Of Cabbages and things....

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Of Cabbages and things....

Postby conanthelibrarian » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:54 am

I have just managed to get my hands on an allotment, with a group of friends.

Part of the condition of use is that we supply vegetables and flowers for display, with the timeframe being 1536 - 1539.

I realise it has probably been covered before, but any help with what variety of cabbage and other veg would be correct would be great.
(Already noted carrot from previous threads, thanks.)



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Postby Sophia » Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:10 pm

You want to think in terms of vegetables like Skirrets, cabbages (open and closed headed), non-curly kale, non-red beetroots, horseradish, non-all red radishes, Alexanders, Salad burnet. endives, lettuce, cucumbers (older knobbly varieties that don't need a glass house), onions, parsnips (pasternaks), broad beans, field beans, peas, turnips, mangolds, watercress.

Can't think of anything else off the top of my head - hope this helps.

Thomas Etty have a lot of old varieties of veg and often give first date of introduction.

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Postby craig1459 » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:30 pm

I've got a list of authenti fruit and veg varieties somewhere - I'll dig it out


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Postby Sophia » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:46 pm

craig1459 wrote:I've got a list of authenti fruit and veg varieties somewhere - I'll dig it out


Which list is that - if it is the Stuart Press version it is only 100% reliable post 1580. If it is another one I would greatly appreciate the reference.

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Re: Of Cabbages and things....

Postby Captain Reech » Fri May 14, 2010 5:14 pm

'Coleworts' a common Brassica in England from Medieval right up to the 20th Century (species now believed extinct) were exported to the Colonies and can be quite accurately represented by the modern strain 'Collard Greens' popular in the deep south. I get my seeds off e-bay. Brother Ranulph has posted another thread giving a link for the 'Martock' Bean variety which is perfect as a field bean and authentic to your period as well.


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