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Oxalis tuberosa
A tuberous vegetable that produces colourful tubers that can be cooked like potato or eaten raw. The plant is attractive, having the typical leaves of oxalis, which is similar to the well known clover leaf. These are best suited to temperate climates. It is recommended to plant in Spring in cool areas and at the beginning of the Autumn in warmer areas. They can be kept in a fridge until ready for planting. Be careful not to freeze it. Protect from heat in all climate zones. Plant with about 5cm coverage, 30cm apart. Best harvests are had when the plants are hilled as for potatoes from about 4 months after planting. They are ready to harvest when the tops start to die back.
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Pandanus - Edible

$34.00 ($24.90-$69.00 choose a size)

Widely cultivated for use in Asian cooking and basket making. It has a nutty fragrance and is most commonly used in rice dishes or tied in a bundle and cooked with food. Also useful in flower arrangements. A low growing plant to 1m with long narrow blade like leaves and woody aerial roots. In tropical climates it can be grown as a marginal plant in dams and ponds, used as a bedding plant in tropical landscaping. Outside of the tropics, well worth trying as indoor plant in winter with a warm, sunny aspect. Allow the plant to dry out over the winter months.
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Jade Vine

$39.00

Prized for its stunning claw shaped turquoise flowers. These can be eaten as a vegetable. This is a vine for subtropical, tropical gardens or a warm indoors position. It does not tolerate frost. It prefers a moist, free draining soil and can grow 2-5m.
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Yam - Oca - New Season

$14.75 ($4.90-$19.75 choose a size)

The Oca Yam is a red, waxy, crinkled tuber. Size can vary from 3 to 10cm in length. The tubers have a tangy, acid nutty flavour and are a great accompaniment to roast dinners. Temperatures over 28 degrees cause plants to wilt. Grow best in moderately cool climate. Freezing will kill the plant. Plant out after the last frost, can be kept in a bag in the fridge with moist coir until planting.
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Cinnamon - Cassia

$29.00 ($29.00-$49.00 choose a size)

Grown for thousands of years in China for both culinary and medicinal purposes and the source of the preferred cinnamon spice in North America, the flavour is stronger and is suitable for both sweet and savoury dishes. Trees are coppiced every 2-3 years and the inner bark is harvested and rolled into quills. The flower buds are also used as a sweet flavouring. Cassia cinnamon is distinguished from true Cinnamon by the thickness of the harvested quills and by the scent of the leaves. These are high in cinnamaldehyde, the source of the cinnamon scent, whereas true Cinnamon leaves smell like cloves. An attractive tree. Weed Warning: Can be invasive in tropical areas

Vanilla Vine

$39.00 ($24.00-$39.00 choose a size)

The fermented pod of this climbing orchid is harvested from the Vanilla Vine or orchid, an aromatic sweet scents used to flavour cakes, and perfumes. Must be hand pollinated. The only insect capable of pollinating the blossom is the Melipona, a bee (see video) , native only to Mexico so all plants must be hand pollinated within 12 hours of the flower opening. The pods take nine month to develop.
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Jiaogulan

$19.75 ($3.90-$19.75 choose a size)

A climbing vine native to China and south east Asia. Plants are dioecious, meaning they are either male or female and one of each will be required for seed set. Grow as an annual and harvest in the summer. The name Jiaogulan is Chinese for twisting vine orchid. The leaves are edible and can be used as a vegetable or in teas, where they have a slightly bittersweet flavour
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Cinnamon Tree

$27.00 ($27.00-$59.00 choose a size)

Highly ornamental tree and the source of cinnamon spice. The beautiful red new growth is highly distinctive. The spice itself is the inner bark that is peeled from the branches after 2 years. Scrape the outer bark, then peel the inner bark, leave for a day so that the inner bark curls into cinnamon sticks as it dries. They are distinctive in the many layered quill they produce that, when crushed, will shard rather than snap. Cinnamon is a very elegant and useful aromatic, much kinder to the palate than other spices. It imparts a distinctively sweet flavour when used. The leaves themselves are higher in clove oil than cinnamaldehyde, the active component of the sweet aromatic scent of cinnamon. Weed Warning: Can be invasive in tropical areas

Ginger - Red Spiral

$24.00

Red inflorescence with yellow flowers appearing from within the bracts. The yellow flowers are edible, crisp and tangy with a slight ginger flavour. Great in salads of all kinds. A beautiful landscaping ginger plant to 1m. Prefers lightly shaded, moist areas but can tolerate sun and some dry times. Relatively cold hardy, dies back over winter in cooler areas.

Tahitian Spinach

$17.90

This particular taro was developed for its yield of edible leaves and stems rather than its roots. The leaves and leaf stems are eaten as a cooked, green vegetable; the stems are widely used as a celery substitute in tropical areas. They provide protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and vitamins A, B, and C. The leaves can be harvested all year round.No Taro should never be eaten raw, due to the presence of harmful oxalates, which are eliminated with cooking.Weed Warning: Tahitian Spinach is prone to producing heaps of small bulbils that, if disturbed, can spread rapidly. It tends to be hard to clear out of an area because of the sheer numbers of these small bulbils. So it is best planted off in a corner, where it can be left undisturbed.
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Aloe Vera

$12.90 ($12.90-$18.75 choose a size)

The healing powers of the Aloe Vera plant have been known throughout the civilised world for centuries. While considered by many to be a member of the cactus family it is actually a member of a family related to asparagus along with onion and garlic.It is a perennial herb with thick, succulent, pointed, basal leaves. The leaves are a grey-green to reddish colour and are sometimes spotted. The margins are slightly pink with pale teeth; flowers orange in terminal, elongated clusters.Currently known as Aloe barbadensis it is now agreed that Aloe vera can take precedence. That's much easier for us to remember and the vera distinguishes the more popular garden aloe from that of the A. maculata which is a much larger and more vigorous plant that has become naturalised in the eastern and southern parts of the continent.
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Timor Lettuce

