Basil 'Classico' is arguably the most popular Basil, essential for authentic Italian cuisine with strong scent and flavour. Basil 'Classico' is easy growing herb for the windowsill or outdoors. It has a mild aniseed flavour and can be used in all manner of dishes. It is ideal for many Greek and Italian recipies and creates a classic taste combination with tomatoes.
A favourite vegetable throughout the Caribbean and Asia. The leaves can be cooked and used in the same way as spinach and the young leaves and stems can be harvested to use in salads.
Beetroot Monorubra produces long, cylindrical roots which are perfect for slicing. They have a firm, crimson flesh that is slow to go woody. It is a monogerm variety which produces only one or two seedlings per cluster making thinning out far easier.
Fast maturing plants that form crisp hearts of tender leaves with succulant crunchy mid-ribs. Resistant to club root and slow to bolt, helping them to stad well in the garden.
Garlic chives, or Chinese chives, differ from ordinary chives in having flat leaves and have a delicate mild garlic flavour. They can be used in the same way as chives and are excellent in salads, stews, fish, egg or meat dishes. The blossom buds are a Chinese delicacy and can be eaten raw, stir fried or added to scrambled eggs.
Cucumber Beth Alpha produces prolific crops of high quality, fantasically sweet baby cucmbers. For best flavour and quality pick when the fruits are 4-6 inches long.
The European watercress - Nasturtium officinale, as been eaten as part of the human diet as far back as history can record. Fortified with more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, even since ancient times its health giving properties have been highly valued. In fact Hippocrates - the Father of modern medicine - is said to have deliberately located his first hospital beside a stream so that he could grow a plentiful and convenient supply of watercress with which to help treat his patients.
Florence Finale produces firm, flatterned bulbs with good bolt resistance. It has a delicious, sweet and delicate aniseed flavour. Use in salads and with fish to counteract oiliness. The fine, feathery foliage can also be used as a garnish.
Together, these two varieties are perhaps the most attractive of all lettuce. Easy to grow yet slow to bolt, these Lollo varieties help to create truly authentic Italian dishes. A popular favorite and must have salad crop.
Lambs Lettuce ‘Gala’ – also known as Corn Salad or Mache is a vigorous plant with semi-rounded leaves grown in loose rosettes. They have a soft texture which is combined with a delicate, distinctive flavour. Growing salad crops in the garden has never been more popular and by producing your own from seed you can really create those truly authentic dishes inspired by those traditional Mediterranean dishes now popular throughout the western world. Lambs Lettuce ‘Gala’ seeds can be sown anytime from April until the end of August.