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Seed Sources

Abundant Life Seeds

This 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
www.abundantlifeseeds.com; als@abundantlifeseeds.com
 

AgroHaitai Ltd.

This seed company specializes in Asian vegetable varieties, and offers bulk orders. 
 
Contact: AgroHaitai Ltd.
P. O. Box 78051; Hamilton, Ontario L9C 7N5, Canada
Phone: 519-647-2280
www.agrohaitai.com  
 

B & T World Seeds

B & T World Seeds is a French company offering a huge variety of seed. The site can be viewed in English, Spanish, French or German. The site includes seed varieties from dozens of countries at www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/sublists.htm; a common name search page at www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/com.htm; and a listing of available food plants by botanical name:www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/food.html. Additional categories of interest, such as a listing of available Oriental vegetables and herbs, are at: www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/Useful.htm. The company suggests contacting them to confirm that seeds are in stock before ordering.  
 
Contact: B & T World Seeds
Paguignan; 34210 Aigues-Vives; France
Phone: 00 33 04 68 91 29 63; matt@b-and-t-world-seeds.com Matthew me@b-and-t-world-seeds.com
www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com
 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

This 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
Phone: 417-924-8917
www.rareseeds.com

The Banana Tree

The 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
Phone: 610-253-9589
www.banana-tree.com

Evergreen YH Enterprises

This 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
P.O. Box 17538; Anaheim, CA 92817
Phone: 714-637-5769; eeseedsyh@aol.com
www.evergreenseeds.com

Fukuda Seed Store, Inc.

This company is the only legal source of water spinach seed in United States, though farmers outside of Hawaii need
appropriate 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
Phone: 808-841-6719

Kitazawa Seed Company

Established 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 seed orders.
 
Contact: Kitazawa Seed Company
PO Box 13220; Oakland, CA  94661
Phone: (510) 595-1188; customerservice@kitazawaseed.com  
www.kitazawaseed.com

Johnny’s Selected Seeds                                                                                  

Johnny's 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
Phone: 877-564-6697
www.johnnyseeds.com; info@johnnyseeds.com

Lockhart Seeds Inc.

This 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
Phone: 209-466-4401

Native Seeds/SEARCH

This 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 products.
 
Native Seeds/SEARCH
2509 N. Campbell Avenue #325, Tucson, Arizona 85719
Phone: 520-622-5561
www.nativeseeds.org; info@nativeseeds.org

Nichols Garden Nursery

Nichols 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
Phone: 800-422-3985
www.nicholsgardennursery.com; customersupport@nicholsgardennursery.com

One-Garden

One-Garden 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.
 
One-Garden, Inc.
Box 1, General Delivery; Brixey, MO 65618
Phone: 417-679-1003
www.one-garden.org ; info@one-garden.org

The Pepper Gal

This 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
Phone: 954-537-5540
www.peppergal.com ; peppergal@peppergal.com

Pinetree Garden Seeds

This 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
Phone: 207-926-3400
www.superseeds.com ; pinetree@superseeds.com

Redwood City Seed Company

This 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
Phone: 650-325-7333           
www.batnet.com/rwc-seed/

Seeds of Change

Founded 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
Phone: 1-888-762-7333
www.seedsofchange.com  

Seeds West Garden Seed

This 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
Phone: 505-843-9713
www.seedswestgardenseeds.com ; seeds@nmia.com

Taro and Ti

This 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
Lakeland FL
Phone: 877-889-5088
www.taroandti.com

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)

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 seed availability.
 
17391 Durrance Road
North Ft. Myers, FL 33917, USA
239-543-3246
www.echonet.org

Peters Seed and Research

This 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
www.psrseed.com

Plant Delights Nursery

This 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
www.plantdelights.com  

Pond Plants and More

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
Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, 15314, US
(724) 239-6673
www.pondsplantsandmore.com

Richters Herbs

This 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
Goodwood, Ontario
LOC 1AO
Canada
(905) 640-6677
www.richters.com

Rivenrock Gardens

You can find organically grown nearly spineless nopale edible cactus pads here. 
 
Contact: John & Vickie Dicus
PO Box 196
Nipomo CA 93444
www.rivenrock.com

Sand Hill Preservation Center

They 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 and tomatillos. 
 
1878  230th Street
Calamus, Iowa  52729
(563) 246-2299
www.sandhillpreservation.com

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Southern 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
Phone: 540-894-9480
www.southernexposure.com

Sow Organic Seed

Their 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
(888)709-7333
www.organicseed.com  

Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants

Crops from this store include edible hibiscus and heirloom lima. 
 
Monticello
P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville VA 22902
(804) 977-9821
www.monticello.org/shop

Tripple Brook Farm

This company carries Eastern native plants and under-used cold-hardy exotic species and varieties. They have an extensive on-line catalog with many photos. 
 
37 Middle Rd.
Southampton MA, 01073
(413) 527-4626
www.tripplebrookfarm.com

Underwood Gardens

Underwood 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
(815) 338-6279
www.underwoodgardens.com 

USDA Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

This 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.
 
www.ars-grin.gov