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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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MARROW (Cucurbita pepo)

admin / November 17, 2017

Marrows form part of the group of Summer Squashes from the Americas. Marrows have the ability to grow into the largest of vegetables, to win competitions at village fetes and Gardening competitions, if they are fed and watered enough. As they have rather a bland taste and limited culinary uses, I no longer grow them. One plant is quite enough, as the…

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LEEKS (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum )

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally grown BC, in the Mediterranean areas, including Egypt and Mesopotamia, it is one of the most widely grown vegetables in Allotments. Also, it is one of the few hardy vegetables available in the Winter and early Spring, if you grow the right varieties.  Some of the newer so-called Winter varieties, are not proving to be hardy in cold and wet…

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LAB LAB BEANS (Dolichos Lablab purpureus or hyacinth bean)

admin / November 17, 2017

This is a completely different species, but I have placed it here for convenience. As this bean sometimes appears in the seed catalogues, it is appropriate to give some basic information about it.   The lab lab bean probably originated in South East Asia, and is mainly cultivated in the tropics and the sub-tropics. It is an important food crop in…

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KOHL RABI (Brassica oleracia, Gongylodes group)

admin / November 17, 2017

This variant of the cabbage family seems to have evolved in Central Europe in the Middle ages. The name comes from German and means “cabbage turnip”, and most of the named varieties seem to have originated in Germany or Austria. This is an unusual vegetable with the edible swollen stem growing above the ground with the cabbage shaped leaves sticking out all…

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KALE (Borecole)(Brassica oleracea acephala group)

admin / November 17, 2017

Kale, as it is commonly known, but you may find it under Borecole in seed catalogues, is originally from Northern Europe and is a member of the cabbage family. It has a very long history of cultivation with both the curly leaved and flat leaved forms of cabbages being known in the 4th century BC in Greece. Kale is probably the…

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