Author(s): ANDREW MIKOLAJSKI
This comprehensive introduction contains everything you need to know about the history, botany and cultivation of apples, from planting, pruning and propagation to harvesting, storing and cooking. A stunning identification guide features 800 original photographs and provides detailed information regarding skin colourings, markings, textures and types and leaf and apple shapes. It is packed with over 60 inspirational and scrumptious recipes for a fabulous selection of breakfasts, appetizers, main courses, salads, side dishes, sauces, preserves, drinks and desserts. The first section of this book offers the reader an insight into the significance of the apple in history and mythology. It then gives a botanical overview and description of the plant from its early geographical origins, and explains in step-by-step detail how to plant, nurture and cultivate your own apple harvest. The directory section features a stunning and unique photographic collection of 400 internationally grown apple varieties. Apples are listed alphabetically and each entry provides detailed identification descriptions. All entries are accompanied by colour images of the apple either in situ on the tree, showing the outside or sliced open. The third and final section includes a collection of more than 60 international apple recipes.
Andrew Mikolajski is an established and highly respected gardening expert. He edited the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers and the RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening (both Dorling Kindersley). He has also written and contributed articles to virtually every major gardening magazine and specialist journal in the past decade. His published works include The Practical Encyclopedia of Garden Pests and Diseases, The Visual Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, The Busy Gardener's Guide (Time Life), and Conifers, Small Trees and Heathers in the New Plant Library series (Southwater).