Abundant Life Seeds
seed company has a limited selection of Latin American crops (epazote,
hot peppers, tomatillos, etc.) and Asian crops (daikon, eggplants,
etc.). Seeds are certified organic, and the site provides information
on seed saving.
Contact: Abundant Life Seeds
P.O. Box 157, Saginaw, Oregon 97472-0157
Phone: (360) 385-5660
This seed company specializes in Asian vegetable varieties, and offers bulk orders.
Contact: AgroHaitai Ltd.
P. O. Box 78051; Hamilton, Ontario L9C 7N5, Canada
& T World
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
company focuses on preserving heirloom vegetables, flowers, and
herbs. Their catalog lists 1000 heirloom seeds from over 50 countries,
and features some Asian and Latino crops.
Contact: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Road
Mansfield, MO 65704
The Banana Tree
Banana Tree states that they have the world's largest rare and exotic
tropical plants catalog. They specialize in unusual tropical plants
including many banana varieties as well as air potato. Their website
provides an oriental vegetable section with seeds for 27 Asian crops,
including bitter melon, Asian greens, radishes, eggplants, and more.
Contact: The Banana Tree
715 Northampton Street
Easton, PA 18042
Evergreen YH Enterprises
seed company, established in 1978, offers more than 300 varieties of
Oriental vegetable seeds. The company has seed for many Chinese,
Japanese, and Korean vegetables, as well as Indian Bitter Gourds and
Baby Eggplants, various Thai Basils and many more. The site features
photos and a page on common names used for vegetables.
Contact: Evergreen YH Enterprises
Fukuda Seed Store, Inc.
This company is the only legal source of water spinach seed in United States, though farmers outside of Hawaii need
permits to be mailed the seed. The company also offers seeds for many
other Asian crops. Most of their seeds come from Japan. Call to find
out availability of seeds for specific crops.
Contact: Fukuda Seed Store, Inc.
1287 Kalani Street, Honolulu HI 96817
in 1917, the Kitazawa Seed Company initially specialized in Japanese
crops, and today offers 250 varieties of traditional Japanese
vegetables and many other Asian vegetables. The company offers bulk
Contact: Kitazawa Seed Company
PO Box 13220; Oakland, CA 94661
Select Seeds offers an easy to use site with photographs and useful
information, with an extensive selection of vegetables, berries, herbs,
and more. Johnny’s offers seeds for many ethnic crops, including Asian,
Latino, Carribean, and African crops.
Contact: Johnny’s Selected Seeds
955 Benton Ave., Winslow, Maine 04901
Lockhart Seeds Inc.
company carries more than 500 seed varieties, many of which are
untreated. They offer an extensive range of Asian crops, including
seeds for various Asian beans, cabbages, bok choy, winter melon, and
more. They do not have a website. Call or write the company to request
a free catalog.
Contact: Lockhart Seeds Inc.
P.O. Box 1361; Stockton, CA 95205
nonprofit preserves crop seeds that connect Native American cultures to
their lands and works to protect crop biodiversity and to celebrate
cultural diversity. The NS/S Seedbank has seeds of crops and wild
plants used as food, fiber and dyes by prehistoric and more recent
cultures inhabiting the arid southwestern U.S. and northwestern
Mexico. They offer many seeds that are originally from Mexico,
including varieties of chiles, herbs, tomatillos, and corn. Orders are
limited to 6 packets of any one variety. The website has photos of most
2509 N. Campbell Avenue #325, Tucson, Arizona 85719
Nichols Garden Nursery
Garden Nursery offers an extensive range of seeds for vegetables,
fruits, and herbs. Their listing of vegetable seed has a section on
Asian greens, and a section on Asian melons and vegetables which
includes beans, cabbages, radishes, eggplants, burdock, and more.
Photos are available for some of crops.
Contact: Nichols Garden Nursery
190 Old Salem Road NE
Albany, Oregon 97321-4580
is a nonprofit dedicated to researching and conserving medicinal plants
from temperate zones worldwide. The groups has a collection of more
than 500 medicinal plants, with a considerable number of Chinese
medicinal plants. Seeds for many Asian medicinal plants are available
on their website.
The Pepper Gal
seed company specialized in hot, sweet, and ornamental peppers,
offering 300 varieties of Capsicum seed as well as herbs, gourds,
tomatoes, and more. The Pepper Gal has been in business over 25 years,
and their website states that they have the largest selection of pepper
seeds in the world. Their catalog provides descriptions of each pepper
variety they offer, but does not provide photos.
Contact: The Pepper Gal
P.O.Box 23006; Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33307
Pinetree Garden Seeds
Maine-based seed company offers standard vegetable seeds and a
selection of seeds for French, Italian, Asian, Latin American, and
Middle Eastern vegetables. Those selections are at www.superseeds.com/vegetable_seeds.htm. The company does crop trials to evaluate their vegetable seed varieties.
