480 pages, 200 colour & 50 b/w illustrations
This is an easy-to-read, comprehensive guide to fruit and nut plants that explores old favourites, as well as many little-known yet exciting food-producing plants. It contains an A-to-Z guide to more than 220 species and lists of the most popular cultivars in different countries, as well as a general introduction to various aspects of horticulture and plant nutrition. At the back of Ultimate Fruit and Nuts is a table of plants for different garden situations for useful ready-reference. This incredibly thorough an extensively researched book contains everything a gardener needs to know and much that a commercial producer would find valuable in terms of choice of varieties and marketing of the harvest. It provides an inspiration for people to grow and try new foods. More than 220 species; history, description, propagation, harvesting times and methods, cultivation and location needs, pruning, popular varieties, uses of the crop are described, with particular emphasis on nutritional benefits. Recipes are included for the less usual plants.
"A treasure chest of information!a must have for all permaculture teachers and nursery growers."
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Dr. Susanna Lyle has over 25 years of practical and academic experience in plant and soil studies. She has taught horticulture, plant science and garden design and has planned an planted private an community woodlands and gardens. She has also spent many years editing a range of scientific and educational books and journals. After travelling in many countries, observing and studying plants in many climates and locations, she now lives in Northland, New Zealand.