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  1. Artichoke 'Green Globe'

    Artichoke 'Green Globe'

    Artichoke (Heritage, pre 1600's)
    €2.00

    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.

  2. ‘Early Argenteuil‘ is highly esteemed for its thick, rose-purple spears with tender tips and an excellent flavour.

    Asparagus 'Early Argenteuil'

    Precoce D'Argentuil,
    Heritage (France 1885)
    €2.00

    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.

  3. Aubergine 'Bambino' is an early dwarf variety ideal for growing in pots or small vegetable patches.

    Aubergine 'Bambino' Organic'

    Eggplant, Heritage (Italian)
    €3.75
    Aubergine 'Bambino' is an early dwarf variety ideal for growing in pots or small vegetable patches. The plants grow to a height of around 40cm tall with a stocky habit. The purple flowers are followed by multiple small purple cocktail type fruits. Ideal for making skewers and delicious baked, roasted or sautéed. Organic Seed.
  4. Black Beauty was introduced about 1910 and has long been popular with home gardeners.

    Aubergine 'Black Beauty'

    Eggplant. Heritage (USA 1910)
    €1.75

    Black Beauty has long been popular with home gardeners. An excellent quality variety, early to mature it gives and abundant crop of tasty fruits that are clear of the ground. Early and prolific, it will be ready to harvest in 78 days, the sturdy plants produce high yields of glossy, purple-black, pear-shaped fruit.

  5. Aubergine 'Japanese White Egg' Organic
    €2.65
    Historically, White Aubergines were some of the first types to be found in cultivation in Asia. Today they are still relatively rare, but they are experiencing a wave of popularity as more chefs and home cooks search for diversity in their produce. Organic Seed.
  6. Aubergine 'Rosa Bianca' is a gorgeous variety with a delicate, mild flavour, creamy consistency.

    Aubergine 'Rosa Bianca'

    Eggplant. Heritage (Italian)
    €1.95

    Considered one of the best by gourmets and gardeners alike, Aubergine 'Rosa Bianca' is a gorgeous variety with a delicate, mild flavour, creamy consistency. The fruits are produced in abundance, have a meaty flesh and a delicate flavour. They are both lovely to look at and lovely to eat.

  7. Basil ‘Lettuce Leaf Basil’

    Basil ‘Lettuce Leaf Basil’

    Large Leaf Basil or Crispum Basil
    Heritage (Italian)
    €1.75

    Lettuce leaf basil is a popular old Italian variety, a large leafed variety of Sweet Basil and one of the most productive of all basils. With very large, crinkled and highly aromatic leaves, it adds the texture of leaf lettuce while packing a tasty basil flavour to brighten up your summer sandwiches.

  8. Sweet Genovese is a delicate herb with an intense, spicy-sweet, aroma and a slight anise-like undertone.

    Basil, Sweet Genovese

    Basil, Heritage (Italian, Pre 1879)
    €1.50

    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.

  9. Aquadulce is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Aquadulce'

    Broad Beans, Fava beans or Horse Beans.
    Heritage (Pre 1913)
    €2.70
    Aquadulce is highly prolific and easy to grow, and remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture. It can be sown anytime from autumn until spring and is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing. RHS AGM
  10. Broad Bean ‘Eleonora’ is a new improved selection of the popular Express variety.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Eleonora' Organic

    Broad Beans, Fava beans or Horse Beans.
    €3.50
    'Broad Bean ‘Eleonora’ is a new improved selection of the popular Express variety. The fast growing plants are not too tall and produce long pods that are well packed with white beans. But it is the beans’ great flavour that makes ‘Eleonora’ stand out. Organic Seeds
  11. 'Grano Violetto' is a unique and colourful early maturing broad bean from Italy

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Grano Violetto'

    Aka 'Extra precoce a Grano Violetto'
    Heritage (Italian)
    €1.95

    Grano Violetto is a unique and colourful early maturing broad bean. This very hardy variety is suitable for sowing from October. The plants grow to 90cm tall and are highly productive even at the lower parts of the plant. Harvested while still green, the purple coloration appears once the beans are dried.

  12. Super Aquadulce is highly prolific and easy to grow, and remains one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture.

    Bean: Broad Bean 'Super Aquadulce' Organic

    Broad Beans, Fava beans or Horse Beans.
    Heritage (Pre 1913)
    €3.50
    'Super Aquadulce' is highly prolific and easy to grow, and one of the most delicious in terms of flavour and texture. It can be sown anytime from autumn until spring and is universally recognised as being best hardy broad bean for an autumn sowing. 90 days.
  13. Bean: French Bean 'Blauhilde'

    Bean: French Bean 'Blauhilde'

    Climbing French Bean, Pole or Tall variety
    Heritage (German 1800's)
    €2.85

    French Bean 'Blauhilde' well known German heritage variety that produces attractive purple-skinned pods that have excellent flavour. The entire plant is pretty, purple flowers and purple stems, they produce myriads of flowers from which large, long 20 to 25cm (8 to 10in), fleshy and stringless pods develop.

