(Brassica oleracea) An old Danish variety whose name simply means “eat the leaves”. A particularly tall kale reaching a magnificent 2m in height, so may require staking. The leaves are broad and glaucous, and are slightly peppery to taste. If picked young the leaves are delicious in salads.
(Brassica oleracea) Our donor's family has grown this variety for several generations and found it to be “the nicest tasting of all kales.” Grown extensively before WWII, but seems to have disappeared soon after. Large and prolific; it is both hardy and resilient to pests and diseases. Delicious too, with a slightly nutty flavour.
Also known as the stem turnip, kohl rabi is grown for its enlarged, spherical stem. Dating back to the 19th century this variety has green skin and crisp white flesh. It can be used raw and grated in salads, or cubed and steamed if picked young, when the flesh is at its sweetest.
Acquired via our Sowing New Seeds project, this lablab is named after its donor and is said to take 30 days from seed to flower. Grown and saved on the Redhill Allotments, Leicester, but originally commercial seed from India. This variety performs best in fertile soils and a temperate climate.
A Chinese lablab with lovely scented mauve flowers and pretty pods – lime green, often with a reddish-purple edge. Flowering should start by July from an April sowing. This is the type called liva in Gujerati which produces broad flat pods and mild-flavoured beans.
Named after our donor's neighbour, Sim Seger, who grew this variety for many years because they did particularly well in his locality of Malton, North Yorkshire. A hardy leek, which appears to be disease resistant too. Guardian Jenny Rogers says, “Large plants with good firm, white stems. Lovely flavour, excellent!”
Originating in China and cultivated for its stem rather than its leaves. First described by Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885) when introduced to Europe, probably by missionary botanists working in China. Harvest the stems 3-4 months after sowing, at around 30cm high and at least 3cm thick. Remove the outer layer to reveal the light green flesh and cut into thin slices. The stem is excellent raw, like celery, or lightly cooked in stir fries.
Listed in James Carter's Catalogue of a Choice Collection of Floricultural, Vegetable and Agricultural Seeds of 1842, this variety was described by a contributor to The Gardener (1867); “This sort ought to be in every garden. No other variety can surpass it.” Thought to be synonymous with ‘Brighton Cos’, the large, dark green leaves have a rust-coloured tinge and are flavourful, crisp and juicy.