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.
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.
Donated by Warwick Horticulture Research International, now part of Warwick University. A fast growing, large and tasty 19th century Australian heirloom. The deep orange-red carrots have no hard core and can be eaten at any stage from baby to full maturity. Described in Carters Blue Book of Gardening in 1934 as “A veritable giant, both in length and bulk, specimens have been exhibited measuring 30 inches long; prominent in the garden and the exhibition table.”
Also known as Mr Perkins' Leamington and Leamington Broccoli, this variety was first sold, and possibly raised, by a Mr F Perkins of Regent Street, Leamington Spa. It won a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1873. This hardy variety can be sown April/May to overwinter and the large, tasty, heads harvested the following spring.
Also known as ‘turnip-rooted celery’, which describes the shape and flavour of this vegetable perfectly. Suttons say, “A quick growing, smooth, round-rooted type with a beautiful white flesh which does not discolour after boiling”. Seed Guardian Sandra Slack adds, “Sweet and nutty, makes a lovely soup.” Also invaluable diced or grated raw as a tasty addition in winter salads.
Our donor passed this cress to us as it had been grown in his family for at least three generations. He says, “It germinates easily and produces a crop in only a few weeks.” A broad, serrated-leaved garden cress with a peppery flavour and tender texture. The flavour of the leaves gets stronger the higher up the plant you go. Can be grown in a pot all year round.
Originating from Bangladesh, this pleasantly mild-flavoured, mid-sized cucumber has a triangular cross-section when cut. Fruiting usually starts by July from an April sowing. For eating pick fruits when over 15cm long, they grow squat and stout rather than conventionally long and thin. Let the fruit fully ripen or you won’t tell the difference between this and a normal cucumber, but grown under cover it’s easy, fruitful and relatively trouble free.
Thought to date back to 1930s this outdoor variety was originally supplied by Unwins seeds, but has been unavailable since 1993-94. A rampant grower, the fruit has been described as “an ugly brute”, however, the flesh is crisp and very sweet, even when large (up to 1kg in weight). “Bought cucumbers taste of only water after trying this one”, reported Seed Guardian, Ms Jane Pay.