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Heirloom Flavor: Yesterday's Best-Tasting Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs for Today's Cook (Gardener's Guides)by Doreen Howard
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An Ashmead’s Kernel apple strokes the taste buds with its honey spice with a dash of lemon flavor. Nuanced salty sweet with myriad undertones flood large slices of mahogany Black Krim tomatoes from Russia. Consumers seek these tasty and colorful treats in the autumn at apple orchards and frequent farmers’ markets where they search for fruits and vegetables with more flavor, color and complexity than those in a grocery store. Author Doreen Howard captures the rich flavors of eighteen heirloom edibles in Heirloom, Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits. This artistically photographed book highlights the splendor of heirloom edibles, their heritage, their flavor, their benefits, and their numerous varieties. Planting, growing, harvesting,and seed-saving information are also included. This book is also written to inform and inspire gardeners to preserve the pure, rich flavor of the past for the benefit of future generations.
How long has it been since you’ve really tasted good food, since you’ve eaten any vegetables or fruits that even have flavor?
From tasteless tomatoes bred to withstand shipping to apples that have crunch but nothing else, we’ve had to eat what was available to us.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Everyone—not just foodies—is demanding a return to flavor. Whether you grow your own or shop the farmers’ markets, you will be amazed at how flavorful heirlooms are.
You have a choice. Heirloom Flavor takes you into the delicious world of heirlooms, where you can savor the rich flavor of the past.
Heirloom vegetables, herbs, and fruits are back in favor as gardeners and food lovers seek more nutritious and flavorful edibles. The unusual varieties of heirloom seeds still available today produce edibles that provide a mouthful of flavor unlike anything ever experienced from hybrid varieties. Heirloom Flavor features eighteen types of heirloom edibles and is enriched with beautiful full-color photographs, interesting stories, and fascinating history. Includes recipes and cooking tips, how-to-grow tips, and how-to-select at Farmer's Markets. A "must have" for foodies and cooks.
About the Author
Doreen Howard is a nationally acclaimed magazine editor, author, and photographer who specializes in heirlooms in the garden and kitchen. In over two decades of gardening, Howard has grown more than 300 varieties of vegetables and dozens of fruit cultivars. Her one-acre garden on a glacier moraine in Roscoe, IL, is packed with heirloom apples, berries, luscious heirloom vegetables, and unusual edibles.
Howard was the contributing Garden Editor at Woman’s Day from 1997 to 2002. Currently, she writes for The American Gardener, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and American Profile and judged the AHS Book Awards for the last three years. She edited special interest publications for Harris Publications, including Container Gardens 2006 and Easy-Care Landscaping 2005, and contributed landscape design articles to Woman’s Day in 2007 and 2008. Her recipes and food articles have appeared in Bon Appetit magazine plus numerous other cooking publications. She has written or contributed to more than five books on gardening and cooking.
Table of Contents
The Heirloom Revival Movement
The Return of Flavor
How to Start from Seed
The Heirlooms –
Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi & Sprouts (Brassicas)
Onions & Garlic
Squashes & Pumpkins
Beets & Chard
Melons (including Watermelons)
Herbs, Spices & Edible Flowers
Apples & Pears and Small Fruit
Saving Your Own Seed
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