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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Seychelles an archipelago of more than 100 islands north of the Malagasy Republic in the Indian Ocean, was apparently described by General Gordon as the biblical Garden of Eden. Modern tourists, whose numbers are wisely limited by the government to 4,000 or so at any one time, might well agree so far as scenery and fauna are concerned, but the paucity of information about the diet of Adam and Eve (only the apple?) precludes any comparison between their cuisine and that of the Seychelles. However, there was no sea accessible to Adam and Eve. So, since the Seychelles diet is based on seafood (plus the coconut, rice, breadfruit, and numerous not-mentioned-in-the-Bible tropical fruits), there must be great differences.