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  • alexanders greens
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    Alexanders (Organic)

    $3.50$6.50
    Smyrnium olusatrum. Perennial/Biennial.

    This ancient plant goes by many names and has a long history possibly going back to Alexander The Great. Large yellow-flowered umbel blooms are highly desirable to beneficial insects. Aromatic black seeds give Alexanders one of its synonyms – Black Lovage. Leaves are comparable to a mild-flavored parsley, and are tasty in salad or used as an herb. Short lived perennial or biennial that will self-sow and grow in sun or shade. Plants are not true perennials, they tend to die after flowering (which may take a few years). With its noninvasive habit, it is perfect for the low maintenance or semi-wild garden. Native to the Mediterranean, the Romans introduced it throughout Europe, where it can still be found growing wild near medieval monastery gardens. The Romans ate the leaves, stems, roots, and flower buds as vegetables. Seeds require a period of moist, cold conditions for germination. Sow in fall or early spring. Very winter hardy, plants sometimes go dormant in the summer. We thank Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds for introducing this cool plant to the Oregon gardening scene. Aka, Alexander’s Greens, Alisanders, Black Lovage, Horse Parsley, Macedonian Parsley, and Maceron.


  • Amaranth, Miriah Leaf (Organic)

    Amaranth, Miriah Leaf (Organic)

    $3.00$12.00
    Amaranthus tricolor. Leaf/Greens. 25-50 days.

    A beautiful red-veined green leaf amaranth for salad and cooking. Leaf backs are all red, adding unique color to salad. A heat tolerant spinach substitute that is popular in Asia and Latin America. Also good cooked or pickled. A few years ago I tasted a kimchi made from amaranth leaf and it was very good! This type of amaranth is sometimes called Callaloo in the Caribbean where it is used to make a popular dish of the same name. We brought this variety back from the abyss in 2006 after it was lost commercially in 1999. Not a grain variety as it has black seeds.


  • Oeschberg Amaranth

    Amaranth, Oeschberg (Organic)

    $3.00$36.00
    Amaranthus cruentus. Flower. 70 days.

    Oeschberg is an amazing deep purple-red amaranth that is darker than Love Lies Bleeding, but with an upright growth habit. Seed heads are very highly branched and hold their color longer than other varieties, making it great for flower arrangements. Plants are a bit short for an upright amaranth at 4′ tall, which is great in the garden as they won’t shade out everything else. Leaves and seeds are edible. Leaves are good for a heat resistant salad green when young, red color develops early. May self-seed. Flowering amaranths can be succession-sown until the end of July for late- season flower production.


  • Tuscan Arugula

    Arugula, Tuscan (Organic)

    $3.25$24.00
    Eruca sativa.

    Big thick leaves with excellent flavor and very cold hardy. For those who like their arugula to have a little kick, Tuscan has a spicier flavor than common varieties such as Astro. Some plants have strap-like leaves, others are lobed. Seed Ambassador Kayla Preece collected this variety from Agricultori Custodi, a seed preservation group in Tuscany, Italy.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.


  • Argenté de Genéve Inerme Cardoon

    Cardoon, Argenté de Genéve Inerme (Organic)

    $3.80
    Cynara cardunculus. Perennial.

    Closely related to the artichoke, this stem vegetable is sown in spring, blanched with cardboard in fall, and then used raw in salads or steamed. Large, silver, slightly spiny leaves produce purple thistle-like flowers that reach 6′ tall. Pollinators love it. Heirloom originally from the Grosjean family in Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland. We received it from Pro Specie Rara, the Swiss seed saving organization.


  • Gelber Nussler Corn Salad

    Corn Salad, Gelber Nüssler (Organic)

    $3.50
    Valerianella sp. 55 days.

    Nüssler is the common name for corn salad in German-speaking Switzerland, where we picked up this tasty & nutritious gem on our Seed Ambassadors travels many years ago. Light-green (almost golden) leaves have very mild flavor & form a small rosette which is harvested whole or occasionally as cut-and-come-again salad greens all winter long. A cool season vegetable that is best sown in spring or fall. Makes a great winter rotation after the summer garden has been retired. Soil temps above 70˚F will cause seed to go dormant. If left unharvested, it naturalizes easily. Best sown where you will always welcome volunteer salad greens. Corn salad has been foraged by Europeans for centuries, & only became more commercially available in the 1980s. We were gifted this variety by ProSpecieRara, the Swiss seed saving organization, & have reason to believe that it is Valerianella eriocarpa, sometimes referred to as Italian Corn Salad.


  • Granon Corn Salad Mache

    Corn Salad, Granon (Organic)

    $3.50$9.50
    Valerianella locusta. 35 days.

