Advert for the Hanover Gardens Fruit & Vegetable Store
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The aristocracy of the 19th century considered it somewhat vulgar to eat fruit and vegetables. This was to an extent a hangover from the Elizabethan period, when the queen's famous aversion to vegetables affected the attitudes (and the menus) of the aspiring classes throughout the land. These attitudes had moderated a little in the intervening centuries: it was now quite elegant to eat peas and potatoes. But onions, leeks and garlic were strictly for the poor and the French, carrying with them the possible stigma of bad breath. Salads in general were also considered risky: raw ingredients being thought to ferment in the stomach. With all these beliefs in the ether, a greengrocer's job would at times have been very difficult.