Forgotten Fruits : The Stories Behind Britain's Traditional Fruit and Vegetables, Paperback Book

Forgotten Fruits : The Stories Behind Britain's Traditional Fruit and Vegetables Paperback

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In "Forgotten Fruits", Christopher Stocks tells the fascinating - often rather bizarre - stories behind Britain's rich heritage of fruit and vegetables.

Take Newton Wonder apples, for instance, first discovered around 1870 allegedly growing in the thatch of a Derbyshire pub. Or the humble gooseberry which, among other things, helped Charles Darwin to arrive at his theory of evolution.

Not to mention the ubiquitous tomato, introduced to Britain from South America in the sixteenth century but regarded as highly poisonous for nearly 200 years.

This is a wonderful piece of social and natural history that will appeal to every gardener and food aficionado.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780099514749

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This entertaining read gives some great anecdotal stories about some of our best loved fruit and vegetables in Britain, and how as a nation we came to acquire them and in what form and how tastes and aesthetics have changed over time. The book is divided into chapters for each individual fruit and veg, each beginning with a potted history then discussing a few 'forgotten' varieties such as the lemon apple cucumber: spherical, bright yellow with tiny black spines. If you want to get excited about fruit and veg and inspire yourself to grow some- giving you the choice not offered by the supermarkets- pick up this book! I've taken to reading this book out loud to my boyfriend while he cooks, but I think he's prefer to watch it on the T.V as a series as even my best 'reading-out-loud' voice doesn't do it justice!

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