Fruits of Eden: David Fairchild and America's Plant Hunters (Hardback)
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Fruits of Eden: David Fairchild and America's Plant Hunters (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 30/03/2015
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At the turn of the noneteenth century - when mmost food in America was blan and brown and few people appreciated the economic potential of then-exotic foods - David Fairchild convinced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finance overseas explorations to find and bring back foreign cultivars. Fairchild traveled to remote corners of the globe, searching for fruits, vegetables, and grains that could find a new home in American fields and in the American diet.

In Fruits of Eden, Amanda Harris vividly recounts the exploits of Fairchild and his small band of adventurers and botanists as they traversed distant lands - Algeria, Baghdad, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Java, and Zanzibar - to return with new and exciting flavors. Their expeditions led to a renaissance not only at the dinner table but also in horticulture, providing diversity of crops for farmers across the country.

A fascinating account of our greatest agricultural explorer, who battled almost every imaginable peril so that American farmers could grow foods like mangoes, avocados, figs, and dates.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813060613
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Harris has penned a charming tale of the intertwined lives of the men who, in the early 20th century, brought the American public a variety of new foods that have since enriched American diets and dining experiences. "CHOICE"
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A warmly engaging look at a group of scientists and travelers who reached out to experience the wider world and sought to share it with their fellow citizens. "Agricultural History Society"
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A warmly engaging look at a group of scientists and travelers who reached out to experience the wider world and sought to share it with their fellow citizens. Agricultural History Society
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Harris has penned a charming tale of the intertwined lives of the men who, in the early 20th century, brought the American public a variety of new foods that have since enriched American diets and dining experiences. CHOICE
"
"Harris has penned a charming tale of the intertwined lives of the men who, in the early 20th century, brought the American public a variety of new foods that have since enriched American diets and dining experiences."--CHOICE

"A warmly engaging look at a group of scientists and travelers who reached out to experience the wider world and sought to share it with their fellow citizens." --Agricultural History Society

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