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SALAD LEAVES, (ORIENTAL, MUSTARDS, ROCKET, SORREL, LAND CRESS, OKAHIJIKI, BABY, KOMATSUNA, MINUTINA) LEAVES and FLOWERS

admin / November 17, 2017

Different sorts of salad leaves are becoming very popular instead of just havinglettuce leaves, Chicory leaves or Endive leaves with our salads. You will see many of these salad leaves in packets of salad leaves in the supermarket. Many of these salad leaves bring different tastes, colours and textures to the plate. Several seed catalogues have packets of mixed varieties of salad leaves for you to…

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RUNNER BEAN (Phaseolus coccineus) & Runner / French Bean Cross

admin / November 17, 2017

Runner beans originate in the areas at high altitude of Central and Northern South America. They were cultivated in Mexico in ancient native American civilisations, and brought back to Europe by the Spanish in the 16 th Century. Not only are they very colourful climbers, but they crop over quite a long period. Runner beans are actually perennial plants but are…

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RADISH (Raphanus sativus)

admin / November 17, 2017

Radishes have a very long history having been known in Ancient Egypt, though these were probably the large black rooted types. Radishes come in a surprising variety of shapes and colours. Apart from the usual small round and oblong ones, there are large tapering types. Colours can be red, pink, white and black. There are also some Winter types. Seed should be…

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POTATOES (solanum tuberosum)

admin / November 17, 2017

Potatoes are one of the oldest crops cultivated by early man some 5000 years B.C., high in the Andes round Lake Titicaca. The Incas selected more palliative strains of the wild potatoes for a staple food. Brought to England in 1590, they did not become a food staple here until the late 18 th century, after the potato adapted to our…

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PEPPERS (sweet) and CHILLIES (hot)

admin / November 17, 2017

Sweet Peppers and Chilies are native to South and Central America, where they were used by the native inhabitants for thousands of years. They were brought back to Europe after Columbus’s voyage to Mexico in 1492. There are an extraordinary number of varieties in specialist catalogues available today, varying from mild sweet peppers, to the viciously hot. Most catalogues will have…

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PEAS (Pisum sativum)

admin / November 17, 2017

Peas have been cultivated for over 8000 years from the late Stone Age, and were selected from the wild form still found growing in Turkey. Apparently the Romans introduced Peas to the UK. In olden times, the peas were frequently dried and stored for Winter use in dishes such as Pease Pudding, and were a valuable source of protein. Indeed, an…

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PARSNIP (Pastinaca sativa)

admin / November 17, 2017

Parsnips were already cultivated in the Mediterranean area when the Romans introduced them into Northern Europe. Apparently, Parsnips were a staple of the Scottish diet in the 1720’s, before the potato was generally introduced, when it was reported that Highland women used to wash parsnips in tubs of water by treading them with their bare feet. Apparently some people are allergic…

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ONIONS (Allium cepa)

admin / November 17, 2017

Apparently, onions may originally have come from Central Asia, and are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. They were revered in Ancient Egypt some 5000 years ago, where they were considered to symbolize eternal life. Health benefits. Perhaps we should revere them as well for their known therapeutic effect of lowering cholesterol, cancer and blood pressure levels. Also contain vitamin C .…

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OCA (Oxalis tuberosa)

admin / November 17, 2017

Oca, pronounced oh-kah apparently, has long been cultivated in the Northern Andes Mountains of South America. It is still one of the most important staple crops of the population in Peru and Bolivia due to its easy propagation, tolerance for poor soil, high altitude and harsh climates. All parts of the plant contain oxalic acid, especially the leaves and stalks which are…

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MELON (Cucumis melo)

admin / November 17, 2017

Melon fruit is a tricky crop to grow in the North of the UK due to the high temperatures and long growing season required to ripen the fruit. Text books quote the temperature requirements as a daytime temperature of 30 C and a nighttime temperature of 24 C, which is beyond the capabilities of the typical cool greenhouse. Therefore to have…

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