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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.

R158

R158 was developed by Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Rodale Research Centre. The leaves and seed heads are mostly red. It is an early and heavy yielding amaranth.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Popping Amaranth

Popping Amaranth has a large multicoloured seed head.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Golden Amaranth

Golden Amaranth has large golden brown seed heads on sturdy plants.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Hopi Red Dye

Hopi Red Dye is a deep burgundy red plant which can get 6’ tall. The young leaves are used in salads. The Hopi people used the flower bracts as a ceremonial food dye. The edible seed is black.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Burgundy Amaranth

Burgundy Amaranth is a striking deep red plant over 7’ tall.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
Orange Giant

Orange Giant has orange-ribbed green leaves and huge burnt-orange seed heads on 7’ plants. The seeds are light beige.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Biobio

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

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
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): $3.00, $10.00
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): $3.00, $10.00
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): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
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): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
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): $3.00, $10.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram, 10 grams
Mauve-Flowered Poppy

This variety has mauve flowers and grey-blue seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 1 gram
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
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): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 5 grams
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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): $3.00
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