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Ancient Crops

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  1. 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
    €3.25

    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.

  2. Purslane 'Golden Purslane'

    Purslane 'Golden Purslane'

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's
    €1.85

    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.

  3. Purslane 'Green Purslane'

    Purslane 'Green Purslane'

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's
    €1.75

    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.

  4. Purslane 'Green Purslane' Organic

    Purslane 'Green Purslane' Organic

    Summer Purslane, Garden purslane.
    Ancient Crop. In use since the 1600's
    €2.00
    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. Organic seeds.
  5. 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
    €1.75

    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.

  6. Rocket, 'Wild Rocket'

    Rocket, 'Wild Rocket'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    Ancient Crop. True Wild Variety
    €1.25

    '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!

  7. 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.
  8. Rocket, Salad Rocket 'Pronto'

    Rocket, Salad Rocket 'Pronto'

    Cultivated Rocket,
    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    €1.60

    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.

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

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Giove'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    €1.60

    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.

  10. Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Wasabi'

    Rocket, Wild Rocket 'Wasabi'

    Arugula, Roquette, Rucola, Rugula
    €2.25

    This trendy Wasabi Rocket actually has the punchy flavour of Wasabi - a Japanese vegetable much like horseradish. It can be picked from microleaf, babyleaf or a larger rocket sized leaf. Easy to grow and packs a full flavoured punch with the unusual flavour of wasabi. .

  11. 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.)
    €2.10
    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.
  12. 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.)
    €1.25

    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.

  13. 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
    €2.10

    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.

  14. 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
    €1.85

    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.

  15. Salsify may be a chic new vegetable with the foodie crowd but it just happens to be an old-fashioned heritage root crop.
    €1.25

    Out of stock

    Salsify may be a chic new vegetable with the foodie crowd but it just happens to be an old-fashioned heritage root crop. This unprepossessing Mediterranean winter vegetable has a delicate taste, ever so slightly sweet, some say slightly reminiscent of oysters, so much so that it is also known as the 'oyster plant'.

  16. Okahijiki is a bit of stunner to look at. It has vibrant green stems and that fantastic springiness that you get with succulent plants

    Salsola komarovii, Okahijiki

    Land Seaweed, Saltwort
    €1.85

    Salsola komarovii, popularly known as Okahijiki is considered to be one of Japan’s oldest vegetables. A gourmet specialty, it is found in the wild growing in salt laden coastal marshes. A first tentative taste of a sprig reveals a surprising texture, the tubular leaves and branched stems are juicy with a crisp texture and salty flavour.

  17. A truly architectural plant with branched stems, each stem is topped with a profusion of pale blue blossoms and large pinkish white bracts,
    €2.35
    This hardy biennial Sage has been grown in almost every botanical sanctuary in human history. Each stem is topped with a profusion of pale blue blossoms and large pinkish white bracts. A truly architectural plant. Organic Seed.
  18. Sanguisorba officinalis is a an old-world herb that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

    Sanguisorba officinalis

    Greater Burnet, Di-Yu
    Ancient Herb, WIldflower of Britain and Ireland
    €2.00

    Out of stock

    Sanguisorba officinalis is a native of Europe and an old-world herb that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the revival of interest in perennial gardens and naturalised form of planting. Perfect for natural style planting schemes, it looks right at home in a swaying sea of grasses.

  19. Soapwort flowers appear in June to early September but the best time to admire their grace is July.

    Saponaria officinalis, Soapwort

    Bouncing Bet, Fuller's Herb
    €2.00

    Out of stock

    Cleanliness is next to godliness even in history. For centuries Saponaria officinalis has helped keep us clean while providing a little loveliness in our gardens. The flowers are an important nectar source and emit a pleasant and intriguing clove-like scent, seducing both night moths and butterfly species.

  20. Satureia montana ssp. citriodora is a lemon-scented variety of Winter Savory.

    Savory, Lemon Savory

    Mountain Savory, Garden Savory
    €1.85

    Satureia montana ssp. citriodora is a lemon-scented variety of Winter Savory from the Apennine mountains. The small perennial shrubs are semi-evergreen, they retain their aromatic, lemon scented leaves in all but the coldest gardens and remain useful all year round.

  21. Savory, Summer Savory, 'Midget'

    Savory, Summer Savory, 'Midget'

    Summer Savory, Garden Savory
    €1.75

    Summer savory 'Midget' is a compact variety, this fast-growing annual provides an abundant supply of leaves, growing quickly to a height of about 25cm. With slender bronze green leaves and rose-white tubular flowers which bloom from July to September.

  22. Winter savory has a heavier aroma and a sharper pine type flavour, while that of summer savory is sweeter and more delicate.

    Savory, Summer Savory, Organic

    Summer Savory, Garden Savory
    €1.75
    The leaves of Summer savory are so tender that they can be added fresh to salads or used as a garnish. Used in herb combinations it brings out the best in stews and vegetable dishes, and shines as a seasoning for roasting meats, fowl, and fish. Organic Seed.
  23. Easy to grow, Winter Savory makes an attractive border plant for any culinary herb garden.

    Savory, Winter Savory

    Mountain Savory, Garden Savory
    €1.85

    Winter savory, the perennial savory has the same properties as its summer relative Summer savory, although it has a heavier aroma and a sharper pine type flavour. The small perennial shrubs are semi-evergreen, retaining their leaves in all but the coldest gardens and remain useful all year round.

  24. Scorzonera is a root vegetable with an awkward name and an ugly appearance but with a delicious oyster-like flavour.
    €1.85

    Out of stock

    Scorzonera is a root vegetable with an awkward name and an ugly appearance but with a delicious oyster-like flavour. ‘Duplex’ is a fine selection with long, truncated roots with a deep black skin. The root is considered to be finer textured, and remains so further into the winter. The plants can be also be grown for perennial greens. Organic Seeds

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