Wednesday, 12 March 2008


Patrick, on Bifurcated Carrots, has described some very interesting plants once grown by the Incas. In his post, Lost Crops of the Incas, he says he is intending to grow several of these in his garden this year. I would be interested if anyone has any of these growing in South Australia. I have the yacon that (I think)Deb gave me and I have heard of one or two of the others but would very much like to grow those suitable for our climate. I know, I know, where on earth is she going to plant these? Don't worry, I will find a spot or 2.

There is also a fascinating book on the subject, sub-titled Little-Known Plants of the Andes with Promise for Worldwide Cultivation. This is a free, online book of several hundred pages and contains all the information you could ever want to know on the subject.

You can also read online the full 3 volume set of Lost Crops of Africa. Volume 1 is Grains, volume 11 is Vegetables and volume 111 is Fruits. Now this blog will be inundated with interesting things I discover with yet more reading. If ever we get a cool change I will be ready to spread all this knowledge all over the garden, along with my compost, and make a wonderful patchwork of foods of the world. How did I ever get along without all these links on the internet??

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