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Why are growing numbers of people choosing to buy seeds from Irish seed savers?

The ethos here at Irish Seed Savers Association, is to conserve and distribute wonderful rare and heritage varieties, as well as to encourage the skills of saving your own seed and empowering people to do this in their own gardens, small holdings or farms.

All of our seeds are grown and saved in Ireland and are Open Pollinated which allows you to save your own seeds from them, keeping the variety true to type. By choosing Irish Seed Savers’ Open Pollinated Seeds you contribute to keeping food security in your own hands and Irish agricultural biodiversity alive and vibrant.

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  • An unusual variety with cherry-type fruit dressed in appealing, earthy brown skins. More than a novelty - the fruits have very good flavour and are semi-sweet and juicy. Indeterminate vines that are sturdy and uniform. Produces over a long season. Certified Organic
  • This is a very rare variety coming from the Amish people of Pennsylvania. A cordon, the fruit is slightly plum shaped, medium sized, pink/red, giving many trusses full of fruit. They have a lovely fresh sweet but tangy flavour. Excellent sliced for salads, but good cooked too. Certified Organic
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    Buan Onion

    2.95
    This is a true native Irish onion bred by Barnie Crombie who was still doing on- ion trials up until the 1980’s when he passed on. However, he had sent seed to the Russian and English gene banks from which Irish Seed Savers Association received seed and we have been growing and saving this unique variety since. It has performed extremely well in the most adverse conditions for ‘good quality onions’, i.e. an average Irish summer. The name comes from old Irish, ‘Long life’, and it is indeed a really good white fleshed storage bulb, often not sprouting until summer the following season. Certified Organic
  • These need some protection to get started, and produce much better under cover though can grow successfully outdoors. They are perennial, but often grown as an annual growing up to 2m so may need support. During winter cover the root clump with mulch for protection. They have very lovely lantern flowers which develop to contain edible round golden fruits, with a delicious tangy/sweet flavour and high in vitamin C. Certified Organic
  • This variety is a French heirloom also known as ‘Brown Spanish’, a standard variety in Europe for over 200 years. It was said by ‘Vilmorin in 1855 in his famous book ‘Les Plantes Potageres’, ‘That the winter supply of onions for Paris and Europe consists chiefly of this variety’. Now it is rare and very hard to find. The onion is a productive early cropper with flat bulbs up to 10cm across, Full of flavour, brown/copper skin and keeps well.
    Certified Organic
  • Angelica

    2.95
    This herb took its name from an angel that revealed its virtues of protection from infection to a monk. It is a statuesque bienniel, though often lives longer and can reach 2m high. All parts of the plant are subtly aromatic and have both medicinal and culinary uses. It is often cooked in conjunction with tart fruits like rhubarb as it helps reduce the acidity. The seeds are used in biscuits and both seed and root are ingredients in some liqueurs. Easy to grow, prefers damp ground and self seeds readily.
  • This onion goes back 80 years, once a commercial registered variety but hard to find now, the Up to date onion has good resistance to the disease white rot. A yellow skinned variety good all round and excellent for storage.
    Certified Organic
  • A hardy annual, with characteristic pungent leaves used in salads, curries and pickles. This variety was brought to us from the Kenyan seed savers in 2017. Very vigorous and easy to grow. For a constant supply sow direct, little and often from early spring. Coriander has a long history of use. Seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. These days the seeds have been found helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels. Certified Organic
  • ‘Stamme’ is an old variety from Norway and the word itself translates as, ‘tribe, trunk, sense of belonging, strength, rootedness’. We got the original seed from a gene bank and found the variety to be of mixed types but grows’ well in our short, cool summer. We have gradually been selecting different strains from the original and this is one with gold globe shaped bulbs. You may find a few that display other traits like slightly red skin or flesh or more flattened bulbs, but you could also start your own Stamme adapted line.
    Certified Organic
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    This is a hardy cousin of the usual basil. It produces smaller, sweetly pungent leaves and attracts hundreds of bees when in flower. It is easy to grow and produces well outdoors as well as under cover. Can be used in salads, pestos, sauces and herb teas. Also known as ‘Holy Basil’ or ‘Tulsi’, as a lot of health benefits. Certified Organic
  • Tamanegi is in fact the Japanese word for onion. This great variety came from the open pollinated small seed company visited by one of our staff in Japan. Grows lovely large bulbs from a late summer sowing and also stores well.
    Certified Organic
  • This translates as ‘curled, dark green’ an accurate description of this old French variety. The tightly curled leaves are held clear of the ground on long stalks for clean and easy harvest. Certified Organic
  • Flat leaf heirloom parsley from Italy, with early seedling vigour and prolific, strong growing, large, open plants. High yielding dark green, lush leaves with rich, sweet flavour. The thick stalks can be eaten like celery.
  • Good hardy landrace parsley from an Armenian market place (as the name suggests). Flat-leaved, with great flavour and hardy large clumps. We picked from the outdoor plants all through the winter. Certified Organic
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    Lyon Leek

    2.95
    A classic Leek, also known as Prize- taker dating back to 1886 from the UK. Uniform, long white thick stems of mild flavour. Very cold-hardy, will stand well all winter Great for showing in competitions as they form the perfect leek.
    Certified Organic
  • This hardy salad has been cultivated and eaten for hundreds of years. The small green leaves have a soft texture and mild, gentle flavour invaluable in winter salads. Also known as field salad or mache.
  • A traditional French cultivar grown in the alluvial plains of the Seine in Normandy. It has short, chunky stems and lovely bright green foliage, good for autumn and winter harvesting.
    Certified Organic
  • Endive is eaten widely on the continent and this French heirloom, broadleaf type is easy to grow; very hardy so can be used for an over-winter crop. Its crisp furled leaves give nice texture to salads, though they have a slightly bitter edge (this stimulates the appetite). Leaves respond well to cut and come again treatment making them a most productive winter salad. Certified Organic
  • This is a brassica plant also known as ‘Chinese Violet Cress’, used for salad or cooking greens. Coming originally from China made popular by Joy Larkom's recommendation, it gives mild but tasty leaves through the winter, followed by beautiful violet flowers in spring which are also edible. Certified Organic
  • Wonderful mustard greens with lush big, brilliant green leaves. A delicious flavour, not too strong. Especially nice steamed, and served with a lemon juice and soya sauce dressing. Certified Organic
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