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Fruit too ugly to eat?

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

It appears that the European Commission is doing away with certain rules that deal with fruit and vegetables having to do with a standard of perfection. And to think that I wasn’t even aware of the fact that we are paying bureaucrats to ensure we are not confronted with¬† – ah – what – ugly fruit on the supermarket shelves? Give me a break! An excellent guideline might be – if it is really too ugly, let’s say revoltingly ugly, it might not sell. But do we really need someone to protect us from seeing that imperfect peach or whatever?

Actually the restrictions are only lifted for 26 items (among them apricots, artichokes, asparagus), but remain in effect for another 10 types of produce which make up about 75% of items sold in the EU (apples, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, lettuces, peaches and nectarines, pears, strawberries, sweet peppers, table grapes and tomatoes). So the good news is that as of July 1 2009 a cucumber does not have to show a certain curvature to be allowed to grace the market basket. That is good news I suppose, but my question is still – what about the taste? Is that not an important aspect of what we eat? Anybody care about that?

You can read more about how the EU slices up ‘ugly fruit’ rules.

And here is some imperfection that grew in my garden last summer. Weird to look at but still quite tasty as I remember ;)

Tomato Jam

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

If tomatoes are rolling into your kitchen faster than you know what to do with them, here is a recipe I discovered at Just Recipes a number of years ago. It makes a great jam, the ginger adding just enough zing to balance out the sweetness.

Tomato Jam Ingredients

Tomato Jam

1 lb Tomatoes (green or red)
1 lb Sugar
2 oz Ginger root
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Grated rind(lemon or orange)

The entire recipe can be found here: Tomato Jam. Enjoy!

What’s for dinner?

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

not sure what else, but definitely something with tomatoes and cucumbers ;)



How easily things come together in the kitchen when the garden provides. I am really excited about the variety of tomatoes that seem to appear all of a sudden. Now, if I were a truly organized person I could of course predict what I am growing. But since most of the plants come from seeds that I picked out of interesting looking tomatoes bought at an Organic Foods Market in Florida last winter, the surprises keep coming.

The season’s first Beefsteak tomato

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

There is something relaxing about activities that don’t require a lot of thought and concentration, where the mind can meander freely. For instance gardening. So recently, while I was pulling some weeds, it occurred to me that, maybe, this might just be the first bunch of beefsteak tomatoes growing in a vegetable garden in Austria. I first got acquainted with these beauties my first summer in New Jersey. They glowed from roadside farm stands where I used to buy them by the bushel to take home where we feasted on them. You’d bite into them and could still taste the sunshine that made them grow big and red and luscious. And so, after leaving New Jersey behind, these beautiful tomatoes also remained just a fond memory. Until I found a packet of seeds while on a trip to the U.S. last winter. And finally, after fussing about the small plants, hoping that nothing untoward would happen to them outside, that nobody would decide to take a bite out of any one of them,¬† the very first beefsteak tomato is ready to enjoy. And isn’t it a beauty!