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I WONDER WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO LIVE IN A WORLD - WHERE IT WAS ALWAYS JUNE… L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island Tomatoes are a member of the nightshade family along with aubergines, chillies and peppers. They have seeds and grow from a flowering plant, so botanically they are classed as a fruit not a vegetable. Their skin, flesh and seeds are edible but their green leaves are toxic. Around 7500 varieties are grown around the world, but these are the most common types: Beefsteak: the biggest tomatoes with a sweet, mellow flavour. Good for salads, grilling or...

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Spring can offer many temptations, fresh lamb, rhubarb, spring greens, but let’s not forget the one thing that most of us prefer to bypass unless we are dieting... and that is the good old-fashioned cucumber. Here are some unusual facts about the humble cucumber and a stunning sweet relish recipe to try at home.

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I formed theQuirkyCook in October 2008. It seemed a natural progression to take years of cooking and baking for friends and family to a professional level.

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Paving a new way for preserves, Derby-based The Quirky Cook is now celebrating its runaway success at this year’s Great Taste awards, with its punchy and pioneering Honeyed Fig Relish with Black Garlic winning the Golden Fork for Ambient Product of the Year.

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