Which is healthier?
Now that summer has arrived, we get to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables that are locally in-season. When at the grocery store or farmer’s market we often rely on sight, smell or touch when choosing which peaches to buy. You have been told not to judge a book by its cover your entire life, but can you judge a bell pepper based on looks? You can…and should. As a general rule, choose the smaller and most deeply colored fruits and vegetables in the piles. These ones contain the most vitamins and nutrients. This is counterintuitive because the most attractive strawberries are the giant ones. However, the smaller strawberries are tastier and contain more nutrients per bite. Organic and farmer’s market selections may have more scaring and abnormal shapes. This should not be a deterrent. Supermarket produce has been grown with more pesticides or genetically modified seeds to achieve produce with perfect skin and shape while large amounts of synthetic fertilizers are used to achieve the abnormally attractive sizes. As long as there is no bruising or punctures, enjoy small, deeply colored, wabi-sabi tomotoes.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese term representing a comprehensive world view that does not translate easily. Characteristics of wabi-sabi include asymmetry, roughness, irregularity and appreciating beauty due to imperfection.