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Forgotten Fruits: A guide to Britain's traditional fruit and vegetables By Christopher Stocks

Forgotten Fruits: A guide to Britain's traditional fruit and vegetables
by Christopher Stocks

Did you know that beetroot was instrumental in ending the slave trade? Or that observing gooseberries helped Charles Darwin to arrive at his theory of evolution? Or that there are over 2,000 varieties of cooking and eating apples in Britain alone? This book features unusual varieties and also presents a work of natural and social history.
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In an era when supermarket conformity rules, it is refreshing to discover that there are still wonderful, traditional varieties of fruit and veg out there waiting to be grown and tasted. What about Glaskin's Perpetual rhubarb, quick to settle in and ready to be cut in its first year? Or Alderman peas, deliciously sweet even when they reach the size of marbles? Not to mention Ashmead's Kernel apple, as devoured and praised by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: 'exploding with champagne-sherbet juice infused with a lingering scent of orange blossom'.But "Forgotten Fruits" is more than a guide to these unusual varieties. It's also a fascinating work of natural and social history. Did you know, for example, that beetroot was instrumental in ending the slave trade? Or that observing gooseberries helped Charles Darwin to arrive at his theory of evolution? Or that there are over 2,000 varieties of cooking and eating apples in Britain alone? If you want to grow a bit of history in your garden, if you'd like to get a real taste of the huge variety of local produce that Britain has to offer, or even if you just want to find out a bit more about how rural life in the UK has evolved over the past centuries, "Forgotten Fruits" will prove irresistible - and enlightening - reading.

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Sku
GOR001302216
Title
Forgotten Fruits: A guide to Britain's traditional fruit and vegetables
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Cornerstone
Year published
Number of pages
304
ISBN 10
1905211805
ISBN 13
9781905211807
Prizes
Short-listed for Guild of Food Writers Awards: Food Book of the Year 2009
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