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Black Knight Tatsoi

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 29/10/2017

Brassica narinosa Tatsoi is native to China and are considered an ancient Asian green. It is a small, low growing plant with spoon-shaped leaves. Like all Chinese brassicas, Tatsoi germinate and grows quickly which means multiple harvests can be had from a single plant. It thrives in fertile nitrogen-rich soil, but with good composting, will adapt to loamy and sandy soils. Watering regularly is critical to good growth. Tatsoi tolerate cold better than heat and grows best if sown in late summer to autumn. It is hardy to frost. Tatsoi is generally disease free, but pests like slugs and insects…

Kale Black Palm

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 07/11/2017

Brassica oleracea acephala Italian Heirloom, famed for its taste, and also known as “the leafy brassica of many names” is a very hardy year round crop. It does best in winter, and its flavour is enhanced by the touch of frost. The blue-green, deeply savoyed, strap-like leaves are harvested from the bottom leaving the plant looking like a small palm, hence the name. This Italian variety will make you feel like you are in the Bahamas! Healthy and tasty Kale harvested from bottom to top which makes it look like a funky palm tree. Approx. 80 seeds

Carrot Black Nebula

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 10/11/2017

Daucus carota A deep purple carrot very high in anthocyanins. It is purple to the core and keeps its colour when cooked. Due to its extra nutrient qualities it is great for juicing too and it can even be used as a natural food and clothing dye. Approx. 250 seeds

Radish Spanish Black

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

Raphanus sativus Thought to originate from Asia, Black radish is a large root crop that gets to the size of a turnip. Typically eaten more as a medicinal root than a food, it is thought to stimulate the production of bile and thus aid in digestion. Approx. 50 seeds

Salsify Black (Scorzonera)

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 09/04/2018

(Scorzonera hispanica) A truly unique vegetable with a flavour all on its own. Traditionally a European crop, it is now cultivated worldwide as a gourmet dish. A versatile root crop, it is serves in soups, roasted, dipped in batter and deep fried, or served in a similar manner to asparagus either fried in butter or with a white sauce. Please note: The skin is inedible and is best removed after boiling for 15-20 minutes. Approx. 50 seeds

Turmeric Black Crowns

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 06/12/2018

Zingiberaceae Curcuma This is a very rare form of turmeric that comes from Northern and Eastern India. Very much in demand it is being over harvested and is also the subject of extensive Bio-Piracy in the pharmaceutical industry. Black Turmeric is not used as a spice or flavouring, but rather as a medicinal herb. It tastes strongly of pine and turpentine and leaves a bitter aftertaste in your mouth. It is used to treat a variety of ailments in Eastern medicine. The crowns will give you a larger initial harvest and if grown in good conditions will probably give you…

Turmeric Black Fingers

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 06/12/2018

Zingiberaceae Curcuma This is a very rare form of turmeric that comes from Northern and Eastern India. Very much in demand it is being over harvested and is also the subject of extensive Bio-Piracy in the pharmaceutical industry. Black Turmeric is not used as a spice or flavouring, but rather as a medicinal herb. It tastes strongly of pine and turpentine and leaves a bitter aftertaste in your mouth. It is used to treat a variety of ailments in Eastern medicine. Quantity: One finger

Watermelon Black Diamond

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 14/12/2018

Citrullus lanatus An old Heirloom variety that is a prolific producer of large, oblong, dark green-skinned watermelons. The flesh is a bright pink-red colour and is juicy, delicious and sweet. The plants are drought-resistant. A winner at farmers markets and with the home gardener. Approx. 10 seeds  

Bush Bean Black Troot

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 29/10/2017

Phaseolus vulgaris A rare Heirloom bush bean variety from Germany, that looks similar to the Jacob’s cattle bean, except the black troot bean is a beautiful purple-black and white seed. Black Troot beans can be used as green beans or dry beans. These beans have a creamy and mild flavour. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Black Beauty (Brinjal)

