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LACOSTE, Pablo  and  CASTRO, Amalia. Appreciation of fruit in literary works (I): between epic poems and travelers (From the 8th-16th century). Lit. lingüíst. [online]. 2012, n.26, pp.143-166. ISSN 0716-5811.

This article explores the process of rebuilding a culture of appreciation of the fruit through the literature from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. First, we examine the fruit in the early Middle Ages, through the analysis of nine works of medieval epic literature. They reflect how, in the first half of the Middle Ages, Europe lost the culture of fruit that had developed during antiquity. The second section examines the process of rebuilding a culture of appreciation of the fruit from the Muslim literature, where the Koran worked as a trigger of the recovery process of the culture of fruit in the Middle East first, and then in the zones of influence of the Arab expansion. Finally, the third section, examines accounts of travelers such as Marco Polo and Nicolas de Nicolay, to see the amazement that fruit causes to European eyes.

Keywords : fruit culture; fruit appreciation; medieval epic literature; Koran; travelers; Marco Polo.

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