Kew expert Helena Dove expertly combines horticulture and science in this essential reference on food crops: which part of the plant are we harvesting, how are plants adapted and how does this effect the grower? She demonstrates that by examining the botany of both wild and domesticated plants, we can understand behaviours and adaptations, giving readers and growers the tools to delve further into their favourite foods. From asparagus, cabbage, lettuce and raspberry to pineapple, tomatillo and okra, each comprehensive plant entry and includes information on etymology, cultivation history, growing habits, cultivars and varieties, and much more. With a closer look at the everyday crops we grow and eat, Botany of the Kitchen Garden will help the reader cultivate more productive plots, provide a renewed zest for the food on our plates, and a deeper understanding to an afternoon spent at the allotment.
Hélèna Dove is the kitchen gardener at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where she grows a range of fruit and vegetables, with a view on the science of crops. She is the author of several books.
"A deep dive into the science that underpins your veg plot from Kew's head kitchen gardener, explaining why your fruit and veg behave the way they do."
– Gardens Illustrated