White bread began as a luxury food. In 1800 only half of Britons had access to white bread. Even the wheat grown by tenant farmers was generally a cash crop while barley, oats and rye crops were grown to feed both families and stock. So a diet of up to a kilogram of oatmeal, oatcakes, […]Read more "White bread and Densuke melons – plants as luxury foods"
While acknowledging that some botanists might disavow algae as plants I’m still inclined to corral them into greenspace – after all they do have chlorophyll. A year ago in this column we explored the wonders of south-eastern Australia’s most spectacular seaweeds – bull kelp washed in the havoc of high energy rocky coasts and the […]Read more "Diatoms: Love at first sight & In every fifth breath"