Heirloom variety introduced to the Saint Lawrence River Valley by French settlers in the 17th Century. It is still eaten today and makes delicious pea soup. High yielding plants. They will need trellising and can grow up to 1 meter tall. The Potager d’Antan reports this story : « According to an old European tradition dating back from the 15th Century, Hubertus, patron saint of hunters, was associated with the pea soup. To make a long story short, during his lifetime, in the 7th Century, Hubert went astray, hunted on Good Friday, and while pursuing a stag, he had a vision in which he saw the animal with a crucifix between its antlers and heard a voice enjoining him to lead a holy life. Hubertus later performed many miracles, evangelized pagans in distant countries, and erected temples dedicated to the Lord. He died on May 30, 727. His relics were translated on November 3, 743. His feast day is November 3 in Belgium and May 30 in France. In memory of Saint Hubert, European settlers in Quebec supposedly kept the name of this pea variety, used in the preparation of the « hunting soup ». For the complete story, visit the Potager d’Antan website. This variety is very rare and is considered endangered.
Package: 30 seeds
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Latin name : Pisum sativum
Common names : Saint-Hubert pea
French : Pois à soupe, pois Saint-Hubert, pois mange-tout.
Family : Fabaceae
Plant type : Annual
Habit : Climbing
Height : 1 m
Width : 20 cm
CROP SPECIFIC INFORMATIONS:
Days to maturity : 60 days for snow peas, 90 days for dry peas
Sowing : Direct sowing early in spring, as soon as the ground can be worked
Depth : 2 cm
Germination : 7 to 10 days
Soil : Light and cool
Exposure : Slightly shady to sunny
Plant spacing : 8 cm
Row spacing : 40 cm
Watering : Regularly, peas need plenty of water
Care and other considerations : Requires netting or other type of support structure to climb on.
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Also known as the "Montreal Market Muskmelon" or "Montreal Nutmeg Melon". This mythical green flesh melon with a nutmeg flavor has almost disappeared.
The earliest records come from the Jesuits, who cultivated this variety in the Montreal Plain in 1684. According to the Potager d'Antan : "this melon went through many selections during the 17th Century, before being introduced under the name "Montreal Melon", in 1870. In the 1880s, it was listed as one of the best seller in New England by American seed company Burpee".
Very popular at the beginning of the 1900s and until the 1950s, it was largely commercialized and grown by three families : the Aubin, the Décarie and the Gorman. But lack of labour force, rises in wages and the spreading of the city triggered its decline. As highways paved the island, it slowly faded from our collective memory. When farms vanished from Montreal, it risked being obliterated. Until a journalist found its trace in a seed bank, in the United States.
This melon is a living proof of our seed and food diversity decline. Save your seeds and share them.
Heirloom variety. Listed on Slow Food Canada's Ark of Taste.
Pkt : 12 seeds.
The farmer got confused and messed up, but in the process created this mix of different varieties of tomatoes grown on our farm. Includes: Mémé de Beauce, Oncle Tom, Petit Moineau, Sun Drop, Téton de Vénus, Poil Blanc, Savignac, Plourde, Black Cherry and Black Ruffle. For diversity fans.
Package: 35 seeds
- Poire Jaune (yellow)
- Petit Moineau (red)
- Groseille (orange-red)
- Black Plum (black-red)
- Black Cherry (black-purple)
- Mon Plaisir (red)
- Sun Drop (orange)