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 (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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Other Brassicas
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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Other Brassicas
Red Russian (1863) has deeply-cut, flat, grey-green leaves with purple stems and veins. The entire plant takes on a purplish colouration in cold weather. This cultivar is called “Winter Red” and comes from Wild Garden Seed.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / 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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / 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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Kale
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.
OUT OF STOCKLeaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Other Brassicas
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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Other Brassicas
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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Broccoli
Purple Peacock was developed by Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed 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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Broccoli
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 STOCKLeaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens
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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens
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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens
A delicious nutty and somewhat spicy tasting salad green, which is also used in Indian cooking.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens
Red Dragon is a wild rocket with deeply divided leaves veined with purple/red. It likes cool damp weather and some shade as it tends to bolt rapidly otherwise.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens
A fast growing annual producing lovely greens for salads and sandwiches sharing the peppery and tangy flavour of its relatives’ watercress and mustards. This little-known gem is packed full of wonderful nutrients!Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens
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.Leaf Crops / Brassica (Cabbage) Family (Leaf) / Greens / Other Seed Crops / Other
Sweet Rocket is a biennial edible flower that readily self-seeds. Flowers are mostly pinks and whites and are known to give off a lovely scent in the evenings (Hesperis is greek and relates to the evening). Leaves can be used as greens in salads and more (for best flavour, pick leaves before the plant flowers). Other culinary and medicinal uses also possible.Leaf Crops / Other Brassicas / Herbs / Culinary / Medicinal / Flowers and Decorative Plants / Perennial Flowers