6. Brussels Sprouts and Empire

Putting Down Roots

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Michael Moss PhD research professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch6

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Moss, M. (2010) Brussels Sprouts and Empire, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch6

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Glasgow, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • Brussels sprouts and empire - putting down the roots;
  • Brussels sprout, an essential ingredient of winter diet;
  • Brussels sprouts, vegetables of temperate climes - challenging growth in tropics;
  • W. Gollan's The Indian Vegetable Garden - Brussels sprout, as a popular and esteemed vegetable, worthy of a place in the garden;
  • David Tannock's Manual of Gardening in New Zealand - Brussels sprouts, difficult to get in dry, hot seasons;
  • vegetable production and backwardness - due to poor cultivation rather than unreliable seeds;
  • E. C. Thompstone's An Introduction to Practical School Gardening in Burma;
  • British garden, as part of the female sphere - in the nineteenth century;
  • Mrs. E. D. Butler's Gardening for Amateurs in Malaya, “It is unsafe to eat raw salad vegetables bought in the market”;
  • Victorians, little distinction - between aesthetic pleasures of flower gardens and vegetable plots


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