ASHITABA (Angelica keiskei koidzumi) also known as Tomorrow's Leaf (for its habit of dropping a bottom leaf when new leaves unfold), is an important Asian heirloom herb that has unique properties. Very high in chlorophyll and with yellow sap, it is edible and contains Vitamin B12 and Chalcones, the flavonoid credited with a wide range of protective and healing abilities. Vegans will want to grow this herb! 60 days. It produces white floral umbrels like other Angelicas. I apologize for the price but this is an exceedingly rare seed with limited availability. 10 Seeds. ORGANICALLY GROWN
MEDICINAL: The chalcones in Ashitaba provide antioxidant protections such as regulating cholesterol and blood sugar levels, strengthening the immune system, and regulating metabolism. The high chlorophyll can be anti-bacterial, encouraging of blood cell and hormone production and protective against cancer. Currently, Ashitaba is used in the treatment of hepatitis, cancer, chronic fatique, anemia and a host of gastrointestinal problems.
HOW TO GROW: In its natural environment it is a maritime plant, but will grow in any moist and shaded location. It is a cold germinator. You can sow directly in winter in protected flats and expect germination in about 60 days. Or soak overnight and refrigerate in moist (but not wet) medium (barely covering) for 30 days then plant in protected flats and they should germinate in 15 days. Greenhouses are great, even grow lights, or cold frames depending on the time of year. Seedlings advance slowly so give them a good 60 days before you transplant. Biennial so won't flower until second year. These are tricky, but a positive attitude is sensed by the seeds (you think I'm kidding?) and will promote success.
CHERRYGAL HEIRLOOM GARDEN SEEDS & PLANTS offer hundreds of heirloom and vintage open-pollinated varieties! Most have histories dating back centuries and are tried and true producers. Some are rare, or threatened with extinction. When you grow a plant from heirloom seed and save that seed, you are participating in a practice that goes back for generations. Our grandparents and their grandparents grew these varieties. Often the seeds were prized possessions carried to the New World when they emigrated.
Ever notice how most seed catalogs require you to buy (and pay for) much more seed than you could ever possibly use in a season? If you have a budget for garden seeds, this limits your choices! Although seeds can be viable for longer than one growing season, it requires that they be stored at a consistent temperature and humidity. Few of us do this. CherryGal sizes its seed packets for the home gardener, because we know you may want to grow 5 different lettuces, or three different corns, and don’t want to have to take out a second mortgage to do so! CHERRYGAL SEEDS ARE A TREMENDOUS BARGAIN!
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ABOUT OPEN-POLLINATED SEEDS . . . All CherryGal Heirloom Seeds are heirlooms (dating at least 100 years) or vintage (mid-20th Century or older) OPEN-POLLINATED varieties. This means saved seed will be true to the parent. Don't be dazzled by the never-ending array of hybrid seeds promoted by gardening suppliers. First, seeds from that produce will not grow true to the parent -- you have to keep buying hybrid seed. Second, most hybrids are developed for market – not home -- growers with an emphasis on extended shelf life, storage and shipping qualities -- NOT flavor, texture and all those other elements that home growers seek.
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SHIPPING: I endeavor to ship my seeds as quickly as possible - usually within 24 - 48 hours. If there is a need for more time, you will be advised at time of purchase and shipped as soon as possible. In the event an item becomes unavailable or temporarily out of stock I will offer you a chance to substitute another selection or refund you immediately. I package my seeds for shipping in a manner appropriate to the amount and type of seed - larger orders and larger seeds require more packaging. I also combine multiple orders of the same seed variety, where practical, in one envelope unless you request otherwise. This is an ecological measure, not a cost-saving one. Whether you choose first class mail or priority shipping, your seeds will ship using a delivery confirmation number which will be supplied to you.