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Japanese Flowering Kale
KA104
$4.00
Rating:
93%

85 days. Japanese Flowering Kale is perhaps the most colorful edible leafy green we have ever eaten, and one of the most delicious! This delectable kale has dramatic ruffles, sublime flavor and dense nutrition. The bold fuchsia and cream-colored leaves add a depth of sweetness and refinement, making it exceptionally gourmet. The culinary possibilities for such a vibrant and delectable vegetable are boundless. Called habotan in Japan, this edible ornamental treat is a focal point for cool-weather landscaping and garden design. The plants are super frost hardy, and their color and sweetness actually intensify as the weather gets colder! It is not uncommon to see the cheerful magenta and white-splashed heads of habotan effortlessly floating above a blanket of snow in winter. Habotan symbolizes blessings, loving and prosperity, sentiments that are especially appreciated during the Japanese New Year. The colorful kale heads are a common feature in Japanese cool-season gardens to invite blessings for the coming year. The pretty, rosette-shaped plants can be found in beds and borders, and they are a popular potted plant. This is an antioxidant-rich plant that will dazzle in the garden and delight on the dinner plate.

    • 6-12 hours of Sun
    • Sprouts in 6-9 Days
    • Ideal Temperature: 45-85 Degrees F
    • Seed Depth: 1/4"
    • Plant Spacing: 14"
    • Frost Hardy: Yes
    • Brassica oleracea var. acephala

Growing Tips: Best grown in frosts of spring or fall. Direct seed or transplant 2-4 weeks in spring or 8 weeks in fall before frosts dates. Prefers rich soil.

Thousandhead Kale
KA111
$4.00
Rating:
99%

Grow mammoth-sized kale that remains tender even as the leaves grow to an astounding 3 feet long. In “The Vegetable Garden” in 1885, French seed house Vilmorin mentioned this ancient variety from the U.K. as a productive, multi-branching type that also goes by the name “branching borecole.” Vilmorin also noted that the variety originally hailed from western France. Peter Miller of Kings Seed mentioned that Thousandhead kale was long appreciated in the UK as a fodder crop, but it has been rediscovered as a tasty culinary variety. Its leaf structure also makes for easier pest management. Those who have struggled with cabbage worms understand how caterpillars love to hide in the folds of curly kale leaves. This variety is just lightly curled at the edges, making caterpillars easier to spot and treat! This seed was sourced from Kings Seed of England; the King family has been in the seed business for centuries. John Kemp King began selling seeds in 1793; his grandson Ernest William began Kings Seeds, and it has been in business for 130 years! Kings Seed is the last remaining horticultural wholesale seed house in England and is still a family affair. Miller has worked for the company 55 years, and his grandfather also worked for Kings since 1913!

    • 6-12 hours of Sun
    • Sprouts in 6-9 Days
    • Ideal Temperature: 45-85 Degrees F
    • Seed Depth: 1/4"
    • Plant Spacing: 8"
    • Frost Hardy: Yes
    • Brassica oleracea

Growing Tips: Best grown in frosts of spring or fall. Direct seed or transplant 2-4 weeks in spring or 8 weeks in fall before frosts dates. Prefers rich soil.

Urizun Japanese Winged Bean
AB125
$5.00
Rating:
97%

Pole. An early maturing and supremely delicious winged bean from Japan. This highly adaptable winged bean variety is not day length sensitive, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of growing areas. Winged beans are native to equatorial Asia. Baker Creek’s founder, Jere Gettle, first encountered winged beans on a trip to Thailand. Being a tropical crop from the equator, the winged bean typically takes a long season to flower, only setting pods just before frost in our Missouri climate. For years Jere searched for a winged bean variety that would bear pods earlier in order to enjoy a longer harvest season. Urizun is just the variety he had been searching for; this variety will begin to produce pods in August, and heavy production continues until frost. This heat-loving vegetable is especially popular on the island of Okinawa, Japan, where it takes center stage during the warm summer months. Vines are lush and tropical looking, with large, lavender flowers and unique pods. The vines will readily climb a trellis or fence, making this an exotic edible ornamental. Traditionally blanched and stir fried with ume (pickled Japanese plum), we love to toss them into the wok with just about anything; they are also great in soups or steamed. Sliced beans resemble little stars and are a fun way to introduce kids to this nutritious vegetable.

