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Culinary Herb Seeds

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"Culinary Basil Set" (Genovese, Greek, Mrihani, Sweet and Thai), all organic

Annual Basils coming from the Mediterranean and the Orient, mainly used in cookery but of course also endowed with medicinal attributes, being very kind to the stomach and digestion.  Full sized packets of 5 different types, excellent in soup, stir-fry, curries, Asian cookery, and my favorite, PESTO.  

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"Thyme Set" (1 seed packet each of the following: Creeping, English Broadleaf, German Winter and Mastic)

Long-lived evergreen woody perennials with plump leaves that dry down into excellent spice--rich-smelling and wholesome.  If used in sufficient quantity, Thyme acts as a potent antiseptic and expectorant.  Thyme Set (1 seed packet each of the following:  Creeping, English Broadleaf, German Winter and Mastic Thymes)

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Alexanders, Black (Smyrnium olisatrum), packet of 20 seeds, organic

(Black Lovage)  Herbaceous biennial, sometimes perennial hardy to all zones.  Native to the Mediterranean, Syria, and the Canary Islands.  Antiquated plant that is fast disappearing from the global biota. Spring vegetable and fortifying tonic, a significant and stately historical herb.

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Anise, Official (Pimpinella anisum), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Anise, Official (Pimpinella anisum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

Annual or overwintering annual.  120 days to seed.  Native to the Mediterranean, Asia Minor and Egypt--introduced to Europe during ancient times. The sweet and spicy seed is a universal flavoring agent, emmenagogue and galactagogue.

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Basil, Genovese (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Basil, Genovese (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

(Genovese Basil) A sweet lettuce leaf type that is tall, uniform, and slow to bolt.  Leaves gently savoyed.  One of the best for making pesto.  Kind to the stomach.  Easy to grow.
 

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Basil, Greek (Ocimum minimum), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Basil, Greek (Ocimum minimum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

(Greek Basil)  A tiny hummock of a plant, resembling a Lilliputian Oak tree, but redolent with the finest of Basil aroma.  We vote this the best-tasting Basil of all.
 

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Basil, Mrihani (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Basil, Mrihani (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 30 seeds, organic

(Mrihani Basil)  Annual, with leaf harvest in 60 days. This is a traditional cultivar grown in Zanzibar.  The leaves are ruffled, with a strong basil smell and flavor.  The flowers are purple.  In E African cuisine, the fresh or dried leaves are used as an ingredient in coconut based sauces.  

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Basil, Sweet Lettuce Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Basil, Sweet Lettuce Leaf (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

Prolific producer.  Good market basil. Large, thick leaves. Excellent for pesto. This was one of the first crops we ever grew and remains one of the best. 

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Basil, Thai (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Basil, Thai (Ocimum basilicum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

Thai Basil is a showy, globe-shaped plant with medium-sized, lance-shaped leaves, green at base of plant, and purple toward the apex; flowers purple to bronze.  Spicy variety preferred for Thai cooking.

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Caraway, German (Carum carvi), packet of 200 seeds, organic

Overwintering annual or biennial, native to Europe. Hardy to all temperate zones.  The seeds of this handsome plant are popularly used in cookery, especially tasty when added to hardy bread and other baked goods. 

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Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Chameleon Plant (Houttuynia cordata), packet of 100 seeds, organic

(Yu-xing-cao, Tsi)  Creeping herbaceous perennial native to China and hardy to -20 degrees F.  Stolons and leaves used as an aromatic and tasty condiment.

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Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), packet of 100 seeds, organic

(Coriander, Thai Parsley)  Annual.  30 days to cilantro herb, 60 days to coriander seeds.  Harvest the shining, smooth leaves before the plant flowers for use as the culinary spice Cilantro in cooking and in salsa. 

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Cornflower, Dark Blue (Centaurea cyanus), packet of 50 seeds, organic
Cornflower, Dark Blue (Centaurea cyanus), packet of 50 seeds, organic

(Corn Flower, Common Cornflower, Basketflower, Bachelors Button, Bluebottle, Boutonniere Flower, Hurtsickle, Cyani Flower)  Annual to 2 feet tall, native to Europe, producing flowers in 6 to 8 weeks from seeding.  The deep blue of cornflowers is a welcome sight in cultivated fields, where it brings a touch of fairy madness.  The harmless, edible petals retain their vivid hue upon drying, and are commonly used to enhance the color of tea blends. 

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Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), packet of 300 seeds
Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), packet of 300 seeds

Annual. 115 days to maturity.  Native to the Mediterranean and cultivated worldwide.  The seeds are an aromatic spice that make a perfect companion for salad dressings, rye bread and/or cheese.

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Dill, Bouquet (Anethum graveolens), packet of 200 seeds, organic
Dill, Bouquet (Anethum graveolens), packet of 200 seeds, organic

Annual.  65 days to maturity  Native to southern Europe, Iran and India. Lacy foliage and nodding seedheads.  Equally well suited for spicing up provider beans, carrot slices or purple peacock broccoli.  My mom used to make a white sauce for cauliflower with lots of dill in it, very close to heaven on earth. 

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Edible Flowers Seed Collection (Bean, Scarlet Runner; Borage; Calendula, wild; Nasturtium, jewels; Love in the Mist; Shungiku; Violet, Heartsease, Organic
Edible Flowers Seed Collection (Bean, Scarlet Runner; Borage; Calendula, wild; Nasturtium, jewels; Love in the Mist; Shungiku; Violet, Heartsease, Organic

In response to many requests here's a collection of our top edible flowers.  These are full sized packets.  All yield flowers or petals that are good for garnishing salads and for confections.  Wonderful choices for worry-free children's gardens.  Price shown is a substantial discount over the cost of buying packets individually.

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Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides), packet of 300 seeds, organic
Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides), packet of 300 seeds, organic

(Wormseed)  Herbaceous perennial wormwood-like plant is the source of a potent spice and vermifuge. The dried leaf used to spice beans allays flatus. In sufficient dosage, the seed will aid in expulsion of intestinal worms.

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Fennel, Common (Grosfruchtiger) (Foeniculum vulgare), packet of 100 seeds, organic [WA NO]
Fennel, Common (Grosfruchtiger) (Foeniculum vulgare), packet of 100 seeds, organic [WA NO]

Herbaceous perennial hardy to 0 degrees F.  The grosfruchtiger variety has very sweet green leaves and sweet seeds, with none of the funky aftertaste that sometimes comes along with common roadside fennel.. [NOT AVAILABLE TO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON]

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Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), packet of 50 seeds
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), packet of 50 seeds

Perennial grass grown as an annual in the temperate north.  The tea is an excellent antiinflammatory and quite yummy.  The fresh stalks are used extensively in asian cooking and certainly lend a characteristic flavor. 

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Lovage (Levisticum officinalis), packet of 100 seeds, organic
Lovage (Levisticum officinalis), packet of 100 seeds, organic

Herbaceous perennial flowering from 4 to 7 feet tall, hardy to -40 degrees F.  The leaf stems and leaves, harvested fresh and chopped, make an agreeably aromatic potherb, especially nice to flavor potato-leek soup. Root is proestrogenic.

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