On Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:35:23 PM UTC-7, Francis C. wrote:
I have same experience. It took three weeks for the bananas to become soft, not ripe. I put them in garage where the temp is usually 80 in the afternoon. it does not work. I am guessing some chemicals or fertilizer is the cause.
Sadly, most of the fresh fruits and veggies in supermarkets really are
under-ripe flavorless things picked to be able to ship thousands of
miles without damage.
Some of the strawberries are big and red and sure look pretty, but they
have no flavor. Peaches may or may not be edible when they finally
ripen. Sometimes they are mealy. Seedless watermelons have half the
flavor of the old long seeded ones we grew up with.
This time of year you can skip the suprmarket and head to the local
farmer's market and get real fresh food, just picked, full of flavor.
| Sadly, most of the fresh fruits and veggies in supermarkets really are
| under-ripe flavorless things picked to be able to ship thousands of
| miles without damage.
| Some of the strawberries are big and red and sure look pretty, but they
| have no flavor. Peaches may or may not be edible when they finally
| ripen. Sometimes they are mealy. Seedless watermelons have half the
| flavor of the old long seeded ones we grew up with.
| This time of year you can skip the suprmarket and head to the local
| farmer's market and get real fresh food, just picked, full of flavor.
Or at least not go to Costco! Whole Foods has
organic bananas at a reasonable price. I've been
getting good, organic peaches at WF lately. I've
also been getting some things at local farmers
markets, but there's not much fruit in yet.
But one has to do research and try each batch,
even at Whole Foods. They've gone corporate and
can't be trusted. (I can't count how many times
I've pointed out wrong country-of-origin signs on
produce to clerks who couldn't care less.) What's
good this week at WF may not be good next week.
And even WF is turning into a factory food outlet,
while also driving small natural food stores out of
business. Next to the current crop of organic peaches
(on sale!) are organic grapes from Anthony's. Sounds
good? Anthony's is using fracking water that may be
tainted with heavy metals to get through the California
drought. (The organic law doesn't cover the topic of
sourcing water.) I've been buying the surprisingly good,
and non-bloated, non-organic grapes.
WF also carries Driscoll's berries, which
have their own hybrids and operate like the Perdue of
produce -- getting smaller farmers to act as subcontractors,
forcing them to grow the Driscoll's hybrids using Driscoll's
methods. I wouldn't touch a Driscoll's product, for both
moral and health reasons. This week I walked into a WF
and was met by a young, attractive woman who wanted
to give me a coupon for Stonyfield Farms yogurt. SF
was bought years ago by Dannon (Danone). It's factory
scale yogurt. I once saw that they buy "organic"
strawberries from China! Meanwhile I can get a few
brands of local, organic yogurt.
So all of that is happening within just a few limited
categories at Whole Foods. People who shop at mainstream
chain stores have far less chance of buying truly edible
food. People who shop around still need to educate
themselves.... and at least pay attention enough to
realize that a tart, crunchy plum or a mealy peach is not
an edible foodstuff. :)
The farmer's market in town here twice a week is certified by the state.
If you did not grow it, make it, or raise it, you cannot sell it.
Most of the regulars also sell out of their farm locations too.
There are some farm stands that do sell stuff they get from wholesalers,
but they are not much different than the supermarket.
Other than the cherry stands up around the Flathead during the season, I
can't think of a farm stand around here. The one produce vendor I have
confidence is the guy selling Dixon melons out of the back of his
pickup. I've seen the melons growing in Dixon and he only shows up in
season. The people doing baked goods, jerky, and so forth are also
If anything the farmers' market prices are higher than the supermarkets.
They are selling the intangible idea that their stuff must be better,
tastier, and so forth.
On Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 8:35:23 PM UTC-5, Francis C. wrote:
This topic is over 3 years old so I might as well get my 2 cents in. I buy
Costco bananas frequently and they always ripen. Sometimes they appear not
to ripen based on skin color, but the inside does get ripe. If you've had t
hem 3 or 4 days and they still look unripe, try one and see. I never store
them in the plastic bag because then they go from green to rotten.
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