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The luxury of fresh produce all year round

January 8th, 2008 at 07:35 am

as with everything, you take it for granted when you've had it all your life...I first became aware of this back in '92, while working for the UN Observer Mission in ES...one of the guys from the Spanish delegation came in one day with an armload of fruits, stood in the doorway (I was the receptionist/telephone operator) and said to another guy (a newcomer): "You won't believe this, but, I've been here for nine months already and, EVERY month I've tried a different fruit...there's always new ones, and there's always plenty, and they are tasty AND cheap! It's amazing!"....my colleauge at the reception (there were 2 receptionists/telephone operators on duty during business hours and only 1 the rest of the time, the Mission was available 24/7)said to me: "Oh, the things that amaze them...and this is in the Information Age...no wonder they thought they'd found paradise when they first arrived 500 years ago!"...we laughed, but it DID get me thinking...I also remember the guys from Chile at the Mission, who ate a pineapple every week...they mentioned that pineapples weren't as sweet in Chile, and that they were very expensive!...and I was thinking about it yesterday, while preparing our lunchboxes: chicken and spinach lasagna, with chopped tomatoes, and mellon for dessert. I also made our dinner, which was a broccoli cream - all from fresh veggies/fruit...no cans, no bags, no powders, no preserves...and the mellon was delicious, too, sweet and golden...fruit doesn't taste the same when it is picked before it's ripe (I guess it's the same for vegetables)...and, if I stick to what's "in season", it really is not expensive!....and, because our weather is mostly "even" all year round, produce tends to be "in season" most of the time!

5 Responses to “The luxury of fresh produce all year round”

  1. librarylady Says:

    I LOVE fresh fruit and vegetables. That would be heaven to me to have access to good tasting produce at a decent price all the time. In the U. S., since gas prices have gone up so much, our grocery prices have gone up as well.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'm always telling my friends and family that God intended for human beings to live in the tropics. We are not temporal (nor arctic!) climate animals. USAers will sometimes say to save money by eating what is in season. People are so out of touch with how food grows: For most of the year, NOTHING is in season, not here. Maybe somewhere else in the world, but not here. One must eat either stored food, or food imported from warmer climates--even if that means imported from California. But to me, getting food from half a continent away (as California is to me) is "importing" it.

    I think a yellow melon right now would probably cost about $6.50. And gosh, my mouth waters to think of it, as it did to think of those guys eating a pineapple every week. Food, glorious food!

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    That is indeed a very interesting perspective! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Please substitute the word temperate for temporal in my reply above. I do i think God meant us to live in time, just not in bad weather! Smile

  5. midlight21 Says:

    Sounds like Paradise truly. What is sometimes available in the US at the grocers is just not that lucious looking. It's the same old iceberg lettuce, red apples, russet potatoes and yellow onions. GAG! What you are describing would boost my grocery budget out of range for us to do anything else, say like having electricity or running water. You are blessed.

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