    Granon is a solid variety of corn salad that grows well year round in cool climates, but is best known as a winter salad green for both outdoor & indoor production. Plants produce a small rosette (think baby greens size) that may be harvested whole or by cutting individual leaves for cut-and-come-again style harvest. Leaves are broad & thick all the way to the base of the plant. Good uniformity & dark green color. Granon is an excellent choice for the market grower, especially for restaurant sales. Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, “the Brothers Grimm’s tale Rapunzel may have taken its name from this plant, as the eponymous character is named for the ‘salad’ which her father has come into the sorceress’ garden to steal. ‘Rapunzel’ is one of the German terms for cornsalad.” Aka Mache; Lamb’s Lettuce.


  • Cress, Dutch Broadleaf
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    Cress, Dutch Broadleaf

    $3.50$12.50

    Lepidium sativum. 30 days.

    Very large, broad leaves for a garden cress, with nice wavy edges. Fairly slow to bolt & good peppery flavor with not too much spice. Makes a substantial addition to a salad mix. Broadleaf cress is great on BLTs or other sandwiches. An old variety from the Netherlands, we sourced it originally from Shepherds Garden Seeds in 1999. Commercially unavailable for a decade, we are happy to have reintroduced it in 2009.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.


  • Greek Cress

    Cress, Greek (Organic)

    $3.50$12.50
    Lepidium sativum. 20 days.

    Garden cress is also known as pepper grass. A delightfully pungent addition to salads, Greek Cress is a type of garden cress that is easy to grow & thrives in cool weather. Best when young, its delicate, frilly leaves contribute a hot mustardy flavor & it’s a great green to use for cut-&-come-again salads. May also be used as a garnish, on sandwiches, or in stir-fry. Best when sown in spring & fall. Sow in successions for best results. Attractive to flea beetles in summer—may be good as a catch crop. A Seed Ambassadors Project variety found at a seed swap in Stroud, England.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.


  • Delicious Diversity Mesclun Mix

    Delicious Diversity Mesclun Mix

    $3.80$12.80

    One of the easiest ways to celebrate diversity is to put it in your salad mix. This is our chosen salad mix for most of the year – except the hottest months. Mixed for deliciousness & beauty, with colors ranging from dark red to vivid green. Also very hardy for winter harvest, although best covered in extreme weather. Due to different seed sizes & maturity dates, this mix is recommended for the home garden. Includes: Mizspoona; Russian Frills Kale; Rainbow Chard; Tuscan Arugula; Luck Dragon Pak Choi; Endive; Escarole; Mustard; many types of Lettuce; AND more!


  • Lambsquarter, Magenta Spreen (Organic)

    Lambsquarters, Magenta Spreen (Organic)

    $3.00$18.00
    Chenopodium giganteum. 30 days baby salad, 60 days adult.

    An exciting relative of spinach, quinoa & wild lambsquarters. The young plants have a great mild tangy flavor & shimmering magenta color in the leaf centers. Excellent in salad when young, even lightly cooked as a pot herb, stir fry green or any way spinach is used. It is much more heat tolerant than spinach & is similarly packed with nutrients. Not as weedy as wild lambsquarters but it can go feral in the garden if the seed is left to shatter. Some gardeners love this trait as it lends a self-perpetuating element to the annual garden.


  • Claytonia Miner's Lettuce
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    Miner’s Lettuce (Organic)

    $3.50$18.80
    Claytonia perfoliata. 30-55 days.

    This cool-weather salad green is native to the west coast of North America. Small plants prefer to grow fall through spring, and/or in part-shade, and will regrow after multiple harvests. Almost heart-shaped leaves grow in pairs to 1-2 inches wide. Satisfying succulent texture with a sweet mild flavor. Packed with vitamins and minerals – one common name refers to its history of being eaten by miners in the California Gold Rush to help prevent scurvy. Most frequently eaten raw but can also be cooked. If you don’t harvest it all, it will self-seed and add a nice wild edible element to the garden. Aka, Indian Lettuce, Winter Purslane, Spring Beauty.


  • Plantain, Buck's Horn (Organic)

    Plantain, Buck’s Horn (Organic)

    $3.25$28.00

    Plantago coronopus.

    Perennial. Tender crispness with a wonderful nutty flavor & succulent texture. A traditional European green, it survives the harshest winter weather here in Oregon. Plants are perennial & re-grow after cutting. A cultivated species related to the common edible garden weed. Collected by The Seed Ambassadors Project from an Italian seed company. Aka, Minutina, Herba/Erba Stella.


  • Purslane, Munich

    Purslane, Munich (Organic)

    $3.25$18.50
    Portulaca oleracea.

    Purslane is a summer salad green with great texture & heat tolerance. Not the weedy relative, this grows tall & sets seed late. It also has much better flavor compared to wild purslane. High in Omega-3 fatty acids, it adds a citrusy tang to summer salads. Its character seems to be somewhere between the common golden purslane & tall green types. A rare variety given to us by Pro Specie Rara, the Swiss seed preservation organization.


  • Taiwanese Quinoa
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    Quinoa, Taiwanese (Organic)

    $3.50$12.50
    Chenopodium formosanum.

