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Forgotten Fruits: The stories behind Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables

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A Guide to Britain’s Traditional Fruit and Vegetables from Orange Jelly Gooseberries and Dan’s Mistake Turnips

By Christopher Stocks
Windmill Books
2009 – 320 pages

Description from Guardian Bookstore:

Britain has an extraordinarily rich heritage of traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables, but how many of us know the fascinating and sometimes eccentric stories behind them?

Who was the Mr Cox, for example, who gave his name to Cox’s Orange Pippins, now the most popular apple in the world? Which conference were Conference pears named after? Where do Victoria plums really come from? What is so mysterious about the apple called the Bascombe Mystery? What role did beetroot play in ending the slave trade, and how did gooseberries help Charles Darwin arrive at his theory of evolution? Who started the uniquely British love-affair with rhubarb and runner beans? When and where was growing potatoes illegal? And how was the Spanish Inquisition responsible for our carrots being orange?

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‘Lettuce Grow’ – An environmental citizenship project in Pakistan

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‘Lettuce Grow’ project for young people and communities – introducing them to growing Kitchen Gardens

Society for International (SIE) runs the iEARN Pakistan Centre in Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad focusing educational development and capacity building of K-12 students, teachers and youth in general
Dec 12, 2013

Excerpted from the Facebook page:

“I am extremely excited to start a kitchen garden at a school in my community,” says a YES alumna during the Lettuce Grow Training Program.

Twenty YES Alumni and Access teachers enthusiastically participated in the Lettuce Grow project today on December 12, 2013 at the iEARN Center, Karachi. The day was packed with an interactive session on container gardening and hands on experience of growing vegetables and fruits easily.

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