The quest to produce profitable new varieties at times led to breeders to embrace methods that today seem strange.
Today, celery is almost universally despised. But the Victorians adored it, as the Georgians did the pineapple.
Medieval people celebrated all 12 days of Christmas, from December 25 through to Epiphany.
Hughenden Manor celebrates its top secret WW2 history this Christmas.
In 1829, the surgeon and amateur naturalist Nathanial Bagshaw Ward accidentally discovered that plants enclosed in airtight glass cases can survive for long periods without watering.