The tropical climate nurtures an abundance of delicious fruit, which can be grown, with care, in gardens elsewhere. Tropical Fruit highlights the best tropical fruit: how to recognize them, enjoy them, and get the best out of them. Information on their English, botanical and fascinating local names is provided, as well as tips on nutritional and medicinal properties. Botanical paintings show the fruit in all their glory and recipes from the five-star kitchens of the region's leading hotels and resorts will stimulate your culinary imagination.
Desmond Tate has written several books on Malaysia, the country he has lived in for almost 30 years. He was a teacher for twenty years, before becoming an editor and freelance writer.
"Thanks both to America's growing multiculturalism and to ever more efficient transportation, the market for tropical fruits has become nationwide. More and more unusual fruits appear in the nation's supermarkets, leaving the uninitiated increasingly bewildered. Top-quality, full-colour drawings and informative text make Desmond Tate's Tropical Fruit helpful both for identification of these items and for encouraging their consumption by the uninitiated. Some fruits, such as the "bilimbi" and "snakefruit", may be novel to most readers, but bananas, avocados, and mangoes have already a long history in North America. Yet seeing both the common and the rare together establishes some standards of comparison. Each listing has a recipe to encourage using the fruit and to persuade the uninitiated to try these exotic products."
– Booklist, 15-09-2001