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Mizuna Red Streaks

     Posted on: 02/10/2019

Brassica juncea An Asian leaf that can be harvested from day 25 for a baby leaf, and day 45 for mature leaves. Their leaves are purple-red, flat, wide & serrated. They are a low maintenance crop and very easy to grow and like the cooler weather to grow in. A wonderful tangy addition to any salad. Approx. 100 seeds

Italian Red Stem Dandelion

     Posted on: 20/09/2019

Cichorium intybus This is not a true dandelion but a member of the chicory family. The jagged dark green leaves have red stems and are slightly bitter with a peppery taste. The leaves have an upright growth pattern and are less prone to bolting. Rich in vitamins A, C & K, iron, calcium and Omegas 3 & 6. Approx. 50 seeds

Red Komatsuna Tatsoi

     Posted on: 02/09/2019

Brassica rapa var perviridis This variety is also known as mustard spinach even though it is not related to spinach at all. A very hardy Asian leaf that can be harvested in 40 days and used in salads and stir-fries. the flavour is a mixture of mustard and cabbage. The plants and leaves tolerate both hot and cold temperatures, however in extreme heat the plant will bolt. Approx. 100 seeds

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…

Sorghum Multi-coloured Broom (Grains)

     Posted on: 22/07/2019

Sorghum Super tall (3 m+) sorghum that produces naturally coloured stems. The seed is attached to the panicle branches (brushes) and is easily dislodged. The brushes are tied together in many different ways to make a long lasting broom. The seed is edible and is used in any traditional grain, flour or brewing application. Approx. 100 seeds

Sorghum Indian Red Popping (Grains)

     Posted on: 22/07/2019

Sorghum Stunning popping sorghum, exactly like you would pop normal popcorn. Sorghum can be popped in the same ways as normal popcorn and the only thing you need to know is, make sure the kernels are cleaned of any chaff and plant matter. Otherwise it's as simple as normal corn. Any up-popped kernels are edible and the cool thing is sorghum has twice the fibre of regular popcorn. Indian Red Popping Corn is a massive grower with plants easily reaching 3m tall. Not as heavily attacked by birds as Ames Amber and Honey Drip. Approx. 100 seeds

Sorghum Apache Red (Grains)

     Posted on: 22/07/2019

Sorghum This variety is also known as Apache Red Sugar Cane which is technically incorrect, it's correct name is Apache Red. Stunning super sweet sorghum variety that really tastes like sugar cane. Great for making sorghum syrup or eating fresh in the garden. Alternatively this is a great party trick when you get young kids to walk with you in the garden, whip out your pocket knife and slice them a section of you own home grown 'sugar cane'. This variety is heavily attached by birds, protection is required. Approx. 100 seeds (Limited Stocks)

Potatoes BP1 Seed 2.2 kg

     Posted on: 16/07/2019

Solanum Potato Pre-Orders will be shipped in the 2nd week of August Please note: Seed ordered WITH seed potatoes are shipped together. Orders cannot be separated. Additional shipping charges might apply. Will be quoted separately. Contact the DHS office. BP1 is a real beauty. A strong producer of white fleshed tubers and it really stands out on the plate. Produces very well under most soil types and is the preferred potato variety for housewives. Has plenty of pretty blue flowers with a white edge. BP1 is a strong grower and will take 90-110 days to die back once it has…

Green Manure Red Clover

     Posted on: 03/06/2019

(Trifolium pratense) A wonderful green manure, it's long taproot lifts minerals and trace elements from deep down in the soil up to the soil surface. As well as being a nitrogen fixer, once the taproot has been cut in late winter, the plant dies down and leaves behind an extensive roots system to increase the soils organic matter. Plant from Feb-Early April. Weight: 100g

