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 French heirloom ‘Full of delicate surprises’. Small, clear pale green fruit with a pleasant fruity flavour. ‘Carpaccio’ is a great way to enjoy this gem, cut the courgette into vertical slices, grill briefly on both sides, then marinate with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and fresh coriander.
    Certified Organic
  • We had seven seeds in a packet from the German gene bank, dated 1999, the place of origin, Sweden, the description ‘vegetable marrow’. The six that germinated grew amazingly well, quickly covering an entire bed in the tunnel with their small tasty courgette and also good as the more traditional marrow.
    Certified Organic
  • Originally from Russia, this is quite a hardy variety so worth trying outdoors, reputed to be resistant to extreme weather conditions. It can be eaten fresh, has no bitterness but comes into its own as a gherkin ie. for pickling and storage. Fruits are about 12cm and very uniform.
    Certified Organic
  • Reliable bush type, with an open habit, thus easy to harvest he many shiny dark green slightly marbled fruits over a long season.
    Certified Organic
  • A long Japanese burpless type, tender and sweet even when large, productive and delicious. Needs to be grown with protection.
    Certified Organic
  • This variety came from a Syrian refugee. The young courgettes are pale green, quite small very delicious and retain good flavour when mature. Supporter Angela Plunkett describes it as ‘A particular favourite, lovely in a salad when young’, echoed by Julia McMaster saying, ‘It is the tastiest courgette ever, I would even nibble them fresh when I the garden working’.
    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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