All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, March 03, 2006

A Cook's Garden

Barbara Damrosch of Four Season Farm fame writes a wonderful weekly column for the Washington Post called "A Cook's Garden." This week's column is titled "Alpine Strawberry, Small Wonder."
The alpine species, Fragaria vesca, is a bit plumper and more elongated than some other wild types, but still a far cry from the modern strawberry, which was bred in 18th-century Europe by crossing the American wild strawberry with a Chilean one. The alpines' lower chromosome count makes them difficult to cross with anything. As a result, their flavor has never been sacrificed to size. They barely exist outside the magic kingdom of the home garden, a place where delicious crops can be grown that make no sense anywhere else. [Link]
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