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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  • A Dutch heritage variety from the province of Gronigen. It has unusual pure white flowers which smell wonderful. Medium pods packed with beans growing up the whole stem, thus very productive. Good for both autumn and spring sowing. Certified Organic
  • A landrace from Guatemala. These are mixed beans with three distinct coloured beans…white/cream, speckled brown, or speckled black and pink. The flowers also have beautiful different colours; red, white and peach. Strong, healthy plants produce enormous numbers of very sweet and tender runner beans, both long and short, which are delicious if left to ripen and then shelled. They also grow well outdoors and have been one of our most consistently popular crops. Certified Organic
  • This is a selection from ‘Scarlet’ runner, so the plants have the same attributes. However, this variety produces beautiful dark lustrous beans which can be dried and used in soups and stews. Occasionally a plant may revert back to its origin giving you the more common mauve/black beans! Certified Organic
  • Given to Doris Fortune (hence the name) by the head gardener at Windsor, then to the Heritage Seed Library. This lovely climber has pale blue flowers, smooth green and blue/purple mottled pods that darken as they mature. Stringless pods, a delicious fresh shelling bean or also good dried. Certified Organic
  • Donated to us by supporter Pam from Wales, who has saved this beautiful bean for 20 years which originally came from China. Pods are striped red and have quite a lot of variation which is lovely to see and taste great. Certified Organic
  • A classic variety of French Bean, heavy-yielding with a wide, flattened pod, they are tender and reliable. Produce bright green beans that are almost stringless and can grow to around 25cm long. Delicious flavour, they’re best picked young to enjoy at their most tender. Certified Organic
  • ‘Heavy cropping yellow pencil pod type beans, virtually string-less with excellent flavour’ says supporter Liam Gaffney who sent in seed for us to trial and save. Certified Organic
  • Named from the French town situated in rich, farming country, this yellow pod wax bean yields well in most climes. The beans are uniform in size, slim, stringless, crisp and firm with fine flavour. Certified Organic
  • This gracious lady was catalogued in the R.H.S. dictionary of plants as far back as 1633. Incredible bi-coloured blossoms of scarlet-orange and creamy white, continuing for most of the season. They develop into long fine flavoured green beans. May also be used dried. Certified Organic
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    A reliable old favourite Victorian heirloom variety. Prolific long, round and thick fleshy green pods, tender and tasty. They dry to a type of kidney bean, great for chill con carne. Certified Organic
  • This climbing, green-podded variety was sourced from the Heritage Seed Library. Vigorous and prolific, the young beans are lovely fresh and also freeze well, retaining their rich sweet flavour. Look closer at the seed eye... each seed is marked with a saint-like figure in monk’s robes. Certified Organic
  • A rare variety from Switzerland going back to 1912. This climbing bean produces many quite short, wide, flat pods that can be eaten green. Left to mature, the beautiful two-colour dark red and white beans develop, which are delicious when podded and cooked.
  • Grown for generations in the Channel Islands, an essential ingredient when dried, of a local dish there called the ‘Jersey bean Crock Pot’. The flat bean pods are stripped, very productive and can be eaten either fresh or matured and dried.  Certified Organic
  • This bush bean came from one the European seed shares and is a traditional variety for 'drying beans' the plants are healthy and uniform. Leave pods on the vine for as long as possible until they have dried to a parchment. The lovely amber-brown beans inside will need further drying indoors to store for winter to use in soup, stew, casseroles, risotto, etc. Once dried they will need soaking for a few hours before cooking. Certified Organic
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    A Dutch heirloom with beans up to 16cm long, streaked purple that are delicious both fresh and as podded beans. Certified Organic
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    An Italian heirloom bean that grows well here, as Micheal Viney from Mayo says ‘gave an outstanding crop in my tunnel, almost too vigorous’. The plants climb very quickly producing an abundant crop of delicious flat green podded beans late season. They are good for growing outdoors. A supporter in Kerry had great success using them as dry storage beans. Certified Organic
Supported in part by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal through the Community Services Programme. We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

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