Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden [EPUB]
27 September 2016, 14:30
2009 | EPUB | 12.32MB
Edible heirlooms are the prized vegetable varieties from an earlier time, and author BILL THORNESS delves into their history, lore and origins, telling stories of how they became beloved members of our gardens and why they are still being grown.
- Old-world varieties carefully carried by immigrants on their passage to America
- A tomato so good it paid off a home mortgage
- A potato kept in circulation for centuries by Native Americans who were given it by Spanish explorers
- Beautiful blue-podded Capajuner peas (on the book's cover) from the Dutch, the people who popularized peas for the world by introducing the petits pois to the French
The story of heirlooms is poignant because we have lost such a high percentage of varieties that were once available. But all heirlooms are by nature "open-pollinated" varieties from which seed can be saved. Thorness urges readers to save and share heirloom seeds to perpetuate what remains, save a bit on seed cost and create truly local varieties acclimated to their gardens.
Edible Heirlooms is focused on plants that grow well in the cool maritime climate. From Russian Red Kale to Spanish Roja garlic to January King Cabbage, these are stellar producers in the region stretching from British Columbia to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Along with the stories, Thorness provides growing tips and suggested culinary uses. Chapters contain instructions on how to save your own seeds, and suggestions for starting a seed exchange among friends or a community garden in your neighborhood.
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