$5.75 ($5.75-$9.75 choose a size)

A hardy upright lettuce variety that can grow to 2m. Tolerant of hot and humid conditions. Leaves can be eaten fresh or when they are older cook them in soups and stews like spinach. Great for subtropical and tropical gardens producing tasty leafy greens for your kitchen creations most of the year. Chickens love it too. Semi perennial that self sows readily.
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Mother of Herbs

$14.90

A perennial aromatic, culinary herb that can be used as a replacement for 'mixed herbs' in various dishes. Super easy to grow, prefers a part shade position and requires minimal watering to flourish. An excellent addition to every herb garden

Curry Tree

$18.90 ($18.90-$79.00 choose a size)

Fresh leaves from this tree are an indispensable ingredient in Indian cooking. The leaves are pretty much unknown in the West because they lose most of their flavour when dried. They have a distinct, spicy curry-like flavour and odour.Warning: The seeds are poisonous and should not be eaten
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Brahmi

$7.75

Brahmi is native to India and is now endemic to many parts of the world, including Australia and prefers warm, wet soils in a protected, partially shaded position. Drought and frost tender. Perennial ground cover growing to 20-40cm. Eat fresh, or dry and brew into a herbal tea. Also called memory herb and water hyssop.

Water Celery

$14.90

Water Celery is a perennial bog plant with a strong celery flavour that becomes milder with cooking. It grows to 60 cm when in flower in most areas of Australia. The leaves and tender stems are eaten raw in salads, used in soups, or to flavour rice; the white roots are also edible. It spreads rapidly to form a dense mat and prefers full sun to a partially shaded position.Weed Warning: Care should be taken to keep it out of natural watercourses
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Torch Ginger - Thai Pink

$39.00

Stunning pink flowers are fresh and zesty tasting, a favourite in SE Asian cooking. Plants produce large flower spikes in summer and are a stunning addition to gardens, both tropical and subtropical. A very large ginger that in optimum conditions can reach 2-5m in height. Likes part shade and a rich, well drained soil. Fertilise and keep moist for great blooms. The entire plant is edible, including seeds, flowers and leaves.
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Mushroom - Tan Oyster Grow Kit

$42.95

The oyster mushroom is frequently used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cookery as a delicacy: it is frequently served on its own, in soups, stuffed, or in stir-fry recipes with soy sauce. Oyster mushrooms are sometimes made into a sauce, used in Asian cooking, which is similar to oyster sauce. The mushroom's taste has been described as a mild with a slight fragrance similar to anise. The oyster mushroom is best when picked young Best Temperature Range : Low: 10-21 C fruiting temperature

Gotu Kola

$7.90

Gotu Kola is native to the wetlands of Asia, and now endemic to the South Pacific and Australia. It is used as a culinary vegetable. Gotu Kola is an aquatic plant so for best results regular water is required when growing away from a wetland environment. In gardens it can be quite hardy though but will then produce small and bitter leaves.

Curry Plant

$19.75 ($18.75-$19.75 choose a size)

The young shoots and leaves are stewed in Mediterranean meat, fish or vegetable dishes until they have imparted their flavour, and removed before serving. It grows on dry, rocky or sandy ground around the Mediterranean region. The stems are woody at the base and can reach 60cm or more in height. The clusters of yellow flowers are produced in Summer, they retain their colour after picking and are used in dried flower arrangements.

Cardamon Ginger

$14.90

Cardamon ginger is a leafy ginger-like plant that grows in clumps and makes an excellent low screen, it adds a tropical feel to any garden. While the seeds don't resemble true cardamom, the leaves can be used in desserts, to add flavour when steaming rice, or used to wrap fish. Leaves are also delicious when infused to make spiced teas: infuse one cardamon leaf, two sticks of lemon grass and one chopped chilli for a winter warmer.

Sage - Pineapple

$7.90

Scarlet flowers and a pineapple aroma make this delightful grey-green sage a lovely addition to the herb garden. A herbaceous perennial it grows 1.2-1.5m tall. Attractive to birds and butterflies.

Brazilian Sissoo Spinach

$14.90

A low growing perennial leaf vegetable, which forms a neat mound to 30 cm high, rather than spreading in a mat. This growth habit makes it a handy plant for edging paths, especially in partial shade as it is quite shade-tolerant. It is suitable for subtropical and tropical areas only; it is unlikely to do well further south than Sydney. It will tolerate most soils although it prefers a moderate to rich loam, it dislikes water logging. Plant in full sun to medium shade. Use it steamed or stir-fried rather than in salads.

Mushroom Plant

$14.75 ($14.75-$18.75 choose a size)

This low growing perennial herb gets its name from the mushroomy flavoured leaves. The leaves and stems are eaten raw in salads or they can be cooked as a green vegetable in stir fries. The leaves are rich in chlorophyll. Leaves contain 3% protein, they are also very high in calcium, a richer source than most foods.
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Pigeon Pea

$2.90 ($2.90-$18.00 choose a size)

A woody, fast growing leguminous shrub, to 3.6 m, with yellow and red flowers. It is hardy, widely adaptable and tolerant of temperatures as high as 35C. It can be killed by heavy frost. The seeds are 25% protein, can be eaten fresh or as split dried peas, are used for dhal in India, contain 5 times more Vitamin A and C than green peas. The leaves and young shoots can be eaten cooked, they are fibrous and have a strong spicy odour. Animal Fodder; an excellent feed for cattle, pigs and poultry. Green Manure; incorporate the plants as they flower. Mulch production; can be cut many times in a season. Windbreaks; suitable as a shelter belt around vegetable gardens and plants provide nitrogen, habitat and soil stabilisation. Permaculture - plant on west side of newly planted trees to provide wind and sun shelter and a ready source of mulch. Prune back to control growth and use as mulch on your young tree.
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Sugar Herb - Stevia

