The Seed Detective: Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables

Chelsea Green. Sept. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781915294081. pap. $22. REF
Lifelong gardener, dedicated seed collector, and film and television documentarian Alexander (A Year at Kew; A Garden for Eden) writes in mouth-watering detail about vegetables he treasures and why biodiversity matters, not just to taste buds but to an ongoing ability to feed ourselves. The history of human interactions with 14 vegetables (peas, garlic, corn, and numerous beans) accompanies Alexander’s attention to botanical detail and his stories of personal connections to farmers and farms.
VERDICT Fascinating for gardeners and ecology-minded readers. May induce a hankering to seek out or grow brown badger peas, Johnson’s Wonderful Longpod beans, and Hanging Lobster tomatoes.
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