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  1. Originating from Nantes in France, Nantes 2 is suitable as both “second early” and as a “maincrop”.

    Carrot 'Nantes 2'

    Second Early & Maincrop
    Heritage (1927)

    Early Nantes 2 An excellent variety for early and successional crops producing uniform blunt-ended cylindrical roots. With good carrot fly resistance, it matures in 110 days in a warm climate and reaches an average size of 15cm. Ideal for freezing. Sow February to August, harvest in June to October .

  2. Originating from Nantes in France, Nantes 2 is suitable as both “second early” and as a “maincrop”.

    Carrot 'Nantes 2' Organic

    Second Early & Maincrop
    Heritage (1927)
    $1.75
    Originating from Nantes in France, Nantes 2 is an excellent variety for early and successional crops producing uniform blunt-ended cylindrical roots. With good carrot fly resistance, it is virtually coreless with a tender texture and sweet flavour.
  3. Carrot ‘St Valery’ is a reliable old favourite that produces handsome, deep burnished orange-red roots that are sweet and tender.

    Carrot 'St Valery'

    Forcing, Early & Successional, Aka 'James Scarlet'
    $1.89

    Carrot ‘St Valery’ is a legendary carrot and one of the most satisfying carrots you can grow. Excellent for late summer eating or for storing for winter use. The roots tolerate winter cold and store well over winter in the ground or in the cellar. With superb flavour, the flesh is fine-grained and sweet and tender.

  4. Cauliflower 'Autumn Giant'

    Cauliflower 'Autumn Giant'

    Winter Cauliflower.
    Heritage (1878)
    $1.75

    'Autumn Giant' is a well-known and respected maincrop cauliflower with large dense white curds which are thoroughly protected by the leaves. Sow in mid spring for an autumn harvest, or late spring, for a winter harvest.

  5.  Cauliflower “Romanesco” has to be one of the most beautiful vegetables around - a true ‘Objet d'Art’.

    Cauliflower 'Romanesco'

    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.
  6. Cauliflower Snowball was first bred in America in the 1890's and there probably still isn't a better cauliflower to grow in the garden.

    Cauliflower 'Snowball'

    Early Cauliflower: Baby Vegetable.
    Heritage (1890's)

    Cauliflower Snowball is a superb heritage variety from the 1890's, this regular favourite has certainly stood the test of time. This easy maintenance variety is very suitable for the home gardener, the pure white, snowball-sized heads can be harvested when small or left to mature.

  7. Cauliflower Snowball is an easy maintenance variety that is very suitable for the home gardener

    Cauliflower 'Snowball' Organic

    Early Cauliflower: Baby Vegetable.
    Heritage (1890's)
    $1.89
    Snowball is a superb cauliflower variety. Easy to grow and although strictly speaking an early cauliflower, it can be used for successional production all year. The pure white, snowball-sized heads can be harvested when small or left to mature.
  8. Celeriac 'Giant Prague'

    Celeriac 'Giant Prague'

    Celery Root, Turnip-Rooted or Knob Celery.
    Heritage (1871)
    $1.75

    Celeriac is crisp and delicious, and it keeps all winter, but it is definitely not a looker. It offers fine-grained white flesh with a taste that is reminiscent of the main ingredients in Waldorf salad: celery, apples, and walnuts. Once you’ve grown it and tasted its exquisite flavour you’ll realise that ugly is only skin deep.

  9. Celery Golden Self Blanching produces thick, crisp, juicy, deeply ribbed, aromatic stalks of celery

    Celery 'Golden Self Blanching'

    Self blanching, Summer celery.
    Heritage variety (1886)
    $1.75

    'Golden Self Blanching' produces thick, crisp, juicy, aromatic stalks of celery with solid hearts that have no hint of bitterness or stings. This dwarf variety is ideal for smaller gardens and does not need blanching. It produces naturally cream-coloured stalks with a crisp, crunchy texture and mild flavour.

  10. Celery ‘Tall Utah’ has a compact habit with tightly folded hearts, and produce broad, moderately ribbed, stringless, smooth stalks.

    Celery 'Tall Utah' Organic

    Green celery.
    Heritage variety (1953)
    $2.10

    Out of stock

    Celery ‘Tall Utah’ is one of the most popular and dependable disease resistant varieties available. The plants have a compact habit with tightly folded hearts, and stringless stalks. A good choice for short seasons they can be harvested at any stage. Organic Seed.
  11. Leaf Celery was used centuries ago in Europe and the Orient, where its ancestor was known as 'smallage'.

    Celery, 'Cutting Leaf Celery'

    Cutting or Soup Celery. Chinese Kintsai
    $1.33

    Cutting celery or Leaf celery is the type that is used in Europe. It looks similar to parsley but tastes like regular stalk celery, but with a slightly stronger, herbier taste. It is a darker green, with thin, rounded, flexible stalks and curly, aromatic leaves; it is much easier to grow than its big brother.

  12. Cutting Leaf Celery 'Par-Cel' has curled leaves resembling curled parsley with the flavour of celery
    $2.03

    Out of stock

    While there are now several varieties of leaf celery, one of the most popular is Par-Cel. Resembling curled parsley with the flavour of celery., this Dutch heirloom can be difficult to find in most grocers. Originated from Holland, it was dispersed by German settlers, which is why it is also known as Zwolsche Krul.

