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

    Cauliflower 'Romanesco'

    Coral Broccoli, Broccoflower.
    Heritage (Northern Italy)
    €1.95

    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.

  2. 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.
    Heritage (1890's)
    €1.95

    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.

  3. Celeriac 'Verona'

    Celeriac 'Verona'

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

    Originally from Northern Italy and named for the fair city of Verona, this heirloom celeriac variety produces large white skinned globes with a sweet yet savory flavour and a creamy texture, similar to a potato. Crisp and delicious, and it keeps all winter, once you’ve grown it you’ll realise that ugly is only skin deep.

  4. 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)
    €1.50

    '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.

  5. 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)
    €2.80

    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.
  6. 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
    €1.95

    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.

  7. Leaf Celery was used centuries ago in Europe and the Orient, where its ancestor was known as 'smallage'.

    Celery, 'Cutting Leaf Celery', Organic

    Cutting or Soup Celery. Chinese Kintsai
    €2.45
    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. Organic Seed.
  8. Cutting Leaf Celery 'Par-Cel' has curled leaves resembling curled parsley with the flavour of celery
    €2.20

    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.

  9. 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)
    €1.75
    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.
  10. Chicory, Belgian Endive 'Brussels Witloof'

    Chicory, Belgian Endive 'Brussels Witloof'

    Perle du Nord.
    Heritage (Belgium 18th C.)
    €1.75

    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.

  11. 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.)
    €1.95

    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.

  12. '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.

  13. Chinese or Napa cabbage ‘Granet’ produces large closed heads of crisp, light green leaves.

    Chinese Cabbage, Napa 'Granet' Organic

    Wong Bok or Mandarin Cabbage.
    Heritage (China 14th C.)
    €2.35

    Out of stock

    Chinese or Napa cabbage ‘Granet’ produces large closed heads of crisp, light green leaves. This relatively fast-growing plant is sweet and mild and can be eaten raw in salads or cooked in the usual way. It is also suitable for steaming and for inclusion in the famous fermented Kimchi. Organic Seeds.
  14. Chinese Cabbage, Napa 'Wong Bok'

    Chinese Cabbage, Napa 'Wong Bok'

    Napa cabbage, Mandarin Cabbage.
    Heritage (China 14th C.)
    €2.00

    '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.

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

    Corn Salad, Lambs Lettuce 'Verte de Cambrai'

    Mâche, Lambs Tongue
    Heritage variety (French)
    €1.50

    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.

  16. Cucumber 'Lemon Cucumber'

    Cucumber 'Lemon Cucumber'

    Marketed as Crystal Lemon or Crystal Apple
    Heritage (1894)
    €2.45

    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.

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

    Cucumber 'Telegraph Improved'

    Heritage variety (English 1897)
    €2.65

    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.

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

    Cucumber, Pickling, 'Parisian Pickling'

    Gherkin, Cornichon or Pickling Cucumber
    Heritage (French, late 1800's - 'Improved Bourbonne')
    €2.00

    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.

  19. Red Russian is one of the most tender kales with a sweeter taste than most traditional varieties

    Kale 'Red Russian'

    Russian or Siberian Kale, Ragged Jack
    Heritage variety (Pre 1885, reintroduced 1977)
    €1.85

    With deeply cut, slate green oak-like leaves ‘Red Russian’ is one of the tenderest and sweetest kales available. Sow under cover in autumn for baby leaves after four to six weeks, or directly outdoors for over-wintering. This hardy crop can provide nutritious leaves even in the depths of winter.

  20. Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Black Magic'

    Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Black Magic'

    Black Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Borecole
    Heritage (Italian pre 1879)
    €3.25

    Kale 'Black Magic' is an improved Italian Black Kale, bred to be more tender with better flavour. The winter hardy plants more cold tolerant, vigorous and slower-to-bolt than other Italian kales. They form an easy-to-harvest rosette of very dark, savoyed leaves with a flavour that is rich and mild.

  21. Until recently Cavolo Nero, or 'Tuscan Kale', was one of Italy's best kept secrets.

    Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Nero de Toscana'

    Black Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Borecole
    Heritage (Italian pre 1879)
    €1.75

    Until recently Cavolo Nero, or 'Tuscan Kale', was one of Italy's best kept secrets. Simply adored, especially in the north of Italy, it has been an essential fare of traditional dishes for centuries. Cavolo Nero can now be found in garden markets, specialist greengrocers and trendy restaurants throughout Europe.

  22. Until recently Cavolo Nero, or 'Tuscan Kale', was one of Italy's best kept secrets.

    Kale, Cavolo Nero 'Nero de Toscana' Organic

    Black Cabbage, Tuscan Kale, Borecole
    Heritage (Italian pre 1879)
    €2.95
    Simply adored, especially in the north of Italy, Cavolo Nero is an extremely cold hardy kale that will tolerate conditions that would make most brassicas keel over. Thank heavens we have finally managed to locate Organic Seeds!
  23. Harvest the leaves for baby leaf, in mixed salads or use steamed like spinach, or the roots can be left to grow like any other beetroot.

    Leaf Beet, Bulls Blood 'Atlanta Deep Red'

    Beet Root or Leaf, Spinach Beet
    €2.50

    Bulls Blood 'Atlanta Red' is a heat tolerant summer variety which holds its magnificent red colour in high temperatures. Used by commercial growers for both baby leaf and mixed salad leaves, this dual purpose variety can be harvested at any stage of growth, use the leaves in salads or steamed like spinach, or the roots can be left to grow like any other beetroot.

  24. Perpetual Spinach Leaf Beet is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space

    Leaf Beet, Perpetual Spinach, Organic

    Spinach Beet, Seakale Beet, Wild Spinach
    Heritage variety (In use in 1790)
    €1.95

    Out of stock

    'Perpetual Spinach is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space. Extremely resistant to bolting, it responds particularly well to repeat cutting. With just one sowing you can feast on the succulent leaves the entire summer and through to winter.

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