The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot

Chip Brantley


The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot

The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot

  • Title: The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot
  • Author: Chip Brantley
  • ISBN: 9781596913813
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover



Octavo PP.225, Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, And The Hunt For the Elusive Pluot


Recent Comments "The Perfect Fruit: Good Breeding, Bad Seeds, and the Hunt for the Elusive Pluot"

some fascinating gems sprinkled in amongst mostly awful prose

Maybe I'm not a good match for this book. Or maybe everyone will find it as dull and hard-to-follow as I did.

Enjoyed learning bits and pieces of scattered histories of the plum. Especially interested in the Miner Plum that was bred in Knoxville, TN. The book has made me a little more curious and interested in fruit growing in general, for instance I would love to visit orchards in early Spring as the author did. It also makes me want to keep a sharp eye on prices and varieties of fruit in supermarkets and farmers markets.

An intriguing book, which cast an interesting light on the process which goes into creating and growing delicious new fruit and demonstrates how we the consumer often ruin our own dinner tables with our preconceived notions of how fruit should behave and taste. The author spins an interesting tale, but this is a book which is crying out to be written by Zeigler himself or another insider. True, we learn about the origins of pluots but it is interesting how little attention is paid to the emergin [...]

Whether you consider yourself a bon vivant, a culinary neophyte, or someone wandering in the middle, 'The Perfect Fruit' is both history and story, for food, farming, even relationship enthusiasts. Mr. Brantley takes us on his journey where he discovered the pluot, which in and of itself wouldn't necessarily appeal to the masses. But his mixture of naivete, humor, and pure eagerness make the much unknown stone fruit industry not only interesting but intriguing. You find yourself rooting for thes [...]

I've been looking forward to reading this for some time. The topic of pluots is one that is of similar interest to me as it was to Chip Brantley. But while the book is a fascinating look into the business world of stone fruit in California, it was not exactly what I was looking forward to. But in the course of reading, I discovered that my own lack of knowledge is what created any misconceptions.The book did a very good job of informing me about the fluidity of the market and I learned a signifi [...]

The author is a tedious hipster of the type found living near the coastline and listening to NPR. But he falls in love with a backwater of the agricultural sector, and sets out to tell its story.And while Brantley himself seems kind of annoying (*), the people he talks to are fascinating and for most of the book he steps aside to let them -- and their plums -- take center stage, quietly providing background when needed. He's no John McPhee, but he has managed to write something McPhee-esque.3.8 [...]

Having lived in California and driven through the "salad bowl," I think that this author really "gets" this part of the country. I enjoyed the descriptions of the places and people as much as the journalism about the fruit industry. Also, I just loved how Brantley writes about his personal life. This book is not typical -- it's not all facts and it's not a memoir. I can see how readers looking for one or the other might be disappointed on some level, but for me, the fact that the book doesn't co [...]

This might sound like a dull book, but it was actually pretty interesting. Growing up in the stone fruit capital of California, and having a farmer uncle who grows plums, I probably should have known more about the pluot/plum/apricot than I did. We think of the pluot as a half apricot half plum, but in reality all plums have been so hybridized over the years we can't really tell the difference between the pluot and a plum. This, combined with the back story about how marketing and nature interse [...]

You eat a plum and you don't think much about it, but as Brantley illuminates, that plum -- or pluot, or apple, or olive -- had many lives before it arrived in your hand. This book touches on so many important issues about the food industry, as well as the evolution California from desert to orange groves. Plus, there is a tie between what is happening on the land in California and what is happening in the author's life. I thought this book was really wonderful.

Fascinating. Most likely this book was intriguing to me because quite a few of my relatives(mom's mom's side of the family)are stone fruit farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. This book explained the hybridization process along with the marketing side of things. Basically farmers grow what the consumer demands. It's a typically close-mouthed industry, but the author was given an insider's view for whatever reason. An interesting read, but I'm afraid most people would find it boring :-)

A pretty fun read about pluots; growers, packers, breeders, retailers, trade associations, and consumers. Could've rated it 5 stars, but was unclear in some chapters if the author was trying to hold my interest with science, business, or the love of a nice piece of fruit. Some entertaining similarities to tasting wines.

I love this book. It's the perfect mix of information and personal story. Brantley is a stellar writer, which makes any subject interesting -- not to say that fruit breeding isn't interesting. This is just a truly enjoyable book that teaches you a lot about where your food comes from.

The author shares my love for pluots and it was wonderful to read about his parallel journey. The book touches on the types of pluots, breeding, industry problems, and offers a behind the scenes look at orchards and competition. Enjoyable and informative.

Maybe you've seen pluots at the store and wondered what they were. This book tells the story of how they came into being and is a bit of a primer on modern, medium sized agriculture. Gives a good overview of old school plant hybridization and why taste was bred out of supermarket fruit.

Good not great. Glad I read but not sure I would read again,

Enjoyable book about the stone fruit industry in California and breeding of hybrids.

easy to read, informative, and makes me want to pay more attention to my fruit trees.

If you like pluots, this is an enjoyable history of the hybrid fruit. Brantley's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. By the time I was done, I wanted a whole bushel to eat.

I loved learning more about the process of fruit breeding. The insight into fruit growing and marketing was also new to me.

"It was midsummer then, and I was twenty-seven, and over the course of one month, I fell in love twice."

An interesting look at how fruit is bred for consumption on a large and small scale. Made me want to eat a lot of plums.


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