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The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession


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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 riveting narrative about one of earths most desired foods.

Readers will discover why even though countless exotic fruits exist in nature, only several dozen varieties are vailable 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.

Gollner draws readers into a Willy Wonka-like world with mangoes that taste like piña coladas, orange cloudberries, peanut butter fruits, and the miracle fruit that turns everything sour sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. Peopled with a varied and bizarre cast of characters – from smugglers to explorers to inventors – this extraordinary book unveils the hidden universe of fruit.

About the Author

Adam Leith Gollner has traveled around the globe to report on the fruit underworld. Hes written for The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Good Magazine. The former editor of Vice Magazine, he is also a musician. The Fruit Hunters is his first book. He lives in Montreal and Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue  Blame It on Brazil

Introduction  The Fruit Underworld

Part 1 Nature

1Wild, Ripe and Juicy: What Is a Fruit?

2Hawaiian Ultraexotics

3How Fruits Shaped Us

4The Rare Fruit Council International

Part 2 Adventure

5Into Borneo

6The Fruitarians

7The Lady Fruit

8Seedy: The Fruitleggers

Part 3 Commerce

9Marketing: From Grapples to Gojis

10 Miraculin: The Story of the Miracle Fruit

11 Mass Production: The Geopolitics of Sweetness

12 Permanent Global Summertime

Part 4 Obsession

13 Preservation: The Passion of the Fruit

14 The Case of the Fruit Detective

15 Making Contact with the Otherworld

16 Fruition: Or the Fever of Creation


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Product Details

A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession
Doubleday Canada
Adam Gollner
Gollner, Adam Leith
General Cooking
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9.3 x 6.45 x 1 in 1.1 lb

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Cooking and Food » Food Writing » General

The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession
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