19 May '18, 4am

A Tale of Two Fruits: The Colonial History of Durian and Mangosteen.

This idea of tropicality goes hand in hand with the emergence of botanical science and botanical gardens during this early colonial period. The plants and fruits native to the tropical islands in the East become a subject of interest, which soon gave rise to botanica empiricism – the practice of collecting and studying Asian plant samples. Europeans were advised to travel to the eastern part of the world to observe and collect materials to build and enrich the western wealth of knowledge on Asian botany. These observations were documented in travelogues and botanical illustrations.

Full article: https://hlw6.app.link/b3qi1WW20M

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