$17.75 ($17.75-$18.75 choose a size)

Stevia or the sugar herb is native to Brazil. The fresh or dried leaves can be used as a sugar substitute to sweeten cakes, drinks or desserts and are the only natural sweetener to have zero calories, carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index. The leaves if eaten fresh have a distinct set of flavours, the first sensation on the taste buds is the sweetness, this is followed by a pleasant aniseed like flavour which is lost totally once the herb is dried. Stevia is best grown in a sunny or partly shaded position where it is protected from frost. Thrives in moist, well drained soils enriched with humus. Ideal for pots, herb and kitchen gardens.The flowers will emerge from the ends of the stems throughout summer, and it does die back in winter but the plant is perennial and will bounce back in spring. The foliage is delicate on these young herbs, and our potted plants are known for their older, lower leaves to turn yellow and drop during transport to conserve energy. This is not a problem long term. With care and acclimatisation they will bounce back.
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Seed of Heaven

$26.90

A tropical evergreen, clump-forming spice and fruit bearing giant ginger native to West Central Africa. Growing to 6m or more, the rhizomes are reddish-brown, 1.5 cm in diameter. The large, ridged bright red, fleshy fruit are produced at the base of the plant and contain a sweet edible pulp that is tangy and juicy. The seeds are used as a piquant spice, not unlike peppercorns. Grows best is a shaded position

Ginger - Spiral 'Belize'

$28.90

Beautiful landscaping ginger with yellow inflorescence from which emerges the red edible flower. Crisp, tangy and tasty, they make a great addition to salads of all kinds. Prefers lightly shaded, moist areas but can tolerate sun and some dry times. Relatively cold hardy, dies back over winter in cooler areas. Reaches about 1m and can tolerate a range of soils and climates.

Lemon Verbena

$18.75 ($14.75-$18.75 choose a size)

A deciduous shrub native to South America. It is an attractive plant with beautiful lemon scented leaves that can be used to flavour sweet and savoury dishes as well as making a refreshing herbal tea. Lemon verbena grows best is a sunny position in free draining moist soil. It does not tolerate frost but can be grown in a pot and protected on frosty nights. The attractive, delicate and fragrant white/mauve flowers are also used in teas and other culinary concoctions.
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Comfrey

$17.90 ($9.75-$17.90 choose a size)

This well-known showy plant is a member of the Borage and Forget-me-not tribe, Boraginaceae. A hardy perennial, its large leaves are rough and hairy all over. Comfrey thrives in almost any soil or situation, but does best in moist conditions. A useful plant it can be used with great success as a liquid manure, activator for compost heaps, a weed barrier or attractive understory plant.

Hibiscus - Cranberry

$17.90

A very nutritious vegetable. The young leaves have a pleasantly tart flavour, and eaten either raw or cooked, they retain their colour. The leaves contain oxalic acid, and should only be eaten once a week. Unlike Aibika, it is not particularly mucilaginous. Flowers are used to make teas or other drinks where they contribute colour rather than taste. In Central America the flowers are combined with ice, sugar, lemon, or lime juice and water to make a purple lemonade.This plant is a short-lived perennial shrub in the subtropics and tropics but can be grown as an annual in cooler climates. It grows rapidly to 1.7 m high with deeply cut leaves similar to Japanese maple. The leaf colour of deep cranberry red is highly ornamental; the flowers are a small, very pretty, rose-pink hibiscus-type. Cranberry hibiscus is a hardy plant that thrives when it is warm and wet; it prefers full sun but will grow in partial shade. It needs ample water, rich, fertile, well-drained soil that is kept mulched and a pH of between 6.1 and 6.5.The vivid leaf colour makes this a good choice as a background plant in ornamental beds.

Torch Ginger - James Red

$49.00

Add an exceptional flavour to your culinary creations. Edible flower buds, this has large flower spikes and is a stunning addition to tropical and subtropical gardens.A very large ginger that in optimum conditions can reach 2-5m in height.
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Dill

$2.45 ($2.45-$3.90 choose a size)

A perenial herb with soft delicate leaves, it is commonly used to flavour fish dishes. Successful cultivation requires warm to hot summers with high sunshine levels; even partial shade will reduce the yield substantially. It also prefers rich, well drained soil.It is attractive to beneficial insects in the garden.
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Coriander

$2.75 ($2.75-$3.90 choose a size)

Frost hardy annual to 50 cm high x 30 cm wide. Prune off all flower stems to produce more leaves. Use all parts - leaves, stems and roots. Seeds can be ground and used in curry.Dainty white flowers attract beneficial predators (ladybirds, lacewings) into the garden.
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Chilli - Bell

$14.75 ($14.75-$18.75 choose a size)

A very attractive bell shaped chilli which is medium to hot flavoured and excellent for pickling. Perennial in warmer climates.

Coriander - Thai

$4.90

A low growing plant with a rosette growth habit. The leaves are stiff, long and deeply toothed: the flowers are spiky. The leaves are used in curries, salads, chutneys and salsa. It has a stronger flavour than coriander and retains its flavour when dried. It grows well in pots. Hi

Parsley Curly leaf

$4.90

One of the essential kitchen herbs, parsley is easy to grow in pots, containers and window boxes where it can be kept close to the kitchen door. It also attracts many beneficial insects to the garden. As a biennial plants it will flower in it second years and should then be replaced.

Rhubarb - Victoria

$12.90 ($12.90-$12.90 choose a size)

The perennial rhubarb is often referred to as the pie plant due to its use in pies. It is a highly productive plant that can be harvested within 6 months. Requires rich well drained soil.

