HERBS


All prices are in canadian dollars.



Anise mint      (Agastache foeniculum)

Perennial. A close relative to the spearmint, this one has a distinctive anise aroma. The leaves are great to make tea. The blue flower spikes are also attractive.  Height: 3 feet. Full sun to part shade.
Packet of around 100 seeds: $2,49



  Arugula - Roquette      (Eruca sativa)


Small leaves with pleasant spicy, peppery flavor. Nice in salads. Can also be cooked or used to make pesto. 30-50 days. Full sun (spring-fall), shade (summer).
Packet of 2 g: $1,99


Basil Cinnamon

Basil with subtle scent of cinnamon. Purple flowers. 60-70 cm high.
Packet of 50 seeds: $2,49


Basil Sweet         (Ocimum basilicum)

Most common type used in pasta, sauces, pesto, etc. Slightly ruffled leaves. Sweet-spicy smell. Less strong than Genovese, so can be used fresh and more profusely. Full sun.
Packet of 40 seeds: $1,49


 Basil Lemon

Basil with nice lemony flavor. Excellent with fish, seafood and in salad dressings or vinegar. 50 cm. Full sun. 
Packet of 50 seeds : $1,99


  Basil Lime         New for 2017

Very nice citrusy flavor reminiscent of lime
Unique. For oriental cuisine, soups, noodles, salads, sauces, etc., and why not gelatos too. Lots of possibilities. 30-45 cm. From Thailand.
Packet of 50 seeds: $2,99


Basil Lettuce Leaf     (Feuilles de laitue, foglia di lattuga)

Very large leaves, with sweet taste and good aroma.
Packet of 40 or more seeds: $1,99


Basil Fine Verde    (Fine Verde) 

Small leaf type well adapted to pots and containers. Narrow, bright green leaves with intense aroma.
Packet of 40 seeds or more: $1,99


 Basil Genovese   

The most appreciated type of basil, with sweet smell and strong aroma. Used in italian cooking to flavor sauces, pastas or any tomato dish. The main ingredient used to make pesto. Take less leaves than Sweet Basil for recipes.
Packet of 50 seeds: $1,99


Basil Purple  

Nice ornamental basil with purple leaves that can be used fresh or dried. Nice flavor. Purple-white flowers.
Full sun. Packet of  50 seeds: $1,99



Basil Thai    (Siam Queen)

A tarragon or anis-like flavor makes this one special. Great in oriental cuisine, with fish or for a substitute for french tarragon. 
Packet of 25 seeds: $1,99



Borrago       (Borago officinalis)

Sky blue, star-shaped flowers nod in clusters of open flowers and unopened buds at the top of the stout stems. The rough leaves are covered in stiff white hairs. Sow seeds directly in the garden after frost in a fertile, well drained soils. Pinch to keep bushy and, be prepared, it self sows abundantly. Remove the rough sepals before floating in drinks, adding to salads or candying in egg white and sugar. 2' tall. Sun to part shade. 12 wks.
Packet of 30 seeds: $2,99



Catnip            (Nepeta cataria)

Perennial. Medicinal and culinary herb used to make a mildly stimulating tea (like mint). Relieves symptoms of cough and fever. Antispasmodic. Mostly known for its intoxicating effects on cats. Used in cat toys. Vigorous plants, looking very much like mint. 60 cm. Full sun, part shade.
Packet of more than 50 seeds: $1,99



Chives          (Allium schoenoprasum)

A relative to onions, chives can be used in many ways. Cut leaves add flavor to salads, soups and stews. Perennial. Very easy to grow. Packet is 25 seeds: $1,99


Garlic Chives

This variety really smells and tastes like garlic. Nice flat leaves. Easier to grow than garlic. Cut leaves add flavor to salads, soups and stews. Repels insects.  Perennial. Very easy to grow. Packet is 25 seeds: $1,99


Coriander - Cilantro         (Coriandrum sativum)

A really interesting herb adding a superbly fresh, zesty flavor to salsas, soups and many other meals. More and more popular. Typical herb of portuguese and mexican cuisine. Annual that will self sow. Grows better in spring and fall. Leaf variety. 30-50 days.
Packet of more than 100 seeds: $2,49


Mexican Coriander  - Culantro      (Eryngium foetidum)

