Tropical Tastes – fruits, foods and flavours of north Queensland

Written by fruit   // 14/01/2006   // 0 Comments

GETTING FRESH
 
Ever imagined fruit and vegetables could be exciting?
 
Not those stodgy, boring veggies we all recall from childhood – here we’re looking at amazing tropical taste sensations. And – wow – what a world of difference!
 
The fresh new look at tropical goodies is packed into one of the most useful and informative books to hit the shelves in quite some time, Tropical Tastes: Fruits, foods and flavours of North Queensland.
 
Why is it so good? Well, for a start, it is compiled by two of Australia’s most eminent tropical fruit and vegetable experts, Pedro O’Connor and Roger Goebel, of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.
 
Be pleasantly surprised: this is no bland government publication. It’s 59 full-colour pages are packed full of genuinely useful information, and presented in a bright and easy-to-read format. 
 
The book is divided into two sections, the first contains background and general information about many of North Queensland’s exotic fruits, foods and flavours. Icons indicate the months in which each product is in peak season. Each fruit has a brief description of its particular characteristics, taste, buying and storing qualities, preparation and storage, and the varieties, and good quality photographs.
 
The second section gives a brief description of many other popular fruits, foods and flavours of the region. While this may disappoint some readers, it certainly whets the appetite for other taste sensations – out there, waiting to be tried. And, isn’t that what it’s all about? There’s also useful information on the nutritional properties of the fruits and foods featured in Section 1.
 
This lively, informative book is a showcase of what we produce in the tropics, and is an updated version of the popular Australian Exotic Tropical Fruits. It’s definitely worth a place on your bookshelf, and should be reprinted and available shortly for around $10.
 
Written by Allan Small


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