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Seeds of Africa (landraces)

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Seeds of Africa is proud to present to you a range of authentic, native African cannabis sativa strains. Straight from the high mountains and valleys of beautiful Africa, Our seeds are hand selected and freshly packed, guaranteeing the highest standards in quality. With the purest genetics, our seeds are the perfect match for any creative cross pollination, giving you the freedom to create infinite varieties of your own. Africa is home to the finest examples of cannabis sativa on the planet and our intention is to pass on these pure “foundation strains” to the rest of humanity so as not to lose them forever in a world dominated by hybridised/feminized cannabis varieties. We hope that the rare phenotypes in each strain will be selected, collected and protected, claiming back the legendary Sativa strains of ancient Africa and the beauty, power and purity that are within them.

Apondo Mystic

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This very special Sativa grows at high altitude, in a mountain located in the North-Eastern Cape. It grows within ancient subtropical evergreen forests that nestle on the edges of towering cliffs and within humid mountainous valleys. With beautiful secluded lagoons and views of spectacular coastline not far away this is a very serene and tranquil location. This hot, sticky climate is home to many insects, brightly coloured butterfly’s and birds, monkeys and wild pig. It is also said that the Pondo Kingdom is protected by a blanket of spirits of whose presence is so strong that people visiting the area often describe a common, unnerving feeling, known locally as “Pondo fever”.

It is said that spirits will either call to you or reject you immediately. The local tribe is the Pondo tribe and its members known for maintaining unity and building strong connections with their fellow brothers. They believe in sentimental qualities like oneness in diversity, togetherness, love and commitment. This could stem from the consumption of this ancient strain as it does induce a state of peace, tranquillity and compassion when consumed, mirroring its idyllic surroundings. The plant grows tall and is typically Sativa in appearance. A unique trait is that the heavy buds seem to glow with a mysterious light green colour during flowering and it emits a very focused and clear high - imparting a great sense of respect for all living things. It’s very much a daytime smoke with very little heaviness or drowsiness and smells like fresh zingy citrus, more like sour lime than lemon. It has a sharp, spicy zing on the flavour too combined with an earthy undertone and is dried in huts: hung up to cure in the dark like many other tribes do. Locals infuse the herb with liquids to make teas and even eat the plant raw when being used as a medicine. It is also smoked as part of everyday life in long beaded pipes or wooden chillum-style pipes.

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Pondoland, South Africa

Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 14 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 14 weeks
Height: tall
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Aroma: sour lime, spice, earthy
High: up high
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Coffee Gold

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These plants grow in the heart of the wild coast, on the banks of rivers that windbetween idyllic cliffs towards the sparkling ocean. Growing close to Coffee bay, so named after the hundreds of coffee trees that grew from beans scattered by a shipwreck long ago, these genetics may have also been part of that precious ancient cargo. This rare landrace strain lives in a tropical climate consisting of hot and humid summers and mild dry winters and animals close by comprise mainly of many insects, birds and monkeys. The Bomvana Tribe – part of the Xhosa people, live here, North of the Mbashe river. This huge, raging river is referred to as ‘dark river’ or ‘dangerous ravine’ in the Xhosa language. Other tribes that make up Xhosa people are Mpondo, Xesibe, Mpondomise and Thembu to name a few and all have related cultural similarities but also unique differences in their individual rituals and rites of passage. The Bomvana tribe have been said to have traded tobacco and cannabis with the Amapondo and other Xhosa speaking tribes for metal long long ago. It is perhaps this strain that was traded as they refer to Coffee Gold as “medicine” –highlighting the importance of the plant to the people. It, no doubt, would have commanded a high trade-in value for its medical properties.

It’s large, dense buds burst with purple colours when it reaches full maturity, and it never seems to stop flowering, budding all the way up its long stems and branches between its thin lime green leaves. It grows medium-tall, smells of subtle sour fruits- almost like greengage, gooseberry and grape and it produces a very therapeutic, relaxing high. It is prized locally for its healing properties and it gives an intense sense of wellbeing when consumed which, locally, is in either a tea-like infusion or smoked in its purest form in pipes. This potent medicine should be used worldwide and we have been gifted with the location of the plants with the strongest healing properties according to local knowledge. This plant doesn’t populate large areas and so this medicine is highly regarded - its actual whereabouts is a much guarded secret.

