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Mexican Elderberry
Mexican ElderberryPacket: ~50 seeds (1 gram) More info581 available
Elder trees are prevalent across most of the Northern Hemisphere, but are suited for most climates in the world. Mexican Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. ssp.  Caerulea) is native to our region in Mediterranean Southern California. The trees are commonly found in wild areas and grow in outlying unirrigated parts of our land. They’ve displayed a tenacity to withstand California’s extreme drought conditions. For many years, my primary relationship with the elder tree was to its wonderfully fragrant flowers, which bloom as early as March in our region. They can be gathered used fresh or dry to make cordials or help heal from colds and coughs. However, this past year I’ve developed a relationship with the berries, which have a complex, tart sour flavor. It’s my suspicion that the irrigation and fertility we have given to our trees has made the cultivated berries more palatable than the wild ones. I’ve made lot of thick teas and added no honey and discovered a natural, subtle sweetness to the berries. Another pleasant combination I identified is a mixture of 75% yerba mate and 25% percent mixture of dried elderberries and caramel rooibos. -QuinRicho Cech over at Horizon Herbs provides the following guidance for starting Elder from seed:"Soak berries overnight, smash them, and remove the seeds.  This can be done manually (smash and wash in a tea strainer) or by flotation… Sow these (now moist) seeds in outdoor conditions, in pots or flats, and expect germination in the spring. "Fall sowings of the soaked seeds would seem to make the most sense. Six months from seed. Perennial. Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Korean Licorice Mint
Korean Licorice MintPacket: ~50 seeds (0.025 gram) More info2941 available
Agastache rugosa. This mint family plant native to Asia has aromatic edible foliage with a minty licorice flavor and dense dark purple blooms that attract a host of beneficial insects and are quite pleasing to the eye. Korean Licorice Mint leaves are excellent minced in salads but they also make a delicious tea that mixes well with any number of other herbs in our seed catalog. Plants will perennialize in areas with warmer winters and has some degree of frost tolerance. This one's easy to fall in love with. 60 days from transplant for baby leaves. Perennial. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.
Hopi Red Dye Amaranth
Hopi Red Dye AmaranthPacket (1 gram, ~1,000 seeds) More info63 available
The flowers of the Hopi Red Dye amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) were traditionally used by the Hopi to make a scarlet dye for coloring their ceremonial Piki cornbread. The young leaves are delicious raw or steamed. The 4-6' plants produce beautiful black seeds that are nutritious and easy to process for eating. Hopi Red Dye is also a popular variety for flower bouquets. åÊ Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. 21 days baby leaf. 70 days to flower. 110 days to seed. AnnualåÊ åÊ
True (Common/Wild) Dandelion
True (Common/Wild) DandelionPacket: ~50 seeds (0.03 gram) More info5469 available
True (or common) dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), woefully maligned by lawn care enthusiasts and widely understood as an invasive weed, is actually an outstanding human plant ally. Dandelion's leaves are edible and rich in vitamins (A, C, D, and B) and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon). They are a digestive bitter and a potent diuretic replacing the potassium lost during urination. Externally, the mashed fresh leaves or root can be used alone or with other herbs (such as plantain, comfrey, mallow, yarrow) can be used as a poultice, bringing gentle relief and healing action to minor abrasions and insect bites. Finally, the flowers can be used to make wine. 90 days to leaf. 150 days - 2nd year for root harvest. Perennial. >Seeds grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California. All of our seed varieties are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.
Lemon Sorbet Calendula
Lemon Sorbet CalendulaPacket: 1 gram, ~75 seeds More info268 available
We are serious calendula growers, growing them nearly every season of the year on our farm since 2009. In recent years we‰۪ve had the luxury of making selections from the bounty of landraces that now exist on our farmland. Lemon Sorbet is a selection from the remnants of an insectary blend that we sowed around the rabbit fence of our circle garden. I was struck by one barely irrigated plant that was nevertheless flowering with light pastel yellow blossoms. I stuck a couple of seed heads in my pocket and went about working up a larger population of plants and began selecting for the same variegated pastel shades. We‰۪re now in the third generation of this plant-breeding project and are excited to offer this farm original variety to our customers! -Quin Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California
Peshawar Poppy
Peshawar PoppyPacket: 0.2 gram, ~350 seeds More info5909 available
Peshawar Poppy (Papaver somniferum var. album) is a gorgeous spring bloomer. Native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, and is widely recognized for its showy white blossoms that give way to giant, heavy yielding seedpods. A standout in the garden, the large white flowers are very attractive to bees and other beneficial flying insects. We‰۪ve had great success finely direct seeding rows in early spring after frost danger has passed. We‰۪ve also had moderate success starting seeds in cells and later transplanting them. 75 days from seed to flower. Annual. Grown at Mano Farm in Ojai, California.