Humans have always had a special appreciation for fruit that grows on trees. Could it be because orchard fruits grow closer to heaven than other plant products do? Or could it be because the places where these fruits grew were full of the interplay between light and shadow, the air was redolent with the sweet scent of blossom, and here we could retreat from the cares of daily life? Where did the types of fruits we grow in orchards come from and how did they develop? Bernd Brunner set out to find out how the search for desirable fruit has shaped us, and how we have shaped fruit by selecting those that appeal most to our senses of taste and delight.
The result is a readable, lavishly illustrated book about orchards as places that for millennia have stimulated human creativity and that have provided sustenance for both the body and the soul, the first to explore the history of orchards in such breadth. Historical illustrations—many hard to find elsewhere—show the varied aspects of orchards and the interactions of people and trees within them.
First published in English, translated from the German by Lori Lantz, more information will follow soon or feel free to enquire.