  13. This new red stemmed variety of cutting leaf celery is lovely in container gardens and small herb gardens.

    Celery, Cutting Leaf Celery, 'Red Stem'

    Red Soup Celery or Red Chinease Celery 'Kintsai'
    $1.54

    European Cutting Celery is a little obscure and largely misunderstood, but evoking curiosity. Unsurprisingly, it's the home gardeners who are leading the way. New to the market, 'Red Stem' is a lovely variety that is very easy to grow, and true to its name has beautiful red stems.

  14. Swiss Chard ‘Fordhook Giant’ may just be the perfect vegetable. Introduced in 1934, this well known variety has been a market leader for years.

    Chard, Swiss Chard 'Fordhook Giant'

    Leaf Beet, Ruby Chard.
    Heritage (Britain 1934)
    $1.61
    Fordhook Giant may just well be the perfect vegetable. This fine flavoured, bolt resistant variety has been a market leader for years. It produces thick, dark green, crisp, crumbled leaves with a broad white rib on juicy white stalks.
  15. Swiss Chard 'Lucullus' is a particularly prolific variety which produces wonderful, heavily crumpled green leaves with white mid-rib and veins.

    Chard, Swiss Chard 'Lucullus'

    Leaf Beet, Heritage (Italian 1914)
    $1.61
    Swiss Chard 'Lucullus' is a particularly prolific variety which produces wonderful crumpled green leaves with white mid-rib and veins. Particular heat and cold tolerant and very easy to grow, it gives a good source of greens for much of the growing season.
  16. Chicory, Belgian Endive 'Brussels Witloof'

    Chicory, Belgian Endive 'Brussels Witloof'

    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.

  17. Highly prized, this flavoursome late variety is grown in the Treviso area in winter.

    Chicory, Radicchio 'Rossa di Treviso'

    Chicory / Radicchio, Early variety.
    Heritage (Italian 18th C.)

    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.

  18. 'Variegata di Castelfranco' has a fresh and a delicate taste that is sweet to pleasantly bitter and a crisp texture that makes this chicory so special.

    Chicory, Radicchio 'Variegata di Castelfranco'

    Chicory / Radicchio, Late variety.
    Heritage (Italian 18th C.)
    $1.75

    ‘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.

  19. 'Michihili' is a softer, loose leaf form of Chinese Cabbage.

    Chinese Cabbage 'Michihili'

    Mandarin Cabbage.
    Heritage (China 14th C.)

    'Michihili' is a softer, loose leaf form of Chinese Cabbage. It has dense, narrow leaves with a deeper green outer colour with lighter green interior leaves with wide, flat white ribs. It produces a cylindrical, leafy head of 40cm long, a little more akin to a large romaine lettuce than to our familiar cabbages.

  20. Chinese Cabbage, Napa 'Wong Bok'

    Chinese Cabbage, Napa 'Wong Bok'

    Napa cabbage, Mandarin Cabbage.
    Heritage (China 14th C.)
    $1.75

    'Wong Bok' is a tender, sweet tasting, hearted-type of Chinese cabbage. Growing this fast growing cabbage is simplicity itself. Plant the seeds, stand back and once the secondary leaves appear you are a mere 30 days away from mealtime. This vegetable growing season promises to be very rewarding.

  21. Corn Salad, Lambs Lettuce 'Verte de Cambrai'

    Corn Salad, Lambs Lettuce 'Verte de Cambrai'

    Mâche, Lambs Tongue
    Heritage variety (French)
    $1.75

    Corn Salad 'Verte de Cambrai' is a traditional old French variety, the compact plants have good colour and small leaf shape. It is among the softest and most tender of all greens, the leaves have a sweet buttery flavour which almost melt in the mouth.

  22. Cucumber 'Lemon Cucumber'

    Cucumber 'Lemon Cucumber'

    Marketed as Crystal Lemon or Crystal Apple
    Heritage (1894)
    $2.03

    Lemon Cucumbers are a very old variety cultivated since in 1894. Each fruit is the size of a small apple, hence it was known as 'Apple Cucumber', but as its fruit is a pale yellow in colour it is often called 'Crystal Lemon'. Very similar to a typical cucumber, with tender pale greenish skin and sweet flesh.

  23. Cucumber ‘Telegraph Improved’ is an improved strain of this superb English heirloom

    Cucumber 'Telegraph Improved'

    Heritage variety (English 1897)
    $2.73

    Cucumber ‘Telegraph Improved’ is an improved strain of this superb heirloom variety. It is an excellent choice for cool greenhouse or cold frame growing. This reliable variety gives medium-long dark, smooth-skinned fruits with a excellent mild flavour.

  24. Cucumber, 'Parisian Pickling' is the ideal cucumber for use in pickling and for summer salads.

    Cucumber, 'Parisian Pickling'

    Gerkin or Pickling Cucumber
    Heritage (French, late 1800's)
    $2.10

    Cucumber, 'Parisian Pickling' is the ideal cucumber for use in pickling and for eating fresh in salads. The fruits can be harvested while small and young at around 50 days for pickles or left to mature to 67 days for slicing cucumbers. Suitable for indoor and outdoor sowing and ideal for container growing.

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