How to Make Beet Sugar

     Posted on: 28/04/2019

Sugar beets were originally grown to feed livestock and not really fit for human consumption. But you can make your own sugar from them. What is more, use the leftover meat of the beet as a hot or cold mash for your livestock. Waste not, want not! Beet sugar is easy to make, it doesn’t take a long time and you don’t need any special equipment. 1. Scrub your beets to get all dirt and debris off of them. 2. Thinly slice, dice or shred the beets and place them in a pot. 3. Add just enough water to cover…

Cinnamon and Chia Seed Energy Balls (Vegan & Gluten – Free)

     Posted on: 14/03/2019

Ingredients 250g pitted dates 90g pecans 100g almonds 2 handfuls of sunflower seeds 2 tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Method 1. Simmer dates in a saucepan with water on a low heat for 5 minutes. 2. Whizz all other ingredients, in a food processor for a couple of seconds, until they've almost formed a flour-like consistency. 3. Drain and add dates to the food processor - making sure no water from the saucepan goes in. 4. Blend until a sticky paste is formed. 5. Using a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture, and roll into balls…

Smoky Cauliflower Hummus

     Posted on: 21/02/2019

Ingredients • 1/2 head cauliflower (between 0.5 – 1 kg.), trimmed and cut into 5cm. florets (about 4 cups florets) • 4 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • About 1 tsp. smoked paprika • 2 teaspoons salt, divided • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled • About 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 3 1/2 tablespoons well-stirred tahini Method • Preheat oven to 450°. Put cauliflower florets in a large bowl and add 1 1/2 tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. salt, the cumin, chilli flakes, and garlic. Toss…

Large Tomato San Marzano Redorta

     Posted on: 03/12/2018

(Solanum lycopersicum) A stunning paste tomato that is over twice the size of a regular San Marzano. The flavour in my opinion is also better. Approx. 25 seeds  

Large Tomato Reif Red Heart

     Posted on: 03/12/2018

(Solanum lycopersicum) Lovely big, heart-shaped fruits with lots of meat in them. The flavour is superb and very few seeds per fruit. Approx. 25 seeds

Large Tomato Red Oxheart

     Posted on: 03/12/2018

(Lycopersicon esculentum) A medium-sized oxheart tomato that has the classic oxheart shape and flavour. This is a great tomato for people that want a real oxheart tomato, but a regular sized one is just too large for their needs. Approx. 25 seeds  

Medium Tomato San Marzano Redorta

     Posted on: 22/11/2018

Solanum lycopersicum One of the best flavoured paste tomatoes. It has abundant vines that produce a consistent flow of tomatoes over about 2 months. The San Marzano's have a low juice content and when boiled down and strained, make a great paste that can be canned or frozen. Approx. 25 seeds

Squash Hubbard Essex Red

     Posted on: 14/11/2018

(Cucurbita maxima) Old Mother Hubbard had an orange hubbard in her cupboard. An open-pollinated hubbard variety that was originally introduced in 1883. It is a typical hubbard variety with the skin being a bright orange, very hard, thick and full of knobs. Has a delicious sweet flesh. Approx. 10 seeds

Recipe: Rejuvelac – a natural probiotic.

     Posted on: 08/11/2018

If you don’t know what Rejuvelac is, you would be in good company. I did not know either! Simply put, Rejuvelac is grain water. It is made by sprouting grain and soaking the sprouted grain in water. It is very nutritious and beneficial to your digestive system. Known as a natural and healthy probiotic, it is also packed with vitamins B, K and E, proteins and enzymes. An added benefit is that it can be consumed by people who are sensitive to yeast. You can use any grain, but a soft grain seems to work best. You can use: •…

Sprouts / Microgreens Red Swiss Chards

     Posted on: 07/11/2018

(Beta vulgaris) Beautiful pinkish-red Swiss Chard really stands out in any dish. High on the list of phytonutrient dense sprouts and microgreens. Flavour is great as a sprout and develops in intensity as the microgreen matures. Weight: 100g

