The Portland Seedhouse was founded in 2014 in Portland Oregon, where it maintains a diverse seedbank of culturally significant varieties with remarkable flavors and stories.
We find and breed rare, diverse and resilient seed varieties for farmers, gardeners and seed savers.
Our seed is adapted to the Pacific Northwest and other short season northern climates but will do well in other areas of the country. We sell only open pollinated (OP) seed.
NONE of our seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented, PVP, or genetically modified (GMO’s). All of our seed is grown without chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides, and NONE of it is treated.
And in selected retail stores throughout the US!
From time to time we offer some of the exclusive varieties prepared in many cultural traditional ways from Evan’s travels.
An heirloom family recipe that was acquired while travel North of Turino in a small village of Cumiana, Italy. Just the best jam for just about every occasion, is savory and sweet with hints of chestnuts and an autumn breeze.
Oregon Kiwi and Meyer Lemon
Two of our favorite fruits that no one thinks we can grow up in the Northwest but yes we have some really good kiwis and lemons here! Put them together and you get a sweet marmalade of flavors that melt in your mouth.
Hoshigaki are persimmons that are peeled and dried whole over a period of 6 weeks through a combination of hanging and delicate hand-massaging, until the sugars contained in the fruit form a dusting that looks like frost. Unlike sliced dried fruit, which tend to be brittle and leathery, hoshigaki are tender and moist, with concentrated persimmon flavor. The hoshigaki method is traditional to Japan, and came to America with Japanese American farmers. Because they are so labor-intensive, hoshigaki all but disappeared from commercial production. They are a Slow Food Ark of Taste cultural food that is need of preservation.