1000 Flowers for the Planet - #433 Have Fun With Funky Fruit
Fruit sold at the big supermarkets is meant to be ‘perfect’, because the supermarket demands that all the fruit they buy from the growers is the same size and shape so it all looks ‘pretty’ on the display at the store. It’s also waxed and mucked around with. The supermarkets demand this from the grower, who then has to throw away any fruit that doesn’t meet the standards set. This is ridiculous! We don’t throw away people who aren’t the right height or body shape. Nature grows things the way they’re meant to be, so wouldn’t it be much better to have purely natural fruit, which comes in all shapes and sizes. Not every apple is exactly round, not every pear has the same shape – everything grows in its own funky, very individual way, and it’s time we returned to liking and expecting natural foods. Try supporting your local fruit grower who sells direct to the public. It makes sense that every piece of fruit that is grown should be eaten, not wasted. It can be an opportunity for the kids to have some fun, too. They can compare their weirdly shaped fruit with their mates and have lunch-time competitions to see who has the funniest piece. Lastly, if it really offends you to eat a piece of fruit that’s not perfect, then turn it into jam or preserves. All of this will help the planet by reducing food waste, helping farmers to survive, providing healthy fruit for our families and it will probably be more economically viable.