Rhubarb - Ever Red

$12.90 ($12.90-$14.90 choose a size)

True crimson red stems, produces all year round if well watered, especially spring and summer. Sweetest choice in rhubarb varieties.

Potato - Dutch Cream

$14.75

Oval tuber with a yellow skin and rich yellow, waxy flesh; good flavour and texture, holds its shape when cooked and is excellent mashed. Also perfect for frying, baking and potato salads.

Lemongrass

$14.90 ($14.90-$18.75 choose a size)

Lemongrass is one of the most versatile of herbs. It makes a delicious herbal tea, is often used in cooking, as an effective pest repellent and an almost impenetrable weed barrier. Tie the outer leaves in a loop and cook with food to impart flavour. Be sure to remove before serving. Incredibly fast to become established and drought tolerant. The fleshy, purple part of the stem is used in curry pastes and can be ground into a paste and added to marinades and sauces to impart a fresh, lemony flavour.
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Galangal

$18.75 ($4.90-$18.75 choose a size)

Galangal is a fantastic member of the ginger family. The plant has striking orchid-like blooms and is often found in subtropical and tropical gardens. The knobby root has a delicious exotic taste with a touch of pepper and ginger. Best known as Thai Ginger, Galangal is similar to ginger in appearance, but not in flavor or texture. There are two primary types, Greater and Lesser. Indian and Thai Curries make primary use of Galangal and it is a prime ingredient of the popular Bitters used in mixed drinks. Use ground Galangal with other spices such as Cumin, Coriander, and Thai chillies to season almost any food including soups, sauces, meats and fish, legumes, and dry seasoning blends. Shoots, flower buds & flowers can be eaten cooked, shoots are quite hot when raw.
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Rhubarb - Sydney Crimson

$17.90 ($14.90-$17.90 choose a size)

Adelicious red stemmed variety that is excellent for pies, tarts and jams. Grows very well over a range of climates. The perennial rhubarb is often referred to as the pie plant due to its use in pies. It is a highly productive plant that can be harvested within 6 months. Requires rich well drained soil. Plant crowns in rich well drained soil with growing bud just above soil.
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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

$24.00 ($19.75-$49.00 choose a size)

Also known as the Horseradish tree or Tree of Life. Possibly one of the most useful trees in the world, it produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The peeled roots are used as a substitute for horseradish and the edible leaves make a highly nutritious vegetable. Claims are made that its tiny leaves contains 7 times the Vit C of oranges, 4 times the Vit A of Carrots, 4 times the Calcium of milk, 3 times the Potassium of Bananas, and 2 times the protein of yogurt. The roots have also been documented as useful in many folk remedies. It originates in India and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia, Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific. In Africa it has been also called the Miracle Tree with so many uses. This tree has delicate foliage and attractive pale yellow flowers. The slender, semi -deciduous, perennial tree, to about 10 m tall with drooping branches. Best kept pruned under 2mts as its the leaves that is what is best used in cooking. Thrives in subtropical and tropical climates, flowering and fruiting freely and continuously. Grows best on a dry sandy soil. Makes an ideal shade tree with high drought resistance. (Source: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan) The foliage is delicate on young trees, and our potted plants are known for their older leaves to turn yellow and drop during transport to conserve energy. This is not a problem long term. With care and acclimatisation they will bounce back

Pepper - Black

$29.00 ($29.00-$39.00 choose a size)

Cultivated for the fruit which is dried and used as a spice and seasoning. The fruits are dark red when fully ripe. Immature fruits can be picked as green pepper, black pepper is the fruit dried with the skin on and white pepper is the dried seed only. Black pepper is the worlds most widely traded spice.

Cacao

$59.00 ($19.75-$59.00 choose a size)

The cacao is a tropical tree native to the Amazon region of South America. It grows well in tropical Australia. Cacao is the source of chocolate, cocoa and cocoa butter, the fermented seeds are roasted, cracked and ground into a powder. Benefits from hand pollination.

Carob - Clifford

$99.00 ($69.00-$119.00 choose a size)

This one of the two available self pollinating Hermaphrodite varieties, which makes it a must for all orchards. The medium size beans are of good quality with 50%+ sugar content. An early fruit bearer on young trees. Yields are excellent with irrigation. Trees prefer neutral to alkaline soil for best results. Supply of this plant is limited please ask to be notified of availability and we will do our best to propagate these and help you in the coming years.

Ginger - Shampoo

$29.00 ($29.00-$39.00 choose a size)

A beautiful Ginger plant for tropical and subtropical gardens. It releases a lovely fragrant sudsy liquid when the red flowers are squeezed gently. Grow in full sun to partial shade in free draining soil. Keep the plant moist during the growing season and reduce watering when it is dormant in cooler seasons. Liquid harvested from the plant can be stored in the freezer for use at other times for example if you want the luxury of washing your hair with this gorgeous natural shampoo alternative in Winter. During summer the flowers will refill with the gingery fragrant liquid in 3 to 4 days. Enjoy your beautiful plant!

Tea Plant

$19.90 ($4.90-$19.90 choose a size)

Makes an attractive hedge with the added bonus of providing your own tea if you wish to dry the new leaf tips. The fragrant white flowers are an added bonus to this compact glossy leaved bush.

Yacon - Apple of the Earth

$19.75 ($3.95-$19.75 choose a size)

Also known as the 'Earth Apple' this is one of the ancient crops of the Inca's. This relative of the sunflower is popular to the people of Columbia, Ecuador and Argentina. The plant produces large tubers similar in appearance to sweet potatoes, but they have a much sweeter taste and crunchy flesh. The tubers can be eaten raw as a refreshing treat on their own, finely sliced and mixed into salads,boiled or baked, fried as chips or prepared as a pickle. There is also commercial interest as a flavouring for yoghurt. They are sweet, juicy and almost calorie free. The main stem can also be used like celery. The texture and flavour have been described as a cross between a fresh apple and watermelon. The plants are vigorous, herbaceous, perennial and extremely hardy tolerating hot summers, drought and poor soils. The foliage of the plant dies back in the winter after flowering at which time the tubers are harvested carefully to avoid damage to the tubers. They tend to continue sweetening if left in a cool dry and dark place for a week or two before consumption. The reddish rhizomes are then replanted for the next season.

