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The Seed Detective : Uncovering the Secret Histories of Remarkable Vegetables
by Adam Alexander, Prof. Tim Lang

Trade Paperback


History, botany, geography, the story of human ingenuity, and curiosity are all explored through personal narrative from a genuine horticultural 'insider'

Meet the Indiana Jones of vegetables and join him on his quest to save our heritage produce.

*Named BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme "Book of the Year"

*2023 GardenComm Media Awards Silver Laurel Medal of Achievement

*Longlisted for The Art of Eating Prize 2023

"The writing is rich . . . [This book] is a clarion call to think about our food in new ways and carefully consider where it comes from."—New Scientist

Did you ever wonder how peas, kale, asparagus, beans, squash, and corn have ended up on our plates? Well, so did Adam Alexander.

Adam Alexander is The Seed Detective. His passion for vegetables was ignited when he tasted an unusual sweet pepper with a fiery heart while on a filmmaking project in Ukraine. Smitten by its flavor, Adam began to seek out local growers of endangered heritage and heirloom varieties in a mission to bring home seeds to grow, share, and return so that he could enjoy their delicious taste—and save them from being lost forever.

Seed Detective

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