Evocative, romantic and poetic, the amazing diversity of named varieties in the Kitchen Garden, Orchard and Landscape, bring life and colour to our world and make our locality unique.
In Devon and Cornwall apples such as: Cornish Gilliflower, Pig’s Nose, Snell’s Glass Apple and Queenie are all special varieties which suit our mild wet climate.
The fields around my house were once all known for their names, but only by the oldest residents of the village. When there was no one left alive who knew the names, I researched old records to capture them and commissioned a map to be made, revealing field names such as Money Meadow, Salt Field, Little Weedy Park, Furzy Meadow.
In my own small way, today I celebrate the unique colour, flavour and individuality of produce in my Living Larder in the Kitchen Garden by making three single variety vegetable purees from carrot which suit my location. These are, Purple Haze, Amsterdam Sweetheart and Yellowstone.
Do you have any favourite named varieties which are special to you and your locality?