  14. Bean: French Bean 'Blauhilde' Organic

    Bean: French Bean 'Blauhilde' Organic

    Climbing French Bean, Pole or Tall variety
    Heritage (German 1800's)
    €3.40
    Well known, reliable and attractive, 'Blauhilde' is an extremely purple-skinned climbing French bean that has excellent flavour. Sown from April to July, they can be harvested continuously through to late autumn. Organic Seed.
  15. French Bean 'Red Swan' is an heirloom stringless bean with burgundy red pods.

    Bean: French Bean 'Red Swan'

    Dwarf French Bean, Bush variety
    €3.95

    French Bean 'Red Swan' is an heirloom stringless bean with burgundy red pods. The plants grow up to around 50cm tall and are highly productive, with good flavour the beans mature in just 50 to 60 days. For a regular and steady supply of beautiful beans, sow a few seeds every couple of weeks, from April to July.

  16. Bean: French Bean 'Weinländerin La Vigneronne' Organic

    Bean: French Bean 'Weinländerin La Vigneronne' Organic

    Climbing French Bean, Pole or Tall variety
    Heritage (Land race from Switzerland)
    €3.50
    'Weinländerin La Vigneronne' pole beans are a classic from Switzerland, cultivated and preserved by the country women and known as 'Wine country beans' the distinctive pods are marbled and speckled with purple, as if stained by drops of wine. Organic Seed.
  17. Bean: French Bean, Climbing 'Blue Lake Stringless'

    Bean: French Bean, Climbing 'Blue Lake Stringless'

    Climbing French Bean, Pole or Tall variety
    Heritage (1885)
    €2.25

    Blue Lake is a classic choice for early beans of highest quality eating. A wonderfully prolific French climbing bean that does well even in adverse weather, the dark green pods remain stringless and fibreless at all stages of growth. They are tender and rich, and filled with white seeds that are of incomparable flavour.

  18. Scarlet Emperor produces heavy crops of long, smooth textured dark-green, pods of excellent flavour.

    Bean: Runner Bean 'Scarlet Emperor' Organic

    Runner Bean
    Heritage (Introduced in 1633)
    €3.95
    Scarlet Emperor is grown both for the flowers and the sweet pods. It produces large sprays of brilliant red flowers that contrast against deep green foliage. This easy-to-grow bean needs little tending to produce 38cm long, plump, juicy pods. Organic Seed.
  19. Bean: Runner Bean 'Sunset'
    €4.50

    Runner beans are all attractive enough for flower gardens or patios, but the 'Sunset Runner Bean' is in a class by itself. The luminous peach to shell-pink blossoms are absolutely beautiful and will look equally at home in your vegetable plot or your flower borders. The pods are fleshy, straight, smooth, and almost stringless when young.

  20. Beetroot 'Detroit 2 Crimson Globe'

    Beetroot 'Detroit 2 Crimson Globe'

    Beetroot
    Heritage (USA 1892)
    €2.25

    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.

  21. Egyptian Beetroot produces smooth skinned roots, often heart-shaped, with a deep red, tender and flavoursome flesh.

    Beetroot 'Flat of Egypt'

    Early / Maincrop
    Heritage (1800's)
    €2.25

    “The old Egyptian turnip or flat-rooted beetroot has the best flavour but is scarce.” Bob Flowerdew. Beetroot 'Flat of Egypt’ is a very old heritage variety that produces smooth skinned roots, often heart-shaped, with a deep red, tender and flavoursome flesh.

  22. These golden beauties are an absolute delight, with a slightly honeyed taste they are sweeter than red beetroots.

    Beetroot 'Golden Beetroot' Organic

    Maincrop
    Heritage (USA 1940's)
    €2.75
    Who would have thought that peeling and caramelising a few roots in the oven, would glorify this humble root vegetable to new heights? These golden beauties are an absolute delight, with a slightly honeyed taste. Use them baked sautéed, steamed or in soups. Organic Seed.
  23. Chioggia or Barabietola di Chioggia is a globe-shaped heirloom Italian variety, with a slightly flattened shape.

    Beetroot 'Tonda di Chioggia'

    Dolce di Chioggia or Barabietola di Chioggia
    Heritage (Italian 1840's)
    €2.25

    Chioggia or Barabietola di Chioggia is a globe-shaped heirloom Italian variety. With a rosy orange-pink outer skin and a distinctive dartboard pattern when cut, it is sometimes known as Bull’s Eye Beet or Candy Stripe Beet. Bands of white flesh alternate with bands of pink or rosy red.

  24. Chioggia or Barabietola di Chioggia is a globe-shaped heirloom Italian variety, with a slightly flattened shape.

    Beetroot 'Tonda di Chioggia' Organic

    Dolce di Chioggia or Barabietola di Chioggia
    Heritage (Italian 1840's)
    €2.20
    Barabietola di Chioggia is a globe-shaped heirloom Italian variety, grown today mainly for its unusual colouring, but it has a mild and sweet flavour. It can be sown from very early in the season until late and can be grown in raised beds or containers all year round.

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