Today, I went grocery shopping. Some days, it's filled with anxiety, unsure of what to actually buy. Other days I feel "interested" in everything, deciphering every piece of fruit and vegetable, looking at new products, and thinking about trying foods once avoided at the cost of calories. At times, I even become inspired and decide to gear myself up for a challenge in new foods. I think my last major challenge attempt which I posted about was avocados.
I ran across this article today about the lifting of restrictions for produce in the EU. Apparently, not all produce is considered equal, and there is an actual list of strict requirements before placing the produce out for sale. Several bans include:
Green asparagus that is not green for 80% or more of its length
Cucumbers that bend by a curve of more than 10 mm per 10 cm
Cauliflower less than 11 cm in diameter
Bananas malformed or having abnormal curvature though Class 1 bananas can have “slight defects of shape,” and Class 2 bananas can have full “defects of shape” (from NY Times)
I'm thinking geez, who has time to measure every single piece of produce or determine a percentage of color? That just seems absurd, especially since a good percentage of produce is wasted simply, because it is not "pretty" enough.
It's good that some of these restrictions are being lifted, although apples, kiwis, strawberries, lettuce, peaches, nectarines, pears, table grapes, sweet peppers and tomatoes still need to be attractive.
It's funny, but this type of thing reminds me of something like from a Disney animated cartoon where all the produce characters could talk. I'm wanting to know if the produce could actually express their own feelings, what they would really say? Would the pretty or ugly produce be happy to be chosen? Would they not want to be chosen, knowing they were going to be consumed?
This is obviously lame, and I'm sooo anthropomorphizing. I really need to go to bed.
So I leave you with the question of how do you choose produce? Do you go for the clean cut, unblemished, unbruised type, the rugged type, or simply don't consider it at all? Personally, it depends, but I mostly go for the clean cut type, although a few blemishes are okay. After all, it's not fair to leave out all the ugly produce which just mind end up as the best tasting! Remember, we can't judge solely by the outside what is actually inside.