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GOURMET & ORNAMENTAL VEGETABLES
7140 FLORENCE FENNEL
Tasty high quality European bulb fennel.
Large rounded bulbs are crisp with a nice anise
flavour, great for grilling, baking, soups and
salads. Disturbing or stressing the roots too
much causes bolting. Fertile, regularly irrigated,
well drained soil produces the best bulbs.
Harvest as base thickens and clip off any seed
stalks that may form.
7142 FLOWER SPROUTS
KALEIDOSCOPE MIX F1
A new class of vegetable bred by crossing Kale
and Brussels Sprouts to resemble colourful flowers
or rosettes on stalks of tall upright plants just
like Brussels Sprouts. The flowers have a taste
and texture similar to Kale, suited to steaming,
sautéing, stir frying and roasting - when lightly
cooked they will hold their colour. Mix contains
green, purple and bicolour sprouts.
7148 GOJI BERRY
Goji or Wolfberry is a deciduous woody
perennial from China, renowned for its highly
nutritious fruit. Loaded with vitamins, minerals
and antioxidants the 1-2cm bright orange/red
fruit are traditionally dried to preserve them and
eaten as a snack, made into fruit juice or used in
muesli, soups and casseroles. Relatively easy to
grow, plants take 2-3 years to fruit, preferring to
grow in well limed free-draining soil and are frost
hardy. Watch for slugs and snails. Trees will fruit
better when grown together.
Highly regarded tree from Northern India that’s
high in vitamins and minerals and almost entirely
edible from the leaves and seeds to the roots.
Cook the immature seed pods like green beans, the
leaves like spinach and the roots like horseradish.
The flowers, seeds and bark also have many
therapeutic uses. A sun and heat loving plant that
is fast growing and thrives in most soil types but
unfortunately, doesn’t tolerate hard frosts.
7135 FLORENCE FENNEL
Highly regarded early bulb fennel for spring and
early summer sowing with good bolt resistance.
Big, very white, spherical bulbs with little fibre
and excellent taste. Compact plant with sturdy
green foliage. Responds well to mulch and
fertile, well drained soils.
MATURES 80 DAYS FROM DIRECT SOW
MATURES 80 DAYS FROM DIRECT SOW
MATURES 110 DAYS FROM TRANSPLANT
MATURES SECOND/THIRD SEASON FROM TRANSPLANT
MATURES 365 FROM TRANSPLANT
7145 CAPE GOOSEBERRY
The fruit is a juicy little golden ball when ripe,
enclosed in a ‘Chinese Lantern’. Fruit can be
eaten raw or used for old fashioned preserves
and in Mexican recipes requiring Tomatillos.
Plants form a rather sprawling bush which
benefits from support. Harvest fruit when the
calyx or ‘Lantern’ changes to a golden brown
colour and acquires a papery texture.
7146 CAROB TREE
Also known as the Locust Bean Tree, the Carob
is widely cultivated for its edible pods. The ripe
dried pods are ground to powder and used
to replace cocoa powder. Carobs are mostly
dioecious, either male or female with the females
setting the pods. However both are highly or-
namental and worth growing as specimen trees
anyway. They are reasonably frost hardy and
tolerate a wide range of soils types.
MATURES 90 DAYS FROM TRANSPLANT
MATURES 730 DAYS FROM TRANSPLANT
MATURES SECOND SEASON FROM TRANSPLANT
MATURES 150 DAYS FROM TRANSPLANT
MATURES 365 DAYS FROM TRANSPLANT
Selected Bay of Plenty strain. Delicious purple
skinned fruits. Vigorous climber needing to grow
up trellis in a sunny position. Mulch and water
well over the summer months. Spraying for vine
hopper will also control sooty mould on fruit.
Every home should have one!
An easy to grow melon-like fruiting bush from
South America. The fruit has a unique cream
colour and violet stripes with flesh that is firm and
sweet similar to a rockmelon but not as musky.
The bushy upright perennial plant is self fertile
and cold tolerant - cut back after the frosts and it
will happily regrow. Tiny seeds.
7160 TAMARILLO LARGE RED
Popular subtropical tree for the home garden.
Originally from Brazil and related to the ordinary
tomato, the red-bronze egg-shaped fruits of this
tree have an acid-free sweet taste, producing
in 18 months. Use sheltered position to protect
from winds and frosts. Heavy mulching will
encourage good fruit set. Relatively short-lived
so replace every 3 to 4 years.
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