Ginger QLD

$19.75 ($3.00-$19.75 choose a size)

Hardy ginger variety, very popular in a range of cooking. Aromatic perennial plant with a pungent rhizome that is used as a spice, flavouring, food, and traditional medicine. In cool climates can perform very well as a pot plant and is easy to harvest all year round by digging fresh tubers as you need them. Young rhizome is pink skinned and the texture is much softer. The leafy stems of ginger grow about a metre high and lend a tropical feel to gardens. Provide good amounts of organic matter and keep well watered right through the growing season for best production

Bay Tree

$19.75 ($14.90-$79.00 choose a size)

This handsome pyramid shaped tree makes a superb tub specimen, hedging plant or topiary sculpture due to its positive response to pruning. The leaves of the bay are used as a popular culinary seasoning used in all types of cooking.

Turmeric - Orange

$19.90 ($3.90-$19.90 choose a size)

The thick, cylindrical rhizome or underground stem of a tropical plant belongs to the ginger family. Finely grated it adds many health benefits and a brilliant colour and earthy flavour to foods such as Indian curries, rice and vegetarian dishes. Fresh Turmeric is lightly aromatic and slightly peppery, the flavour is pungent and bitter. Turmeric is a primary ingredient of Curry Powder. Used heavily in Indian Cuisine such as legumes, beans, and vegetable dishes. That wonderful ballpark mustard also contains turmeric as a colouring. To make yellow rice, use one teaspoon to colour one cup of raw rice. In the garden, the luscious leafy plant produces a spectacular flower that will stop you in your tracks, making a great ornamental feature in a subtropical garden. The foliage will die back in the winter indicating it is ready for harvest.

Cardamom

$27.00 ($27.00-$39.00 choose a size)

A pungent, aromatic, herbaceous perennial. The green three sides seed pods are popular in Indian and Asian cooking and can be used whole or ground into a spice.The flowers are white to lilac or pale violet, produced in a loose spike 30 to 60 cm long.

Tea Plant - Pink

$19.90

Pink flowering form of Camelia sinensis that you can use to make your own brew of tea. New growth is a rich burgundy colour. Mix and match the Pink flowering form with the traditional white flowering Tea Plant. A compact shrub to 1m, perfect for hedging and specimen or container plants, growing best in pH 5.5 - 6.6 so an acidic mix is perfect. Grow them alongside blueberries! Partial shade and moist soil. Tea Plant - Pink will blossom during Autumn.

Ginger - Canton

$19.75 ($2.90-$19.75 choose a size)

Popular Ginger variety grown in Australia. Used frequently in Asian and south Asian cuisine and is more savory. Slightly larger rhizomes than the hardy Qld variety.

Myoga Ginger

$19.90 ($18.75-$19.90 choose a size)

a native of Japan where it is grown commercially for its delicious spring shoots and young flower buds produced in autumn. Myoga flower buds are used in soups, tempura, pickled and as a spice. Like most gingers it is an understory of forests and so grows best under some shade. It can get sunburned leaves which will reduce its vigor if grown in full sun. In winter the top growth dies back and it regenerates in spring from the underground rhizomes.

Jerusalem Artichoke

$14.90 ($4.90-$18.75 choose a size)

A Jerusalem artichoke is a white-fleshed root vegetable that is related to the Sunflower. The plant is upright, tall-growing with bristly woody stems, green pointed leaves, and golden-yellow flowers similar to the sunflower. The edible tubers are elongated, knobby, white, red or purple skinned. Several tubers are clustered at the base of each stem. The tubers can be eaten raw or cooked and the flavour improves if they are left in the ground until frosted. It is not related to the thistle-like globe artichoke, even though they taste rather similar. It is used in a popular creamy soup in France. Best planted in the spring or early summer for good tuber production. Appreciates well drained and friable soils. Raised garden beds can be useful where you have heavier soil types. Keep them well mulched and visit them regularly to enjoy their fine presence in your garden.

Chilli - Rocoto Tree

$19.75 ($19.75-$19.75 choose a size)

The Rocoto Tree Chilli also has another common name of Hotlips there is no question of the heat in these perennial chillies. The fruit matures from green to red and ranges in heat from medium hot to very hot depending on the weather. The shrub will fruit abundantly for many years. The deep rich chilli flavour is accentuated when dry roasted in a pan or directly over a flame.

Betel Leaf

$19.90 ($14.75-$19.90 choose a size)

The spicy leaves can be eaten raw and cooked. The attractive leaves can be used to wrap tasty foods such as spiced rice and ginger. Requires free draining, moist, fertile soil to grow well. Trellis support advised. Or it can be grown as a dense ground cover. Soaking the leaves in cold water with a little sugar for 2 hours before use subtly alters the flavour. The white flower spikes develop into a small fruit that can be eaten. Betel leaf has many traditional medicinal uses.Betel leaf is an evergreen, perennial creeper to 90 cm. It has shiny heart-shaped leaves with small white flower spikes. It prefers a rich, well-drained soil with partial shade. It likes to be kept moist but does not tolerate water-logging. Frost will damage the leaves but not kill the plant once it is well established. It makes a good ground cover under trees in subtropical and tropical areas. It grows vigorously in the right position and because of its habit of suckering can be difficult to remove. It can be grown successfully in colder areas in a hanging basket or large pot and moved to a warm, sheltered position in winter. Betel leaf is a different plant to Betel pepper Piper betle, which is chewed with betel nut.

