So I tend to have a look around the green grocer section of supermarkets when I am forced to go to them. On the last trip I noticed a couple of odd fruit which where new.
Now I tend to try anything and this in my years of travel has lead me to some interesting if not always good outcomes (Google Icelandic Hákarl at some point). I live by the philosophy if you haven’t tried it don’t rubbish it.
So purchased a couple of each item. Both where quite good. Not sure if I would buy them again but interesting and nice for desert with lunch.
So why do i buy the odd and interesting in regards to fruit and vegetables and food in general? Several reasons really.
One. Curiosity. I like new stuff. I travelled for both new places and new food. I started growing stuff because I read about a particular food item I just couldn’t source. So I grew it. I like to cook new stuff. I even admit I like to show off with new stuff.
Two to teach my kids there is more to food than 3 type of apple, the more they try the more they will try and then they can make their own choices but I as parent have to lead.
Three you find really nice items that make really nice food and can become a regular part of your diet and enable quick easy meals in our busy lives.
Four is health. The greater the diversity of your food the better for you. More fruit and veg in your diet the better for you. The greater the diversity the more likely you are to eat it over simple carbohydrates and processed food. And the more types of food the more micro and macro nutrients you get into your system and healthier you will be. And hopefully the longer you will stay healthy.
Five is my own personal driver. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 variates of food grown in the world today. And yet 90% plus of the food grown in the world as measured in quantity comes from around 20 species. I believe personally and there is some evidence that this makes us less healthy by reducing the variety of micro nutrients and even macro nutrients we get. Our pre farming ancestors ate hundreds if not thousands of foods in a year. Even 100 years ago there were thousands more varieties of plant seeds available in catalogues than today. Being dependant on such a small group of species makes us very vulnerable in food security sense. The more the variety the less one failure has on us. If you want to see what happens to monoculture farming communities when they go bad you only have to look at the great potato famine in Ireland.
So go out and check out any new foods you see. Grab something you have never eaten before in this weeks shop and try it. You might even find something you lik