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CABBAGE (Brassica oleracia capitata group)

admin / November 17, 2017

The modern European cabbage is just one cultivar of the wild cabbage family, which was found around the North and West coasts of the Mediterranean, before domestication thousands of years ago. Health benefits of cabbage include Sulphoraphone. This anti-cancer plant compound in cabbage and most other members of the cabbage family, for the most anti-cancer effect, requires that the enzyme “myrisubase” is…

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH (Cucurbita Moschata)

admin / November 17, 2017

Butternuts are a type of winter squash, as while they grow over the Summer and Autumn, most varieties will store for three or four months over the winter, in a cool dry place. Butternut Squash are from the Americas, and may have been cultivated for well over 7500 years by the Native Americans. The word “Squash” comes from the native word “askutasquash”,…

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BRUSSEL SPROUTS ( Brassica oleracea gemmifera group)

admin / November 17, 2017

Brussel Sprouts are another cultivar of the wild cabbage family, which was found around the North and West coasts of the Mediterranean, before domestication thousands of years ago. It is not certain when Sprouts developed the form that we know and love today, but they were grown in the Brussels area by the mid 18th century. There are purple leaved varieties…

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BROCCOLI or CALABRESE

admin / November 17, 2017

Broccoli is just one cultivar of the wild cabbage family, which was found around the North and West coasts of the Mediterranean, before domestication thousands of years ago. While Broccoli is the common name used in the shops for this vegetable, confusingly you sometimes find it under the name Calabrese in some seed and plant catalogues. In fact, there are two main…

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BROAD BEANS (Vicia faba)

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from Central and South West Asia, the Broad Bean was one of the first wild food crops to be domesticated. They are highly nutritious being a good source of protein. Beans “fix” atmospheric nitrogen in the form of nodules on their roots, increasing the fertility of the soil. These nodules look like small granules of “Growmore” and are perfectly…

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BEETROOT (Beta vulgaris)

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from Southern Europe and the Middle East, it has been cultivated there for many centuries. The remains of beets, perhaps the wild form, have even been recovered from the pyramid at Thebes, and from a Neolithic Site in the Netherlands. Apart from Mice, it has few pest or disease problems, and is one of the most widely grown crops on…

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AUBERGINE (Solanum melongena)

admin / November 17, 2017

Although it is a member of the potato family, (just look at the flower), it comes from Asia. Unfortunately, aubergines take a long time to reach maturity in the North of the UK, and the best results are obtained by growing a quick growing variety. The seed is best started in heat in February or March in individual cells, and then transplanted…

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ASPARAGUS (asparagus officinalis)

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from the river banks and seashores of South East Europe, it has been cultivated from Greek and Roman times. As it takes up a lot of space (bed 1 m wide) for a small amount of edible vegetable, I am not sure that it is worth the effort. Likes well drained location. The new shoots are prone to attack from…

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ARTICHOKE

admin / November 17, 2017

GLOBE  ARTICHOKE (cynara scolymus), is a perennial thistle which originated in the Mediterranean areas. It may be the cultivated form of the cardoon from North Africa. It requires a lot of space, about 1 m x 1 m and can grow to a height of 1.5 to 2 m. It has very attractive glaucous  green leaves, as well as the large…

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ACHOCHA (Cyclanthera species)

admin / November 17, 2017

Apparently, Achocha was a food crop grown by the Incas in South America. It is a member of the Curcubit family of plants, which includes squash and cucumbers and requires similar conditions to grow. It is an extremely vigorous climber, 5 or 6 m with ease before it gets cut down with Autumn frosts in the UK. The fruits are an…

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