Joy Larkcom has almost single-handedly promoted oriental vegetables to British gardeners... It is the only book anyone will need on this fascinating subject. Joy brings all her enthusiasm, based on her wide travels and experience of actually growing vegetables, to the book... In a world of vegetable writing, Joy Larkcom towers above her contempories and when it comes to oriental vegetable writing no one else is even in sight. Birmingham Post It isn't very often in gardening that you read a book that stands out from all others and is likely to influence your approach to a subject, written from the heart, and the author's knowledge and passion for the subject is highly contagious... Gardens Illustrated Details of how easy it is to grow. If you like to grow Oriental vegetables at all, it is indispensable. Times If you want to grow great, unusual things to eat that you wont find in the shops, then Joy Larkcom is the queen. English Garden
While most are familiar with some of the oriental vegetables - Chinese cabbage, mustard greens and the giant oriental radish - their introduction into western gardens has been an altogether slower process than that of the trees, shrubs and flowers the plant-hunters brought back from China. Yet the Orient possesses adaptable vegetables which can be grown fast and intensively in the West. Many are extremely nutritious, lending themselves to quick healthy stir-frying or steaming and, when harvested young, for use in salads.;In this guide for the Western gardener, Joy Larkcom provides information on the cultivation and use of over 100 oriental vegetables, showing the ease with which they can be grown in Western climatic conditions. Their looks and colours are frequently suited to use in decorative schemes, or potagers. They provide vitamins in our diet at a time of year when other green vegetables are not available, and as the recipe section demonstrates, they are delicious to eat.
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