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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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GARLIC (Allium sativum )(Hardneck and Softneck)

admin / November 17, 2017

You either love or hate cloves of Garlic!! It has a very long history and apparently was even used as payment to the workers building the pyramids in Egypt. Thought to be originally from Central Asia, not Transylvania, it has health giving properties. Raw garlic apparently kills bacteria  in the gut and boosts the immune system against Dracula!! Yes, it is…

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FRENCH BEANS (Phaseolus vulgaris)

admin / November 17, 2017

French beans are actually from Central and South America and not from France and have been cultivated for some 8000 years. They were introduced to Europe by the Spanish in the 16 th Century. They form part of the Haricot bean family, and they are all highly nutritious being rich in protein. They also fix atmospheric nitrogen to aid their growth,…

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FENNEL (Florence or Bulb) (Foeniculum vulgare var. Dulce)

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from the eastern Mediterranean, it has been associated with Italy since Roman times, and has been grown in the UK since the 18 th century. It has not been popular here until quite recently when Italian food became fashionable. Contrary to what is stated in many books, I find that this is a relatively easy “gourmet” plant with a mild…

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ENDIVE (Chichorium endivia) & RADICCHIO(chicorium intybus)

admin / November 17, 2017

Endives have an ancient history having been known to have been cultivated by the Ancient Egyptians and other civilisations in the Near East. They have been commonly cultivated in southern Europe, but it is only in recent years that they have been grown in the UK. Even though Endives are annual plants, they are frequently confused with Chicory which is a perennial…

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ELEPHANT GARLIC (Allium ampeloprasum)

admin / November 17, 2017

There is some mystery and controversy about the sudden appearance of this vegetable in the last few years. One plausible explanation suggests that Elephant Garlic (Allium Ampdoprasum), is originally from the East Mediterranean, and was taken to the State of Oregon in the U.S.A. by immigrants from the Eastern Balkans, for their own use. It was re-discovered in their abandoned settlement…

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CUCUMBER (Cucumis sativus) and GHERKINS

admin / November 17, 2017

Originally from Asia, where they have been cultivated for at least 3000 years, they were possibly brought to Europe with the help of the Romans. Apparently, there are records of Cucumbers being grown in France in the 9th Century and in England in the 14th Century. Health Benefits. Contains vitamins A, B, C, silica, caffeic acid, lignans. Cucumbers are not the easiest…

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