Sprouts / Microgreens Red Amaranth

     Posted on: 07/11/2018

(Amaranthus cruentus) An exceptionally healthy sprout and microgreen with a host of reported nutritional benefits. A fast growing and phytonutrient dense superfood. Weight: 100g

Microgreens Red Basil

     Posted on: 07/11/2018

(Occimomum basilicum) Red basil is a really superb herb that will add colour and zest to your microgreens mixes. Weight: 100g

Recipe: Bruschetta with Baby Marrow Pesto

     Posted on: 30/10/2018

Ingredients: Pesto: • 400g Baby marrows • 100g Toasted cashew nuts • Handful:  Fresh basil leaves  Fresh coriander leaves • 2 Small crushed garlic cloves • 80ml Olive oil • 125ml Grated parmesan • 120ml Lemon juice and zest (2 lemons) General: • 300g Crumbled Feta • 120g Sundried tomatoes • 10 – 12 Slices toasted bruschetta Method: • Place all the pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend. Add extra olive oil if needed and season to taste. • Heat a griddle pan and toast the bruschetta. • Spread pesto on toast and top up with…

Recipe: Herb Vinegar

     Posted on: 28/10/2018

Ingredients • 1 garlic clove, peeled, optional • 300 – 320 grams fresh oregano, basil or tarragon sprigs • 1-1/4 cups white vinegar or white wine vinegar Directions • If desired, cut garlic in half and skewer with a toothpick. • Place in a glass jar or bottle. • Add your herb of choice (oregano, basil or tarragon). Set aside. • In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a simmer (do not boil). • Carefully pour into containers. Let cool to room temperature. • Remove garlic after 24 hours. Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to…

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…

Pepper Venezuelan Red

     Posted on: 18/10/2018

Capsicum annuum Now here is a beautiful pepper. Looks like it will burn at least twice, nicely wrinkled and oozing “I’ll burn” looks. With no heat this is a great pepper to add to salads, stir-fries and for roasting as a snack. A productive bush that produces plenty of fruit. Approx. 25 seeds

Lettuce Red Riding

     Posted on: 15/10/2018

(Lactuca sativa A red butterhead type of lettuce. AKA Red Riding Hood Lettuce. This beauty is either all red, or partially red with some green in it. The heads of this variety are large and look very similar to the Wonder of Four Seasons lettuce. The leaves are crisp and have an awesome taste and texture to them. The heads are heat resistant making them slower to bolt. Great for container gardening. Approx. 100 seeds  

Lettuce Carmona Red

     Posted on: 15/10/2018

Lactuca sativa A stunning Canadian Heirloom which is also known as Carmona butterhead. It produces lettuce heads that have beautiful green hearts with deep red-purple- maroon edges and outer leaves. The leaves have a silky texture, are buttery and tender. This lettuce variety is both disease and bolt resistant and does well in both hot and cold climates. Heads are ready for harvesting in about 55 days. Approx. 100 seeds

Herb Red Vein Sorrel

     Posted on: 12/10/2018

Rumex sanguineus A beauty of a leaf. Stunningly pointed, light green leaves with deep red veins and a distinctive sharp and tangy lemon flavour. When young the leaves are nice and tender for salads, however when they mature they become a bit tough and are best used like spinach or in stir-fries. They pair well with fish, veal, eggs and potatoes, and are delicious in soups. Approx. 100 seeds

Garlic Wenger’s Red Russian 200 (Heirloom)

     Posted on: 30/09/2018

Allium sativum Please Note: These are Garlic Pre-Orders and seed garlic will only be shipped from early February. Any items ordered with your Garlic Pre-Order will only be shipped once the garlic ships. Full planting, care and harvesting instructions are included. The garlic is sold per head. Additional shipping charges might apply. Will be quoted separately. Wenger’s Red Russian is a Marbled Purple Stripe - an excellent new Red Russian garlic a beautiful well-sized bulb with short plump cloves. In typical heirloom tradition, Red Russian comes from Heino and Manuela Peters of Roots and Greens Farm in Grindrod in British…

