William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

The Roughwood Seed Collection, which now comprises about 4000 varieties of heirloom food plants, was begun informally in 1932 by my grandfather H. Ralph Weaver (1896-1956).

I discovered his seed collection at the bottom of a freezer many years later and decided to take on the responsibility of growing out the rare and unusual plants he had accumulated. Since then, I have added thousands of new plants to the collection (and given it the name Roughwood, after my 1805 house in Devon, Pennsylvania) .

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Allu Jola Popping Sorghum

Allu Jola Popping Sorghum ww121

This rare landrace from the Kalaburagi District of Karnataka State in India... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Amerikanscher Brauner Lettuce

Amerikanscher Brauner Lettuce WW147

This scarce Pennsylvania Dutch variety with crimped and deeply ruffled... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Ancash Market Cucumber

Ancash Market Cucumber WW127

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! Collected in Chacas, Peru by the late... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Atlantic Prize Tomato

Atlantic Prize Tomato WW112

(Lycopersicon lycopersicon) Our original seed was acquired in 1993 from... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Balloon Lettuce

Balloon Lettuce WW145

A delicate romaine type summer lettuce dating from the 1800s,... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Ba-Ye-Qi Sorghum

Ba-Ye-Qi Sorghum WW128

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare heirloom from Central Asia... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Big Red Ripper Cowpea

Big Red Ripper Cowpea WW167

Also known as Mandy and Tory, this large seeded cowpea... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Biquinho Pepper

Biquinho Hot Pepper HPP501

Pronounced bee-KEE-nyo, the name of this landrace from Brazil means “little... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Brown Lazy Wife Lentil Bean

Brown Lazy Wife Lentil Bean WW119

The lentil bean, otherwise known among the Pennsylvania Dutch as Brown... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Buena Mulata

Buena Mulata Hot Pepper HPP500

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This pepper classic was acquired in... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Calico Crowder Cowpea

Calico Crowder Cowpea WW165

An attractive Old South (pre-1850s) cowpea with a distinctive... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Chiltoma Grande de Ometepe Pepper

Chiltoma Grande de Ometepe Pepper WW110

(Capsicum annuum) Called Chiltoma Grande de Ometepe in Spanish, this flavorful... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
 Cypriot Watermelon

Cypriot Watermelon WW113

Citrullus lanatus We discovered this classic Cypriot watermelon in 1996... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Egyptian Okra

Egyptian Okra WW129

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! We acquired this rare landrace from... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Eva Snader's Brown Winter Lettuce

Eva Snader's Brown Winter Lettuce WW107

(Lactuca sativa) This is one of the most distinctive Pennsylvania Dutch... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Fejee Improved Tomato

Fejee Improved Tomato WW179

This tomato came in to my grandfather ’s collection from his... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Golden Juniata Tomato

Golden Juniata Tomato WW111

(Lycopersicon lycopersicon) This is probably one of the best of the Victorian-era... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Grandpa's White Wax Tomato

Grandpa's White Wax Tomato WW178

Found in my grandfathers frozen seed collection many years... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Green Gage Yellow Tomato

Green Gage Yellow Tomato WW125

One of our favorite cottage garden tomatoes. This Victorian classic was... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Hubbard's Market Lettuce

Hubbard's Market Lettuce WW105

(Lactuca sativa) We acquired this old American variety during a seed trade... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Imperial Self-Folding Lettuce

Imperial Self-Folding Lettuce WW108

(Lactuca sativa) This rare 19th-century German heirloom came from the seed... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Karam Saag (Haak) Kashmiri - Collards

Karam Saag (Haak) Kashmiri - Collards WW141

Kashmiri Collards are among the rarest Brassicas available outside India.... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Katie's Mustard Lettuce

Katie's Mustard Lettuce WW154

This bright yellow-green crinkly mustard was brought to Australia... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Khiva Cucumber

Khiva Cucumber WW142

This rare cucumber resembling kiwi fruit or small netted melons, was first... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Landis Winter Lettuce

Landis Winter Lettuce WW106

(Lactuca sativa) We acquired this dark green classic Pennsylvania Dutch... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Livingston's Favorite Tomato

Livingston's Favorite Tomato WW124

Developed in 1883 by Ohio tomato breeder Alexander Livingston. This beautiful... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Long Green or London Long Cucumber

Long Green or London Long Cucumber WW104

(Cucumis sativus) This is one of the oldest cucumbers grown in English... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Makataan Watemelon

Makataan Watermelon WW134

Exclusive listing with Baker Creek! This rare and unusual preserving melon... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Maule's Philadelphia Lettuce

Maule's Philadelphia Lettuce WW126

Introduced in 1888 by W. Atlee Burpee under the name California Cream... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Nerum Boer Popping Sorghum

Nerum Boer Popping Sorghum WW122

Developed by the Shilluk peoples of Malakal in the Upper Nile State of... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Roughwood Improved Green Glaze Collards

Roughwood Improved Green Glaze Collards WW140

This is a new strain of collard created by Dr. William Woys Weaver by selectively... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Schifferstadt Long Black Radish

Schifferstadt Long Black Radish WW161

This Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom traces to the historic village... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Sehsapsing- Delaware Black Flint Corn

Sehsapsing- Delaware Black Flint Corn WW118

(Zea mais) We acquired Sehsapsing Delaware Black Flint corn over the course... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Speckled Bambara Bean

Speckled Bambara Bean WW173

We acquired this unusual bambara from a farmer’s market... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Syrian Smooth Cucumber

Syrian Smooth Cucumber WW143

Collected by USDA many years before the present upheavals in Syria, this... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Tamboura Melon

Tamboura Melon WW172

Our original seed came from the farmer’s market in Limassol, Cyprus where... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Thorburn's Terra-Cotta Tomato

Thorburn's Terra-Cotta Tomato TP500

Introduced in 1893 by James Thorburn of New York, this is one of the most... Read More
         
 
 
$5.00
 
White Silesian Lettuce

White Silesian Lettuce WW146

This handsome variety with pale green crinkled leaves forms... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Yellow Garden Peach Tomato

Yellow Garden Peach Tomato WW177

This delightful old French heirloom dating from the 1880s... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Yellow Hinkelhatz Pepper

Yellow Hinkelhatz Pepper WW170

This hot spicy Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom pepper was acquired by my grandfather... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
 
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