Astragalus is a major tonic herb that is native to North China and Mongolia. It is hardy to zone 5 and requires three weeks of cold to germinate. It is nourishing and immune enhancing. As a member of the pea family, it is edible. The roots can be used fresh or dried and added to anything that is cooked with moisture for a long time such as soups and casseroles. It has a pleasant taste and in non-toxic. The seeds should be lightly scarified and planted after the first frost. Germination is fast and the plants will grow to about four feet in height. Plant lots because the roots should not be harvested for 3-4 years. Astragalus is very safe for pets as well as people.
Burdock, Watanabe, certified organic, 30 seeds
Burdock is called "gobo" in Japanese and is a Zen-like vegetable substitute for carrots. Burdock has been researched and found to be a desmutagen. It is found in countless cancer tonics, from Hildegard of Bingen to Hoxsey and in present times. It is easy to grow and can be harvested the first year, more or less like the carrots that are often prepared with burdock (as in the image). The germination rate is incredible. Burdock can be substituted for carrots in almost any recipe, but it can also be made into cutlets and pancakes, more or less like potatoes. The taste is quite mild and benefits from the addition of spices or seasoning. This is an excellent example of a medicinal vegetable.