Seed and Soul-Less?
I rarely peel my food. To some people that may seem weird or gross. I don’t care! I am slightly realistic about it. I don’t eat pumpkin skin – but I leave it on for baking and just scoop out the flesh. Why would I bother wasting time fiddling around trying to peel a raw pumpkin? But I do eat the skin from the kiwi fruit.
You do have to be a bit cautious. I (try) to only eat organic fruits and vegetables. If I can’t then I might consider peeling my carrots. But I find a quick scrub will do a fairly good job. I also really like to buy my produce that looks like it has been grown in the ground. Shocking!
I like when I find bugs in my lettuce and dirt on my potatoes. Are we really that lazy that we only want vegetables that require little to no washing or preparing? Well maybe we do, as the freezer section of my supermarket seems to be getting bigger and bigger, while the ‘fresh fruit’ section is shrinking – or being taken over by ready-made salads.
I WANT my apples and oranges to have lumps, bump and spots. We as consumers have dictated to our farmers that we only want perfect looking food. So our Agri-business has been working hard to ‘breed’ (genetically modify) our food to look perfect or unblemished. We really only have ourselves to blame.
Think about grapes – they are a fruit, therefore they contain seeds. But we, as consumers, don’t like seeds. They taste bitter and are inconvenient as we have to spit them out. The biggest selling grape variety in Australia is now called Seedless Grapes. We have taken the most valuable part of that plant out. Grape seed (extract) contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants there is. It’s often used in cosmetics to help ‘stall’ aging and prevent wrinkles.
It contains bioflavonoids that help to protect and strengthen cell membranes from free radical damage. It helps repair connective tissue and assists in wound healing while also clearing bacteria from the site of infection.
But we didn’t like it so we bred it out. Seedless Watermelon anyone?
We are no longer eating wholefoods. They are ceasing to exist. We as consumers are playing a huge role in the evolution of our food. Not from physical or biological need, but from a commercial and cosmetic origin.
Next time your purchasing your fresh produce have a look around, does it all look the same?
(above pic – fruit with SPOTS!! – a persimmon from my parents farm)
I know that for some buying organic just isn’t possible for various reasons, but if you can get to the local farmers market or green grocer at least once a month. This way you’ll be helping change how we spend our consumer dollars and maybe our Agri-business players will pay attention?
Try growing your own? At least you’ll know what you’re getting, seeds and all! Besides, they taste better!
I’ll be talking more about farming and growing your own produce, so if you do have any questions around that just send them in. I’ll be happy to help!