FRUITS WE EAT by

FRUITS WE EAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Third in a series which began with Plants That Feed Us and went on with Animals That Help Us. This is extraordinarily interesting for we are apt to take our fruits for granted and few of us know much about where they first came from, how they were distributed, or which fruits belong to which families. The opening chapters describe the different basic types of fruits --how they are differentiated- their parts and different ways of fertilization and propagation, and the function of the plant breeders who are responsible for the quality of the fruits we have today. With an estimated 161 kinds of species and countless varieties, the selection of ""fruits we eat"" can not cover all there is to know. But some of the information about them is surprising. Did you know that grapes belong to the Saxifrage Family, mangoes and pistachios and poison ivy to the Sumac Family, avocados to the Laurel Family, guavas to the Myrtle Family, blueberries to the Heath Family- and so on and on?

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 1961
Publisher: John Day