Seed List

Fat Baby

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 fresh, when the mild cucumber flavour can be appreciated. When a little more mature they can be fried, or stuffed and braised.

8 seeds
Achocha
New this year
Organic

Armenian

Beetroot Armenian

Collected at an Armenian market by a Dutch seed enthusiast, this variety produces golf-ball sized, round, magenta roots with distinct rings and a sweet flavour.

40 seeds
Beetroot
Organic

Long Blood Red

Beetroot Long Blood Red

Described by Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885) as an “American variety with a long, slender, deeply buried root... productive, and well-coloured kind.” The roots are sweet, flavoursome and perfect for pickling. This variety stands well and is slow to go woody.

40 seeds
Beetroot
Organic

Beryl

broad bean Beryl

Syn. Ite. This is a small-seeded bean with a pretty red staining on the stem. Beryl has shown resistance to bean common mosaic virus, halo blight and bean rust. The beans are small, but sweet and juicy with no tough skin.

10 seeds
Broad Bean

Jack Geddes

Broad Bean Jack Geddes

Passed to our donor’s grandfather in 1930. He grew them until 1980 and handed them down to his son, our donor’s uncle, who continued their cultivation until 1996. The beans were thought to have been lost, however; a rediscovered jar of seeds meant he could continue growing them again. Produces long pods full of flavoursome beans.

10 seeds
Broad Bean

Earliest

Cabbage Earliest

This ex-commercial, summer variety was supplied by Sutton & Sons in the early 20th century and is thought to have last appeared in catalogues in 1978. Their 1933 catalogue states, “Undoubtedly the quickest of all the spring-sown cabbages. Habit dwarf, with scarcely any outer leaves. Hearts tender and delicate in flavour.” Suitable for sowing under glass in January/February for planting out in late May/early June, or for sowing direct from March to June.

50 seeds
Cabbage
Organic

Paddy

Cabbage Paddy copyright M Fardell

A very large heirloom variety developed by an unknown Irish allotment holder, who saved seeds from his largest specimen and shared them with his allotment neighbours. Spring sown for late summer/autumn use it is a vigorous grower, producing large firm heads that stand well until late autumn/early winter. Delicious raw, very crunchy with a spicy flavour. Retains both its texture and flavour when cooked. One HSL member commented, “The best autumn cabbage I have grown in 60 years of cultivating.”

50 seeds
Cabbage
Organic

Bangladeshi Dhata

Callaloo Bangladeshi Dhata

The most spectacular of the callaloos, with deep red and green colouration. A real feature in ornamental flower beds, particularly when the dramatic purple-red flower spikes form. Otherwise, it can be used as greens in Indian or Bangladeshi cooking with tomatoes, onions and spices.

100 seeds
Callaloo

Mrs Patel's

Callaloo Mrs Patel's

A dark green variety from India. The leaves can be substituted for spinach and are particularly good in curries with potatoes or chick peas. Slightly slower to start than other varieties of callaloo, but it soon catches up. The upright pale green flowers develop into very prickly seed heads.

100 seeds
Callaloo
Organic

Altringham

Carrot Altringham

No need to contact us about the spelling, please, it was always (if erroneously) named this way! This early 19th century variety is listed in Carters Catalogue for 1842 and described by D Guiheneuf in The Garden (May 1st 1876) as “An English variety, readily distinguished from any other. It is said to have originated in Altrincham, a village in the vicinity of Chester.” It produces cylindrical roots, 20-50cm long, that taper towards their end. The orange flesh is crunchy and mild-flavoured.

100 seeds
Carrot
Organic