Speakers Bureau

Talks and Living History Presentations for Your Community

Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

Image of garden vegetablesCommon garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip.

Find out why a lot of us don’t like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas.

Special Arrangements: podium and microphone (depending on venue).

Additional Costs: mileage. Available in correctional facilities.

About the presenter

Image of Rebecca Rupp Rebecca Rupp - Rebecca is the author of nearly 20 books for both children and adults, and blogs on food science and history for National Geographic. See full biography.

Booking a talk

First, contact the speaker to confirm their availability and discuss any special arrangements. Then, click the “Book this Talk!” button below to send a request form to VHC. We’ll respond within one week.