African Okra Abelmoschus caillei

Abelmoschus caillei originated and is now grown mostly in West and Central Africa, where it has become an important vegetable crop. This variety of okra is particularly popular with subsistence farmers as it can produce a food crop year round, has a higher market value as it is available in the...

Angled Luffa Luffa acutangula

Luffas are vining annual plants that produce fruits for food and the luffa sponge. The young fruits of Angled Luffa are edible raw or cooked. Although two species produce a fibrous skeleton in the mature fruit, Smooth Luffa (Luffa cylindrica) is the preferred species for the luffa sponge. This...

Beets Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris

 

Garden Beets, also called beetroot, are a hardy, cool-season root crop with edible leaves and a fleshy, tap root. The most common beets are deep red throughout but there are varieties that are yellow, white or mixed. The roots are a source of calories and the leaves are a good source of...

Broccoli Brassica oleracea var. italica

Broccoli is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for the head that is made of a cluster of many, dark green buds formed at the end of an edible stalk. It is a temperate crop that can be grown in the tropics at higher elevations. Broccoli has become a common, favorite vegetable around the...

Cabbage Brassica oleracea var. capitata

Cabbage is a hardy, leafy cruciferous vegetable that forms a compact, round head. It is native to southern Europe but can be grown in tropical or semi-tropical areas in cooler highlands where the winters are mild and there is a good supply of moisture.  Some varieties in stock at ECHO are...

Cantaloupe Cucumis melo

 

The Cantaloupe is a creeping annual gourd producing round or oval fruits, 10-15cm (4-6”) diameter with a rough, scaly, netted outside skin. Cantaloupe is delicious as a dessert or in a fruit salad.

Cauliflower Brassica oleracea var. botrytis

Cauliflower is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for its compact white immature flower head. Cauliflower is generally suited to temperate climates or higher altitudes in the tropics, preferring cool, moist soil and air. The heads are cut and eaten while the buds are still closed. In order...

Hot Bush Pepper Capsicum frutescens

Capsicum frutescens peppers are much more pungent than the C. annuum species and produce fruits that are erect and usually appear just above the foliage. Peppers include  tabasco, bird peppers, and other chili peppers. Varieties of this species have also been selected for their ornamental...

Chinese Kale Brassica oleracea alboglabra

Chinese Kale, also called Kailaan or Chinese Broccoli, has glossy, blue-green leaves with crisp and thick stems. This vegetable adapts well to cold and hot climates and is grown all year round in mild climates. After the first cutting of the main stem, the plant will grow many branches for...

Garlic Chives Allium tuberosum

Garlic Chives have mild, flat, tender leaves that taste like onion and garlic. Garlic Chives are a  perennial, cool season vegetable, which flowers in the hot summer. They can tolerate high temperature and grow in many soil types.