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Pineapple: King of Fruits
Fran Beauman (au)
Takes us from the pineapple’s origins in the Amazon rainforests to its first tasting by Columbus in Guadeloupe and its starring role on the royal dinner tables of Europe. In the 18th cent. this fruit reigned supreme: despite the large cost of cultivating them, every great house soon boasted its own steaming pits filled with hundreds of pineapple plants. The image appeared on gateposts, teapots, furniture and wallpaper. In the 1840s, growers in the Caribbean began supplying pineapples, and later the first canning factor was built in Hawaii. This story touches on pineapples and sex, pineapples and empire, pineapples in art. Packed with fascinating illustrations, this scholarly, witty and fun book explores the life and lore of the king of fruits.
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