Damnit I’m pissed off with the quality of our food locally these days.
SA produces some of the finest fresh produce in the world, and we peasants back home get to eat the scrap. And it’s not about price and choice – there is no choice.
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Fruit is tasteless and hasn’t been ripened properly (in the sun on the tree) It is now 18 YEARS since I had an orange worth eating, and those I had to buy at the co-op packing plant in Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape, and they were what some of you oldsters may remember as ‘Outspan’ or ‘Uitspan’ Oranges. Recently I had half a bag of so called oranges (I don’t know where it came from), tried to eat one – chucked it. The rest I tried to turn into juice – less than half a glass from half a bag. Fuck that.
Every now and again I used to buy two pieces of fruit, be it apples, peaches, or such. Tried to eat one, and really had to force myself to finish as I really hate wasting. Gave the others away. I haven’t bothered for over a year now; there’s better things to waste money on. Tomatoes (love fresh tomatoes with that sharp, tart nourish flavour); these days tomatoes have no flavour at all
Vegetables: Potatoes; damaged by the harvesting machine and culled out from the real stuff going to places like Europe, invariably infected with one or another strain of potato virus, or otherwise unpleasant. Green beans – spend ten minute sorting through the green-grocers stock to find 200g worth buying. Fresh green peas (a favourite) haven’t had since the last time I grew my own 17 years back – only frozen peas now – fresh cannot be found apart from occasionally those ‘baby things’ that haven’t grown enough yet. The list could go on and on.
We used to feed rubbish like that to pigs, so we could eat the (fat) pigs…
Has it got to the point where if we want top grade fresh produce in
, we have to repatriate it BACK to SA from overseas? South Africa
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