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Distinct Vegetables

Distinct Vegetables
Here we have all the strange, distinct, odd, lesser known, unique and often scarce varieties. Go on give them a try, you may just find something special. All heirloom, Heritage and Open Pollinated. Click on each image to see the full growing guide.
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Black Mustard - Brassica nigra - 250 Seeds

Black Mustard - Brassica nigra - 250 Seeds

R12.00

Cultivated for its seeds, which are used as a spice. Spice is generally made from ground seeds of the plant, with the seed coats removed, or used in cooking such as soups. Small (1 mm) seeds are hard and vary in color from dark brown to black. The leaves are covered in small hairs; they can wilt on hot days, but recover at night.

Black Oil Sunflower Seed - Helianthus annus - 50 Seeds

Black Oil Sunflower Seed - Helianthus annus - 50 Seeds

R18.00

A large headed sunflower with medium sized seeds. Black oil sunflower seeds are most often used for oil production and bird seed. Black oilseeds are meatier and have a higher oil content than the striped varieties, thus making them a better choice for birds and oil production. A good choice for oil pressing, shelling or bird seed.

Cape Gooseberry - Physalis Peruviana - 30 Seeds

Cape Gooseberry - Physalis Peruviana - 30 Seeds

R15.00

A small round bright yellow-orange berry about the size of a cherry. Gooseberries are very pricey to buy and seeing as the plant will die off after the first few frosts and sprout again in spring it is well worth establishing in the garden. The berry is covered in a papery kind of sheath that starts out green and ripens to a tan yellow colour through which you will see the berry.

Celeriac Rowena - Aium graveolens - 15 Seeds

Celeriac Rowena - Aium graveolens - 15 Seeds

R19.00

This variety of celery forms an edible bulb. Quite a rare variety. Also called celery root. A hardy plant once it gets going. Harvested at about 10-14cm diameter and can be roasted, stewed, blanched, mashed and even made into chips. Tastes similar to celery.A fresh celeriac should not have a hollow centre.

Celery Peppermint Stick - Aium graveolens var. dolce - 20 Seeds

Celery Peppermint Stick - Aium graveolens var. dolce - 20 Seeds

R20.00

Now here's something unique. The stalks are bi-coloured and striped with pink, maroonish red, white and green. Intensity of colour can vary according to growing conditions. Full of flavour and slow bolting. 85-100 days to maturity under good care. A really interesting find.

Celery Zwolsche Krul - Apium Graveolens - 50 Seeds

Celery Zwolsche Krul - Apium Graveolens - 50 Seeds

R12.00

A variety of celery with parsley like leaves and a very strong flavour. Used like parsley is used but with the flavour of celery, some say it is too strong to be eaten raw but is definitely worth putting into cooked food. Often confused with the bulbing variety of celery called celeriac, this one does not form a bulb, but if you want the bulbing variety look for 'Celeriac Rowena' above.

Clemson Spineless Okra - Hibiscus esculentus - 20 Seeds

Clemson Spineless Okra - Hibiscus esculentus - 20 Seeds

R19.00

An heirloom with excellent flavour. Fry, roast or boil them. An oft overlooked delight. Okra thrives in the heat. Pick okra whilst still young for best flavour. If you have never eaten okra you should at least try it, you may be pleasantly surprised. Rich in vitamin A and low in calories.

Cornsalad 'verte de Cambrai' Lamb's Lettuce - Valerianella locusta - 400 Seeds

Cornsalad 'verte de Cambrai' Lamb's Lettuce - Valerianella locusta - 400 Seeds

R12.00

Corn salad was originally foraged by European peasants until Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinie, royal gardener of King Louise XIV, introduced it to the world. It has been eaten in Britain for centuries and appears in John Gerard's Herbal of 1597. An edible leaf vegetable with a dark green color, and soft texture, popularly served as salad greens.

Egyptian Walking Onion (Rare) - Allium cepea - 10 Seeds

Egyptian Walking Onion (Rare) - Allium cepea - 10 Seeds

R22.00

Out of stock

The onion makes new onion bulbs at the top of the stalk and as the stalks dry out they fall over and the new little onions grow into another new set a short distance away where they have landed, hence the 'walking' part.The seed you will receive is not seed as you would think of it, but rather tiny little onion bulbs called sets. Just plant then in the ground and a whole new plant will grow.

Endive (witloof) - Cichorium spp. - 100 Seeds

Endive (witloof) - Cichorium spp. - 100 Seeds

R24.00

Out of stock

A variety of chicory cultivated for its salad leaves. In the same family as Radicchio. Witloof (white leaf) has a small head of cream-coloured leaves. It is grown completely underground or indoors in the absence of sunlight in order to prevent the leaves from turning green and opening up. The smooth, creamy white leaves may be served stuffed, ...

Essex Giant English Rape - Brassica Napus - 450 Seeds

Essex Giant English Rape - Brassica Napus - 450 Seeds

R10.00

The leafy greens of this plant are eaten. They are cooked like any other garden green and are gaining in popularity. Very easy to grow.

Giant Red Mustard - Brassica Napus - 250 Seeds

Giant Red Mustard - Brassica Napus - 250 Seeds

R12.00

Reddish purple leaves with a sharp garlic and mustard kind of flavour. Used as any other mustard greens or leafy vegetable. A new and different flavour and it really looks good in the garden and is often used as edible landscaping. Slow to bolt. A good variety for pickling, or can be eaten stir-fried or boiled.

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