The reviews warned me it was dated and it was. However that didn’t detract from the history of oranges and their cultivation. It left me wanting an industry update. I will say one thing - I grew up in America and left about the time this book was published. I could never abide the artificial and chemical taste of orange juice concentrate and even now only drink fresh squeezed juice. How anyone can bear the processed taste is beyond my comprehension. The book, despite being dated, is fascinating and worth reading.
John McPhee, born and raised in Princeton, once again intrigues us with his tales of "citrus."
He took what was supposed to be an article on oranges and expanded it into a book.
He covers everything you want to know and then some. Under history he will remind you not to let any females sit in you orange tree. Some of the subjects are history, tales, migration, how to grow, and how to market oranges and grapefruit. There is eve substantial information on the way to consume the critters.
Would you prefer fresh or concentrate?
If you like John McGhee's descriptive book, He has written well on other subjects. However is you are interested in the migration and commerce of plant life then you need to track sown a copy of "Green Cargoes" by Anne Dorrance.