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  • Organic
    Out of stock
    Achocha

    Achocha

    This is a prolific and rampant climber reaching 3-4m so will need supporting with a trellis or a frame. The small, cucumber-like fruits have a fresh flavour, a cross between a minty cucumber and a...

  • Limited Stock Organic
    33 in stock
    Achocha

    Fat Baby

    This variety of achocha has been known in the Caribbean since the 1930s. It produces an abundance of plump, yellow-green fruits covered with soft spines. Best picked when young and tender if using ...

  • New this year Limited Stock Organic
    Out of stock
    Aubergine

    New York Round Purple

    This variety must predate the 1870s as seeds of an “improved” strain were being offered by Sutton and Sons in 1879. It is a compact variety producing large, pale lilac flowers followed by dark purp...

  • Organic
    14 in stock
    Aubergine

    Szechuan

    The name translates as “land of four rivers” and is the anglicised form of Sichuan, where this variety was collected. Discovered in Chengdu by Joy Larkcom in 1994, it produces compact plants (aroun...

  • Organic
    Out of stock
    Beetroot

    Dobbies Purple

    Bred by Dobbies of Edinburgh during the 19th century, this variety produces attractive red stems and long, tapered roots weighing up to 1.5kg if allowed to grow on. Even at this tremendous size the...

  • Organic
    380 in stock
    Beetroot

    White Devoy

    This late-maturing, pure white beetroot with a delicate flavour was derived from the purple variety Devoy. It produces an irregularly shaped, tapering beet with knobbly side roots. The foliage can ...

  • Limited Stock Organic
    Out of stock
    Broad Bean

    Gloster Bounty

    A sturdy, compact bean (60-75cm) ideal for more exposed areas where it should not require staking. Matures early, avoiding the worst of the blackfly, and produces large, well-filled pods in abundan...

  • New this year Limited Stock Organic
    Out of stock
    Broad Bean

    Sharpes Express

    Thought to be an ex-commercial variety and originally sold by Sharpes of Sleaford, who had traded in the Lincolnshire town since the 1860s, until they were taken over in the late 1980s. Produces re...

  • Limited Stock Organic
    Out of stock
    Broccoli

    Late White Sprouting

    An ex-commercial variety originally supplied by the Lincolnshire seed merchant WW Johnson but passed to the Heritage Seed Library by EW Kings Seeds when they decided to no longer maintain or supply...

  • New this year Organic
    Out of stock
    Brussels Sprout

    Wroxton

    Originally developed by Lord North's head gardener at Wroxton Abbey, near Banbury in Oxfordshire. Introduced in 1895 as a “dwarf” variety, nevertheless growing to more than 1m tall. Described by R...

  • Organic
    Out of stock
    Cabbage

    Portuguese

    Portugal or Sturdy Cabbage was introduced to the UK by James Warre Esq in 1821 but is thought to date back to the early 18th century. Our donor was passed seeds of this cabbage by a Portuguese allo...

  • Organic
    Out of stock
    Callaloo

    Mr Jefwa

    Ugandan Asian, Mr Jefwa, acquired these seeds when visiting a friend in Zealand in the late 1990s. At home, it was found to be a tasty edible crop and he continued to grow it and save seeds. Also b...