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Medicine Bee Herbals: Native Vegetable Seeds

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Native Vegetable Seeds

painting by Renee New HejazeenNative American Vegetable Seeds

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.

-- Arapaho

Native Seeds are from the Native American Cultures of the Southwestern and northwestern United States. The preservation of these vegetable desert seeds contribute to protect crop biodiversity and to celebrate cultural diversity.

Some of the traditional crops are utilized by the Apache, Chemechuevi, Cocopah, Gila River Pima, Guarijio, Havasupai, Tohon O’ Odham, and the Yaqui cultures.

You, by using these seeds and participating in the ritual foods help fight the loss of traditional agriculture. The ultimate conservation of these crops lies with their continued use in the fields of the farmers who have steward them through-out time immemorial.

As a customer, you can help by purchasing these native seeds. The money or part of the proceeds goes to help Native Seeds, a seedbank house, to conserve the genetic diversity for the future generations.

Many of the wonderful ethnic native foods on this web site are organic and made by the indigenous native tribes. Ancient recipes used for thousands of years in the desert-valleys. Please visit Native Foods for delicious variety of desert treats!

Note: Substitutes will be sent of the same area if all out of one type of seeds.

"Maricopa" Sweet Corn Seeds [Zea mays]


Red, white, and blue kernels on medium-sized ears. Short plants, on sweet multiple ears. Originally collected in 1868-1869 from the Colorado River Indians and saved by prospectors in Northern Arizona. Sweet and fast growing, white kernels in the milk [eating] stage.

3 pkts, 75 seeds
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Chual Seeds [Chenopodium berlandieri]


Planted by Mayan gardener near Piedras Verdes, Sonora, Mexico. Leaves are eaten raw or cooked.

3 pkts, 75 seeds
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Ciudad Victoria Tomato Seeds


Ciudad Victoria Tomato Seeds [Lycopersicon esculentum]

A weedy, semi-sweet cultivated tomato from dooryard gardens in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Small round, sweet fruit are late maturing. 3 pkts,75 seeds

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Cumpas White Seeds  Phaseolus actuifolius

Cumpas White Seeds [Phaseolus actuifolius]


From Cumpas, Sonara where Opata descendents still live. Common in the markets of the region as it is a popular, stable food.

3 pkts, 150 seeds
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Dolores del Hidalgo Seeds Cicer arietinum

Dolores del Hidalgo Seeds [Cicer arietinum]


From Guanajuato in Central Mexico, the plants are prolific in the low desert winters, producing small beans.

3 pkts, 90 seeds
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Dublin Green Seeds [Brassica campestris]


The young, succulent leaves are steamed like spinach and eaten as quality. Collected near Nuevo Casas Grandes at Colonia Dublan.

3 pkts, 75 seeds
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Eagle Pass Okra Seeds [Abelmoschus esculentus]


From the Carrizo Springs/Eagle pass area in Texas. Good in gumbo or cut and fried. Not slimy or stringy when cooked. Plants bear large pods beginning near ground level, up to 5 ft.

3 pkts, 45 seeds
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Garbanzo Del Norte Seeds  Cicer arietinum

Garbanzo Del Norte Seeds [Cicer arietinum]


Collected in Vadito, NM 8000 ft. This garbanzo does well both as a winter crop in Tucson [low desert] and as a spring crop at the Conservation farm [high desert].

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Guarijio Seeds [Abelmoschus esculentus]


Guarijio “Nescafe”

From Sonora, Mexico. The beautiful yellow flowers have red throats. Young pods are fried, boiled or added to stews and gumbos. Seeds can be roasted, ground and used as a coffee substitute. Large mature pods are good for dried arrangements.

3 pkts, 45 seeds
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Habas Del Norte Seeds Vicia faba

Habas Del Norte Seeds [Vicia faba]


Tan, light green and coffee colored seeds that can be ¾ long, though mostly smaller.

3 pkts, 75 seeds
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Las Trampas Seeds Vicia faba

Las Trampas Seeds [Vicia faba]


Typical New Mexico fava bean. Considered increasingly rare, as fewer folks maintain agricultural life-style. Grown at 8000 ft. in Las Trampas, New Mexico.

3 pkts, 75 seeds
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Navajo Mix Seeds Cucumis melo

Navajo Mix Seeds [Cucumis melo]


Our original seeds were obtained from a melon entered in the Navajo Nation Fair in Shiprock, New Mexico. From grow-outs, three fruit types have been produced: ribbed and smooth ovals, and elongated. Mild flavored flesh is pale green to light orange.

3 pkts, 45 seeds
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Punta Banda Tomato Seeds [Physalis and Lycopersicon]


Collected on the Punta Banda Peninsula in Baja California and grown out at Albuquerque gardens. The plants produce hundreds of red meaty, thick skinned fruits despite heat, water stress and poor soil. Great tasting tomato paste.

3 pkts, 75 seeds
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Salt River Pima Seeds [Pisum sativum]


The large seeds are tan and smooth. Good in soups and stews. Hardy in the desert.

3 pkts, 150 seeds
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Texas Hill Country Red Seeds [Abelmoschus esculentus]


Attractive plant with bronze-red fruit. Produces well in summer heat. Plants 5-6 feet. Slender pods can be sliced and eaten raw in salads.

3 pkts, 45 seeds
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