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.
Forgotten Fruits : The stories behind Britain's traditional fruit & vegetables - Christopher Stocks
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