The Fruit Hunters by Adam Leith Gollner audiobook

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

By Adam Leith Gollner
Read by Stephen Hoye

Tantor Audio 9780743296946
11.07 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781400177455

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 earth's most desired foods. Listeners will discover why it is that although 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. 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.

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Summary

Summary

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 earth's most desired foods.

Listeners will discover why it is that although 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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“You’ll delight in Gollner’s globe-trotting adventures seeking exotic produce.” Entertainment Weekly
A fresh, juicy and highly satisfying treat. Kirkus
“Fascinating, sexy, dangerous and tasty.” Chicago Sun-Times
“This is a fascinating chronicle of strange and wonderful food…Written with verve and ripe with detail, Gollner is certain to do for rare fruit what Susan Orlean did for rare orchids.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 11.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English