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The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast, produced and presented by Emma Cooper, is all about growing edible and useful plants in an environmentally-friendly way. It is completely free to download and listen to.

Cocoa (Theobroma cacao)

In the run up to Easter, this show is all about chocolate, which comes from the cocoa plant Theobroma cacao. I talk about its past, present and possible future. And then I take a look at some of the possible chocolate substitutes you could grow in your garden.

For scent there are chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguinea) and the chocolate-scented daisy (Berlandiera lyrata), both of which will attract beneficial insects into the garden along with the local chocaholics.

For chocolate flavour there’s chocolate peppermint and the chocolate-peppermint scented-leaf pelargonium, with usage tips from Sally Nex (@SallyNex, who wrote about using scented-leaved pelargoniums as herbs for the BBC Gardening blog last year).

Or you could try Wood Avens (Geum rivale), White Avens (Geum canadense), Carob (Ceratonia siliqua), American sweet chesnut (Castanea dentata) or lime (Tilia spp.) if you have the right climate. And be on the look out for a new chocolate-flavoured treat from Down Under.

This show’s shout outs go to Lynne Robinson, Ric Whitbrooke and Keith Walker, who all said hello on Twitter :)

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