Friday, March 20, 2015

Imperfectly Delicious Produce? To buy or not to buy....

Have you ever been to your local farmer's market and seen the apples, pears or oranges being sold? No, not every single apple or orange or pear is perfect -- like the ones you may see at your local grocery store -- but, have you taken a bite of that fruit whilst in season? Wow! Now that is what fruit is supposed to taste like! Delicious!

While I'm sure that all farmers/vendors at farmers markets do their best to provide their patrons with perfect fruit or veggies, it may not always happen. But, you can be sure that the fruit or veggies they have ready to sell is at the peak of flavor since it was probably picked hours before it was sold to you.

In this article, "Imperfectly Delicious Produce: A new outlet for ugly, but good produce", indicates that the produce that is not necessarily pretty to the eye, can most certainly be delicious to the palate.
And...not only is it delicious, but seasonal fruits and veggies are at the peak of nutrition too.

It gives me a sense of joy and relief at the same time that the Bon Appetit Management Co. in Palo Alto, CA has started a program that utilizes much of that "ugly" produce that normally goes to waste and instead is using it in its new program called "Imperfectly Delicious Produce". (Bon Appetit has been on my reading list for many years and it is worth it).

This program has allowed for the aggregators of produce and farmers to bring their "blemished" items into Bon Appetit kitchens where they will be used to produce delicious and nutritious meals.
Not only will that allow for food waste to be minimized, but at the same time, it will feed people that actually need and appreciate it!
Odd-sized fingerling potatoes
Odd-sized fingerling potatoes

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