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 seed from Poland was collected by the German gene-bank at Gatersleben. A cordon variety that produces quantities of small gold, thin-skinned plum tomatoes, still delicious even in November. Stephen Carrington in Wicklow was still harvesting a few in January from a polytunnel. Has also fruited well outdoors in the past. Certified Organic
  • An Italian heirloom with red plum shaped medium size fruit with thin skin. Good 'meaty' flesh with a rich classic tomato flavour ideal for salads but especially loved for drying as this variety retains both flavour and colour when dried. Fast growing plant with weighty clusters of tomatoes. Certified Organic
  • This cordon variety gives high yields of pear shaped cherry tomatoes, quite late to start ripening, but once started just keeps on with truss after truss. It is a very old heirloom, cultivated since the 1700’s. Lovely balanced flavour of tangyness and sweetness, perfect for salads, the shape creating additional interest to any dish. Certified Organic
  • A cordon-variety that gives masses of trusses of rosy pink/purple cherry tomatoes with a smoky blush. A superb flavour with a lovely balance of sweetness and tanginess. It won the RHS award in 2017 as a ‘high yielding nice-sized cherry tomato with good taste’.
  • This variety a real wonder, originally as the name suggests of Russian heritage, it produces amazing fruit subtle shades of golden/yellow/green, with darker green striping. They are beefsteak like in shape and size and have a delicious tart flavour with deep sweet overtones. Very, very juicy perfect for slicing fresh, but as a fried or grilled tomato they are sublime. Perhaps the origin of the famous ‘Fried green tomato’! Certified Organic
  • Originally from the small town of San Marzano Dul Sarno near Napoli and first grown in the volcanic soils of Mt Vesuvius. It is a late plum variety, long, thin pointed fruit with a sweet, strong taste.It is ideal for sauce as it is meatier, has fewer seeds and lower acidity than many other plum types. Certified Organic
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    Bred in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas this tomato is regarded as one of the tastiest heirlooms. Clusters of 5 - 9 fruit the size of a large cherry ripen up the vine over a long season. Red, sweet and juicy, productive and with some disease resistance. Certified Organic
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