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  1. Salsify may be a chic new vegetable with the foodie crowd but it just happens to be an old-fashioned heritage root crop.
    $1.75

    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'.

  2. 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
    $1.89

    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.

  3. A truly architectural plant with branched stems, each stem is topped with a profusion of pale blue blossoms and large pinkish white bracts,
    $2.73
    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.
  4. 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
    $2.31

    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.

  5. Sanguisorba officinalis is a an old-world herb that is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

    Sanguisorba officinalis, Organic

    Greater Burnet, Di-Yu
    Ancient Herb, WIldflower of Britain and Ireland
    $2.73
    Sanguisorba convey a relaxed feel to the garden, indispensable to the modern gardener, but it is the summer when the unusual red flowers top the slender, upright stems that it really becomes a head-turner. Easy to grow, they are happiest in a sunny spot where the soil stays moist. Organic Seed.
  6. 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
    $2.31

    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.

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

    Savory, Lemon Savory

    Mountain Savory, Garden Savory
    $2.17

    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.

  8. Savory, Summer Savory, 'Midget'

    Savory, Summer Savory, 'Midget'

    Summer Savory, Garden Savory
    $1.61

    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.

  9. 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
    $1.54
    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.
  10. Easy to grow, Winter Savory makes an attractive border plant for any culinary herb garden.

    Savory, Winter Savory

    Mountain Savory, Garden Savory
    $1.82

    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.

  11. Scorzonera is a root vegetable with an awkward name and an ugly appearance but with a delicious oyster-like flavour.
    $1.75

    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.

  12. Shungiku, also know as Chopsuey Greens is an easy plant to grow. The young shoots, stems and petals can be eaten.

    Shungiku, Chopsuey Greens

    Chopsuey Greens
    $1.75

    Anyone who has had the pleasure of traveling to countries such as Japan or China will appreciate the bewildering but totally delicious array of vegetables on offer there. No wonder the Japanese have no problem reaching their official recommended intake of not merely five, but 17 portions of fruit and veg per day!

  13. Broad Leaf Sorrel is a delightful potherb and one of nature’s most special greens.

    Sorrel, Broad Leaf Sorrel

    Garden or Common Sorrel
    Ancient Crop
    $1.33

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    Broad Leaf Sorrel is a delightful potherb and one of nature’s most special greens, with a tangy taste that can take your taste buds through a range of sensations. One of the earliest green crops, this hardy perennial can be harvested at baby leaf stage and is a great lettuce substitute in salads.

  14. With pretty leaves that are shaped like a shield, Buckler leaf sorrel is a superb salad crop.

    Sorrel, Buckler Leaved Sorrel

    True French Sorrel
    Ancient Crop
    $2.73

    Buckler Leaf Sorrel, sometimes called 'True French Sorrel' is a superb salad crop. It has all the best qualities of common sorrel but is a much smaller, more compact plant. It has the same vibrant, lemony taste, but is less sour and it has a softer texture. Its distinct leaves are shaped like a shield.

  15. Patience sorrel ‘Volare’ is the mildest of all the sorrels.

    Sorrel, Patience Sorrel 'Volare'

    Herb patience, Garden patience
    Ancient Crop
    $1.75

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    Patience sorrel ‘Volare’ is the mildest of all the sorrels. The leaves have a mild lemon flavour, less acidic with a taste and texture that is nearer to spinach than other sorrels. It is one of the first frost-tolerant greens to appear in early spring, so you will have something worth harvesting even before you plant your potatoes.

  16. Red Veined Sorrel is valued for its pointed and bright lime-green leaves with dark red veins.

    Sorrel, Red Veined

    Bloody Sorrel
    $1.89

    A most attractive selection 'Red Veined' Sorrel is valued for its pointed and bright lime-green leaves with dark red veins, and because of its low-growing habit it makes a nice border plant or garden accent. It looks right at home in a flower border or container if you don't have space for a vegetable patch.

  17. Red Veined Sorrel is valued for its pointed and bright lime-green leaves with dark red veins.
    $2.73
    'Red Veined' Sorrel is valued for its pointed and bright lime-green leaves. It is one of the earliest green crops and can even withstand freezing winters. Once established, it can be treated as a 'cut and come again' crop and should produce greens for 8 to 10 years. Organic Seed.
  18. Vivid pink tinged triangular bright green leaves with each new set of leaves blushed a shocking magenta.

    Spinach, Mexican Tree Spinach

    Baby Leaf, Micro Leaf
    $2.03

    Mexican Tree Spinach is the latest ‘new’ arrival on the veg-growing scene. A beautiful plant to have in the garden or allotment. Vivid pink tinged triangular bright green leaves with each new set of leaves blushed a shocking magenta.

  19. Strawberry 'European Woodland' was once widely grown in woodlands and gardens, prior to the introduction of commercial strawberry cultivars

    Strawberry 'European Woodland'

    Wild Strawberry, European Woodland Strawberry
    $1.61

    Out of stock

    The European woodland strawberry is the old fashioned wild strawberry that was once widely grown in gardens, prior to the introduction of commercial strawberry cultivars. Vigorous compact plants produce few runners and give a good yield of small, intensely sweet little berries.

  20. The European woodland strawberry is the old fashioned wild strawberry from European woodlands that was once widely grown in gardens

    Strawberry 'European Woodland', Organic

    Wild Strawberry, European Woodland Strawberry
    $2.31
    The woodland strawberry is the old fashioned wild strawberry, once widely grown in gardens prior to the introduction of commercial strawberry cultivars. Vigorous compact plants produce few runners and give a good yield of small, intensely sweet little berries. Organic Seed.
  21. 'Strawberry Spinach' also known as 'Strawberry Sticks' is a curious plant that is enjoying something of a resurgence,

    Strawberry Spinach, 'Strawberry Sticks'

    Strawberry Sticks, Beetberry, Strawbini
    $2.45

    'Strawberry Spinach' or 'Strawberry Sticks' is a curious plant that is enjoying something of a resurgence, The berries make a colourful and edible accent in the garden and in salads and the greens are deliciously edible in salads or as a pot herb.

  22. Strawberry Spinach, 'Strawberry Sticks', Organic

    Strawberry Spinach, 'Strawberry Sticks', Organic

    Strawberry Sticks, Beetberry, Strawbini
    $2.73

    Out of stock

    'Strawberry Spinach' or 'Strawberry Sticks' is a curious plant that is enjoying something of a resurgence, The berries make a colourful and edible accent in the garden and in salads and the greens are deliciously edible in salads or as a pot herb. Organic Seed.
  23. Sweet Annie has been used for centuries in its dried form in wreaths

    Sweet Annie, Artemisia annua

    Sweet wormwood, Qing Hao
    $2.73

    Artemisia annua, commonly called Sweet Annie is a graceful annual with tall stems with fine bright green ferny foliage. With sweetly fragrant foliage it has a wide variety of uses both medicinal and for handcrafting but is most often grown for fresh and dried arrangements.

  24. Sweet Cicely was formerly a widely cultivated culinary herb, but now only occasionally grown in the herb garden.

    Sweet Cicely, Myrrhis odorata

    Garden Myrh, Anise
    $2.73

    Out of stock

    Sweet Cicely is an attractive plant that is a striking component of herb gardens and hedgerows. Growing to around 90cm, umbels of tiny white flowers appear from spring to early summer. Formerly a widely cultivated culinary herb, the fern-like leaves are deeply divided and smell of aniseed when crushed.

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