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Fresh Veg

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GrumpyOldMan Sun 31-Aug-14 20:29:49

I am very disappointed with the freshness of produce nowadays. I just had some tomatoes from the garden and what a great difference in taste!
I remember when, during the summer, we were able to buy fresh produce that tasted good.
Now we buy tomatoes, plums peaches etc. bring them home and try to ripen them at home. Some of the start to grow mould before becoming ripe! Some never ripen at all and are almost tasteless. I have even had potatoes which have been cooked for ten (10) hours in a stew and still have crunchy bits!!!
In these days of "five a day" this is not encouraging people to eat fresh fruit and veg.
Also what will be the long term effects of eating under ripe fruit and veg? Remember BPA that was claimed to be safe by the manufacturers!!!

hildajenniJ Sun 31-Aug-14 20:54:41

I agree about the tomatoes, ours from the greenhouse are beautifull, as were the salad potatoes DH grew in hesian bags. I try not to buy fresh produce which has travelled thousands of miles, and tyry to find home grown or from the near continent.

littleflo Sun 31-Aug-14 20:58:48

I agree, and a lot of the really fresh stuff is very expensive. I bought one apple in M&S the other day it was 72 pence. That's almost 17/6d!!!

Elegran Sun 31-Aug-14 21:08:48

The fruit and veg in Lidl is always very fresh (and cheap)

annodomini Sun 31-Aug-14 21:22:27

That's true, Elegran. When I first started shopping in Lidl's, at least 15 years ago, I was disappointed with the proportion of their produce that came from overseas. Since then, they have made great strides and I am now able to find English apples there, though there's a better - and more expensive - variety of types in Waitrose.

jamsidedown Sun 31-Aug-14 21:29:16

I think it's disgraceful that we are expected to pay extra for fruit that is ripe - how crazy is that confused and half the time it isn't properly ripe for a couple of days.

janerowena Sun 31-Aug-14 21:59:19

I have only harvested a few cherry tomatoes so far this year, as yet, and they are lovely as usual, but have found larger bought tomatoes this year taste of nothing, no matter how good they look. It's been quite a shock on a couple of occasions. I started to wonder if there was something wrong with my taste buds.

Anne58 Sun 31-Aug-14 22:11:35

The only problem I have with Lidl veg is that with some items they only sell them by the bag. I love carrots with my Sunday roast, Mr P doesn't like them, so not being able to buy them loose is a pain.

merlotgran Sun 31-Aug-14 22:13:46

And the bags are large, phoenix. DH hates bananas but I like one now and again so I don't want to buy twelve.

Aka Sun 31-Aug-14 22:42:34

Had carrots, parsnips, sweet corn and potatoes (second earlies) from the allotment for tea tonight and tomatoes from the greenhouse. Followed by home grown blackberries, sweet and juicy.

All tasted far better than shop bought, but then they were harvested and cooked within an hour. And we only pick what we are going to eat that day.
Fresh sweet corn especially tastes nothing like shop bought.

suebailey1 Mon 01-Sep-14 09:14:46

We gave up growing veg as we only had a small patch and are lucky enough to have a twice weekly market for good fruit and veg although I have to say I still buy a lot in Sainsbury. Most of my shopping is fruit and veg some of which we have at every meal. we stayed in an hotel last week and although the food was superb we are used to a lot more vegetables with our meals. I really don't like the way many restaurants now charge separately for veg and you get a weeny serving.

Liz46 Mon 01-Sep-14 12:17:41

Like Aka we have an allotment. Produce that is picked and eaten immediately is so much tastier and our grandchildren love picking their own food. They are thrilled during the asparagus season and eat it like sweets. I grow peas in large pots at home for them to eat raw.
We have lovely lunches of whatever is ready. A typical lunch is beetroot, fennel, courgettes, garlic, onions etc. roasted in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with garlic bread to mop up the juices.

jamsidedown Tue 02-Sep-14 10:31:27

Hi, we also have an allotment, this is our first year so it's a learning curve. Far more pests and diseases than frowning in your garden as the little blighters all congregate together! We have gluts of courgettes, beans, chard - anyone got any good glut recipes?

sunseeker Tue 02-Sep-14 13:35:51

I like to keep fresh fruit in the house for snacking, bananas are a favourite but my biggest whinge is pears - if you buy them "ripe and ready to eat" they are still hard and it takes a couple of days before they are ripe and then seem to go bad after about 30 minutes!!

Aka Tue 02-Sep-14 13:53:04

Jam (are you new, if so welcome) if you go to the recipe section there are loads of recipes for courgettes including a chocolate and orange courgette cake that sounds lovely.
I use chard instead of spinach so you can wilt it down and just replace it as an ingredient. And beans I freeze the excess and add to soups, stews and curries in the winter.
We've had a plague of rats on the allotment this year and they started eating all the sweet corn, but I've foiled (literally) the little buggars blighters by wrapping all my heads of corn in cheap tin foil.

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 02-Sep-14 13:57:38

I don't believe you can ripen fruit at home. Surely to ripen, it has to be on the tree getting sustenance. Doesn't home-ripening on the windowsill just mean, beginning to spoil?

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 02-Sep-14 13:58:49

Aka - I swear it's got an 'e'. not an 'a'.

jinglbellsfrocks Tue 02-Sep-14 13:59:02


Galen Tue 02-Sep-14 14:18:19

We trust you to know Jing we don't know the word!grin

GrumpyOldMan Tue 02-Sep-14 15:09:17

It is good to see that a lot of other people dislike the unripe, tasteless fruit that we get. I only tried Aldi once and was not impressed - maybe a bad day? We have no waitrose in the area so can't try that. Maybe I should try Sainsburys but have always found them expensive.
As for excess produce in big bags. anyone thought of using the excess for making smoothies. Banana cake is good too and carrot cake!
As far as ripening at home I will reiterate my question of earlier. How many vital nutrients are we missing by not getting properly ripened fruit and veg?

jamsidedown Tue 02-Sep-14 17:00:44

Hello all, yes I am a newbie, sorry should have made that clear. Thanks for the glut advice, I will check out the recipe section. Something is eating my beetroot - any suggestions how to - ahem - foil them?

rosequartz Tue 02-Sep-14 17:05:36

The fruit and veg in our local Co-op is always quite tasty.

We don't have a greengrocer's in our town any more, but DN buys from her local greengrocer and that tastes superior to the supermarket veg.

henetha Tue 02-Sep-14 17:06:50

Our local greengrocers in the village is pretty good, and much of what they sell is local.
Lidl's produce is o.k. Agree about big packets though. But left with a lot of carrots recently I decided to make carrot and coriander soup and it was gorgeous.
I do like the vine tomatoes that they sell in supermarkets. And organic mushrooms are tasty.

rosequartz Tue 02-Sep-14 17:08:26

This is a good courgette recipe (I used gf flour, it takes up more moisture).

rosequartz Tue 02-Sep-14 17:09:47

The leaves on my chard all have big holes in, so we are only eating the stalks, steamed or in stir-frys.