Gielinor's flora - allotments

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Gielinor's flora - allotments is the fourth volume of the Gielinor's Flora series, detailing the various species of allotment produce in Gielinor. It can be found in the northernmost shelf next to the Garden supplier in the Farming Guild.

The information found within the book is more often than not just flavour text, and does not reflect their properties or uses within the game itself.

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Potatoes

Potatoes are prepared in many ways and are a main staple of every citizens diet. Potatoes are also used to brew vodka. The part of the plant we consume is known as a tuber and is used by the plant as a place to store nutrients. This allows the potato to effectively die in the winter, then provide energy for regrowth during the next growing season. Before this occurs, potato plants produce flowers which once pollinated produce small green fruits. These fruits, that resemble green tomatoes, contain the seeds of the plant. The resemblance to tomatoes is no coincidence as potatoes are directly related to them. However, the fruit cannot be eaten as like nightshade, another relation, it contains deadly toxins.

Onions

Onions are served in a variety of dishes and when cut they produce a pungent odour which irritates the eyes. As the onion plant matures, it stores nutrients at the base of the leaves. This creates a swelling and forms a bulb. The layers of the onion bulb are known as scales. In the autumn, the outer scales of the bulb become dry and brittle, forming the onions [sic] skin. If not harvested, the green leaves will die over winter and new leaves will appear in the spring. Interestingly, onions are toxic to dogs and cats.

Cabbages

Cabbage can be prepared and eaten in many different ways, the most common ways being steamed or stewing. Cabbage produces densely leaved heads and grows in sunny, well drained fields. Cabbages are known to cause an increase in flatulence which is believed to be due to some of the unique chemicals within them.

Tomatoes

While often mistaken for a vegetable, a tomato is in fact a fruit. An old adage says hat a smart man knows a tomato is a fruit while a wise man knows not to put it into a fruit salad. Tomatoes develop after fertilisation and internally contain the seeds for the next generation. Tomato plants are vines and as such generally need support to remain upright. Tomatoes are naturally covered with fine hairs which would become roots if the plant were to collapse. This allows the plant to survive if the vine is damaged enough to sever its connection to its original root.

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn can be boiled, steamed, or grilled whole and predominately acts as a popular side dish. The sweetcorn is in fact made up of many small fruit known as kernels, which are attached to the hard woody central cob. Together the cob and kernels make up an ear of corn. Interestingly, if you were to count the rows of kernels, you'd find that there is always an even number. The ear is covered by leaves called the husk. This acts as protection for the developing fruit. The husk can be removed by hand which is known as shucking.

Strawberries

A favourite amongst people of all ages, strawberries can be eaten fresh or made into jams and pies. It may come as a surprise to many that the strawberry is in fact not a berry. Each outer seed is more like a traditional berry, containing the actual seed inside the hard shell. Interestingly, the variety grown in most allotments around Gielinor was originally produced by a Misthalin breeder. Because of this, it is still known today as the Lumbridge Favourite.

Watermelons

A popular summer fruit normally eaten fresh in slices or made into a juice. While often the focus is on the red flesh, the outer rind is also edible, making an unusual tasting pickle. Watermelon plants consist of a scrambling vine with stems that are fascinatingly pentagon shaped. The fruit itself is a special kind of berry with a hard rind, and is mostly made up of water. The largest ever recorded watermelon was grown by a man named Christopher in Edgeville. It was said to be the weight of a fully-grown troll.

Snape Grass

Snape grass has a subtle fruity flavour and is often used in teas. When crushed, the leaves emit a fruit smell which can be used to repel some insects, but interestingly has been known to attract bees. Some gardeners claim that planting snape grass will reduce the amount of pests and increase the number of pollinators. However, this has never been officially confirmed. Growing in dense clumps, the blade-like leaves change colour from green to red during changing autumn temperatures.