Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables

Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Fruits and vegetables have been a central part of our diets since time immemorial, and the history of their cultivation is rich with intriguing facts: Samuel Pepys's diary entry for August 22, 1663, reveals that "Mr Newburne is dead of eating Cowcoumbers" (cucumbers); many tomato varieties were first bred in the United States and are still available, from"Striped German" to "Pink Ping Pong" to "Zapotec."

Today, numerous traditional fruit and vegetable varieties--the so-called heirloom or heritage varieties---are disappearing, a catastrophic loss of horticultural heritage and genetic diversity. But gardeners have reason to be optimistic. A group of dedicated growers around the world is seeking to conserve surviving heritage varieties for their significant advantages over newer cultivars: they are more adaptable, they have good storage properties, and they often have a superior taste.

Presented by season, this overview first tells the story of the cultivation of fruits and vegetables through the ages, and then each type is discussed: where it originated, indigenous uses and folklore, how it got its name, legends and beliefs that have become attached to it, and the odd uses to which it has been put.

Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2012.
ISBN: 9780500516188
Branch Call Number: 635 MUSGR
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. ; 29 x 29 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top