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Tropical Fruit => Tropical Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: KarenRei on January 13, 2018, 07:24:36 PM

Title: Fruit with interesting stories behind it?
Post by: KarenRei on January 13, 2018, 07:24:36 PM
Part of the information we're considering for what to plant is the stories behind different plants, as a number of them are rather interesting.  Example:

Tucuma (astrocaryum vulgare): The Brazilian empire in the early 1800s was a pretty horrible place to be if you were a slave or native; they were heavily abused an exploited. While the nobility flaunted gold and silver as signs of wealth, the poor had no access to such things, and it became traditional in parts of the Amazon to make wedding rings out of tucuma shells. With time it spread beyond this usage to become a symbol of resistance against abuses and exploitation.  Today, tucum rings are used (particularly among Catholics in Brazil) as a symbol of "I stand with the poor and oppressed, regardless of the consequences for doing so).

(https://fragmentsandreflections.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/black-ring.jpg)

What comes to mind when you think of plants with an interesting story behind them?
Title: Re: Fruit with interesting stories behind it?
Post by: PahoaJo on January 13, 2018, 08:03:23 PM
The Fruit Hunters is great book about the history of some well-known and not so well-known fruits.


https://www.amazon.com/Fruit-Hunters-Adventure-Commerce-Obsession/dp/074329694X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515891697&sr=8-2&keywords=the+fruit+hunters (https://www.amazon.com/Fruit-Hunters-Adventure-Commerce-Obsession/dp/074329694X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515891697&sr=8-2&keywords=the+fruit+hunters)
Title: Re: Fruit with interesting stories behind it?
Post by: pineislander on January 13, 2018, 08:11:09 PM
I like the story of nutmeg:

https://www.thoughtco.com/nutmeg-the-unsavory-history-195274 (https://www.thoughtco.com/nutmeg-the-unsavory-history-195274)
Title: Re: Fruit with interesting stories behind it?
Post by: fruitlovers on January 13, 2018, 09:24:13 PM
Probably one of the most infamous is the breadfruit, which led to the Mutiny on the Bounty book and movies, of which several movie versions were made, and none mentions the breadfruit. Funny that instead the ackee carries captain Bligh's name, Blighia sapida, and not the breadfruit.