Hummingbird tree (Sesbania grandiflora)
Sesbania grandiflora is a small erect, fast-growing, and sparsely branched tree that reaches 32 feet in height. The flowers, young leaves and tender pods of the white flowered hummingbird tree are edible and are sold in local ethnic markets. All parts of the tree are also utilized for medicine in Southeastern Asia and India including preparations derived from the roots, bark, gum, leaves, flowers, and fruit.
The tree thrives under full exposure to sunshine and is extremely frost sensitive.
In Tamil the tree is called Kathurumurunga or akatthi. In Hindi gaach-munga, in Telugu avisi, in Bengali Bokful, and Hadga Flower in Marathi.
Packet of 10 seeds
SKU Number: 1350
Green stemmed gongoora NEW FOR 2016!
Green stemmed or white stemmed variation of gongoora.
(Hibiscus sabdariffa) This tangy vegetable grows up to 1 foot tall and has edible lobed leaves. The stems are light green This vegetable is often prepared as a pickle or with chicken or mutton. Popular in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh (Tella Gongura) and Orissa (called Nalite saga in Oriya, Belchanda' among Nepalese, Tengamora among Assamese). In Thai it is know as KraJiabDaeng , som phor dee in Lao, Chaye-Torosh in Farsi, karkade in Arabic, Rosela in Indonesia, asam belanda in Malaysia. Another important edible part is the fleshy sepal (calyx), which is intense red and tastes acidic. Sometimes used as a cranberry substitute it is used to make jelly and juice. The leaves and young stems are eaten raw in salads or cooked as a vegetable. It is also known to be a mild laxative and mild diuretic.
We recommend soaking seeds for 24 hours in warm water before sowing.
SKU Number: 642
Chukkakura looks similar to spinach, with broad dark green leaves and thick stems. Chukka leaves are sour and a bit meatier than spinach and they are triangular in shape. The pungent leaves have a tart, lemony flavor.
This variety of sorrel is known as Khatta palak, Ambat chukka, Indian Sorrel and Chukka Kura in various parts of India.
SKU Number: 645
Bottle Gourd- Dhol- NEW FOR 2016 !
A shorter variety of Bottle gourd with all the same delicious flavor.
1. Early maturity, vigorous growth, with relative resistance to powdery mildew. Strong fruit setting ability, can set many fruits on large vines.
2. About 50-55 days from sowing to harvest, long harvest time, light green fruits, drum shape, fruit length is about 20-25 cm, single fruit weights about 500-700 g.
3. Tender flesh, slow to age, resistant to storage and transportation, good commodity, super high yield.
SKU Number: 360
Moongre - Radish pods
Raphanus caudatus. In appearance it looks a french bean but is pungent in taste like a radish. It is indeed a radish, but is not grown for its root but the tasty pods that form from attractive flowers. It grows well in cooler temperatures as well as the heat of summer. Popular in Rajasthan as well as in Gujarat where it is known as Moongres or Lila mougri. Best when they are harvested while still small, you can make a chutney by pounding these with some green chillies, and mixing in salt and yogurt. Radish pods are also great in salads and stir fries. Also known as rat tailed radish.
SKU Number: 855
Jatropha curcas- NEW FOR 2016
Jatropha or physic nut is a plant grown for its seeds. The seeds are in turn processed into oil and further into biodiesel, which can be used in a standard diesel engine.
Note: Jatropha seeds and plants are toxic to humans and animals.
SKU Number: *
Fava Bean - Broad Windsor NEW FOR 2016!
(Vicia faba) 80 days when sown in spring. Popular in European gardens, Broad Windsor is one of the tastiest of all dried beans and one of the largest. When eaten at the shelling stage, you'll discover why their mild flavor makes them perfect partners with many spices and herbs. Great for Falafel.
Fava Beans prefer cool, mild conditions and are suitable for early spring and fall planting.The sturdy bushes stand 4 feet tall, produce 4-5 inch pods, and are reliably hardy to 12°F. Buff colored seeds.
SKU Number: 770
Italian Bean Roma II NEW FOR 2016!
Bush variety, 55 days. This is an improved Romano, bush type, green bean that produces loads of 6” to 7” long flat pods that are very flavorful. Delicious stir fried in Indian green bean dishes.
SKU Number: 745
Ash Gourd - Ganges NEW FOR 2016!
Round to square in shape with the bottom slightly bigger than the top. When mature the gourd is coverered in white powder. Single fruit weights 3 to5 Lbs. Palmate leaf, short internode wth the first female generally appearing in 6th-9th section, each 2-4 leaves will bear a female flower, sub-vines can also bear fruits.
Cultivation: The growing period is about 90-120 days, seedling age is about 35-40 days, from transplanting to beginning of harvest tender melons need about 40-55 days. Best started indoors 6-8 before transplanting outdoors.
SKU Number: 575