About Us

About Us

Who we are…

Esculents is a small, family run business, specialising in edible plants from around the world, particularly those which are rare in cultivation.

The plants we grow are predominantly perennial (rather than annual or biennial) herbs and vegetables that are rarely, if ever offered in garden centres, and seldom by other independent nurseries. As well as being more sustainable than many annual crops, we feel that plants which come back year after year are better value for our customers.

The majority of those we stock are suited to outdoor growing in a cool temperate climate, such as we enjoy – albeit with standing licence to complain – here in the UK. There will also be a small selection of half-hardy and tender plants which are more appropriately grown in a greenhouse/poly-tunnel or indoors – these will be advertised as such.

Inspired by Forest Gardening, many of the plants we supply are suited to inter-planting, to form a thriving ecosystems loosely resembling a young, managed woodland, with distinct, yet complementary layers.

Some of the plants we offer grow wild across the UK and are commonly foraged. Many of these are considered gourmet ingredients, sought after by high-end restaurants, sold, if they are at all, by specialist merchant for a considerable premium. For whatever reason these highly esteemed wild plants haven’t transitioned to mainstream vegetables, despite the fact that many of them would not only grow, but thrive in our gardens and allotments if they were only given the chance to do so.

As well as plants native to (or naturalised in) the UK, we grow and will also offer plants from much further afield, such as the highland regions of Korea and Japan’s northern islands, the Aravan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the American Pacific North-West, the Italian Alps, and the Himalayan foothills.

As the business develops, we hope to be able to provide recipes and other suggestions for using the plants we offer, through the blog – particularly posts that help to connect people unfamiliar with these plants to the (often living) traditions in which they are used.