Discovering Fruit and Nuts: A Comprehensive to the Cultivation, Uses and Health Benefits of Over 300 Food Producing Plants (英語) ハードカバー – Illustrated, 2006/4/1
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This extensively researched A-Z guide is a vital reference to 300 temperate and subtropical food producing plants from around the world. Includes a table of plants for different garden situations, with emphasis on the nutritional and health benefits of the fruit or nut described. Find out more at www.growhealthy.net.
Weaknesses with "Fruit & Nuts": Minor ones: wish Fahrenheit instead of Celsius had been used for the North American edition - I find having to do the converting to be annoying; and the cultivar lists for each entry are short and underdeveloped. More serious are several errors (both of omission and commission) I saw in the Ficus carica entry (a tree that I'm fairly well acquainted with). I won't enumerate them here, but makes me wonder if just as many errors were made with the fruits that I'm not so familiar with.
A great many gardening books are not so clear & systematic, they chat with you about what a fruit meant to the Ancient Greeks or give the recipe of the immigrant down the road, all jumbled up with growing advice, sometimes this is great, but it can make a book time-consuming & frustrating to use especially if you're right in the middle of a gardening session. (There is some interesting history on most plants but again it is tidily kept in it's own section).
There are illustrations for almost every plant which are helpful & pleasing. Possibly the most practical book on a broad range of fruit & nut plants on the market. I'm also one of those people who believe crop diversification is the future (if there is going to be one) so also applaud the book for it's inclusion of exciting lesser known crops.