Saturday, 19 August 2006

TASTE

We are now so used to living and shopping in our super-marketed world where fruit come pre-packaged: selected, washed, graded and nested in plastic or styrofoam boxes, trays and containers that it’s sometimes difficult to remember that that is not how fruit starts out life!

Here, there is in superabundance of fruit - a truck laden with it comes honking into the village once a day - and, frankly, much of it wouldn’t pass muster with the fruit graders at Sainsbury, Tesco, Asda and the rest. No two nectarines are the same size, melons are often scarred and peaches and plums have spots, blemishes and facial flaws that would not even permit them access into the most liberal of open-all-hours corner stores and mini-markets.

But the taste! The fullness of flavour, the so-sweetness and the sheer dribbling-down-the-chin juiciness…

This is how, once upon a time, we all used to eat fruit and, thankfully, it is how they still eat it in those parts of the world where regimentation and uniformity have not been allowed to eclipse all the old-fashioned pleasures…

And long may they do so!

4 comments:

Scrooge said...

"That's real fruit Lowell is it ? Out of the GROUND ?" Thus spoke the crew of 'Valley Forge' to Bruce Dern's character in 'Silent Running' - futuristic at the time but only 35 years later, a horrible reality. Where we once trusted our eyes in selecting supermarket fruit, now we find our instincts are no longer reliable. Supermarkets spray and polish to maintain the exterior but when we bite into what looks like a good apple, it turns out to be rotten inside. Nice then, Mr B, to dwell temporarily in a land where fruit is as honest and individual as the people and is so plentiful it almost seems as if it might really grow on trees.

polkadotsoph said...

Ahem... there is something suspicious going on here. this picture looks very like one taken last year.. Can it be that there are no watermelons on the island this year? Or are you so relaxed that you are just taking the same sorts of photos because you have forgotten all the previous ones? We need to know...

Brian Sibley said...

Rumbled, Polkadots! Yes, we do have melons (and bananas!) but this is, indeed, one of last years!

HOWSOEVER, the nectarines were photographed -- and EATEN -- yesterday!! And were sweeter and juicier than you can imagine!

ike2248 said...

How true about the fruit + veg.....but the thing that bothers me is - we have 'cloned' tomates and cucumbers which are 'just so' and a miryad of other regimented and tastless fruit + veg because the EU says we MUST, yet go anywhere in Europe and you'll see 'mutant' fruit + veg, fresh fish being sold from a 'slightly buzzing' open air stall, NOT to mention the 'Easter Goat + tree in your back yard Interface situation'. !!!!
Why do we put up with it.?
Couldn't beat us in the War, so will get us with the EU eh.???