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It is the season!

     Posted on: 15/08/2019

Isn’t it amazing how time flies? Here we are in the second half of 2019, with winter nearing its end. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about spring and what you need to do to prepare your veggie garden for the new season. A good place to start would be to clear your beds, add compost and mulch and allow the soil to recuperate a bit. So the question becomes, what can we plant? Fortunately, the warmer seasons offer more possibilities! And why don’t you try varieties that you haven’t planted before? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Visit…

Seed Collection: The Veggie Garden Starter Combo

     Posted on: 02/11/2018

This combo will get any new aspiring gardener going. It has 10 different varieties of seeds. Cosists of: • 1 x packet of Kaleidoscope Swiss Chard • 1 x packet of Carentan Leeks • 1 x packet of Rainbow Carrot Blend • 1 x packet of Yellow Scallop Squash • 1 x packet of Waltham Butternut Squash • 1 x packet of Snowball Cauliflower • 1 x packet of Tall Utah Celery • 1 x packet of Sparkler Radish • 1 x packet of Caserta Marrow • 1 x packet of Moneymaker Tomato • 10 x Veggie Garden Markers (10…

Recipe: Pumpkin Crème Brûlée (Jack-be-Little Pumpkins)

     Posted on: 28/10/2018

Ingredients • 2 Cups Heavy Cream • ¼ Cup Sugar (additional sugar will be needed for caramelizing) • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar • 8 Large Egg Yolks • 1 Cup Canned 100% Pure Pumpkin • ½ Teaspoon Vanilla • ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon Method: • Preheat oven to 180 deg. (Celsius) • Cut tops off each pumpkin and save for presentation. • Scrape out the seeds and fibres from pumpkins. • Place pumpkins on a baking sheet, cut sides up, and roast, uncovered, for 20 minutes. • Remove from oven and let cool. • In saucepan, combine cream and sugars, stir…

Chilli Brown Egg

     Posted on: 21/10/2018

(Capsicum chinense) We don’t have much info about this chilli as to where it originates from. What I can say is that it has one of the most unique flavours in a chilli that I have tasted. The 1 meter tall bushes produce early and very well. This is simply a great chilli. Approx. 25 seeds

Herb Oregano

     Posted on: 11/10/2018

Origanum vulgare A very hardy herb that will do well almost anywhere. Oregano is an essential Mediterranean herb and is used in a variety of dishes, most complimentary to cheese, egg, pizza and pasta dishes. Perfect for your bolognaise, other tomato based sauces and most meat dishes. Companion plants: Strawberries, peppers, beans, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips. Approx. 50 seeds

Eggplant Prosperosa (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 26/09/2018

Solanum melongena A prolific and beautiful Italian Heirloom which produces stunning, rich purple fruits with a cream coloured top near the stem. The fruits are slightly oblong with a few creases. Prosperosa brinjals have a white coloured flesh that is tender dish called Parmigiana. The flesh can also be used to make stews and soups. Approx. 25 seeds

Homeschool Heirloom Gardeners Winter Challenge 2018

     Posted on: 28/08/2018

Winter Challenge 2018 – it was a challenge indeed! Winter is a time when things slow down. This season is usually seen as a time of preparation for spring and summer. Homeschoolers, however, are a different breed. They are used to doing things differently – to think outside the box. As a matter of fact, they will only use the box if it serves a practical purpose and enable them to learn and grow! It is therefore not surprising that they jumped at the chance to take on the Winter Challenge put to them by Durandt’s Heirloom Seeds. They were…

Small Tomato Thai Pink Egg

     Posted on: 23/08/2018

(Solanum lycopersicum) Straight out of Thailand, these acidic tomatoes are best used for cooking. These tomatoes are really well suited to Thai and Oriental cooking. Highly productive with an unusual pink colour that sets them apart. Approx. 25 seeds

Radish Easter Egg

     Posted on: 02/04/2018

(Raphanus sativus) A lovely radish mix that has a variety of colours mixed in to brighten up your salads or even used as an edible garnish. Approx. 50 seeds