Garlic Wenger’s Red Russian (Heirloom)

     Posted on: 30/09/2018

Allium sativum Please Note: These are Garlic Pre-Orders and seed garlic will only be shipped from early February. Any items ordered with your Garlic Pre-Order will only be shipped once the garlic ships. Full planting, care and harvesting instructions are included. The garlic is sold per head. Wenger’s Red Russian is a Marbled Purple Stripe - an excellent new Red Russian garlic a beautiful well-sized bulb with short plump cloves. In typical heirloom tradition, Red Russian comes from Heino and Manuela Peters of Roots and Greens Farm in Grindrod in British Columbia. Heino received Russian Red from the archetypal "little…

Garlic Kostyn’s Red Russian (Heirloom)

     Posted on: 30/09/2018

Allium sativum Please Note: These are Garlic Pre-Orders and seed garlic will only be shipped from late February. Any items ordered with your Garlic Pre-Order will only be shipped once the garlic ships. Full planting, care and harvesting instructions are included. The garlic is sold per head. Originating from Vancouver Island in Canada, this varity was grown by "Uncle Kostyn" for well over 30 years. This is believed to be a close relative of the Red Russian (not available) and shares many similar attributes. Kostyns however has a much better flavour profile. This is a deep pink/red flushed garlic, with…

Garlic Chesnok Red (Heirloom)

     Posted on: 30/09/2018

Allium sativum Please Note: These are Garlic Pre-Orders and seed garlic will only be shipped from late February. Any items ordered with your Garlic Pre-Order will only be shipped once the garlic ships. Full planting, care and harvesting instructions are included. The garlic is sold per head. An absolutely beautiful variety, Chesnok Red is also a superb storing variety. Originally from Southern Georgia (Europe) this is a sublime garlic with a medium pungecy. This gives it a wonderful broad appeal and does not contribute much pungent heat to a dish once cooked, it does however stand out with a great…

Carrot Atomic Red

     Posted on: 26/09/2018

Daucus carota Stunning red to the core, not dark orange, but red! High in cancer fighting carotenoids and lycopene, this is rated as one of the top 10 healthiest veggies one can grow. These superbly coloured carrots are a sure way to get your kids eating their veggies. Approx. 250 seeds

Kale Red Russian

     Posted on: 24/09/2018

Brassica oleracea acephala Russian Red Kale is also known as Ragged Jack, best grown in autumn and spring, the leaves used and cooked as a cabbage. Allow the plants to grow to knee height and then start harvesting the inner leaves for a tasty addition to your meals. As with all brassicas they are food hungry so add plenty of compost. Approx. 100 seeds

Beetroot Red Fodder

     Posted on: 20/09/2018

Beta vulgaris This beetroot was used during the winter months of the 1800’s as animal feed. The dull red beetroots, with their pale white flesh can be dug up when small for household use, as both the roots and the leaves are edible. The roots are deliciously tender when they are harvested very young and the leaves can also be used as Swiss chard while the root is still growing, up to a third of the leaves can be picked without causing damage to the root or plant. Approx. 100 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…

The health benefits of pumpkins

     Posted on: 20/08/2018

20 August 2018 Tanya Malan Seeing that we are starting our HATCH-A-PUMPKIN-PATCH challenge (find the competition details on the Homeschool Heirloom Gardeners Facebook page), I thought it appropriate to tell you about the amazing benefits of pumpkins! Before we speak about the benefits of pumpkins, let's just take note that squash and pumpkin are part of the same family being the Cucurbitaceae Family and just on an interesting point, they are all actually considered fruit! Throughout history pumpkins has had many uses. Remember Jonah in the Bible? He sat under the shade of a gourd to relieve his sunstroke! In…


     Posted on: 13/07/2018

Garlic Pre-orders are open ! Limited Stocks on Special varieties.

