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Throwback to a few hours ago when Winterspinat Haldenstein (Spinacia oleracea) basked in the winter sun. Haldenstein is a Swiss town where people have been growing this pointy-seeded heirloom Spinach since before WW1. William Woys Weaver gave me the seeds many years ago and I’ve grown them every winter since. A couple volunteer Russian Kale (Brassica napus) seedlings are welcome to stay until they are big enough to eat! #winterspinathaldenstein #winterspinach #volunteerkale #seedkeeping #spinaciaoleracea

Heirloom Asparagus Varieties

Learn all there is to know about growing and harvesting asparagus varieties that have been cultivated and valued — for culinary merits and medical properties — since the Roman Empire.

April 24, 2013

By William Woys Weaver

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver is the culmination of some thirty years of first-hand knowledge of growing, tasting and cooking with heirloom vegetables.  A staunch supporter of organic gardening techniques, Will Weaver has grown every one of the featured 280 varieties of vegetables, and he walks the novice gardener through the basics of planting, growing and seed saving. Sprinkled throughout the gardening advice are old-fashioned recipes — such as Parsnip Cake, Artichoke Pie and Pepper Wine — that highlight the flavor of these vegetables. The following excerpt on heirloom asparagus varieties was taken from chapter 5, “Asparagus.”