An entirely different plant but with exactly the same taste as regular cilantro. But this one thrives in hot weather. Stronger flavor, so it takes less to flavor dishes. Cut a few leaves to season salsas, marinades, soups, etc. Can be grown in pots. Tender perennial used like an annual in the north. Start plants inside during late winter-early spring. 
Packet of 50 seeds: $3,49



Epazote         
Mexican Tea (Chenopodium ambrosioides)

Epazote is frequently used in mexican cuisine, often in refried beans (frijoles) for its anti flatulence action. But it is also appreciated for its flavor in many different meals: quesadillas, eggs, fish, mole verde, soups, etc. The leaves have a strong aroma reminiscent of eucalyptus or camphor (even solvents). When dried, flavor seems to soften and becomes more like mint. Annual. Reseeds. Full sun, part shade. 50 cm -1 m.
Packet of 100 seeds: $2,49


 Lavender            (Lavendula angustifolia, L. vera, L. officinalis)

Perennial. Very fragrant deep purple flowers used in perfumery and aromatherapy, but also to flavor jams, jellies and vinegar. Excellent in pot-pourris or for dried flowers. Nice silvery green foliage. Grow in the herb garden or in pots. Attracts butterflies. Tolerant to dry, poor soils. Needs only a good drainage. Full sun. 40 to 60 cm. The most hardy of the lavenders, perennial to zone 5. Long, erratic germination (2-3 weeks, lower germiantion rate).
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Sweet Marjoram         (Origanum majorana)

A variety of oregano with larger leaves and a smaller plant. Adds spicy taste to sauces, soups, vegetables and also meats. Also in salad dressings. Height: 20-30 cm. Pinch stems to allow ramification. Fresh or dry use. Annual. Packet of 100 seeds or more: $1,99


Lemon Balm     (Melissa officinalis)

This relative of the mint has the most wonderful lemon scent and flavor. Lemon balm tea is very tasty and has soothing, relaxing effects. Fresh chopped leaves are also used in salads and soups. Height: 1 foot (30 cm). Perennial.
Packet of more than 50 seeds: $1,99




Mitsuba     Japanese Parsley     (Cryptotaenia japonica)

Small aromatic leaves with unique and distinctive taste. Used like parsley to flavor soups, salads, stir fries. Used in japanese cuisine. 60 cm plant looking somewhat like parsley. Perennial in zones 4 to 9. Commercially grown in Japan. 
Already back. Packet of 30 seeds: $2,49



Oregano
     (Origanum vulgare)

Perennial. Popular seasoning for many dishes and commonly used in italian and mexican cuisine. Easy to grow. Small, sprawling plant, about 2-3 feet high. Small round leaves. Can be used fresh or dried. Full sun to part shade. Tolerates poor soils and drought.
Packet of more than 100 seeds: $1,99



Papalo 
(Porophyllum ruofrale, ssp. macrocephalum)       

Mexican herb with pungeant scent reminiscent of rue, nasturtium and vietnamese coriander. Think super cilantro on steroids! Leaves are commonly used in Mexico to flavor tacos, salsas, cemitas, quesadillas, guacamoles, etc. Found in many taco stands and comidas all around Mexico City (right thumbnail). Tall plant that can reach more than 1,5 m high, bearing oval leaves with giant oil glands (middle thumbnail). Flavor can be a little overwhelming at first, so start with small amounts. May not be for everyone. Pick young leaves for better taste. "Papalo" is "butterfly" in nahutl. Also called Bolivian Coriander, Yerba Porosa and Papaloquelite. Easy to cultivate, grows well in Quebec. Full sun to part shade. Germination rate: +- 60%
Packet of 20 seeds: $3,49



Parsley Italian

Large leafed, dark green italian parsley. Smooth leaves, no curling, similar to celery. Vigorous growth. Short-lived perennial. Height: 30 cm. .
Packet of 50 seeds: $1,99


  Parsley Paramount 

Dark green, tripled curled, finely cut leaves. Medium size plants. Also called Paramount Triple Curled. 85 days.
Packet of more than 100 seeds: $1,99



Parsley Verde Scuro 

Italian variety with extra curly, dark green leaves and strong stems. Cut and grow again. Early. Please take note that seeds can take up to a month to germinate. (Verde Scuro: dark green). Germination: 2-3 weeks at 20 C.
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 Salvia hispanica  (Chia)    (syn. Salvia columbariae)