Cassava

$19.75 ($4.90-$19.75 choose a size)

Cassava is a shrubby plant growing to about 1-3m, with thin stems and attractive large palm-shaped leaves. A perennial shrub cassava produces a high yield of tuberous roots in 6 months to 3 years after planting. The tubers are the main part that is eaten, but the leaves can be enjoyed as a vegetable dish.Cassava is an important daily source of starch for 300-600 million of the poorest people around the world. It is among the most productive uses of subsistence land, producing 40% more starch than rice, and 25% more than maize..Note that all cassava is poisonous!! In some bitter varieties, all parts of the plant are laced with a highly toxic poison (hydrocyanic or prussic acid). Sweet varieties have lower or marginal concentrations of the toxin. But the more toxic varieties produce bigger tubers! Plants from the tropics have evolved toxins as a defense against predators more so than those from temperate climates which is why they require cooking in order to eat them. Thorough cooking dispels or denatures the harmful toxins, and makes the remaining portion safe to eat.Powdered cassava is treated like a flour and made into cakes, unleavened bread, pasta, crackers. Sliced cassava is also made into crisps. Flat bread made from cassava meal can keep for a year without spoiling. Dried chips or pellets are used as animal feed.Young tender leaves are rich in Vitamin B and protein, but also has more of the toxins. They are eaten as a vegetable. Like the tubers, they have to be properly cooked to remove their toxins.

Chilli - Birds Eye

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The fruits are red, yellow, purple or black. Pungent, hot and spicy. The flowers are greenish white or yellowish white. Can be called the Thai Chilli as well. The plant can grow up to 2m tall however very easily stays small especially in pots. It's origins are from Mexico however it is most famous for being used in Vietnamese cooking in soups, stir fries and salads. Thai cuisine commonly uses this chilli and it is because it has a fruity taste and an extreme spiciness. Many of the Thai curries are centred around the flavour of the Birds Eye chilli and it has become so common in Thai cooking that it is often just called the Thai chilli. Because they go well in pots many people who couldn't grow these fruits outside in colder climates can keep them protected and enjoy them fresh rather than store bought.

Choko - Green

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A vigorous vine known for its large green fruit cooked as a popular vegetable. They are delicious when eaten at a small size. Very versatile and often used as a pear and apple substitute or supplement in cooking. Very hardy. The leaves, shoots, fruits and tubers are all eaten, making this an excellent plant to have around the garden and kitchen. It's growth can be kept in check be pruning or providing a strong trellis for the plant to climb. Fruits form quickly during the warm months and will continue over a long period of time. The vines will die back in winter as they are frost tender. Free draining soil is best and the plant will respond well to a feed of organic compost or manures during the growing season.An old fashioned plant that produces a tonne of fruit for modern times.

Butterfly Pea Vine

$18.75

Vivid, deep blue flowers on a vigorous vine with pods that are edible when young. Ornamental and edible, the flower is used as a food colouring, in meals and as a tea. The striking blue can be modified with the addition of other ingredients, and can be used hot or cold. As a legume it fixes nitrogen from the atmosphere where it grows. It is native to Indonesia,

Sweet Potato - Kumara

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An Heirloom variety thought to originate in Polynesia, though the variety is also to be found throughout New Zealand. Tubers tend to be as large as sweet potatoes, with red skin and ivory flesh heavily marbled throughout in violet. This colour intensifies upon cooking. Especially creamy, Kumara is superb either mashed or baked. Contains high levels of Anthocyanins which has been studied for it's benefits with Alzheimer's Disease though it is best to research this or speak with an expert. Leaves are small and emerald-green running from dark purple petioles, and can be eaten as a substitute for any leafy green, such as Kale or Spinach either fresh or steamed. The shoot tips are especially tender.

Purple Sugar Cane

$19.75

An attractive clumping cane grown for its ornamental burgendy stems. It has sterile flowers and does not set seed. The old cane can be sawed into slice and chewed on, the juice is sweet and delicious.

Javanese Ginger

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This species bears a striking similarity to Cape York Turmeric. It differs in that the flower bracts are a deeper pink/purple colour as is the dark strip that runs up the centre of the leaf. Often used medicinally, in Bali a delicious drink is made by cooking dried slices of rhizome in water with palm sugar.

Mushroom - Shiitake Grow Kit

$39.00

Edible mushroom native to East Asia, grown in conditions similar to their natural environment on either artificial substrate or hardwood logs, such as oak. Fresh or dried shiitake are used as an ingredient in many steamed and simmered dishes, they may be served fried or steamed. Aussie Mushrooms Grow Kit - 100% Australian Made Shiitake Lentinula edodes (High Yeild Strain) If your not ready to start your kit keep it in your fridge until you are ready (up to 2 months) Step 1, Cut the top off the bag and fill with Cold Water until the Block is submerged let the Log soak in the water for 12 hours, (put something heavy on the Log so its submerged in the water) Step 2, put a Brick in a large bucket or container and some water in the Bottom no more than Half way up the brick, Sit your log on the Brick out of the water as pictured below, and cover the top of the Bucket with some plastic leave a small gap for air exchange (approx 20%) Mist with water 2 times per day, Keep the walls of your bucket wet and your log moist, when the mushrooms start to form do not spray the mushrooms directly. When your mushrooms are grown, Cut them off as close to the block as possible. Allow your block to rest for 10 days and repeat the process, You should get 3-4 flushes of mushrooms You do not need to eat your mushrooms all at once, They will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks in a paper bag. You should get around 500Grams from your first flush. When you harvest pick the large mushrooms leave the small ones until they are fully grown.Ideal Fruiting Temperature between 16-18C. Through summer, gardeners create shaded, moist, cool microclimates like the bucket described above.

