The Fairbanks Portfolio of herbs and bunching crops includes a very extensive range of herbs, including basil, parsley and coriander. It also includes bunching kale, spinach, spring onions, bunching broccoli, pak choi, artichoke, asparagus, chard, silverbeet and endive.

At Fairbanks, we work with our breeders to develop and discover different varieties of herbs that suit the New Zealand climate and market. In particular, our basil portfolio has been established to include hybrid varieties to provide superior crop uniformity. In addition, we are also proud to offer a range of basil varieties that have downy mildew resistance. We also have a selection of dill and parsley varieties catering to our individual growers’ specific needs.

Herbs can be used both fresh or dried in teas, soups, curries, pasta dishes and more. In addition to their culinary uses, herbs have also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.

Bunching vegetables are often used in stir-fries, soups, and noodle dishes and can also be eaten raw in salads or as a garnish. They are a flavourful addition to dishes and are a great way to add some variety to your meals. Bunching vegetables like onion, carrot or radish, among others, are high in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium, and are also low in calories.