Seeds in bulk
Welcome to our bulk seed section. On this page you will find a selection of seeds, many organic, which we sell in large or bulk sizes. Don't forget, even if we don't stock the seed you want in bulk, you can buy a smaller pack size and qualify for our standard 10% case discount - or simply contact us to see if we can source the seeds you want in a larger size.
For some people who eat larger quantities of seeds as part of a wholefood diet, buying in bulk and having a complete delivery of all your wholefoods needs from one firm makes great sense in terms of time, effort and cost. You only pay for one delivery (and indeed, are likely to qualify for free delivery), and it does not take long to order a month's worth of food in one go.
Download a PDF guide to Bulk_Seeds here.
Seeds in bulk by mail order
In this section you will find our larger packets of seeds: generally, the larger the packet, the cheaper the price per kilo. If you buy a big bag, then our costs are significantly lower and we are very happy to pass this saving on. Our bulk seeds are usually those that we sell in sizes above 1kg. Below this size, savings can still be made by buying 'by the case': for our full range of seeds, follow this link.
Among the seeds on offer by mail order you will find:
- Alfalfa: a very good seed for sprouting. (See the rest of our sprouting seeds too - we also stock sprouters and a sprouter's handbook.)
- Chia: chia is a species of flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. It was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times and economic historians have suggested that it was once as important as maize as a food crop. Like many Latin American foods, it has now been 'discovered' by the West.
- Hemp seeds: these contain a wide variety of nutrients, including all of the essential amino acids (the constituents of protein) and healthy amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They can be sprinkled into your cereal or muesli to boost the nutritional value of your breakfast.
- Linseed: our organic linseed comes from America and Canada, where they have a great tradition of growing this crop. Sometimes linseed is referred to as 'flax'. Cracked linseed is great for the digestion – the seeds swell and release a mucilage, which helps provide bulk for your intestine and a smooth passage for the contents of your meal! As my granny would say, 'it keeps you regular'!
- Poppy seeds
- Pumpkin seeds: pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein and zinc and are also rich in unsaturated fats. Our bodies contain 2 to 3 grams of zinc. We don’t store up zinc, so need to replace it continually through our diet. Some 60% of the zinc in our bodies can be found in our muscles, with around 30% in our bones and 5% in our skin.
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds: did you know? Sunflower seeds are a good source of iron and unsaturated fatty acids. To intensify the taste of sunflower seeds, lightly toast them in a dry pan and add to salads, homemade bread, a sandwich, muesli, yoghurt or baked potatoes.
Storing seeds bought in bulk
To store seeds for a reasonable period, the procedure is the same as for nuts. In a 'nutshell', the basic rules are to store:
- at room temperature for 3 months
- in the refrigerator for up to 6 months
- in the freezer for a year or more.
However, there is some variation depending on how fresh the nuts and seeds were to start with, and on how hot 'room temperature' is for you. At home, we store our nuts and seeds in a cool larder, and that seems to work fine.
One thing to think about is that some nutrients may deteriorate in the freezer, particularly vitamin E.
Like all other busy people, I like to keep things simple and workable. The following steps are part of a basic system for storing and using seeds and nuts bought in bulk:
- Purchase raw seeds and nuts in bulk to save money.
- Transfer seeds and nuts to sturdy plastic bags.
- Secure bags with a Twixit Clip (those reusable clips that you might use on a bag of frozen peas).
- Store in the fridge or freezer until it is time to soak and rehydrate (if needed).
- After rehydrating (if needed), put the seeds or nuts in a bag, seal with a clip and store in the fridge or in a nice glass or plastic container for easy munching access. If you are really organised, you could use the original bags the nuts or seeds came in. For us at home, this seems to be too difficult!
If you have never tried sprouting organic seeds or beans, then now is a good time to have a go. It is actually really easy, with lots of different tips and hints on the web - or you can buy the Sprouting Book from us, and arm yourself with some sprouting trays. There are lots of different reasons to sprout your own organic seeds, including the following:
- You get the freshest sprouts possible, direct from your sprouter to your plate.
- It is much cheaper to sprout your own organic seeds.
- It is easier: you can always have the sprouts you want, when you want them.
- You can maximise the benefit of your organic seed purchase.
- You can measure your food miles in inches - the best possible option for the environment.
- There is minimum packaging, with no trays or bags to throw away.
- It's fun and educational: if you have children, it's a great way to introduce them to growing their own food.
- It's quick and easy and you can do it in your own kitchen.
- Remember: sprouts retain their maximum flavour and nutrition when eaten raw. If you want to include them in cooked dishes, it is best to put them in at the last minute.
How to sprout seeds:
There are a number of basic steps involved in sprouting seeds. In summary, you need to:
- Soak your seeds for the correct length of time.
- Drain your seeds, rinse and drain again.
- Transfer the seeds to a sprouting container (spreading them evenly across the container).
- Cover the sprouting container to prevent the sprouts drying out.
- For the required time, rinse and drain the sprouting seeds every morning and every evening, to prevent the formation of mould.
- Harvest your sprouts at the correct time.
- Rinse the sprouts with fresh water.
- Eat immediately for full nutritional value, or store in the fridge for a few days.