Carob

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This elegant tree is often referred to as fake chocolate due to its similarities to cocoa in taste and texture. A Mediterranean tree, favouring arid conditions. Seedlings can be Male, Female, or bisexual. Prefers well drained soil.

Wasabi - Mazuma

$24.00 ($19.75-$24.00 choose a size)

Extremely strong pungency that is akin to hot mustard, wasabi produces vapours that stimulate the nasal passages more than the tongue. Generally used as a sauce that makes sushi or other foods more flavourful by adding spice. Use the stem sparingly and finely grated. Grows naturally along stream beds in cool mountain rivers valleys of Japan. Challenging to grow in Australia. Requires cool, moist, shaded conditions to thrive. It takes about 18 month - 2 years for plants to mature, in the meantime use the leaves and the leaf stems in salads, curries and pickled accompaniments.

Rosemary

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A woody perennial herb with aromatic fragrant needle like leaves, native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary is a member of the mint family, the name rosemary comes from the Latin rosmarinus, meaning dew of the sea, apparently because they are often found growing by the sea.

Torch Ginger - James Pink

$49.00

Pink Waratah-like flowers are fresh and zesty tasting with a ginger-like flavour, a favourite in SE Asian cooking. Plants produce large flower spikes in summer and are a stunning addition to gardens, both tropical and subtropical. A very large ginger that in optimum conditions can reach 2-5m in height. Likes part shade and a rich, well drained soil. Fertilise and keep moist for great blooms. The entire plant is edible, including seeds, flowers and leaves.

Mushroom - Lions Mane Grow Kit

$39.00

Tasty native mushroom, reminiscent of crab meat, with a 'meaty' texture. It has large, white fruiting bodies with a characteristic hair like structure. It is highly nutritious and can be eaten raw, cooked or dried. This mushroom prefers a fruiting temperature of between 18-24C.

Arrowroot

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An edible Canna similar in appearance to its close relative the ornamental Cannas. Another of the Ancient Inca food crops, it was one of the first plants to have been domesticated in the Andean region. A popular crop in the market place in Peru and Ecuador. The large round red rhizomes can be eaten raw, cooked as you would a potato or used as a flour and thickening agent. Excellent carbohydrate, the starch is easily digested and is a promising food source. The young shoots can also be eaten as a green vegetable. The plant is easy to plant, to grow and to harvest. While the tubers multiply prolifically in deep rich friable soil, they are the most hardy of all the tuber crops and grow well in soils where most other tubers will not grow. Has few problems with pests and diseases. Can be harvested after 6 months. Will tolerate heat and frosts.

Walking Onion

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The easiest to grow of all onions, these onions are also known as Egyptian and top-setting onions. They grow in any soil with reasonable drainage, but if you want big fat bulbs then dig in compost and horse, cow or sheep manure a few weeks before planting. Grow from bulbs planted with just the top poking out of the soil, or from single bulbils planted just under the surface of the soil, in a position with full sun. Space plants about 40cm apart and they will grow to be about 60cm tall. Bulbs can be dug up about 5 months after planting. Save some bulbs for replanting or just replant the bulbils and eat the bulbs. There seems to be some variation in flavour of the bulbs, some being more mild and sweet and others stronger. There are also types with more red than brown skins. Both bulbs and bulbils have similar onion flavours and make an excellent substitute for brown onions in any dish.

Horseradish

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Famous for its spicy roots, it has a hot biting taste with a hint of sweetness. The plant is a hardy perennial herb that will grow rampantly under most condition except full shade and in wet ground. It is best controlled by growing in a container. Roots will keep in the ground throughout winter and can be harvested as required. They are an excellent source of sulfur. Young leaves can also be eaten raw or cooked, they have a strong flavour so are best used in moderation.

Bay Tree - Baby Bay

$19.75

Baby Bay is a dwarf form of Bay Tree, with a handsome shape and perfect size for a growing in pots. Easily kept to 1m, it can be planted as a low hedge or miniature topiary due to its positive response to pruning. The leaves of the bay are used as a popular culinary seasoning used in all types of cooking. Suited to small herb gardens and loves full sun

Garlic - Elephant

$14.75 ($1.30-$14.75 choose a size)

This is not a true garlic but forms a bulb consisting of very large, garlic-like cloves. The flavour of these, while not exactly like garlic, is much more similar to garlic than to leeks. The flavour is milder than garlic, and much more palatable to some people than garlic when used raw as in salads. The mature bulb is broken up into cloves which are quite large and with papery skins and these are used for both culinary purposes and propagation. There are also much smaller cloves with a hard shell that occur on the outside of the bulb. These are often ignored, but if they are planted, they will the first year produce a non-flowering plant which has a solid bulb, essentially a single large clove. The plant, if left alone, will spread into a clump with many flowering heads. These are often left in flower gardens as an ornamental and to discourage pests.

Choko - White

$17.75 ($7.75-$17.75 choose a size)

A vigorous vine with large white fruit cooked as a popular vegetable. They are delicious when eaten at a small size. Very versatile and often used as a pear and apple substitute or supplement in cooking. Very hardy. Choko plants are perennial but die back in winter and the tuber will sprout again in spring. They grow best in hot conditions and are frost tender so chose a site that gets full sun to plant your chokos.

African Nutmeg

$29.00

Valued for the aromatic seed, resembling the spice nutmeg when ground to a powder. The fruit can reach up to 20cm x 15cm and the white pulp has a sweet scent. The tree is ornamental with large, orchid-like, scented flowers. It originates in Tropical Africa in the west and east of the continent. It is dry-season deciduous but in leaf has a lush crown, growing from 10-35m in height and a large trunk diameter. In the tropics in can be found at elevation so could be worth trialling in the sub-tropics as long as it is protected from frost. Pollination is aided by native insects so in Australia hand-pollination may be needed. Trial Product Only not yet available for sale

Perennial Leek

$18.75

Perennial leeks are slim and clumping and can be eaten just like annual leeks, with that typical mild flavour that it adds to slow cooked dishes. They propagate themselves from offsets formed at the base of the plant, and these can be separated off to create new plantings.

