Like the yellow variety, this is a distinctive small disk-like squash with scalloped edges, like a toy top or a flying saucer. They can be steamed whole, or hollowed out, stuffed and baked, or they can be sliced, sauteed in butter until golden brown.
An attractive Indian heirloom corn with kernels that come in a medley of red, brown, gold and cream colours. But what's really striking about this corn are the unique red and white stalks and husks that make great displays in autumn.
Flowering stems and leaves have pleasant bitter flavour when cooked, steamed or sauteed. Popular Italian appetizer served with garlic and olive oil. Sown in early spring for harvest before hot weather or in mid-to-late summer for fall harvest.
The “deer tongue” idea refers to the pointed shape of the leaves and not, we hope, to some special fondness deer may have for this unusual variety of leaf lettuce. Still you'll need to guard it from marauders, deer or human, because the rich, nutty...
Deep-red “baby” pods make very attractive menu additions and older pods remain tender even at 20cm/8” length, and retain their red colour when cooked. The attractive red stems and branches, red-veined green leaves are ornamental as well as tasty!...
Similar to anise basil, but the flavour and fragrance is distinctively less licorice-like. This is the true strain used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. Essential fresh cut accompaniment to many Vietnamese dishes, including pho, a famous beef or chicken...
Dark purplish-bronze foliage. Former All-American award winner, famous for its pure dark purple foliage, but in recent years it has become about 25% green. Excellent for seasoning, and for basil vinegar which turns a beautiful red colour.
(Jing jie) Chinese herb used to treat the common cold and its symptoms, chills, sore throat, and headaches. Helps to lower temperature and promote sweating. Chinese herbalists say this herb expels ‘wind' and promotes ‘eruption.'
With a prominent display of bright crimson stalks and dark green crinkly leaves veined in red, this swiss chard is highly ornamental. Impressive in borders, cottage gardens, containers, and in vegetable gardens.
A red-podded variation on the yardlong or asparagus bean. The sweet and mild flavour is reminiscent of asparagus, mushrooms, and beans. The long beans are like young string beans without the annoying string.
A rare family heirloom from Georgia with white seeds and yellow flesh of excellent flavour. Long, and can get up to over 10kg. The fruits are 45-60cm/18-24 in. Some think this is the melon that used to be shipped years ago from Bermuda to some Southern...
Attractive, bright golden-orange roots, are best eaten when small, but retain their sweet flavour and do not become fibrous when larger. Tops are used as cooked greens. Excellent pickled, in salads, gourmet borscht or grilled.
(Sunburst squash) Distinctive small disk-like squash with scalloped edges, like a toy top or a flying saucer. They can be steamed whole, or hollowed out, stuffed and baked, or they can be sliced and sauteed in butter until golden brown.
(Strawberry popcorn) This little mahogany-red corn is so cute! Just 5-7cm/2-3" long, the ears actually look like strawberries. They are gorgeous for fall decorations, and of course they are great for popping.
A stunning basil with large burgundy flower bracts. With its colour, strong fragrance, and long deep purple stems, this also makes an excellent cutflower. It tolerates heavy cutting well so multiple cuttings are possible.
Traditional crop of the Hopi Indians of Arizona, not only for food, but also for its spiritual and ritual significance. It has 20% more protein than white or yellow corn and has a lower glycemic index.