Chilli Red Savina

     Posted on: 26/04/2018

Chilli Red Savina !!! WARNING !!! This is an extremely hot chilli.  One of the most famous chillies is the world. The original Hottest Chilli in the world. Most often used as a hot sauce chilli due to it’s intense fruity flavour. Approx. 25 seeds

Chilli Red Peter

     Posted on: 26/04/2018

Capsicum annuum One of those vegetables that get all the questions and the looks. Not just a novelty chilli, this one has a purpose in the kitchen. Approx. 25 seeds

Pepper Red Cheese

     Posted on: 26/04/2018

Capsicum annuum Old Spanish variety, this pepper was used to colour cheeses. So it’s not just the shape that gives them their name. Sweet, thick walled, flattened peppers that are produced en-mass on short compact bushes. Approx. 25 seeds

Chilli Nana’s Indian Red

     Posted on: 24/04/2018

Capsicum annuum This chilli has been grown by a neighbour of mine for many years. It’s an essential ingredient in their cooking and in Mrs Nana’s Atchar, which is the absolute best, in my opinion. It is a good producer of hot chillies 10-13 cm long that dry exceptionally well. Approx. 25 seeds

Pepper Mini Red Belle

     Posted on: 24/04/2018

Capsicum annuum Hyper productive miniature red peppers. These bushes just pump out masses of tiny red sweet peppers. Perfect for stuffing, roasting, gourmet dishes and exotic salads. Great for container gardening. Approx. 25 seeds

Pepper Marconi Red

     Posted on: 24/04/2018

Capsicum annuum This is an all-time favourite wherever it’s grown. Marconi Red is a sweet succulent heavy bearing bush that is the delight of home and market gardeners. Sweet, crunch, bright yellow and with a lovely thick wall, these peppers will go down well in your salads or stuffed on your plate. Approx. 25 seeds

Chilli 7 Pot Red

     Posted on: 03/04/2018

Capsicum chinense !!! WARNING !!! This is an extremely hot chilli.  The story behind the 7 Pot is that one chilli has enough heat to properly spice-up 7 pots of curry. This one is hot, very hot, and easily fits into the top 5 hottest chilli’s in the world. The 7 pot has a unique, fruity flavour that sets it apart. Approx. 25 seeds

Lettuce Salad Bowl Red

     Posted on: 02/04/2018

Lactuca sativa A prize winner since 1952, Salad Bowl Red is well known for its consistent production of frilly, rumpled leaves. A common addition to mixed salads. Approx. 100 seeds

Lettuce Ruby Red

     Posted on: 02/04/2018

Lactuca sativa Another excellent heat tolerant lettuce variety. Ruby red give great colour and excellent flavour with a low bitterness to your salads. Heat tolerance is so important for South African gardeners as we use lettuce primarily for salads and lettuce is actually a cool weather crop. You will not go wrong with Ruby Red. Approx. 100 seeds

Lettuce Romaine Red

     Posted on: 02/04/2018

Lactuca sativa A stunner of a lettuce. This beautiful lettuce is a real prize in the garden. The thick crunchy leaves will really make your salads as well. The deep colour develops best in cool weather. Approx. 100 seeds

Lettuce Red Sails

     Posted on: 02/04/2018

Lactuca sativa Delicious, long-standing lettuce that will hold in the ground longer than other varieties without bolting or going bitter. A large open lettuce that has deep red crinkled leaves that will add colour, flavour and texture to your salads. High Bolt / Heat Resistance. Approx. 100 seeds  

Lettuce Oak Leaf Red

     Posted on: 02/04/2018

Lactuca sativa Outstanding red, oak leaf shaped lettuce leaves. Introduced in 1771 by the French seed company Vilmorin. Perfect for a nice mixed coloured salad. This variety is well over 230 years old, it really has stood the test of time. Approx. 100 seeds