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Agretti / Salsola – (Organic)£2.05 – £4.00 Choose pack size
Agretti / Salsola – (Organic)
A leafy Italian delicacy, can be eaten raw or cooked. Agretti is a popular Italian leaf which is slowly becoming more popular in the UK particularly with chefs. Its flavour could be described as ‘chivey samphire’ and is slightly salty. It can be lightly steamed, stirred through pasta, or added raw to salads to add an interesting twist. The seeds are only viable for a few months – they are actually little plants not strictly seeds.£2.05 – £4.00
Cucamelon – Cucamelon (Organic)£1.80 Add to basket
Cucamelon – Cucamelon (Organic)
An unusual cucumber relative producing an abundance of grape-sized crunchy fruits. Cucamelons have become popular addition to the veg patch in recent years. Despite the name they are neither cucumber or melon but their own species, Melothria scarba.
They are best grown up a trellis system as they have a sprawling growth habit. Their fruits are crunchy, fresh and tangy, and make a great snack or pickle.
(Approximate seed count – 20)£1.80
Tomatillo – Purple Mountain Landrace (Organic)£2.30 Add to basket
Tomatillo – Purple Mountain Landrace (Organic)
Purple blushed landrace tomatillo productive and tasty. Related to the tomato, these plants are easy to grow as transplants and very productive. The big cherry tomato sized fruits are enclosed by a papery husk and are of astonishing flavours. It’s the combination of tomatoey and lime flavours that make them ideal for salsas and other Mexican and Southamerican dishes. The fruits turn purple in patches on the plant but become more coloured when the fruit is exposed to sunlight after harvesting.
This landrace has been bred by Wild Mountain Seed, USA, particularly with disease resistance and reliable production as a goal. A diverse parentage of strains ensure a genetic diversity, yearly selections where made to increase vigour and productivity while keeping an eye on disease resistance as well.
(Approximate seed count – 20)£2.30
Luffa – Luffa aegyptiaca (Organic)£2.65 Read more
Luffa – Luffa aegyptiaca (Organic)
Annual climbing plant producing cucumber like fruits that can be made into a natural sponge. It’s part of the cucurbit family originating in India and produces 30 to 40 centimetres long fruits. Whilst the young fruits are actually edible, the mature ones can be boiled or dried to remove the flesh, revealing the sponge like fibres.
Germination can be tricky, needs hot temperatures constantly between 24 and 30°C and a long season to make a sponge.
The Luffas should be ready to harvest in October, once the skin of the fruits starts to wither. Harvest and stack them up somewhere warm, dry and airy, making sure to turn them. The skin should reach a point where it can easily peel off leaving the fibrous inner. Shake the seeds out and give a thorough wash to clean it. The luffa is likely to have natural brown markings on it; shop-bought luffas are bleached. (Approximate seed count – 15)£2.65
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