Adaptive Seeds Originals

Adaptive Seeds Originals are varieties that we have had a hand in breeding and selecting. We love plant breeding and we are very grateful for those plant breeders who have openly shared their seeds with us and the public domain. We stand on the shoulders of giants and we hope these seeds can be further selected and crossed by other plant breeders and seed savers.

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  • Sunset Goldilocks AmaranthAmaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)

    Amaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)


    Amaranthus sp. Flower/Grain. 45 days leaf; 90 grain. Stocky plants grow 4-5′ tall, producing mostly light-gold heads packed with tiny blond seeds. Some beautiful bicolored strawberry blond plants are also part of the genepool. Sunset Goldilocks is worth growing as an ornamental crop alone. Very early for a grain amaranth. Leaves can also be eaten…

  • organic celosia magenta forest fire seed

    Celosia, Magenta Forest Fire (Organic)


    Celosia argentea var. plumosa. 60 days. Annual. Deep magenta flame-like flower spikes are dynamic in the garden and make a nice addition to landscaping and mixed containers. Dark red-bronze leaves complement the flower heads to provide color contrast and texture all season long. Magenta Forest Fire’s vibrant color, strong stems, and abundant side shoots make…

  • Open Oak Party Mix Organic Dent Corn seed

    Dent Corn, Open Oak Party Mix (Organic)


    Zea mays. Flinty Dent. 90-100 days. Our main crop field corn that we grow for cornmeal, flour and for making masa. Open Oak Party Mix is the best corn we offer for nixtamalization and making your own hominy or pozole. After grinding, we sometimes sift out the coarse polenta from the flour and we have…

  • Fava Bean, Ianto's Return (Organic)

    Fava Bean, Ianto’s Return (Organic)


    Vicia faba. Mostly large seeds of many colors ranging from tan, yellow, purple, lavender-tan to almost black. High culinary value and adaptive resilience — hangs tough in our winters when other fava varieties wither in the cold. Big plants form many tillers. Young leaves and shoots also make a tasty salad green. Beans can be…

  • Organic Purple Mountains Flour Corn Seed
    Organic Purple Mountains Flour Corn Seed

    Flour Corn, Purple Mountains (Organic)


    Zea mays. Flour/Parching. 85-90 days. The stunning lavender-purple kernels of Purple Mountains Corn are held on 7-9” long, mostly 8 row cobs. Short 4-5′ plants are very early to mature and are surprisingly high yielding for such small plants. We have selected this corn for several seasons after crossing some Mandan Parching Lavender corn into…

  • Organic Hot Pepper Adaptive Early Thai SeedHot Pepper, Adaptive Early Thai Grex (Organic)

    Hot Pepper, Adaptive Early Thai (Organic)


    Capsicum annuum. Very Hot. 90 days. In 2003 we had our first experience working on a farm in Willow Creek, California. That year Andrew saved his first seeds, too: an heirloom tomato, and a Thai pepper. Now, 17 years later, the legacy of that first saved seed lives on in the Adaptive Early Thai pepper….

  • Organic Limon Lightning Habanero Hot Pepper seed
    Organic Limon Lightning Habanero Hot Pepper seed

    Hot Pepper, Limón Lightning (Organic)


    Capsicum chinense. Hottest. 90-100 days. Limón Lightning is the same species as habanero peppers and is the hottest pepper we offer. Bright, bold yellow peppers ripen early enough for outdoor cultivation at our location in Oregon. Short plants produce high yields of slender peppers that average 2 ½” long by ¾” wide. Limón Lightning brings…

  • Organic Party Popper Jalapeño Hot Pepper Seed

    Hot Pepper, Party Popper Jalapeño (Organic)


    Capsicum annuum. Hot. 70 days green, 90 red. Plump, productive, early, and spicy Jalapeño. Fun, slightly rounded shaped, 3 – 3 1/2″ long fruit are perfect for stuffing and roasting. Plants produce a concentrated set of thick-walled fruit and most fruit turn red before frost. We love the green fruit for salsa, escabeche, and especially…

  • Kale Coalition

    Kale, Kale Coalition (Organic)


    Brassica oleracea. 30 days baby, 60-70 days full. A diverse genepool mix of 17 oleracea kales and their crosses. Nick Routledge trialed the 17 kales collected on our 2007 Seed Ambassadors trip and this is what happened the next spring. This grex contains a lot of very interesting, diverse kales that are not available in…

  • Kale, North Star Polaris (Organic)


    Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 50 days full. The first release from our breeding work coming out of the Gulag Stars population. In keeping with the stars theme, we give you North Star Polaris. This participatory breeding project is inspired by the Culinary Breeding Network and we are happy to have Lane Selman and Chef…

  • Simone Broadleaf KaleSimone Broadleaf Kale organic

    Kale, Simone Broadleaf (Organic)


    Brassica napus. 25 days baby, 55 days full. We present to you – Simone Broadleaf! Our second release coming out of the Gulag Stars kale population. Simone Broadleaf has a strong thematic character containing all tasty broadleaf plants of various colors and leaf edge waves. Some plants are dark green and glazed, others are light…

  • Organic Red Evolution Lettuce seedRed Evolution Lettuce

    Lettuce, Red Evolution (Organic)


    Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 55 full. We ventured into our first attempt at lettuce breeding with this gem of an ultra red leaf. A little opportunistic to start, we discovered a few off types in one lot of Revolution lettuce. Over a few years, we have stabilized it, and like it more…

  • Organic Farthest North Galia Melon Seed

    Melon, Farthest North Galia (Organic)


    Cucumis melo. 65 days. Our selection from the Farthest North Mix that has been in the making since we crossed Galia F1 into the mix over 9 years ago. Still a genepool mix that has been selected for small, round, green-fleshed melons. Our goal is to breed a small fruited super early, super sweet galia/passport/tropical…

  • Organic Pak Choi Luck Dragon seed

    Pak Choi, Luck Dragon (Organic)


    Brassica rapa. 35-40 days. Sweet and crunchy green-stemmed baby pak choi. Impressively vigorous in cool weather and it really shines in the greenhouse in early spring and fall. Produces a lot of food fast per square foot. Leaves are erect and a glossy light-green color. The leaf petioles are crunchy yet pliable and resist cracking….