    A native plant to Taiwan and China, it is very rare in North America. Easy to grow plants are similar to lambsquarters, with a unique pink coloration. Grain type but also eaten as a salad green or cooked similar to spinach. We mostly use the leaves as a vegetable, but the seed is high in protein just like other quinoa. Taiwanese Quinoa is a great all purpose food plant. Very heat tolerant. The real magic happens when they grow over 6′ tall, producing seed similar to Andean quinoa on beautiful long trailing flower heads. Flower heads resemble Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth and similarly make great cut flowers. Late to mature seed but the plants can be cut and brought under cover to after-ripen. We put uncleaned seed in a pillowcase, throw it in the clothes dryer, set to no heat, and let it tumble for an hour or two – a great way to remove the hulls so it’s ready to cook. Recently added to the Slow Food Ark of Taste as an endangered food plant. We were gifted a sample of this seed originally by the lovely folks at Bountiful Gardens. Formerly know as the species Chenopodium purpurascens, may be considered Chenopodium giganteum by some botanists. Aka, Djulis, Purple Goosefoot, Giant Tree Spinach.


  • Salad Burnet (Organic)

    Salad Burnet (Organic)

    $3.50$12.50

    Sanguisorba minor.

    Perennial. A delightful salad green, sometimes added to mixed salads in Europe where it is native. The flavor is a nice accent in salad mix as it tastes like cucumbers. Cute pinnately compound leaves always receive the question, “Oh, what is that?” We love it for its hardiness & tasty greens all winter long. Its perennial nature is also a plus & would make a great edible ground cover. Rare in the US but we think it should be a lot more popular.


  • Shungiku, Komi (Organic)

    Shungiku, Komi (Organic)

    $3.50$9.50

    Chrysanthemum coronarium.

    A deeply serrated leaf Shungiku with long stems & mild favor. Usually cultivated similarly to broccoli raab & harvested into bunches. With its delicious mild floral flavor, shungiku is something between an herb & a vegetable; we like to add it to stir fry, beans, omelets, soups – just about anything. Smaller leaves make a good all weather salad green. Frost resistant to some degree & quality is best during cool weather. Shungiku is also known as edible leaf garland chrysanthemum.


  • Scuplit, Silene Inflata (Organic)

    Silene inflata, Scuplit / Stridolo (Organic)

    $3.25$20.00

    Silene vulgaris.

    Perennial. Salad herb native to Europe. Great for year-round salads as it is very hardy. Also good cooked in risotto & omelets. Used throughout Italy for its slightly aromatic flavor much like arugula or chicory, but milder & with an herbal note. Some avoid the older leaves as they have a strong bite. Very easy to grow with pretty flowers. May self seed. Aka. Scuplit or Bladder Campion.

     


  • Sorrel, Transylvanian (Organic)

    Sorrel, Transylvanian (Organic)

    $3.25$24.00

    Rumex acetosa. Perennial.

    Perennial. A variety of garden sorrel with nice long, strap-shaped leaves. Good color & flavor all winter. Tolerates dry spells. Extremely hardy & perfect for the permaculture or gourmet garden. We like it added as a small part in salad mixes & it is used in sorrel soup, of course. Collected by The Seed Ambassadors Project from a Hungarian farmer at the farmers market in Cluj, Romania, on our 2008 trip to Transylvania.


  • summer salad mix
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    Summer Salad Mix (Organic)

    $3.80$6.80

    Heat-tolerant greens that will add a refreshing kick to summer salads. Mix includes amaranth, Munich Purslane, Buck’s Horn Plantain, lambsquarters, chard, as well as summer lettuces, endives, and more. Unlike the Delicious Diversity Mesclun Mix, there are no brassicas in this one. Due to different seed sizes and maturity dates, this mix is recommended for the home garden.


  • Texsel Greens - Abyssinian mustard

    Texsel Greens – Abyssinian mustard

    $3.80$12.80

    Brassica caranata.

    A selection of Abyssinian mustard. Excellent flavor with some garlic overtones. Andrew’s favorite salad green especially in winter, though Sarah likes it more for braising. Dark green, oval leaves with slightly irregular edges average 4-7” long. May size up enough for bunching, but does not get as big as other B. caranata. Plants grow 2-3′ tall & don’t produce many leaves. Succession sowing recommended. Possibly developed in the Netherlands, species originating in Ethiopia. We sourced this from Madeline McKeever of Brown Envelope Seeds in Ireland.

    Seed produced by Abel Kloster & Tao Orion in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

    As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture & the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested & found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.


  • Vegetable Mallow - Malva Crispa (Organic)

    Vegetable Mallow / Malva Crispa (Organic)

    $3.25$12.00

    Malva verticillata var. crispa.

    Big, mild-flavored, curly-edged green leaves may be used for salad when young. Older leaves are better when lightly cooked. Good digestive aid & a good northern replacement for okra or filé as a thickener in soups. One of the first domesticated crops in Asia over 2,500 years ago. Very productive & mildly frost resistant. May self-seed.