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena One of the older brinjal varieties known in South Africa. Before the advent of all the new hybrid varieties, this was the market leader for farmers and home gardeners. A stunning, prolific plant that produces masses of large glossy fruit. It requires a long growing season. Approx. 25 seeds

Corn Black Aztec (Maize)

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 12/11/2017

Zea mays A true performer by hosting about 10 small cobs per plant. They can be enjoyed as sweetcorn or dried for maize meal. The best part is the you maize meal is BLUE! A treat for the kids. Corn is one of the most genetically modified foods, which is why it pays to plant pure organic heirloom seeds. It is safe to consume and your gut will thank you. Corn has a soothing effect on the intestinal mucosa and contains no gluten. Approx. 80 seeds

Small Tomato Black Cherry

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 14/11/2017

(Solanum lycopersicum) Well flavoured and very productive. The Black Cherry is slightly larger than other cherry tomatoes, but the traditional flavour explosion of cherry tomatoes is there. Grows on productive vines that if well picked, will produce for months. Approx. 25 seeds

Medium Tomato Black Icicle

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 14/11/2017

(Solanum lycopersicum) This is a superb Ukranian black tomato. A really heavy producer than come close to rivalling commercial varieties. This is a paste-type tomato, so will have a great multi-purpose role in your kitchen. It does really well in cooking and adds a deep rich flavour, but will also hold it's own in salads. Approx. 25 seeds

Medium Tomato Black Prince

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 14/11/2017

(Solanum lycopersicum) A Siberian Heirloom, this is a stunning variety comes from a town called Irkutsk. It's just north of Mongolia so this is literally one of those vegetables from the middle of nowhere. It has a nice firm flesh with colours ranging from brown to deep purple / black, depending on the acidity of your soil. The flavour is fruity and intense. This variety makes a perfect base for rich tomato dishes. Plant in Spring after last frost, or alternatively plant in a cold frame from August to get a head start and early fruit. Can be planted until…

Small Tomato Black Zebra

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 14/11/2017

(Solanum lycopersicum) Heirloom. A great tasting medium sized tomato. Early producer, with fruit colour that is medium dark. Prominent green stripes on a dark burgundy / brown skin. Once cut open the typical black tomato colours stands out. Flavour is typical of the black tomatoes, rich, deep and very little acid. Plants produce masses of trusses that ripen over a few weeks. Approx. 25 seeds

Herb Nigella (Black Cumin)

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 17/11/2017

Nigella sativa This ancient aromatic spice is most often used in Eastern cooking. No curry is complete without crushed Nigella. It is known as Black Seed or Black Cumin. In Morocco this seed is also used twisted in a ball using a thin cloth, then rubbed and inhaled through the nostrils to help clear stuffy noses. Approx. 50 seeds

Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 02/04/2018

Lactuca sativa Stunning 160 year old lettuce variety. Lovely, large, bright green, ruffled leaves. This loose leaf lettuce has proven itself over the years as an outstanding performer in the garden. Approx. 100 seeds

Medium Tomato Black Cephus

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 23/08/2018

(Solanum lycopersicum) The Black Cephus is a tomato that was found outside a labourers’ dwelling on a neighbours’ farm. The previous occupants were Cephus and his wife. Zimbabwean nationals that worked for our neighbours for a few years before moving off. This is what they left behind, a beautiful deep purple-black, medium-sized tomato with a superb after-taste. This is a true taste delight. Approx. 25 seeds

Chilli Black Scorpion Tongue

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 23/10/2018

Capsicum annuum An easy to grow chilli that produces stunning 3-4 cm tongue-shaped pods that are an array of colours from deep purple to red. Stripes emerge on the fruits as they ripen. These chillies have sweet and salty apple like flavour and are great to use for salsas. Approx. 25 seeds

Sprouts / Microgreens Black Mustard

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 06/11/2018

(Brassica juncea) Our most popular mustard variety, as it is nice and spicy. As a sprout the flavour gets deeper and hotter as it grows. As a microgreen it adds a touch of heat to your dishes. Mustard is a rich source of Calcium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Selenium and Zinc. It is also high in cancer fighting carotenoids and flavonoids. Also can be used as a green manure and cover crop. Weight: 180g

