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the Fruit Hunters book recommendation

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My friends, I would like to recommend a new book called 'The Fruit Hunters' by Adam Leith Gollner

It's byline is "A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce, and OBSESSION"

I'm half way through the book, but without finishing I wanted to shout this book out to everyone. Its a good one.

The author is from Canada and he travels the world researching/interviewing various fruit and the people that are obsessed about them. I'm currently reading the 7th chapter that is titled "the Lady Fruit" It is about the Coco-de-mer and how cherished and illegal it is in the Seychelles. Chapter 7 is worth the price of the book alone. Its great.

Earlier in the book he travelled to Hawaii and South Florida. It is a great summer read.

If they gave out Pulitzer prize strictly for gardening books, Adam Leith Gollner would win it with this book! He writes like a contemporary Dr. David Fairchild (who is also written about in the book). There are many palm references also in the book as palms provide a lot of different edible fruits around the world.

Google it. Plant freaks, especially people who like to grow their own fruit, will cherish it.

later.

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I need to get that book. Tropical fruit was my first plant obsession.

Alan

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Never grown fruit in my life, but I think I'm eaten up enough with the hunt for palms that I could enjoy this read... Ebay has em for 19 bucks delivered to my doorstep. Thanks for the recommend Dave.

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I agree with C. Floridave. While I have only read the first three chapters, I can hardly put this book down, even with so many other things taking away my time. It offers a concise and clearly written understanding of obsession due to the plant world and the inherent adventures, history, and amazing diversity that all interconnect to make plant knowledge so fascinating and rewarding.

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You have me hooked. Just ordered a copy.

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I'm sold on it just reading this thread.

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Here's a very well written review on this book

Book review

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I just ordered a copy off ebay as well.... Tropical fruit growing was my first passion, next thing you know, you meet a couple of palm growing nuts.... wammo... hooked on palms as well

Jeff.

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I got mine from Amazon for $16.95. Combined it with another book I had wanted to raise total so I got free shipping too.

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I just finished the book tonight. Not an easy thing for me to do with my short attention span. It maintains its entertainment value to the end. It gets a little political, but he brings it back with interviewing silly people in California and others. The ending could've been a little better, but it seems like the author got tired of writing about fruits. There is a lot of info that he threw out there. Lets hope his next book is about Palm Collectors as they/we share the same traits and obsession of collecting the rare and exotic just like fruit people. My plant addiction started on tropical fruit with the Mango and moved over to the other stuff (lychee, longan, citrus, etc etc). Palms came into my life mid-stream and now I have a garden full of fruit trees and palms! This book was right up my alley. Check it out. Its a good one.

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