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Citrus - A History

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978 0226 470269
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In Citrus - A History, Pierre Laszlo traces the spectacular rise and spread of citrus across the globe: from Southeast Asia through North Africa and the Roman Empire to early modern Spain and Portugal, whose explorers introduced the fruits to the Americas during the 1500s.  Blending scientific rigor with personal curiosity, Citrus - A History ransacks over two millennia of world histroy, exploring the numerous roles that citrus has played in agriculture, horticulture, cooking, nutrition, religion, and art---from the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles through the gardens and courts of Versailles to the canvasses of Vincent van Gogh to the orange groves of Southern California and the juicing industry of today.

Tropicana, Goethe, Matisse, Thomas Jefferson, the British Royal Navy---and, of course, citrus, all come into play in this wide-ranging pithy book.  A dazzling display of erudition, Citrus - A History is popular science at its most compelling, history at its most searching---and a surprising page-turner.

Contents:  Part One: Domestication of Exotic Species

1 Introduction, including a definition of citrus plants and fruit

2 Transplantation to Europe

3 Acclimation to the New World

4 Nurturing Citriculture

Part Two: Mining Value from Citrus

5 California Dreamin'

6 Making Lemonade out of Lemons

7 Drinking the Orange

8 Extracting the Essence from the Peel

Part Three: Symbolic Extractions

9 Symbolic Meanings of Citrus

10 Images of Citrus in Prose

11 Images of Citrus in Poetry

12 Fruit as Image

13 Preserving Nature---or Changing It?

14 Make It Scarce?

Epilogue: Answer from a Fellow Writer, Selected Notes, Index.  Colored photos follow page 110.

Pierre Laszlo, 2007, 252 p, colored photographs.  $28.00

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