A sea of red chili peppers covers the desert in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. A map shows the enormous size of the region, which is 2.4 times the size of Texas.
Watch the Chile Harvest in China’s Xinjiang Province
When I was in China a couple of years ago, I was told that the country was the largest producer of fresh chile peppers in the world.
An Inferior Book on Chinese Chiles
Dott writes in the dust cover blurb that he explores how chiles in China went from obscurity to ubiquity. If that is true, why is he stuck in the past and ignoring the current horticulture of a country that supposedly grows sixteen million tons of fresh chiles a year?
2018 End of the Year Report
As far as reading goes, 2018 was a great year for natural history books, and my two favorites were The Eye of the Shoal by Helen Scales and The Revolutionary Genius of Plants, by Stefano Mancuso.
Two WWII Histories
And this is where the author makes a critical mistake–not once does he describe a raid or sabotage, which would have made the book much more interesting.
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