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Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf)


Much of the cabbage family was developed from a wild cabbage growing on the rocky shores of Great Britain, a plant which would have looked somewhat like kale. Wild plants are not as uniform as cultivated plants and therefore exhibit greater diversity from which much selecting can be done. From this wild cabbage/kale plant, were selected all members of the cabbage family with the latin name Brassica oleracea. A seed saver must pay close attention to latin names when planning to save seed from members of this family as brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli and kohl rabi, for example, will all cross with each other (Brassica oleraceaes). The root vegetables radishes and turnips are also in this family but are listed under root vegetables.

Long Island Improved Brussels Sprouts

Long Island Improved (C) (1890’s) is relatively early and quite productive. The compact plants (about 20″ tall) have stems tightly packed with round firm, dark green sprouts. Brussels sprouts require a long growing season so they are started as bedding plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage (C) dates back to the early 1700’s in New Jersey and is still readily available today. It is a summer cabbage, tender and flavourful, in the 2-4lb range, with a distinctive conical head.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Red Russian Kale

Red Russian (C) (1863) has deeply-cut, flat, grey-green leaves with purple stems and veins. The entire plant takes on a purplish colouration in cold weather.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Lacinato Kale

Lacinato Kale has dark blue-green, deeply savoyed narrow leaves with under-turned edges. It has good vigor, flavour, and hardiness. This seed comes from Wild Garden Seed.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Lacinato Rainbow Kale

Lacinato Rainbow is a diverse selection from lacinato (B. oleracea) crossed with russian (B. napus) kales. It has the long narrow savoyed leaves of lacinato and cold hardiness of russian kales, with leaves of red, purple or blue-green.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Brassica Creature Mix

Brassica Creature Mix contains a wide range of Brassica family including both leaf and root varieties. Good for animal feed. Seed in the barnyard (allowing time for adequate growth) or in/near the garden to feed (and distract) wild critters.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 800 seeds
Early White Vienna Kohlrabi

Early White Vienna (C) (pre-1860) is a light green variety whose enlarged stem or “bulb” is a slightly flattened globe which remains crisp and stringless up to about 2″ in diameter. A delicious crunchy and juicy fresh vegetable but can also be cooked.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Calabrese Broccoli

Calabrese (C) was brought to the USA by Italian immigrants in the 1880’s. It produces tight green heads up to 8″ in diameter, and will form side shoots once the main head is harvested.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Purple Peacock Broccoli

Purple Peacock was developed by Frank Morton by crossing some broccoli and kales. Green loose heads of broccoli, sweet purple stems and red-veined leaves and it is all edible — raw when young and lightly steamed when mature.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Giant Red Mustard

Giant Red Mustard has large tender deep purplish-red savoyed leaves with white midribs and a strong mustard flavour. Harvest small for salads, full-sized for steaming or stir-frying.

OUT OF STOCK FOR 2017

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Indian Mustard

Wild Garden Pungent Mix is made up of cultivars and experimental crosses of Indian mustard. Leaf colours are golden, green, striped red and solid purple. Leaves may be smooth to savoyed, toothed to plain. Flavours from sweet to hot but tending toward pungent. A perfect salad mix. Petioles and bolting stems are used for stir fries.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Japonica Mustard

Wild Garden Mild Mustards has similar diversity to the Indian mustard mix but is generally milder flavoured. The young plants and buds are good in salads and all plant parts can be used in stir fries. May contain some oriental turnips with both edible roots and leaves.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 100 seeds
Roquette/Arugula

A delicious nutty and somewhat spicy tasting salad green, which is also used in Indian cooking.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 200 seeds
Red Dragon

Red Dragon is a wild rocket with deeply divided leaves and red midribs. Bolts rapidly.

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Price(s): $3.00
Garden Cress

A fast growing annual providing sharp flavoured greens for salads.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): about 200 seeds
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