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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  • This vigorous, quick-growing, brilliant yellow beet was developed by being rebred from old seed stocks. The round, golden roots have smooth skin and delicious, sweet-flavoured, bright yellow flesh. The colour keeps well, even when cooked. It’s also a delight in salads.
    Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300  
  • A very productive conically-shaped beetroot. The flesh of the blood-red roots is juicy and intense, and remains tender and sweet even when the roots have grown large. Average seeds per pack 300
  • Originally a breeding line from the National Vegetable Research Station in England, this variety was a stalwart crop amongst gardeners for a long time. It is early, prolific, and round-rooted, with a lovely dark colour and excellent sweet taste. Can last well into winter. Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300
  • A very old heritage variety, originating in Egypt and dating back to the 1800s. In a crop description from 1885, the French seed producer Vilmorin states ‘Exceedingly early variety, best of all early kitchen garden kinds’. This is echoed in modern times by gardener Bob Flowerdew who proclaims that it has ‘the best flavour’. Early maturing, smooth skin on wide roots, deep crimson/purple flesh, both sweet and tender. Very popular among the staff in taste tests. Grows above the ground, so easy to pull when harvesting.
    Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300
  • ‘Runde Kugel’ translates from German simply as ‘round ball’. Deep red in colour with a delicious fruity and mild taste. Particularly good raw in salads.
    Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300
  • This globe-shaped beetroot gets its name from the Italian word ‘rotonda’ meaning ‘round’. Even when the roots grow quite large they maintain their juicy sweetness, with a distinct earthy flavour.
    Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300
  • This lovely, turnip-shaped beetroot originated in North America, dating as far back as 1825. A quick-growing variety, the foliage is bright green with streaks of red, and the crisp, sweet flesh is dark crimson with occasional pink areas. Average seeds per pack 300
  • A rare, smooth-skinned variety from Switzerland, the name translates to ‘fire ball’ in German. Described as being bolt resistant, and having spectacular, tender, ball-shaped roots with fantastic mild flavour. Very successful and absolutely delicious.
    Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300
  • A good, all-round, vigorous variety. The round, globe-shaped roots have smooth skin, deep dark coloured flesh and a nice fruity taste, good for eating fresh and storage. Because of its sweet flavour it is especially delicious eaten raw, though also perfect for roasting, soups and stews. Certified Organic Average seeds per pack 300
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