Turnip White Egg

     Posted on: 01/04/2018

(Brassica rapa glabra) An outstanding old heirloom from the late 1800’s. This variety was one of the market leading varieties in the USA for many years. A quick producer of quality, mild flavoured white turnips. A real winner in the garden. Approx. 100 seeds

Eggplant Turkish Orange (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 07/11/2017

Solanum melongena Also known as Ethiopian Eggplant or Scarlet Eggplant, this is one of the "new discoveries" in the heirloom seed community. Superb flavour and a real eye catching variety. Best pick just as it starts to colour up and not at the brilliant orange stage shown above. However a few of these ripened to a deep orange on your kitchen counter is sure to start a great conversation. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Thai White Ribbed (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 07/11/2017

Solanum melongena This is a beauty, although not the most productive of brinjals. However, if you are a brinjal fanatic and are looking for something that will stand out, this is the plant for you. It looks like a white heirloom tomato. The smooth, creamy flesh is best eaten where it's flavour is able to stand out. Stir-frying is a good method to bring out the flavour. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Thai Long Green (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 06/11/2017

Solanum melongena This is a superb brinjal variety. It is becoming very well known amongst professional chefs due to is superb cooking attributes. Firm white flesh, with a great mild flavour and a very low bitterness. This prolific plant will produce many fruits and will probably be the last fruiting eggplant in your garden before the frost cuts is down. Approx. 25 seeds  

Eggplant Rosa Bianca (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 06/11/2017

Solanum melongena One of the most popular eggplant varieties. Favoured by chefs and gourmets alike, Rosa Bianca is not just beautiful, it has a delicate flavour, no bitterness whatsoever and a wonderful creamy texture. This one will not disappoint you. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Ping Tung (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 06/11/2017

Solanum melongena Ping Tung is a stunning brinjal native to Asia and is well known in the Asian markets. Ping Tung is as easy on the eye as it is on the palate. The long fruits are very easy to work with and making Ratatouille is simple with these guys. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Long Purple (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 06/11/2017

Solanum melongena A very dark, slender eggplant that has a fine texture and holds up very well in cooking. We find this variety has low bitterness. Requires a long growing season and is very frost sensitive. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Listada de Gandia (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena Old Spanish heirloom. With its striped skin, it is one of the most beautiful eggplants, pleasing to the eye and the palate. This stunner produces well with a love for high temperatures. It's a great mild tasting brinjal that stands out for its organoleptic qualities. Easy to grow and produces good sized fruits sometimes exceeding 400g. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Japanese White Egg (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena Ever wondered where eggplants got their name? Well have a look at this old Asian variety and it suddely become clear. Tough as nails, disease resistant these are heavy producers of beautiful white egg shaped fruits. The flesh is sweet and delicate without any hint of bitterness. A superb variety to add in your garden this season. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Japanese Kamo (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena This is a real treat, we have grown these seeds for a number of years for our own consumption. A real winner in the garden and one of the best tasting brinjals in our collection. The Kamo is a very old Japanese heirloom that is well known in Japan, and sets the standard when it comes to brinjals. A smooth, medium textured fruit that has no bitterness. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Diamond (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena A variety from the Ukraine, produces abundant fruits and is not prone to bitterness. One of the better producing varieties in terms of total weight produced. Slowly becoming more and more popular with home and market gardeners due to its outstanding qualities. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Black Beauty (Brinjal)

     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

Eggplant Bangladeshi Long (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena Lovely, productive, mini-type eggplant. Produces early with plenty of 10-12 cm long cylindrical fruits with a slight curve. The deep green fruits are streaked with light green and purple streaks. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Applegreen (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena Highly recommended variety. Developed in 1964 at the University of New Hampshire. This mild flavoured brinjal is non-acidic, does not need peeling, and is a very good producer even in a cooler environment. Approx. 25 seeds

Eggplant Amarillo Lunga (Brinjal)

     Posted on: 02/11/2017

Solanum melongena Oh WOW!! This has to be our #1 brinjal of the season. Everyone raved about it. It's a big producer, a really big producer, long stunning fruits that really stand out. The flavour is mild, with that classic brinjal taste. This is one of those varieties that you will want to plant every year.... it's that good. Approx. 25 seeds