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Heritage Fruits & Vegetables

Toby Musgrave

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A sumptuous celebration of the fascinating riches of heritage fruits and vegetables


Many of our traditional fruit and vegetable varieties are disappearing fast, a catastrophic loss of horticultural heritage and genetic diversity. But dedicated growers and organizations around the world are seeking to rediscover the older varieties, with their fascinating stories and significant advantages over newer cultivars.

Presented by season for growers and seasonally minded cooks, this book introduces heritage fruits and vegetables in entertaining stories and rich photographic detail. No one interested in food, plant cultivation or history will fail to be captivated by this glorious tribute to the food we so often take for granted.

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'Sumptuous images and quirky historical details … one for the seasoned cook, allotment potterer or frequenter of farmers’ markets'
Homes & Interiors

'Superb photography … a timely and informative celebration of the sheer diversity of heritage varieties … beautifully designed and produced'
Four Shires Magazine

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback with tipped on colour plate to front board (without jacket)

Size: 28.0 x 28.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 157

Publication date: 23 April 2012

ISBN: 9780500516133

Contents List

Foreword by Raymond Blanc; Preface; Introduction: Fruit and Vegetable Cultivation through the Ages; Spring – Asparagus; Cauliflower; Kohlrabi; Potato. Summer – Apricot; Cherry; Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, citron); Currants (black, white and red); Gooseberry; Hothouse Fruit (peach and nectarine); Fig; Mulberry; Raspberry; Strawberry; Alliums (onion, shallot, garlic); Beans (broad, french, runner); Beetroot; Carrot; Cucurbits (cucumber, marrow and courgette); Florence Fennel; Globe Artichoke; Pea; Radish; Rhubarb; Salads (lettuce, alexanders and purslane); Spinach; Tomato. Autumn – Apple; Blackberry; Medlar; Nuts (almond, cob nut and filbert, chestnut, walnut); Pear; Plum (bullace and damson, gage, mirabelle); Quince; Celery and Celeriac; Chard; Pumpkin and Squash; Solonaceae (aubergine, chilli and sweet pepper); Sweetcorn; Turnip. Winter – Hothouse Exotics (grape, pineapple, muskmelon); Winter brassicas (broccoli, Brussels sprout, cabbage, kale); Chicory; Leek; Parsnip; Salsify and Scorzonera; Tubers (Jerusalem artichoke, oca) • Useful Addresses: Organizations, Suppliers and Gardens to Visit

About the Author

Toby Musgrave is the author of many books on plants and gardening, including The Head Gardeners and Cottage Gardens.

Clay Perry’s photographs have appeared in numerous books and journals.

List of Contributors

Clay Perry, Raymond Blanc

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