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From Sallets to Salads

In 1699 John Evelyn (a contemporary of Samuel Pepys and surely one of the most facinating people of the 20th Century) published a small book named "Acetaria - A discourse of Sallets".

In it he described not only his ideas about gardening and vegetable production, but also the benefits of eating vegetables and, or course, recipes.

These days it is hard to imagine just how revolutionary this was. People at the time ate a diet totally dominated by meat and bread. Vegetables were food fit mainly for peasants or animals, while fresh fruit were believed by some to carry plaque.

John Evelyn, a scholar who lived in the country and grew his own fruit and vegetables, became an ardent believer in vegetarianism. In fact, he was probably the first advocate of a meatless diet in Europe. There is not double he improved on the Eligh 18th Century diet - in an age when the average person barely survived to 40, he died at the age of 86!

Now we know that fresh vegetables are not only delicious but can indeed provide many different health benefits. Lack of vegetables has been associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimers.

Love My Salad shares the ambition of John Evelyn and it never stops evolving because your life never stops changing. Perhaps eating more salads full of vegetables can help all of us live to a healthy age!

Source:Australia Society of Horticultural Science Newsletter - October 2012

From Sallets to Salads

Salad story by

Steven Roberts

Steven Roberts

Amateur cook

I love sensational simplicity and the flavours, colours of wonderful fresh produce. A founding member and regular contributor to Love my Salad, I'm based in Newcastle, Australia.

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