Misc. Vegetables

Amaranthus Vegetable ‘Red Leaf ’  - Amaranthus tricolour
Amaranthus tricolour

A good looking edible plant with oval to heart shaped green leaves overlaid with burgundy red. The leaves are a great source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. The leaf tastes similar to spinach and can be used in the same way. The younger leaves are milder and are ideal in salads. Harvest leaves as needed, young stems can also be eaten. 400 seeds.

Celtuce / Wosun - Lactuca sativa var asparagina
Lactuca sativa var asparagina

Celtuce originates from southern China and is a loose leaf relative of lettuce. The plant has a unique combination of lettuce-like leaves branching from a celery-like stalk. Originally known as Asparagus or Chinese Lettuce when introduced to Europe in the 1890s. In China the thick crisp, tender stalk is used in stir fries and salads, having a mild celery taste. The leaves are used like spinach in salads or cooked. Prefers to be grown in cooler months. 400 seeds.

Edible Chrysanthemum ‘Shungiku’ - Glebionis coronaria (L) Cass.ex Spach
Glebionis coronaria (L) Cass.ex Spach

A fine leafed variety of the aromatic edible chrysanthemum. The green leaves can be added to salads, pickles, sushi or soups and stews where it is added at the last moment so it retains some structure. The small orange and yellow flowers are also edible and add colour to salads or as a garnish. Runs to seed in hot weather. 300 seeds

Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Trigonella foenum-graecum

A fast growing annual herb/spice. Both the leaves and seed can be used in the kitchen. In India the leaves are used like spinach in curries, while the seeds are used are lightly roasted and used as one of the spices in curries. As fenugreek is a legume with nitrogen nodules on its roots it can be used as a dual purpose crop; in the kitchen and as summer green manure crop. Collect seed from the pods for sprouting. 100 seeds.

Kale, Sea - Crambe maritima
Crambe maritima

A hardy perennial vegetable, from the north Atlantic coastlines, that can handle a wide range of condition including drought and salt. The plant dies back in winter, the tender spring shoots are considered a delicacy with a nutty flavour, usually blanched (cover with a bucket) to be eaten raw or cooked. Older leaves are bitter so best left to grow, where the plant develops into a unique ornamental. Roots and flower shoots can also be eaten. 10 seeds.

Nasturtium ‘Jewel Peach Melba’ - Tropaeolum nanum
Tropaeolum nanum

Jewel Peach Melba is gorgeous variety with semi-double, creamy yellow flowers (to 5 cm) with red centres. It is a dwarf, bushy annual that flowers from summer-autumn. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds. 20 seeds.

NASTURTIUM ‘Tom Thumb Black’ - Tropaeolum minus ‘Tom Thumb Black Velvet’
Tropaeolum minus ‘Tom Thumb Black Velvet’

A great non-trailing nasturtium with dark chocolate to mahogany coloured flowers.  With a dwarf habit it makes an ideal border or container plant. Plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual, that easily self-seeds. 12 seeds.

NASTURTIUM ‘Wild & Crazy Mix’ - Tropaeolum majus
Tropaeolum majus

A wild, trailing plant that just keeps on running! With a mix of colours including scarlet, yellow, orange and cream this plant provides lots of colour and plenty of ground cover. Plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual, easily self-seeds. 20 seeds.

Nasturtiun (Red)  - Tropaeolum minus ‘Empress of India’
Tropaeolum minus ‘Empress of India’

This non-trailing, 20-30cm high, old variety is covered in scarlet-red, single flowers with attractive dark blue-green foliage. A good container plant in a warm position over summer. Flowers, leaves and young seed pods are a spicy addition to fresh salads. A frost tender annual that readily self seeds. 20 seeds

PURSLANE ‘Red’ - Portulaca oleracea sativa
Portulaca oleracea sativa

Known as ‘verdolaga’ in Spain where it used in salads, soups and stews. Purslane is a great addition to salads as it has slightly sour, lemon, salty flavour. Reported to have the highest levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable. A low growing succulent annual with green fleshy leaves and red upright stems. Harvest leaves and stems as needed. 500 seeds. Not to W.A.

PYRETHRUM - Tanacetum cinerarifolium
Tanacetum cinerarifolium

This perennial plant is famous as an organic insecticide. The daisy-like blooms are white with a yellow centre. A hardy plant, with fine grey/green leaves. Pyrethrum spray: harvest flowers in full bloom. Hang to dry and grind to a dust. Either mix 3g/1 litre of water or apply dust to plants in need. It paralyses insects and can kill beneficial insects so be careful. The active ingredient is quickly destroyed by light and heat so can be used on food plant 1 day before harvest. 60 seeds

Rosella / Edible Hibiscus - Hibiscus sabdariffa
Hibiscus sabdariffa

A fast growing annual shrub (to 2m) with attractive yellow flowers. Rosella is known for its use in the kitchen where the calyx (the red fleshy cover framing the seed pods) is used to make jam, jelly, sauces, wine and tea (dry the red calyx). Young leaves can be steamed. Remove the first flush of seed pods to ensure greater yields.
For the best crop ensure rosella has 5-6 months frost free growing, so in cooler areas sow indoors to transplant to a sheltered position once the weather has warmed. Soak seed overnight in warm water, plant and keep warm (22˚C+) and moist. 15 seeds. Not to WA.

Salsify ‘Sandwich Island’ - Tragopogon porrifolius
Tragopogon porrifolius

An unusual vegetable used extensively in Europe. A root vegetable with a sweet, nutty flavour that is sometimes known as the ‘Oyster Vegetable’ as it is said to have a subtle oyster-like flavour. Easy to grow. It can be overwintered like parsnip and carrots, harvested when required. Salsify can be boiled, baked or fried or used in a gratin dish. 80 seeds.

Scorzonera hispanica

A uniquely flavoured root crop that is little known but is truly a great vegetable. Also known as ‘Vegetable Oyster’ due to its distinctive taste, which adds amazing flavour to soups and stews or simply cook it on its own. Yields well with long roots (20+cm, 2cm wide) and has black skin and white flesh. Also a valuable ornamental plant with yellow flowers in its second summer. 50 seeds.