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Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Fruits

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Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Fruits

141 pagine
42 minuti
Oct 14, 2012


Learn the essentials of tropical and Asian fruits with this useful and portable reference book.

Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Fruits introduces approximately 40 frit species commonly found in the Tropics. Each exotic item is described in detail and its country of origin and areas of growth are discussed. Culinary uses are given, with tips on how to produce the best flavors, and the book ends with a number of mouth-watering fruit recipes. Illustrated with beautiful color photographs, this book is a must for lovers of tropical tastes.

Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.
Oct 14, 2012

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Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Fruits - Wendy Hutton







Text and recipes by Wendy Hutton

Photography by Alberto Cassio


Published by Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd., with editorial officers at 61 Tai Seng Avenue #02-12, Singapore 534167.

Copyright © 2004 Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.


Printed in Singapore.

ISBN: 978-1-4629-0731-1 (ebook)

Additional photography by Heinz von Holzen: pages 15 (left centre), 25, 30 (top) 39, 45 (top and left bottom). 47 (top), 49, 50 (top and left bottom), 51 (left)



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One of the many joys of Thailand is the kingdom's stunning array of ambrosial fruits. Their succulent sweetness, astonishingly varied shapes, colours, sizes and heady perfumes delight not only visitors, but also send the Thais into raptures as each fruit comes into season.

Pass a durian stall, where this notoriously pungent, spiky king of fruits is on sale, and you'll see enthusiastic crowds devouring the creamy rich flesh at makeshift tables or even just standing or squatting on the pavement, too eager to enjoy the fruit to wait to take it home. Thailand is renowned throughout Asia for the standard of its magnificent durians, mangoes and pomelos, and also for some of the cooler climate fruits grown in the hills around Chiang Mai.

Permanent local markets carry seasonal fruits as well as the many fruits which are available year round, while in some areas, special fruit stalls are set up (especially near the orchards). It is common to find stalls at food centres and markets offering cut fruits, while itinerant vendors sell these as well as prepare special local fruit salads, often of tart or unripe fruits mixed with pungent sauces. Fruits such as pineapple, pomelo and guava are often dipped into tangy nam phrik sauces, or simply sprinkled with salt.

The art of carving fruits and vegetables, refined in the palaces of Bangkok, is carried on in displays at elegant hotels and restaurants, yet even at streetside stalls you will find peeled pineapples with their eyes cleverly removed in a perfect spiral. Travellers with sensitive constitutions should ensure themselves of the standard of hygiene of any stall selling cut fruit, to avoid stomach upsets.

As Thailand and other countries of tropical Asia modernise at an increasing pace, some of the less commercial varieties of fruit—those that must be eaten within a day or so of ripening, others that are too fragile to be transported without considerable care—are difficult to find in major cities. Out in the smaller towns and villages, however, one can still come across unusual delights such as the fragrant apple of the cashew tree or the purplish-black Java plum. This book is designed to act as a guide to the more common fruits found in Thailand and

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