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Of Cabbages and things....

Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:54 am
by conanthelibrarian
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.)

Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:10 pm
by Sophia
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.

Soph :D

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:30 pm
by craig1459
I've got a list of authenti fruit and veg varieties somewhere - I'll dig it out

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:46 pm
by Sophia
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.

Soph :D

Re: Of Cabbages and things....

Posted: Fri May 14, 2010 5:14 pm
by Captain Reech
'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.

Re: Of Cabbages and things....

Posted: Thu May 20, 2010 9:58 am
by hamster
suttons do a heritage range