Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fruit stall

One thing I love and hate about India is having to go a million different places to get stuff for dinner! Somedays I love walking from shop to shop to veg stall to fruit stall, but other times I just want to go to one place and get it all! These days, Mumbai is changing and we do have shops that have everything -- unfortunately they tend to be far from where I live, so I still get to visit the market almost on a daily basis! (Random question - why do the vegetables here not stay good for more than a day or two max once you get them home?!)
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is also one thing I love about India that ease in just going down the street to get vegetables. Here I have to take a car and drive a few but, then I can get all at one place.
Your homes are not temp controlled so, veggies go bad soon, I guess. Also, they are sold outside, which is again not a controlled area in terms of temps and other factors.

9:36 PM  
Anonymous dev said...

I think produce looks better when they use sulfur dioxide or some other synthetic preservative on it. Exposure to moisture and oxygen will also rot produce faster.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Crankyputz said...

cuz its the real mccoy....

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know if you have "noticed" the taste of vegetables and fruits is completely different. A banana tests little sweet, a mango, grape, everything tastes better. I pick one carrot to chop here, it takes time & effort, over there, it melts in mouth.

You get things only during season unlike here. Farmers know right time to pick the fruits and vegetables; keeping suppy-chain time-lags in mind. Once you have brought things home, you are suppose to consume. And that is the reason, you have those vendors everywhere. You don't have to travel too long even on foot to get things :-)

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would feel better about vegetables than good bad within 2 or 3 days. Seem more natural and healthy than vegetables that stay fresh for weeks with the help of chemicals.

10:13 PM  
Anonymous Science Guy said...

Fresh produce that is not chemically treated (e.g. with preservatives or exposed to pesticides, whether systemic or external) tends to rot fast.

But remember, if it is organically grown, the nutritive value and taste far exceed that of anything chemically treated. The chemically treated stuff may seem to "stay fresh" for many more days, though !

Something has to give, I guess !

The horror of horrors will be as Genetically Modified (GMO) foods invade India more and more. Europe permits hardly any GMO to penetrate, but the controls in India (which boasts of being an Agricultural country!) are not as good as they should be. Many GMO products need special treatment to survive, and may wipe out indigenous varieties altogether. You may not find that rich tasting mango ten years hence, who knows !

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because they're fresh!

8:32 PM  

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