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The fruit hunters

The fruit hunters

Inbunden bok Scribner. First edition, förstaupplaga uppl. 2008. 279 sidor.

Nyskick. Skyddsomslag i nyskick. A historical account of the role of fruit in the modern world explores the political machinations of multi-national corporations in distributing exotic fruits, the life of mass-produced fruits, and the author's own experience with unusual varieties that are unavailable in America. I learned about rootbeer fruit, peanut butter fruit, limes with caviar-like bubbles inside, dragonfruit (which looks beautiful on the outside but I can now confirm has no taste to it whatsoever), gingerbread plums, pluots, bignays, sundrops, delicious monsters, soapberries, toothbrush trees, milk oranges, toad tree fruit, midnight horrors, sword fruit

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The fruit hunters : a story of nature, adventure, commerce and obsession
Gollner, Adam
New York : Scribner
Tasty, lethal, hallucinogenic, and medicinal--fruits have led nations into wars, fueled dictatorships, and even lured us into new worlds. Adam Leith Gollner weaves business, science, and travel into a narrative about one of earth's most desired foods. Readers will discover why, though countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are available in supermarkets. Gollner explores the political machinations of multinational fruit corporations, exposing the hidden alliances between agribusiness and government and what that means for public health. He traces the life of mass-produced fruits--how they are created, grown, and marketed--and he explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored, and even forbidden in the Western world. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters--from smugglers to explorers to inventors--this book unveils the hidden universe of fruit.--From publisher description. Includes bibliographical references (p. 266-271) and index. Prologue : blame it on Brazil -- Introduction : the fruit underworld -- Nature. Wild, ripe and juicy : what is a fruit? ; Hawaiian ultraexotics ; How fruits shaped us ; The Rare Fruit Council International -- Adventure. Into Borneo ; The fruitarians ; The lady fruit ; Seedy : the fruitleggers -- Commerce. Marketing : from grapples to gojis ; Miraculin : the story of the miracle fruit ; Mass production : the geopolitics of sweetness ; Permanent global summertime -- Obsession. Preservation : the passion of the fruit ; The case of the fruit detective ; Making contact with the otherworld ; Fruition, or, The fever of creation.