Cherry Tomato Black Plum

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 16/11/2018

(Solanum lycopersicum) They are very productive vines that are loaded with small (approx. 4-5 cm) oval fruits that are flavoursome with a low acid aftertaste. We collect hundreds of these little toms and cut them in half, they then get popped into a roasting pan and baked in the oven until sticky. This makes the perfect base for a pasta dish - especially when the resulting paste has a slight 'tacky finish". Approx. 25 seeds

Squash Black Beauty Marrow

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 13/11/2018

Cucurbita pepo Italian Heirloom, summer squash, with beautiful black-green to almost black glossy fruits at maturity. A garden standard variety that is very early, prolific, vigorous and exceedingly popular. Its bush habit makes it ideal for smaller gardens. Pick often and your marrow bush will keep on producing. Today Black Beauty can still be found in commerce, although over a 100 hybrids are dominating the market. Approx. 10 seeds

Green Manure Black Oats

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 03/06/2019

(Avena strigosa) Black Oats or Saia Oats is one of the world's oldest cover crops. Planted specifically for it high production of biomass both above and below the soil, it is vitally important in increasing the organic and carbon content of your soil. Best planted within 6 weeks of first frost and and inter-planting of Vetch will produce some of the largest volumes of biomass that can be used as a green manure, mulch or as feed-stock for you compost heap. In early spring before the seeds set, take a sharp spade and sever the plant just below the soil…

Runner Bean Delgado Black Mexican

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 29/10/2017

Phaseolus vulgaris A rare climbing bean from Mexico, these runner beans grow to well over 2 m tall, bear prolifically and look great in the garden. Unusually, this bean was used as a dye as well as a food. the beans are best used as a dry bean and performs well in slow cooked meals or as a shelly bean side. Well suited to planting in the “Three Sisters Method”. Approx 25 seeds

Corn Dakota Black Popcorn (Maize)

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 12/11/2017

Zea mays This is a seriously tasty popcorn. As with the Strawberry popcorn, this is a superb gourmet popcorn. Small cobs 10-12cm long, but perfectly proportioned, with deep blue\black kernels, about15 rows per cob. The plants are not tall and should not grow much above the average hip-height. Dakota Black is very easy to grow and has above average pest resistance, a great idea for children’s gardens. It is also referred to as Dakota Black Pop. Approx. 80 seeds

Medium Tomato Black Sea Man

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 14/11/2017

(Solanum lycopersicum) Lovely dark brown, medium-sized fruit, with olive coloured shoulders. Taste is outstanding with a deep, rich tomato flavour. Russian heirloom noted for good early production. Approx. 25 seeds

Beans Black Eye (Cow Peas)

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 20/08/2018

Vigna unguiculata Black Eye Beans are a sub-species of cow peas. AKA Black-eyed Pea, Black-eyed Bean or Goat Pea. The pods can either be used young as green beans or left to dry on the plant for dry beans. the dry beans are used to make delicious dishes all over the world. the Dry beans are a pale colour with a black spot that resembles an eye, giving the bean its' name. The plants are heat loving and drought resistant, however they are susceptible to Root-knot nematodes. Harvest is between 50 and 90 days, depending on how the beans are…

Medium Tomato Japanese Black Trifele

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 23/08/2018

(Solanum lycopersicum) This is an awesome tomato. Huge, meaty pear-shaped tomatoes. A well known Russian heirloom that is an outstanding and very heavy producer. Depending on the soil, the colour can vary from a dusty pink all the way through to a deep purple. Approx. 25 seeds

Sprouts / Microgreens Black Urad Dahl

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: 06/11/2018

(Vigna mungo) Gaining popularity as a sprouting and microgreens seed. As a sprout, Urad Dal is very closely related to the green Mung bean, the flavour profile somewhat different. Weight: 200g