  • Pole Bean
  • Full Sun
  • Sprouts in 7-14 Days
  • Ideal Temperature 75-95 Degrees F
  • Plant Spacing: 6"
  • Frost Hardy: No
  • Psophocarpus tetragonolobus

Growing Tips: Sow 1-2 inches deep, in full sun, directly in garden well after last frost. Sow 6-12 inches apart in beds. Pre-soaking for 1-2 hours speeds germination. Requires warm temperatures to thrive.

Garden Huckleberry
GR103
$3.00
Rating:
83%

75 days. An antioxidant rich garden berry that undergoes the most miraculous flavor transformation when cooked and just lightly sweetened! There is a stark contrast between eating the berries raw and cooked and sweetened state. The raw ripe berries have a tart flavor, similar to tomatillo, yummy for savory snacking and salsas. The cooked and lightly sweetened berries are reminiscent of blackberry or gooseberry. The garden huckleberry is native to Africa and is a solanaceous berry in the tomato family. The intense purple black hue of the berries indicates high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin. We adore this nutritious, quick maturing annual which produces masses of fruit in a short season. For very best flavor it is important to harvest at the correct stage. Berries will be a shiny, green to black when under-mature; at this stage the flavor will be unpleasant and the berries may be slightly poisonous. The berries mature to a dull black color and should be slightly soft to the touch; at this point the berries are perfect to eat and quite tasty. The truly spectacular flavor of these berries is revealed when the berries are cooked and sweetened; this brings out a fruity, blackberry-like flavor that is simply sublime. We have seen these berries re-imagined into delectable jams, pies, syrups and fillings--easily one of the most rewarding fruit crops to grow!

    • 6-12 hours of Sun
    • Sprouts in 7-21 Days
    • Ideal Temperature: 65-75 Degrees F
    • Seed Depth: 1/8"
    • Plant Spacing: 15-18"
    • Frost Hardy: No
    • Solanum melanocerasum

Growing Tips: Start indoors in fine, moist soil, 6-8 weeks before setting out after frost. Harvest berries only when fully ripe, very black and soft.

Black Goji Berry (Black Wolfberry)
GR159
$6.00
Rating:
65%

(Black Wolfberry) This spectacular super food is native throughout Central Asia. The black goji berry is very rarely found in Western cuisine but has long been celebrated in the Himalayan region as a powerful medicinal and health food. The black goji is known to be more healthful and potent than the more widely known red goji, and we find the flavor sweeter. The tasty, inky black berries are exceptionally high in antioxidants and are said to boost the immune system and improve circulation. Thanks to their ability to fight free radicals, they have been hailed as a food to promote healthy, graceful aging. The potent berries create an outstanding blue color when steeped or added to foods. These tasty berries are quickly becoming a popular super fruit added to smoothies and brewed into tea. The dried berries are great in granola and muffins or snacked on alone; you can also eat the berries fresh off the plant. Steep the berries into a beautiful blue tea; adding a few drops of lemon will turn the tea a lovely purple/pink color. Gardeners will be pleased to know this exciting berry is highly prolific and easy to grow! Plants thrive in zones 5-10. It grows as a shrub reaching 4-6 feet in height, and the plants are self fertile. The fruit ripens from summer through early fall.

  • 6-12 hrs of Sun
  • Sprouts in 14-21 Days
  • Ideal Temperature: 70-85 F
  • Seed Depth: 1/4"
  • Plant Spacing: 36"
  • Frost Hardy: Yes
  • Lycium ruthenicum

Growing Tips: Soak seeds in warm (70-85 F) water for 24 hours before planting. Add sand to potting mix. Goji prefers an alkaline soil and perfers to stay fairly dry, but tolerates most soils.

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