  • Poppy, Food Not Lawns Remix (Organic)

    Poppy, Food Not Lawns Remix (Organic)


    Papaver somniferum. Large, single blooms vary from light purple/white, to pink, red, magenta, and dark purple. This beautiful, easy to grow poppy population is the species commonly used for medicinal purposes. Adapted to our growing region, it is very hardy. Try sowing in the fall for early spring flowering. Can be sown in the spring…

  • Organic Pie Pumpkin Party seeds

    Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin Party (Organic)


    Cucurbita pepo. 80-90 days. We searched high and low for open pollinated pie pumpkins and were amazed at how few varieties we could get our hands on. After months of scouring the internet and the Seed Savers Exchange, we had 11 varieties, including several heirlooms that came with no description or info beyond the name….

  • Organic British Pop Runner Bean Seeds

    Runner Bean, British Pop (Organic)


    Phaseolus coccineus. Mix. 70-90 days. A genetically diverse population of edible-pod type runner beans from the British Isles. We have loved growing runner beans from across the pond for some time now and with so many good ones in our trials, we decided to let the best coalesce into one big British Pop mix. Our…

  • Serah and Sarah Sunflower

    Sunflower, The Serah & Sarah Mix (Organic)


    Helianthus annuus. A sunflower party, this collection is an evolving mixture of sunflower colors and growth habits that we have been curating since 2005. Selected over the years from various crosses and volunteers. Many are classic yellows as well as unique reds and a few lemon yellow types. But the real gems in the mix…

  • Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)

    Sweet Corn, New Mama Super Sweet (Organic)


    Zea mays. Super Sweet. 80-90 days. One of the first open pollinated super sweet (Sh2) corns! Medium-large ears have yellow, truly super sweet kernels, and hold their flavor once picked. Still a little variable in maturity and color with some pale yellow kernels, but we think this may be necessary to maintain vigor as corn…

  • Gypsy Queens Sweet PepperSweet Pepper, Gypsy Queens (Organic)

    Sweet Pepper, Gypsy Queens (Organic)


    Capsicum annuum. Lime Green to Red. 70 days. Wonderful, early sweet red pepper that is our effort at dehybridizing “a popular hybrid.” Elongated, tapered fruit are similar to Hungarian sweet peppers. Starts out a lime green color, ripens to red with good flavor at any stage. Now in its sixth season of selection, it is…

  • Organic Tomatillo Seeds Purple Keepers Modern LandraceOrganic Tomatillo Seeds Purple Keepers Modern Landrace

    Tomatillo, Purple Keepers Modern Landrace (Organic)


    Physalis philadelphica (synonym Physalis ixocarpa). 70 days. This is our effort to breed a medium-sized purple tomatillo that stores for a very long time off the vine. Shades range from a slight purple blush on green, to deep purple all through the fruit. Purple tomatillos have a more complex flavor than green ones. They are…

  • Organic Orange You Glad Tomato Seed

    Tomato, Orange You Glad (Organic)


    Solanum lycopersicum. Orange. 65 days. Det. For your gardening fun, here is a new “child” we have released into the world. Orange You Glad we dehybridized Orange Blossom so you can save seed from it too!? In 2012, we named New Mama Super Sweet Corn for all the new mamas in our world. In 2013…

  • Organic Perfect Rogue Tomato SeedsOrganic Perfect Rogue Tomato Seeds

    Tomato, Perfect Rogue (Organic)


    Solanum lycopersicum. 70-75 days. Semi-det. Potato Leaf. 4-6 oz perfect, red globes with great flavor. Potato leaf type with uniquely large leaves that keep fruit well shaded on compact plants. Although nothing is perfect, we selected this variety from what many believe to be the perfect tomato, Early Girl F1. We focused on fruit size,…

  • Tomato, Santiam Sunrise (Organic)


    Solanum lycopersicum. Orange Cherry. 60 days. Indet. This is our ongoing endeavor to replace the ubiquitous Sungold F1. It has been an adventure because many gardeners and plant breeders over the years have tried to recreate the sweet, fruity, orange cherry tomato without success. Santiam Sunrise is comparable in flavor to Sungold with a similar…

  • Turnip, Aprovecho Hardy (Organic)


    Brassica rapa. 70 days. This is our hardiest turnip bred specifically for Oregon winters. Salvaged from the less than 5% of the surviving turnips from a population of Dr. Alan Kapuler’s Six Root Grex Turnip. The rest of the population died after a hard 8°F frost at Aprovecho Research Center in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The…

  • Early Remix Butternut Winter Squash

    Winter Squash, Butternut Early Remix (Organic)


    Cucurbita moschata. 90 days. As market growers, we knew that winter squash storability and flavor improve with ripeness, so we were always on the lookout for an early butternut variety that matured well here in Oregon. Some hybrids come close, but most OPs require a longer growing season than we can provide. In 2005, we…