Longevity Spinach

$14.75

Fast growing, fleshy-leaved edible green to 1m high, that can be eaten raw in salads, smoothies and stir-fries. The plant is best grown well-watered and in part shade in warm climates, and pruned as the fleshy stems and leaves can get quite heavy. Can be used as a Living Mulch as it has a scrambling, vine-like habit. May have the potential to be a weed risk.

Patchouli Malayan

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Malayan Patchouli is a small perennial shrub to 1m. Flowers and growing tips are distinctly fragrant. Frost tender, plant in warm sunny position where it receives plenty of moisture. Leaves used to repel insects in clothes. Oil used in perfumery.

Snake Jasmine

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An erect, multi-branching shrub to 2m. It is commonly cultivated for its medicinal properties, as a hedge plant to protect against soil erosion. It is also planted as an ornamental. It thrives best on moist, well-drained soils, but it is also found in much drier habitats such as rock crevices. Succeeds in full sun or partial shade. Prefers a moist, well-drained soil[

Lemongrass - East Indian

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Aromatic, tall, clump forming lemon scented grass, native to east India. It is a source of the essential oil for perfumery, culinary and medicinal purposes. It likes high rainfall and warm temperatures, and is not frost tolerant. It is more tropical than its cousin Cymbopogon citratus, with thicker, tougher leaves also. In agroforestry, it is well suited as a living mulch and can be cut regularly in the growing season. Vigorous, it can help contain running weeds from spreading when planted as a border. This plant does produce viable seed, so take care that this does not spread into native bushland or pasture

Yanang

$27.00

A vinous plant found throughout Thailand and Vietnam where it used to make teas and refreshing iced drinks (Nam Yanang) soup bases (Kaeng No Mai, Samlar Machu) and a type of Jelly called Suong Sam. Essence is extracted simply by rubbing the leaves together in water until this turns deep green. Superior flavor and processing time than Mesona Chinensis, which is a plant in the mint family used to make Grass Jelly. Delicate when young, the plant should be encourage up supported wires in part shade to some full sun. The plant is dioecious, meaning either male or female, but its not necessary to have more than one as the primary part for harvest is the leaf.

Jicama

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A vine native to Mexico and grown for it edible tuberous roots that are also called yam beans. Jicama (pronounced 'hicama') looks similar to a turnip and can be used as an alternative to water chestnuts. The creamy white flesh has a flavour that is sweet and starchy like apple or green beans. The plants die back in winter in cool climates but the tubers will shoot again in spring. The root of Jicama develops swellings the size of a large turnip, (up to 5 per plant) under the surface of the ground, they are often eaten raw with a dusting of salt and chilli powder and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Warning The rest of this plant is poisonous, leave and seeds contain a toxin, eat only the tuber.

Zaatar

$7.90

A perennial herb, a relative of oregano, native to the Mediterranean. Has attractive soft greying-green leaves with a spicy smell and flavour, combining sweet marjoram, thyme, and oregano. It can be used to flavour hummus, dips and soups. It does well in pots.

Loroco

$29.00

Lorocco is a vine grown for its edible, unopened flower buds. The flowers set in large clusters and their texture is crisp and succulent. The flavour is reminiscent of vegetables, such as artichoke and chard, with a floral sweetness. Sweet, tangy and robust tasting, it is a popular part of El Salvadorean cuisine.

Chilli - Ghost Pepper

$17.75 ($4.90-$17.75 choose a size)

Native to Assam in India, the Ghost Pepper held the Guinness world record for the hottest chilli in 2007. Also known as Bhut Jolokia, the word Bhut, means ghost, because of the way the heat sneaks up on those who eat it, is the name given to this chilli from the Bhutias people. The heat is extreme, rated as 14/10 so take care when handing the fruit. This chilli is a must have for those who love chilli and hot, spicy food.

Achiote - Bixa

$19.75 ($4.95-$19.75 choose a size)

Also known as Annatto or the Lipstick tree, originates from South America and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia. It is very popular in Philippine cooking. Grows and a dense small tree or shrub. The heart shaped fruits are brown or reddish brown at maturity, and are covered with short stiff hairs. When fully mature the fruits split open exposing the numerous dark red seeds. While the fruit itself is not edible, the orange-red pulp that covers the seed is used as a commercial food colouring and dye (similar to turmeric). The achiote dye is prepared by stirring the seeds in water, and is popular in South America and Asia to colour rice, desserts, butter, cheese, and many other foods. In the Philippine Islands the seeds are ground and used as a condiment. Tree is extremely beautiful in full flowering and fruiting. Can be grown in a container, prefers a frost-free climate.

Mushroom - Blue Oyster Grow Kit

$39.00

Amazing blue colour, the oyster mushroom is frequently used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cookery as a delicacy: it is served on its own, in soups, stuffed, or in stir-fry recipes with soy sauce. Oyster mushrooms are sometimes made into a sauce, used in Asian cooking, which is similar to oyster sauce. The mushroom's taste has been described as a mild with a slight odor similar to anise. The oyster mushroom is best when picked young. Steel blue colored fruit bodies especially when young. Best Temperature Range : Low: 10-21 C fruiting temperature

Tree Collard

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This perennial brassica is excellent for a continual supply of greens, sweeter and Tastier than regular collards. The leaves turn purple in cold weather. High in calcium any excess leaves can be fed to your chickens. The trunk and branches get woody after three years so it is a good idea to take cutting after 18 months - 2 years while the top branches are still tender.