The fruit hunters: a story of nature, adventure, commerce, and obsession New York: Scribner, c 2008 Adam Leith Gollner Fruit trade Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. viii, 279 p.: ill.; 24 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
In lustrous prose, Adam Leith 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 to sweet, making lemons taste like lemonade. Peopled with a cast of characters as varied and bizarre as the fruit – smugglers, inventors, explorers and epicures – this extraordinary book unveils the mysterious universe of fruit, from the jungles of Borneo to the prized orchards of Florida’s fruit hunters to American supermarkets.
Gollner examines the fruits we eat and explains why we eat them (the scientific, economic and aesthetic reasons); traces the life of mass-produced fruits (how they are created, grown and marketed) and explores the underworld of fruits that are inaccessible, ignored and even forbidden in the Western world.