The picturesque lands of Hungary are characterised by a cli-mate which is especially good for fruits of the temperate zone. The length of the growing season, the number of days withsunshine, the distribution of precipitation, the humidity of theair and the quality of the soil give fruits a special flavour. Theyalso result in a special balance of acids and sugar, making anyvariety created in the various countries of the world and grownin Hungary bear fruits with an unequalled flavour. In additionto mellowing fruits, the rich soils and the long, sunny growingseason produce first quality vegetables as well.In addition to excellent taste, Hungarian fruit and vegetablevarieties also have an unsurpassed dietary value. For example,a survey of the Michigan State University and AmwayCorporation on the composition and health effects of Hungarian sour cherry has produced interesting results. Thecomposition tests showed that puree made from Hungariansour cherry contained more antioxidants and four to five timesmore anthocyan than, the Montmorency variety for example,which is widely produced in America and Europe. Data fromthe medical institutions participating in the survey indicatedthat the active substances of sour cherry have been shown toreduce the risk of cancer by 50% and the risk of heart attack by30% in clinical and other tests.It is good to know that in addition to climate and soil quality,the geographical location of Hungary has other benefits aswell. Situated in the centre of Europe, Hungary is both a bridgebetween East and West and a node for business. To achievethis, we would like to become attractive to all players inEuropean horticulture, and turn Hungary into the centre of thehorticultural business in Central and Eastern Europe. This publication is intended to bring to the mind of the readersthe benefits of our most important fruits and vegetables, sothat they can enrich and improve their diet through the variedand informed consumption of these important sources of nutrients.
The Treasury of the Hungarian Fruitsand Vegetables