14 FEBRUARY 1941, Page 16

More Uncommon Vegetables Several correspondents have asked for more details

of the asparagus pea, which I mentioned on December 27th. Miss Eleanor Sinclair Rohde, who has often written of uncommon vegetables, is one of the very few seedsmen to offer seed of this pea. She offers other interesting varieties—the Jersey bean, a stringless cottager's bean from the Channel Islands, a pea-bean, a purple-podded pea, and a carmine- podded bean, almost lost to cultivation, described as the Robin bean. In addition to these little-known beans, an advertisement in The Spectator of last week offered honey-beans. It is not generally known, I think, that tomatoes may also be had in many uncommon forms. In addition to the golden-skinned varieties, it is now possible to get varieties resembling plums, pears and peaches, or growing in bunches of small fruit, like currants, or layer fruits, like grapes. All these, excellent for salads, respond to ordinary tomato cultivation.