75 days. (Solanum melanocerasum) The garden huckleberry originates from Africa and yields huge quantities of large dark purple berries for cooking. Pick only darkest berries without any green for the best flavour. Berries with green can be poisonous. Great for jams, pies and freezing. Tall plants are sturdy and do not require staking. Approximately 25 open pollinated seeds.
Goji (Lycium chinensis) – Perennial Shrub. The goji berry has gained quite the reputation in recent years; it’s high antioxidant content has earned it the “superfood” title in many a headline. It also sells for a pretty penny at most health food stores. Save your pennies and grow gojis home! Said to be hardy to -40C. Each seed packet contains approximately 50 untreated open pollinated goji berry seeds.
75 days. Ground cherries, often called "husk cherries", are similar to tomatillos in appearance, but differ completely in flavour! Goldie Ground Cherries taste almost tropical and came be used in anything from jams, to ice creams and our favourite: ground cherry/blueberry crisp! Each seed packet contains approximately 30 untreated heirloom ground cherry seeds.
White Mulberry (Morus alba). This wondrous tree is native to Northern China and produces super sweet, pinkish-white berries. Morus Alba is quick growing and can reach 50 feet in height. Berries are lovely eaten fresh or dried for winter use. **White Mulberry trees are either male or female and therefore, you need both sexes to have berries. Germination is very high and so chances of getting both are great! Each seed packet contains approximately 50 untreated mulberry seeds.
Black Mulberry (Morus nigra) Zones 5-9. This old world fruit is growing in popularity here in Canada, and for good reason! Sweet, oblong berries hang abundantly from these trees. The trees themselves grow to 30 feet and can live for hundreds of years, bearing fruit all the while. Seeds require 60 days of cold moist stratification to awaken. Each packet contains 50 open pollinated seeds.
White Russian Mulberry (Morus alba tatarica) Zones 4-8. This mulberry is a cold hardy Russian variety, first introduced to North America by Russian Mennonites in the late 1800s. These berries are sweet, but less so than red varieties. Wonderful to cook with or to dry for winter use. The trees are quite lovely, reaching 30 feet. Unpicked berries are a great food source for wild birds. Seeds require 60 days of cold moist stratification to awaken. Each packet contains 50 open pollinated seeds.
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) Zones 4-8. Also known as blue barberry, this shrub grows to 8 feet, as beautiful hollylike leaves, prickly stems and deliciously tart berries! The berries can be substituted in for red barberries, which are common in mideastern cookery. Medicinally, the bark of this plant can be used internally against systemic yeast overgrowth. Please consult your local herbalist for details! Each packet contains 50 open pollinated seeds.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) Perennial vine. Schisandra is something we are very excited about offering! The berries of this vine are used medicinally to nourish the immune system and bring overall balance to the body and spirit. Schisandra is native to north-eastern China, where it is called wu-wei-zi, meaning “five flavoured berry”. As the saliva in your mouth breaks down the berry, you get to taste all the five flavours; sour, sweet, pungent, salty and bitter. Each seed packet contains approximately 5 whole berries for planting. Growing Schisandra: Starting schisandra requires a little extra care & oscillating temperatures. Seeds must be soaked for 24 hours and then cold treated for at least 2 weeks. For this, moist peat moss in a sealed bag placed in the refrigerator works well. After time spent in the fridge, plant out in Spring. Seeds can also be planted outside in Autumn (after 24 hours soaking!) and will germinate in the spring. When well established, Schisandra vines require moist soil and dappled shade.
Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) A perennial shrub and nitogen fixer. A very heavy producer of bright orange berries that make highly nutritious juice. Grows in sandy and well drained areas. Stratification is required to achieve good germination. Place seeds in moist sand or peat moss within a sealed container and place in the fridge for 90 days to break dormancy before planting seed in spring or early summer. 50 seeds
75 days. (Solanum burbankii) Sunberry also known as wonderberry, produces small and tasty, purple fruit. Great for fresh eating as well as cooking. Easy to grow plants. This plant is a nightshade and, as with potatoes, it's chlorophyll is bound with poisonous alkaloids. Eat only fully ripened, dark purple berries, without any green on them. Don't eat green potatoes either! Approximately 30 open pollinated seeds.