A famous herb grown for its roots which are important in Indian ayurvedic medicine. The scientific name actually translates to "horse-smelling sleep-inducer." Strong and pungent in flavor, it’s used very similarly to American Ginseng. Easy to grow, much like its nightshade cousin the tomato, by starting indoors and planting out after frost some 18 inches apart. Roots are best harvested after first frost. The fruit, properly prepared, can be used as a vegetarian substitue for rennet in cheese-making. The plant contains many steroidal lactones and alkaloids, including cuscohygrine, which is also found in the coca plant. If you start growing Ashwagandha, don't be surprised if your herbalist friends are suddenly all over you. Great care should be taken with any medicinal or culinary use of this powerful plant. Seeds were grown by Clint Freund and Kass McKinnon of Cultivating the Commons in Madison, Wisconsin, which will receive half of the proceeds of all sales.