Thursday, October 24, 2013


To be considered an heirloom, the plant itself must be open-pollinated, or able to produce seeds that will come back true year after year. 




 There are four classifications – family heirlooms or seeds passed from generation to generation, commercial heirlooms or varieties offered commercially between 1500 and the 1950’s, created heirlooms or those varieties that are a result of deliberate crossing, and mystery heirlooms or those varieties that are a result of natural crossing between heirlooms. 


Plant a seed and watch God make it grow in a special part of the garden reserved for herbs that are classified as heirlooms.  Seeds can be obtained from Terroir Seeds Catalog – they sell only the highest quality open-pollinated and heirloom seeds.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Basil  (Ocimum basilicum)
Black Cumin (Nigella sativa)
Borage (Borago offi cinalis)
Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba officianalis)
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium)
Garlic Chive (Allium tuberosum)
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Costmary (Tanacetum balsamita)
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
Devil’s Claw (Proboscidea parvifl ora)
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)
Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)
Hibiscus/Jamaica/Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Hyacinth Bean (Dolichos lablab)
Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)
Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate (Polygonum orientale)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora)
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Lovage (Levisticum officinale)
Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum incanum)
Navajo/Hopi Tea (Thelesperma filifolium)
Greek Oregano (Origanum heracleoticum)
Papalo (Porophyllum ruderale var. macrocephalum)
Flat Leaf Parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. latifolium)
English Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Pot Marigold (Calendula offi cinalis)
Rampion (Campanula rapunculus)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus offi cinalis)
Safflower/False Saffron (Carthamus tinctorius)
Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba offi cinalis)
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus )
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)




Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass,
the herb that yields seed,
and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind,
whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so.
And the earth brought forth grass,
the herb that yields seed according to its kind,
and the tree that yields fruit,
whose seed is in itself according to its kind.
And God saw that it was good


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