Asparagus was once the food of the wealthy – if you didn’t have your own garden, you couldn’t grow it.
Surprisingly the aubergine (eggplant) is related to the potato although so different.
Beetroot originated around the shores of the Mediterranean and was spread northwards by the Romans.
Growing vegetables in blocks as opposed to rows is an old method that has been reintroduced in recent years.
This genus is made up of about 30 species, the majority of which are of more interest to the vegetable gardener.
Unlike other forms of bean, broad (fava) beans can be an acquired taste; not everybody likes them.
Broccoli was developed from the wild cabbage in the 17th century in Italy. It is also known as sprouting broccoli or purple broccoli.
Brussels sprouts are so called because they are thought to have originated in Belgium. And a Christmas dinner would not be complete without them.
Cabbage has been in cultivation for 3,000 years or so.
Although calabrese (Italian sprouting broccoli) is in many ways very similar to broccoli.
They are now grown in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide.
Many people may wonder if it is worth growing carrots when they are so cheap to
buy. Well the answer is yes, picked fresh from the garden taste better.
Cauliflowers are not the easiest of crops to grow but are one of the most rewarding both in the sense of achievement and in the eating.
Celeriac (celery root) is the swollen
area of the plant where the leaf stalks join the root. Mostly used in flavouring,making an excellent substitute for celery.
Celery is an important vegetable for the kitchen as it is used, at least in part, in many dishes including basic recipes such as stock.