Joe has a lot of friends in Hawaii. Right now the champion gardener on the islands is Christopher Carter, aka: Coconut Chris. Chris has a legendary food garden growing with hundreds of varieties of bananas, sweet potatoes, taros, tropical vines, papayas, fruit species of all sorts, rare beans, tubers and even native edible plant collections. Chris has planted thousands of trees all over the islands and he passionately tries to teach others about tending and living from the land.
Many of the seeds in our list have been secured by Joe through the extensive research into developing lasting open pollinated varieties done decades ago by the University of Hawaii. Many fantastic cultivars are still relevant to home gardeners and commerce because the original men and women working on the breeding programs wanted both taste and quality. Joe has selected some great varieties here.
We test germination and believe seeds to be true to type. In most cases they have not been yet been trialled in our Baker Creek Gardens. We are told that the varieties of corn and Papaya that are originating from the University of Hawaii are in fact GMO free! By purchasing seeds you are directly helping sponsor Joseph Simcox on his botanical adventures to bring us more of the earth's genetic treasures. Most varieties are extremely limited, often under 100 packets available. Thank you for your interest and support! This seed is brought to us by Botanical Explorer, Joseph Simcox: learn more here
Cucurbita moschata. “ Hilo Laotian” This seems to be a unique landrace...
(Solanum lycopersicum) This is another one of the “tropical...
(Solanum lycopersicum) Just to call this a good Hawaiian...
(Carica papaya) By now it is common knowledge that papayas...
(Carica papaya) The Sunset Solo Papaya is another wonderful...
(Carica papaya) This is a really cool yellow-orange fleshed...
Leave it up to the cabbage family to be confusing! Sorting out who belongs...
In hot humid regions growing green snap beans can be a real challenge....