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Other Seed Crops


These crops are grown mostly for the various uses of their seeds for food. Some, like amaranth, quinoa, borage and camelina, have edible leaves also. But the main interest in the crops listed here is mostly in their seeds.

Niger Seed

Niger seed is native to Ethiopia and is now grown widely in India and Africa. It is an erect branched annual, around 2’ tall and equally wide, and covered with yellow daisy flowers. It is grown for its very small black seeds, which in North America are used to feed wild finches but can also yield an edible oil. My previous attempt to grow it was unsuccessful but this is an early cultivar and we had good results in 2019. I was unsure when to harvest the seed so I imagine that a lot of seed shelled out and I expect many volunteer plants this spring.

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Price(s): $4.00
Golden Oilseed Flax

We grew two golden flax cultivars in 2018, both of which matured well and produced shiny bright yellow edible seeds. Golden Oilseed produced a lot of stems per plant, and is probably the heavier yielding. Almost as many white-flowered as blue-flowered plants.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Foster Gold Flax

We grew two golden flax cultivars in 2018, both of which matured well and produced shiny bright yellow edible seeds. Foster Gold was shorter and less stooled out and ripened earlier. Most of the plants were blue-flowered but a few were white-flowered.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
Four Stars Explorers Mix

Four Stars Explorers Mix contains plants varying in height some, but relatively tall, diverse, and beautiful, in foliage and seeds. Foliage mostly reds and purples but also dark green evident at various stages of growth. The seed heads are mostly thick and upright but some are skinny and wispy and some may lean/hang over slightly. The seeds are a mixture of red, blonde and brown in colour. Four Stars Explorers Mix comes from Wild Garden Seed and is a genetic mix of the varieties they offer.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Borage – White Flowered

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This sample is mainly white-flowered but may contain the occasional blue-flowered plant.

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Price(s): $4.00
Biobio

Biobio is new for us from Wild Garden Seed, a blond-seeded cultivar about 5′ tall.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Brown Teff

Teff is the basic cereal grain of Ethiopia. The tiny seeds are produced in very loose panicles on slender grass-like plants. Somewhat late maturing here. We are just beginning to grow Teff so have limited information on the two varieties we offer but apparently the brown seeded is the earlier of the two. The colour refers to the seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
High Desert Quinoa Blend

High Desert Quinoa Blend shows a lot of variation but plants are generally tall (2m high) and heads are mainly dark seeded.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Black Quinoa

Black Quinoa has variable coloured flower-heads producing copious amounts of vibrant black seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Ziar Poppy

This is a bread seed poppy that originates from Ziar, Slovakia. It has very light lavender flowers and large, round, seed pods with closed vents so the seed doesn’t fall out like other poppies, limiting the prolific self-seeding capabilities.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Flax

The standard blue flowered flax producing oil rich seeds. This sample comes from Peru and therefore came to us as “Linaza”, which means flax in Spanish.

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Price(s): $4.00
Blonde Teff

Teff is the basic cereal grain of Ethiopia. The tiny seeds are produced in very loose panicles on slender grass-like plants. Somewhat late maturing here. We are just beginning to grow Teff so have limited information on the two varieties we offer but apparently the brown seeded is the earlier of the two. The colour refers to the seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Mary’s Poppy

Mary’s Poppy has predominately mauve flowers with a few pinks. Seed capsules are elongated in shape. The valves remain closed when mature.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Mint Vanilla

Mint Vanilla Quinoa is also from Frank Morton and has bright white seed heads tinged with green, and white seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Red Head

A quinoa from Frank Morton at Wild Garden Seed. A sturdy, high yielding strain with bright pinkish red seed heads. Morton has selected to withstand some rain at maturity without seed sprouting in the head, an important new trait in quinoa if there is a wet fall.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Borage – Blue Flowered

Borage is a coarse, hairy plant growing 2’-3’ tall. It is a very good bee plant. The mildly cucumber-flavoured leaves can be used in salads, and the flowers can be floated on cold drinks. Readily self seeds. This crop is also grown in Saskatchewan on a field scale for its seeds rich in gamma-linolenic acid. This sample is mainly blue-flowered but may contain the occasional white-flowered plant.

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Price(s): $4.00
Black Cumin

This is the least decorative of the Nigellas, but it has the typical inflated pods. The aromatic seeds are used as seasoning in the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. It is also medicinal and a moth ball substitute.

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Price(s): $4.00
Psyllium

Psyllium is an annual growing 1’-2’ high, and about just as wide, that produces a heavy seed crop. The ground up seeds are consumed as a natural laxative. The seeds can also be consumed by sprouting or they can be used to produce an edible oil rich in linoleic acid.

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Price(s): $4.00
Camelina/Siberian Oilseed

Camelina/Siberian Oilseed has been traditionally grown in parts of Russia for its edible oil and spicy arugula-like leaves. The plants are shorter than canola, with smaller pods and seeds, and mature early. This could be a good alternative to canola which has been almost completely contaminated by genetically engineered seed.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams, 25 grams
Russian Sunflower

Each year we seed a row of black-seeded Russian sunflowers to share with the birds. They are tall with medium-sized heads and plump seeds. Sunflowers cross easily so you will surely have some plants with black and white seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Persian (White-Flowered) Poppy

The Persian (White-Flowered) poppy has white seeds and they are used just like the grey seeds in poppy seed cake or on rolls.

OUT OF STOCK

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Mauve-Flowered Poppy

This variety has mauve flowers and grey-blue seeds.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Kcoito

Kcoito is a quinoa that has large seeds which are either purple-red or slate-grey. The whole plant, including leaves and seed heads, is quite variable in colour, displaying a mixture of reds, greens, and yellows.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Dave #407

Dave #407 has medium yellow-brown seeds and is probably the most widely grown quinoa variety in western Canada.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Temuco

Temuco gives a good yield of small blond seeds and is the quinoa variety we have grown most often.

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Price(s): $4.00, $13.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
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