Plant Profiles

Heirloom plant profiles. Categories include edible, fiber, medicinal and ornamental.

Vanishing Seeds: Value of Seeds in Himalayan Culture

By Ritu Varuni

Seeds are integral to human agriculture and must be preserved. Here is a Himalayan perspective about how seeds are an important part of our culture.


The Delaware Tobacco

By Lawrence Davis-Hollander

Learn of an interesting history about tobacco and its connection to the Delaware Indians.


Heirloom Stories: Plums, Roses, Bulbs and More

From letters from our readers

Readers share heirloom stories about treasured plants that have been saved, grown, cooked, and enjoyed for generations.


Corn Mother: The History of Corn

By Jamie Jackson

Corn was highly valued by the native peoples across the Americas and their dependence on corn created many “Corn Mother” creation myths and folklore.


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Superfruit: The Baobab

By Tina Chan

The “tree of life,” or Baobab, is the world’s largest succulent plant and is a sacred tree of Africa’s, which produces the superfruit.


Seeds of Time: Why Heirlooms Matter

By Randel A. Agrella

For hundreds of generations, humans all over the planet have been growing crops and saving seeds from their best plants to sow the following season. Seeds have a rich history and are very important to agriculture.


Bael: A Fruit Borne On a Sacred Tree

By Dr. Chrianjit Parmar

Discover the mythology of bael. Native to India, this fruit and its tree are considered scared by Hindus.


The Basics of Five Color Silverbeets

By Art Davidson

Grow a rainbow in your garden with beautiful, flavorful Five Color Silverbeets.



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