Purple flowers spaced along tall spikes. Green-grey foliage. Seeds are nutritious and are used as food in some countries in Latin America. They contain Omega-3. They are also used in Chia Pets. Annual. Drought tolerant. Beware: this is a short day plant, so it won't bloom until fall (and thus no flowers for northern gardeners). Well drained soil. Full sun. Large plant: 1,5 m high.
Packet of 100 seeds: $1,99


  Sage          (Saliva officinalis)

Perennial. Aromatic herb used to flavor meat, vegetables, salad dressings and sauces. Helps digestion. Grayish green foliage and purplish flowers. 40-45 cm high. 70 days.
Packet of more than 30 seeds: $1,99


 Shiso Green      Perilla, Japanese Basil        (Perilla frutescens, var. crispa)

Typical green leaf variety used extensively in Japan and all over Asia to season vegetables, rice, soups, fish, etc. It is also often finely sliced with ginger and added to salads, sautéed vegetables, sashimis, tempuras and sushis. Can be used dried to flavor rice. Wonderful complex aroma, like parsley, mint and cinnamon. Also known as Perilla or Japanese Basil. We offer the crinkled-leaf variety (different from picture). 70 days.
Packet of 50 seeds: $1,99

Germination can sometimes be tricky when seeds go into dormancy. If your seeds don't germinate using normal methods, then you'll have to break dormancy by placing the packet in the fridge for a month. Then sow as usual. Repeat if necessary.
Needs light to germinate. Only barley cover seeds with soil.



Shiso Korean     (Shiso "Beefsteak Leaf", Perilla Coréen)

Korean strain with much larger leaves and taller plants. Pleasantly sweet, floral smell. The large heart shaped leaves have purplish undersides. Click thumbnails for details. Can be used for seasoning and cooking like green shiso. Can also be dried. It is used in Korea like grape leaves to wrap around different garnishes. Nice for sushis and tempuras. About 70 cm tall. 70 days. Rare.
Packet of 100 seeds: $2,99

Germination can sometimes be tricky when seeds go into dormancy. If your seeds don't germinate using normal methods, then break dormancy by placing the packet in the fridge for a month. Then sow as usual. Repeat if necessary.
Needs light to germinate. Only barley cover seeds with soil.




Shiso Purple                           Perilla, Japanese Basil     (Perilla frutescens)

Oriental herb with spicy scent reminiscent of cinnamon and cloves (the fresh leaves actually taste like cinnamon gum!). Popular in Japan, where it is used fresh or pickled, along with fish, rice, vegetables and soups. In Vietnam and Korea, the leaves flavor noodle soups and spring rolls. Nice purple ornamental foliage with iridescent shades (click on thumbnail for details). Was once used as an ornamental. Height: 30-50 cm. Full sun, part shade. .
Packet of more than 25 seeds: $1,99

Germination can sometimes be tricky when seeds go into dormancy. If your seeds don't germinate using normal methods, then you'll have to break dormancy by placing the packet in the fridge for a month. Then sow as usual. Repeat if necessary.
Needs light to germinate. Only barley cover seeds with soil.



Shungiku      (Laitue Chrysanthème)            (Chrysanthemum coronarium spatiosum)

This is a Chrysanthemum species used in oriental recipes such as stir fries, soups, salads; also in japanese meals like sushi, sukiyaki, ohitashi, etc. Peculiar pungent flavor reminiscent of carrot tops or cabbage. Young shoots are harvested early in the season and are cooked like spinach or pac choi. Later in the season the leaves can be picked and used like parsley to flavor dishes or they can be added to salads. Cooking softens the flavor. From july on the plants are covered with flowers. Popular in Japan, China and East Asia. 40-50 days. 1 m to 1,5 m high.
Packet of more than 30 seeds: $1,99


  Shungiku Broad Leaf       (Tong Ho, Broad Leaf)  

Same as standard shungiku except for its full, uncut leaves. Click pictures for details. Plants are also shorter, about 1 m high. Flowers are more yellow colored. For the rest of the description, see shungiku above.
Packet of more than 30 seeds: $1,99


Winter Thyme  

This perennial herb that can be used either fresh or dried and can flavor many dishes. Popular in french and italian cuisine. Small bushy plants, 25 to 40 cm high, with small dark green leaves. Thrives in poor soils. Full sun. Perennial to zone 5.
Packet of more than 100 seeds: $1,99



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