Genetics: Coffee Bay, South Africa
Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 13-14 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 13-14 weeks
Height: medium
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Aroma: sour fruit, grape
High: therapeutic, relaxing
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Durban Magic

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Durban magic is harvested in the valley of 1000 hills, an area named after the thousands of lush green hills that tumble down to the raging Umgeni river. The plant thrives on foothills, near winding rivers, fed by the continuous spray of water from plunging waterfalls and nurtured by the dappled light that gleams through the canopy of dense surrounding forest. Plentiful sugar cane and banana grow close by and a vast amount of wildlife live here including many insects, snakes and birds including the Crowned Eagle which is Africa’s largest raptor. Bushbuck, Wildebeest, Rhino, Giraffe and many species of Antelope can also all be seen in this area of Africa. This pure subtropical Sativa develops large, super resinous buds that pulse with an intense lime green colour, with flashes of orange and purple. This particular strain is considered sacred by the indigenous tribe; the mighty Zulus, who are a highly decorated and traditional people - wearing the skins of their kills and beaded jewellery on their wrists and arms. They are world renowned for their fearsome reputation as warriors of ancient times and can trace their roots back to some of the most prolific warriors in history. The tight dense bud is cured locally in their huts- hung upside down until cured and, once dried, it exudes a very strong fruity-Thai flavour and smell. This cured bud is then consumed in pipes made from wood, or more traditionally, bone or horn. The Zulus say that this plant gives warriors great strength before battle, inducing pure Sativa euphoria and super-amplified senses, and also allows tribesman to act as the animal on a hunt. Trimmed leaf is not discarded but normally used for making teas or infusions and can induce a trance like state, allowing one to feel completely connected to nature and to achieve the highest state of consciousness known to mankind.

Genetics: Durban, South Africa
Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 12-13 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 12-13 weeks
Height: medium
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Aroma: fruity, Thai stick
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Malawi Gold

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Malawi Gold is harvested exclusively in the Northern region of Malawi, on aplateau at the altitude of around 4000ft. This generally subtropical region sees little to no rain for 6 months of the year with the rainy season from November through to April. These hot and humid conditions means that Malawi Gold has developed superior resistance to mould and can adapt to almost any environment, making her a very hardy and easily cultivated plant. The area of this world-famous Sativa is home to all manner of animals including “Africa’s big five” and also many species of fish, reptile, insect and mammal species that are found nowhere else on Earth. Large crocodiles, insects, monkeys and birds all inhabit the area close to where Malawi Gold is found growing. The plants grow strong and tall with lots of branching and the smell is distinctly of exotic pineapple/lemon mingled with spicy incense. The buds are king sized, super-resinous, and are a deep gold, almost Amber colour. The plant is considered internationally as one of Africa’s best Sativas and is one of Malawi’s 3 biggest exports. The area in which it grows is inhabited by the Chewa people who specialise in fishing, farming and cattle and the locals traditionally wrap the bud in a banana leaf to cure. This process enhances and sweet pineapple/lemon flavour, and is known as the famous “Malawi cob”. There are 2 large clans that make up the Chewa people: the Phiri and the Banda. The Phiri are linked to kings and an aristocratic heritage and the Banda with healers and mystics who were most likely the main advocates of utilising this sacred plants medical and trance like capabilities. It is consumed locally by smoking in pipes but also papers where available and the leaf is used as infusions for remedies, ceremonial use and as part of everyday life. The Chewa say that the seeds we acquire from this particular lineage are from plants that have grown in the area for as long as they can remember and that they always produce heavy results harbouring an intense psychoactive high.

 

Genetics: Northern Malawi
Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 15-16 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 15-16 weeks
Height: tall
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Aroma: pineapple, lemon, spicy
High: potent, intense, psychoactive
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Mozambica

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Harvested in the outskirts of forested areas not too far from the coast, these plants grow in a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October till March, when cyclones are common, and a dry season from April till September. This means the plants are very adaptable and cope with extremes superbly. Mozambique is home to elephants, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, lions, the rare black rhino and also the spitting cobra but in the forests that this strain grows we predominantly find vast and varied species of insects and birds. There are three main tribes living in the area, the Makhuwa who are mainly farmers, traders and fishermen, The Makonde tribe who are renowned for their wood carving and elaborate masks and the Tsonga people whose traditions feature story telling and passing on community legends. It is in some of these legends that the Mozambica plant features with extraordinary tales of colossal specimens so powerful in effect that they can evoke spirits just by being amongst them. The Tsonga tribe scar their face as an act of physical beauty but they say that they originally undertook this practice as a deterrent to Arab slave traders, the same ones believed responsible for bringing the strain from Asia in the early 1200’s. It is certainly true that this strain produces large and very resinous buds which sometimes appear turquoise in colour due to the hint of blue that runs through them, even their leaves are covered with a pungent blue shimmer. They are often found grouped in small clusters and smell strongly of tropical fruit and spice which carries through on the flavour -the effect is a trance-inducing, soaring, Sativa high. Its flowers became known as “nbanje” or “soruma” and Mozambican tribal healers have been known to use the strain in a tea-like infusion to reach a state of “spirit possession”, allowing them to communicate with spirits thought responsible for causing illness and poor harvests. They consume the cured buds by smoking them inof everyday life as well as these ritual/spiritual ceremonies.

