8 Beautiful Heirloom Seeds you Need in your Garden

8 Beautiful Heirloom Seeds you Need in your Garden

We’ve all seen purple carrots and stripy tomatoes make waves in our local foodie stores in recent years, but heirloom seeds (those that predate the modern supermarket age) open a world of beautiful fruit and vegetables to the home gardener.

Here are our top 8 heirloom seeds

1. Bean ‘Tongue of Fire’

Despite their firey name the super productive ‘Tongue of Fire’ bean is meek and mild in flavour, but sadly turns green when cooked, so serve raw for the full colour effect.


2. Beetroot ‘Candy Stripe’ Chioggia

Sweet as candy, the Chioggia or ‘Candy Stripe’ beetroot has a crisp texture and incredible red and white rings when cut open. A stunner thinly sliced in salad.

Barbabietola di Chioggia

3. Broccoli ‘Purple Sprouting’

Okay, it’s starting to become a “thing”, but we love PSB for it’s beautiful colour, excellent productivity and long harvesting season. It’s now a garden staple in our neck of the woods.

heirloom seeds

4. Capsicum ‘Chocolate Beauty’

Not quite as sweet as a bar of chocolate, this beautiful deep purpley-brown capsicum starts out green, but ripens to a deep luscious chocolatey colour.

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5. Corn ‘Blue Popcorn’

These little cobs of heirloom seeds pack quite a punch when popped in a skillet. Little blue kernels burst into white fluffy popcorn in minutes.

6. Carrots ‘Solar Yellow’

Sweet and juicy, yellow is the new purple in the funky carrot stakes with these sunny vitamin packed carrots.

Yellow Carrots

7. Watermelon ‘Moon and Stars’

Incredibly beautiful (and enormous) the skin and leaves of this watermelon are dappled with a constellation of bright yellow “moons” and “stars”.


8. Eggplant ‘Rosa Bianca’

Beautiful purple-blushing white fruit in a compact rounded shape, these beautiful eggplants have a mild flavour, perfect for sucking up a moussaka sauce or curry spices.

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

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Comments (5)

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    I haven’t tried the others but can thoroughly recommend the mini blue pop corn. I got jars full from a small, rather neglected community garden plot and the pop corn is good!

    Aug 8, 2017 Reply
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    Where can we acquire these heirloom seeds?

    Colin Byrne
    Aug 8, 2017 Reply
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      Hi Colin. I’m not sure about these particular varieties but my “go to” place for all heirloom seeds is Diggers Club: http://www.diggers.com.au

      Chris Hiscock
      Sep 13, 2017 Reply
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      Eden seeds also does most of these I think Colin 🙂

      Maude Farrugia
      Sep 19, 2017 Reply
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    Colin, the Diggers Club have most of these, I’ve grown the Moon and Stars watermelon and it was so delicious!

    Sep 19, 2017 Reply

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