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We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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  1. Abelmoschus esculentus
    A Description of Okra

    Abelmoschus esculentus

    Originating in Africa, Okra is an ancient vegetable that has been a staple of southern U.S. cooking since at least the early 1800's. In India it is called Ladies' Fingers. Okra is perhaps best known as a key ingredient in soups and stews, especially "gumbo" dishes, in which it is used as a thickener but it is also excellent in stir-fries. A relative of the hibiscus, okra produces large, beautiful, mallow-like flowers that make it a garden-worthy ornamental. A heat-lover, Okra can be grown in shorter-season areas by being started indoors. Once the pods start appearing, they should be picked regularly when young as mature pods get tough.

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