Contact: Pinetree Garden Seeds
PO Box 300; New Gloucester, Maine 04260
Redwood City Seed Company
seed company offers old-fashioned heirloom seed varieties, with a
special focus on hot peppers. Their website offers hotness scale
information and a hot pepper picture gallery with very clear and large
photos. The catalog described 250 seed varieties, with over 100
open-pollinated hot pepper varieties.
Contact: Redwood City Seed Company
Box 361; Redwood City, California 94064
Seeds of Change
in 1989 to help preserve biodiversity and promote sustainable, organic
agriculture, Seeds of Change offers more than 600 varieties of
open-pollinated and organic seeds for vegetables, flowers and
herbs. They offer traditional crops from the Americas and abroad, with
many seed varieties from Asia and Latin America. Over 100 varieties are
available in bulk. The company also offers collections of seeds for
Asian greens and chilies.
Contact: Seeds of Change
621 Old Santa Fe Trail #10; Santa Fe, NM 87501
Seeds West Garden Seed
company offer heirloom and open pollinated seeds that are untreated and
organic, specializing in seeds suited to growing conditions in the West
and Southwest. They have over 300 varieties of vegetables, including a
substantial collection of chile peppers. The company offers wholesale
and bulk orders.
Contact: Seeds West Garden Seed
317 14th Street NW; Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Taro and Ti
company specializes in edible taro varieties, including low-oxalate
“luau leaf” types needing only minimal cooking. Additional products
include ti, cacao and coffee. At the time of this publication, products
from Taro and Ti were not yet available for purchase.
Contact: Taro and Ti
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)
is one of the best sources for tropical perennial vegetables. Their
seed company ships anywhere, but unfortunately to get plants from their
nursery you need to go there in person. ECHO has a wider selection of
rare useful plants that are shipped free to development projects in
developing countries but are not available elsewhere due to limited
17391 Durrance Road
North Ft. Myers, FL 33917, USA
Peters Seed and Research
company provides non-hybrid vegetable seeds and breeds their own unique
varieties. They preserve and distribute garden seeds of little known,
rare, and under appreciated vegetables and encourage gardeners to
become seed savers and are supporters of sustainable agriculture. This
company carries annual sugar cane and annual and perennial sorghum as
well as amaranth, mustard and okra seed.
Contact: Peters Seed and Research
PO Box 1472
Myrtle Creek OR 97457
Phone: (541) 874-2615
company does international mail order of unusual perennials (some
tender perennials for those of you north of zone 7). It has an on-line
catalog featuring well over 1000 different perennials, including a wide
variety of US natives, as well as their Asian counterparts. In
general, this company carries hardy plants from all over the world that
can survive in colder climates.
Contact: Plant Delights Nursery
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 772-4794
This company focuses on aquatic plants and carry aquatic vegetables including water mimosa and water chestnut.
Contact: Pond Plants and More
P.O. Box 155
company has been growing and selling herbs since 1969. They sell a wide
variety of herbs and vegetables including ajowan, ajmud, Chinese
cabbage, tomatillo, Afrocam cucumber, Gai Lohn, Daikon to name a few
from their cataglog.
Contact: Richters Herbs
You can find organically grown nearly spineless nopale edible cactus pads here.
Contact: John & Vickie Dicus
PO Box 196
Nipomo CA 93444
Sand Hill Preservation Center
are not a large operation all of the work is done by members of our
family with occasional inputs from outside sources. They produce around
90% of the seed which include sweet potato varieties, okra, amaranth
1878 230th Street
Calamus, Iowa 52729
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Exposure Seed Exchange is a wonderful source for heirloom seeds and
other open-pollinated (non-hybrid) seeds with an emphasis on
vegetables, flowers, and herbs that grow well in the Mid-Atlantic
region. Here you will find heirloom tomatoes, peppers, ginseng, potato,
onions, okra and much more.
P.O. Box 460
Mineral, VA 23117
Sow Organic Seed
collection is certified organic, open pollinated, non-hybrid, non-GMO
garden seeds along with vegetables that include Yacon-Bolivian Sun
Root, Quihuicha Elephant Head Amaranth, Tatsoi, Miyashige Daikon and
China Choy to name a few.
PO Box 527
Williams, OR 97544
Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants
Crops from this store include edible hibiscus and heirloom lima.
P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville VA 22902
Tripple Brook Farm
company carries Eastern native plants and under-used cold-hardy exotic
species and varieties. They have an extensive on-line catalog with many
37 Middle Rd.
Southampton MA, 01073
Gardens in northern Illinois is a family owned and operated,
certified-organic, seed company that specializes in rare and endangered
open-pollinated/heirloom seeds for vegetables, herbs, flowers. They
have been in business since 1993 and carry many interesting plants
including purple tomatillos, cranberry hibiscus and Chinese rhubarb.
1414 Zimmerman Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098
USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
website provides a national collection of plant materials for hundreds
of crops and thousands of wild crop relatives, free seeds and plants
available for research purposes (including backyard research) and
includes rarities like saltbush and earthnut pea.