Heritage Fruits and Vegetables

Heritage Fruits & Vegetables

(In association with The Royal Horticultural Society )
  1. Toby Musgrave
  2. Photographs by Clay Perry
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  • ISBN 9780500516133
  • 28.00 x 28.00 cm
  • Hardback with tipped on colour plate to front board (without jacket)
  • 224pp
  • 157 Illustrations, 157 in colour
  • First published 2012

Many of our traditional fruit and vegetable varieties are disappearing fast, a catastrophic loss of horticultural heritage and genetic diversity. But dedicated growers and organizations around the world are seeking to rediscover the older varieties, with their fascinating stories and significant advantages over newer cultivars.

‘Sumptuous images and quirky historical details … one for the seasoned cook, allotment potterer or frequenter of farmers’ markets’ – Homes & Interiors
‘Superb photography … a timely and informative celebration of the sheer diversity of heritage varieties … beautifully designed and produced’ – Four Shires Magazine


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Presented by season for growers and seasonally minded cooks, this book introduces heritage fruits and vegetables in entertaining stories and rich photographic detail. No one interested in food, plant cultivation or history will fail to be captivated by this glorious tribute to the food we so often take for granted.

• A sumptuous celebration in words and photographs of the fascinating riches of heritage fruits and vegetables
• Full descriptions of each type include stories about their origins, development, the reception they received upon introduction and folklore associated with them
• Beautifully composed photographs highlight all the unusual colours, shapes and textures of heritage varieties
• Published in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society, the UK’s leading gardening charity and authority on horticulture and plants

Toby Musgrave is the author of many books on plants and gardening, including The Head Gardeners and Cottage Gardens.
See Toby Musgrave's blog

Clay Perry’s photographs have appeared in numerous books and journals.
See Clay Perry's website where limited edition prints of photographs used in the book are available.