern is a traditional pumpkin, especially bred for carving out Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween. A long established favourite, with medium orange colour and sweet flavoured flesh it makes a superb carving pumpkin and a tasty cooking pumpkin. Organic Seed.
  9. Purslane 'Golden Purslane'

    Purslane 'Golden Purslane'

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's

    Summer Purslane was highly esteemed and cultivated in Europe as far back as the Middle Ages, but is now cultivated only for specialised connoisseurs.This wonderfully succulent and cooling herb has tangy leaves make a very nice contrast, in texture as well as taste to other salad leaves.

  10. Purslane 'Green Purslane'

    Purslane 'Green Purslane'

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's

    This highly esteemed ancient crop can be used raw in salads, sautéed as a side dish or cooked like spinach. Summer Purslane has a crispy texture you would expect from a succulent and an interesting nutty, peppery flavour. It is salty on the tongue.

  11. This is an incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green that has recently gained popularity in the gourmet greens world; attracting both world class organic growers and chefs.

    Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane'

    Miner's Lettuce, Indian Lettuce
    $1.89

    This incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green has recently gained popularity in the gourmet greens world, attracting both world class growers and chefs. Best used fresh and tiny, these elegant leaves bring a rich, tart-creaminess to delicate, micro-green salads.

  12. This is an incredibly succulent, melt-in-your-mouth raw salad green that has recently gained popularity in the gourmet greens world; attracting both world class organic growers and chefs.

    Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane' Organic

    Miner's Lettuce, Indian Lettuce
    $2.59
    Miner’s Lettuce may not sound like the most appetising of edibles. But if you were a miner during the California Gold Rush, the sight of these plants emerging from the soft soil would have been as welcome as a plethora of gold nuggets. It appears in the early spring, when you are hungry for something fresh, the winter crops are quite exhausted but the lettuces aren’t quite ready. Organic Seeds
  13. Rocket, 'Wild Rocket'

    Rocket, 'Wild Rocket'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    Ancient Crop. True Wild Variety

    'Wild' or 'Perennial' rocket is gaining in popularity; it has narrower and more deeply divided, aromatic leaves than the annual variety. With a sharp and clean flavour they hardly need a dressing. For restaurant quality micro-greens or pesto, use wild rocket when only the finest ingredients will do!

  14. Wild rocket is gaining in popularity; it has narrower and more deeply divided, aromatic leaves than the annual variety.

    Rocket, 'Wild Rocket' Organic

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    Ancient Crop. True wild variety
    $1.75
    'Wild' Rocket, also known as perennial rocket has a more intense flavour than annual varieties and can be grown outdoors all year round. Suitable to container growing, use as a baby leaf in salad mixes. It can be 'cut and come again' two to three times. Organic Seed.
  15. Rocket, Salad Rocket 'Pronto'

    Rocket, Salad Rocket 'Pronto'

    Cultivated Rocket,
    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula

    Rocket 'Pronto' is a very attractive and fast growing salad rocket. A clear improvement to regular varieties, the highly serrated leaves resemble the shape of wild rocket yet are mildly spicy with a nutty, light peppery flavour. Ideal as a bed for seafood and it also makes a wonderful salad on its own.

  16. Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Dragons Tongue'

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Dragons Tongue'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    $1.75

    Out of stock

    Rocket ‘Dragons Tongue’ is a distinctive wild rocket variety with striking purple-red leaf veins which contrast beautifully with the dark green leaf. It is the essence of a lightly flavoured rocket – honeyed, grassy and only lightly peppery. It is something a bit little bit different for the salad bowl.

  17. This variety of edible Rocket has been named after the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element.

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Giove'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    $1.89

    GIOVE, the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element are the satellites that test technology in orbit for the Galileo positioning system, while Rocket ‘Giove’ is a new wild rocket variety that has been bred for flavour. Bolt-resistant, hardy with a distinctive flavour, I am sure Galileo would have approved of this new variety.

  18. Bred to be faster to mature with the typical indented leaf shape, Rocket 'Scorpion' can be can be quickly grown for micro-greens or babyleaf.

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Scorpion'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    $2.03

    Bred to be faster to mature with the typical indented leaf shape, Rocket 'Scorpion' is a new wild rocket variety that packs an intense flavour and can be grown quickly for micro-greens or babyleaf. Freshly picked, it is quite a sensory experience.

  19. Reliable, vigorous and uniform Rocket 'Torino' produces deeply lobed leaves leaves continuously from spring through to autumn.

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Torino'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    $2.03

    Rocket 'Torino' is a popular all season wild rocket variety. Reliable, vigorous and uniform it produces long slender, deeply lobed leaves leaves continuously from spring through to autumn. Perfect to add spice to those gourmet salads.

  20. The root of Root Parsley Hamburg can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as and when your Sunday roast requires.

    Root Parsley, Hamburg 'Berliner' Organic

    Dutch Rooted Parsnip, Halflange
    Heritage (Germany 16th C.)
    $2.45

    Out of stock

    Hamburg Parsley 'Berliner' has edible large flat, parsley-like leaves but should not be confused with common curly parsley or Italian flat leaf parsley, as neither produce edible roots. It is a specific variety grown for as a root vegetable rather than an herbaceous green. Organic Seeds.
  21. The root of Root Parsley Hamburg can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as and when your Sunday roast requires.

    Root Parsley, Hamburg 'Half-Long'

    Dutch Rooted Parsnip, Halflange
    Heritage (Germany 16th C.)
    $1.75

    Root Parsley Hamburg is an off-beat, dual purpose vegetable that deserves to be better known. The root can be left in the ground all winter and dug up as and when your Sunday roast requires and the luxury of having plenty of leaves to snip from the garden in winter can’t be overstated.

  22. Rue is easy to grow from seed, easy to maintain, evergreen, and makes a neat small hedge

    Rue, Ruta graveolens

    Garden Rue, Herb of Grace, Herb Rue
    $1.75

    Rue, as an herb has for centuries been used by herbalists to treat almost every ailment known to man. It is ornamental with pretty evergreen foliage. It is easy to grow from seed and easy to maintain. It is especially good in knot gardens because it can be pruned into a neat hedge.

  23. Rue, as an herb has for centuries been used by herbalists to treat almost every ailment known to man.

    Rue, Ruta graveolens, Organic

    Garden Rue, Herb of Grace, Herb Rue
    $2.31
    Rue leaves have a strong, pleasant orange-like fragrance, it is one of the most pleasant herbs to inhale. In the garden it is easy to grow and to maintain, it attracts wildlife and butterflies, while repelling fleas and mosquitoes. Organic Seed.
  24. Burnet or Salad Burnet is one of those wonderful old-fashioned herbs, the leaves have a subtle cucumber flavour,

    Salad Burnet

    Formerly known as Sanguisorba minor
    Ancient Herb

    Salad Burnet is a wonderful old herb that makes a great addition to any garden. It was planted along pathways 'to perfume the air most delightfully, being trodden on and crushed', the delicate leaves have a subtle cucumber flavour and today are used in salads, as a flavouring and to add interest to cold drinks.

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