Genetics: Mozambique
Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 12-13 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 12-13 weeks
Height: tall
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Aroma: tropical fruit, spice
High: soaring, trance-like
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Swazi Gold

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Harvested inland, in the rocky and mountainous region of Swaziland thisplant grows majestically tall and plentiful. Swazi Gold is very resilient to all weather conditions and the climate varies from tropical to near temperate but is consistently hot and humid. December is the stormy, wet mid-summer season and June the dry mid-winter season. The phenotypes found within this lineage could be very deeply rooted in Earth’s history of cannabis as prehistoric rock paintings and artefacts found close to the plants date from ca. 25,000 B.C. Wildlife in the area mostly comprises of many insects, bats, birds, and monkeys, with rodents making up the largest percentage of mammals; not a great deal of life here as the mountains are sometimes perilous. The main tribe that live close to where the Swazi Gold grows are the Nguni people- part of the greater Bantu clan who occupy much of the Eastern and Southern parts of Africa. Nguni tribes keep similar political practices today to those used by Shaka Zulu – one of the world’s most renowned Zulu kings who is often hailed as a military genius but also condemned for the brutality of his reign. Other tribes here are the Sotho tribe who are largely agricultural- tending crops and herding cattle on horseback and Tsonga people also.

The plants grow tall, sometimes reaching over 3m in height, and in great numbers. Being a mountainous strain, it is very resilient, with thick, dark green/purple stems supporting one large, central cola with smaller, dense buds populating side branches. The buds have orange and red hairs and are bursting with resin glands and the final yield is always impressive. The strong, sweet Mango smell also comes through on the taste and the high is typically buzzy and productive. Buds are usually strung up in the small wooden huts of the local farmers and smoked in pipes, but again, this plants pungent flowers are also used as an infusion to make a tea to treat bad stomachs, cold fever and to generally to keep people well. All over Africa we see cannabis used like this for medical reasons.

Genetics: Swaziland
Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 12-13 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 12-13 weeks
Height: > 3 meters
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Aroma: mango
High: active, social, up high
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Transkei

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Seeds are gathered from plants growing in the Southern Eastern Cape, not to far inland and much closer to the sea than other African strains we collect. It’s a very dry region, but plants grow by the river banks, where other vegetation thrive because of rich soils close to the flowing water. The climate consists of hot summers and mild dry winters and is fairly windy a lot of the time, meaning the plants have very thick sturdy branches. Wildlife is minimal, consisting of many insects and birds, and wild pigs are a threat to the plants, destroying crops in search of roots and seeds. In fact this is the main threat of the wild. Transkie that grow here as they exist with little threat from anything else. The Xhosa people are the local tribe who are mostly agricultural, dealing with farming and fishing and specialising in beadwork, basket weaving, woodwork and pottery. The Transkie plant is a very sacred natural ingredient for many traditional cultural purposes- all of which are inherited orally, from their forefathers and passed down through the generations with nothing ever being recorded in writing. This includes the secret whereabouts of the purest Transkie plants which are typically long with many slender, dense lime green buds that shimmer with crystals and that are topped with orange hairs. This particular lineage is famed locally for its super fruity aroma, combining mild citrus and sour grapefruit notes as well as the effect which is super clean, natural and very cerebral. Within the community there are many herbalists, healers, prophets and diviners who all play an important role in Xhosa village life and who all consider the Transkie plant important for many different things, curing it within their huts like most tribes in Africa and consuming the herb in long wooden pipes or infusing it into teas and remedies of all kinds.

Genetics: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Type: Sativa
Indoor Flowering: 13-14 weeks
Outdoor Harvest: 13-14 weeks
Height: tall
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Aroma: fruity, citrus, grapefruit
High: clean, natural, cerebral
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