Other Heirloom Leaf Vegetable Seeds
Red Dandelion chicory is a quick growing leafy vegetable with thick vibrant red stems and frilly divided green leaves. Eat raw or cooked, the leaves will even retain their colour when cooked unlike many other red vegetables. Pick leaves young for best flavour as they tend to increase in bitterness as they age. 100 seeds per packet.
Champion is a heirloom cultivar of collard greens producing large, tender leaves that are highly nutritious with a pleasant, cabbage-like flavour. Collards are an easy to grow green vegetable. Harvest outer leaves first as needed, collards don't form a central head. Each packet contains 120 heirloom seeds.
Georgia Southern is an heirloom collard developed in the American South in 1880. Non-heading variety that produces slightly crinkled, blue-tinted, fleshly leaves with a mild cabbage flavour that sweetens with frost. Bolt tolerant. 10-13 weeks to harvest. 120 seeds per packet.
Egyptian Spinach is a good Spinach alternative for warmer climates. Older leaves best cooked but young leaves can be enjoyed raw. Young pods are also edible, similar to small okra. Annual but self-seeds readily. 6-7 weeks to harvest. Approximately 100 seeds per packet.
European Dandelion is a rosette forming perennial herb that grows wild in temperate regions. Leaves can be used raw in salads or cooked as a green vegetable. Cut off the leaves and they'll regrow from the underground tap root. The roots from older plants can be roasted and used as a coffee alternative. 200 seeds per packet.
Known for it's essential oil, the entire Evening Primrose plant is actually edible. Biennial. Flowers and leaves eaten raw in salads or cooked as a leafy green. Leaves have mild pepper flavour. Young roots mild, similar to parsnip but develop a peppery bite like radish if left to grow into their second year. 16-18 weeks to harvest. 240 seeds.
Curly leaf variety of garden cress. Annual with tender, peppery leaves. Mature leaves can be picked and added to salads for maximum heat and flavour or alternatively just pinch out the tops of the seedlings when young to use them as a more mild micro-green. 150 seeds per packet.
Garden Cress is a fast-growing, annual herb with tender, peppery leaves. The leaves can be added to salads when mature or alternatively the entire plant can be harvested when young and eaten as a micro-green. Each packet contains approximately 150 seeds.
Miners Lettuce, also known as Winter Purslane, is an annual rosette forming herb with fleshy leaves. Rich in Vitamin C, it was eaten by miners during the Californian Gold Rush to prevent scurvy. Edible raw or when briefly cooked. Grows best in damp, shady spots. 7-8 weeks to harvest. 300 seeds per packet
Komatsuna mustard is a Japanese heirloom variety with tender green leaves that are held upright making them easy to pick. Flavour is pleasant with very little mustard bite, the leaves could even be used as a substitute for lettuce. Frost tolerant and resists bolting in all but the hottest weather. Very fast growth. 120 seeds per packet.
Common or Stinging Nettle is a wild perennial herb that can be eaten as a cooked green. Highly nutritious, rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, manganese and potassium. Handle raw nettles with care, soak in water or cook to deactivate stinging hairs. Flavour is similar to spinach with a hint of cucumber. Approximately 600 seeds per packet.
Old Man Saltbush is a fast growing native Australian arid shrub with leaves that are edible when cooked. Leaves are salty and can be used as a seasoning for other foods. Can be grown as an edible hedge plant or for stock fodder. This is the 'de Kock' variety which has more palatable leaves and an improved root system. 50 seeds per packet.
Large Yellow is a heirloom purslane cultivar with fleshier, larger leaves of a more yellowish hue than wild purslane. Flavour is crisp and refreshing with a pleasant sourness. Anyone familiar with eating the wild weed will find this variety a real treat. Drought resistant. 4-6 weeks to harvest. Each packet contains about 300 heirloom seeds
Red Veined Sorrel is a perennial leafy vegetable that has attractive red-veined leaves with red stems. Leaves best eaten young, raw or cooked, as they can become fibrous and bitter with age. Flavour is lemony due to high oxalic acid content. 8-9 weeks to harvest. 90 seeds per packet.
Sylvetta is the standard open-pollinated variety of perennial Wild Rocket. It has smaller and more deeply lobed leaves than Salad Rocket, as well as a richer flavour. The first leaf tastes almost buttery but the spiciness builds as more are eaten. Self sows readily if conditions are good. Approximately 700 seeds per packet.