Much sought after by gardeners for the taste as well as other qualities heirloom vegetable seeds are non hybrid seeds that have been developed and grown for many years. So the lost flavors of the past can be regained by growing many of these older varieties.
So what are they ? These are varieties that have been for many years by gardeners, in Australia we owe a lot to the Italian community for the ongoing cultivation of older varieties, often from within a family.
Available for sale online from a number of seed suppliers, they provide access to a large catalogue of vegetable seeds that often have superior taste to hybrid varieties.
So until recently heirloom seeds were the province of ‘those in the know’, today many seed catalogues are available online. You can have access to the widest selection of Non GMO and open pollinated seeds from around the world, all for your own garden.
We tend to look for the smaller, independent suppliers, it is interesting to know that some large food companies are in control of some seed suppliers, not sure that we want to go with that.
Heirloom tomato seeds and eggplant seeds are particularly popular for taste alone.
More Heirloom Vegetable Seed Suppliers and catalogs
THE ITALIAN GARDENER Pty Ltd phone: 0407 833 930 fax: 02 4271 7506
PO Box 379 Figtree NSW 2525
High quality heirloom and organic Italian herb and vegetable seed from Franchi Sementi (since 1783)
CORNUCOPIA SEEDS and PLANTS phone: 03 5457 1230 fax: 03 5457 1354
PO Box 427 Kerang Vic 3579
Suppliers of fresh open pollinated and heirloom seed, rare herb and edible plants, tools, books, organic pest controls and propagation supplies.
BAY SEED GARDEN phone: phone: (08) 97522513
PO Box 1164 Busselton WA 6280
Organic Seed Producers. Non-Hybrid and Heritage Seeds of Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers raised organically.