People sometimes forget that ugly fruit is often delicious, and fruit is also diverse!
"Fruit Hunter" tells the story of all kinds of strange people and rare fruits related to fruit, reflecting on the homogenization of modern people brought by industrialization. It used to be the food our ancestors searched for. Ancient civilizations chose water because where there is water, there is it -- fruit. Fruit, or fruit, is so commonplace in our lives these days that few people give it a second's thought, let alone erect a monument to it. But Adam Lees Gellner of Canada was one such eccentric. Not only was he so obsessed with fruit that he traveled to every corner of the earth in search of it, he even wrote a thick book called "TheFruit Hunters," which was exactly what he was called. In front of our eyes is a strange, familiar but strange fruit world.
The book dissects fruit in so many ways that it takes a chapter to define it. Most fruits have a full shape, tender color and an attractive sweet flavor when ripe.
"Fruits deliberately give off seductive signals, and the way they reproduce is by seducing us," Gerner writes. Only when sufficient nutrition and energy are stored in the fruit, coupled with good taste, can the seeds of plants have the chance to be picked and eaten by birds and birds, and the seeds inside can be spread and multiply, which is the highest embodiment of the survival wisdom of plants in the whole ecosystem.
In the author's opinion, because the fruit is full of seeds, it is the result of fertilization by the flower, the reproductive organs of the plant, and it is rich in nutrients as well as sexual hints.
Evidence of this can be found in ancient Greek customs, from the mating rituals that took place during the annual fruit harvest season, to the symbolism of various fruits in literature.
In Chinese culture, the meaning of "fruit" is also very rich, many words use "fruit" to express the ultimate meaning of the development of things: cause and effect, sure enough, fruit, fruitless end......
In fact, fruit is not that complicated. Most people think of it as the edible part of the plant. When it comes to eating fruit, Gerner uses her rich experience to open up a new world to the reader.
In Thailand, he got to know a group called fruit-vegetarians, or people who eat nothing but fruit. Some of them even eat durian as a spiritual ritual, believing that it is truly natural food for humans. I can't imagine eating fruit with such piety.
Most of the fruit we eat comes from the supermarket in the town centre, and most of it has been bred to be "big and hard" to last longer on the shelf. The machines used in mass production violently shake the fruit tree when picking fruit, in essence, the fruit tree is severely damaged.
Modern technology has grown larger and more fruit on the surface, but it has removed the word "natural" from what should be natural food for human nourishment.
Consumers are tied to a huge fruit industry chain, and when we want to eat fruit in cities far away from the countryside, we have to pay for the fertilizer, pesticides and transportation costs behind it.
"Fruit Hunter" book seems to write fruit, read carefully to actually write is the development of the food industry, is the change of people's way of life, this is a fruit of the development of human society, is a good or bad fruit, now no one can taste it.