Can you tell a fruit to no longer have seeds?
Such is mango. Yes. Yes you can.
Mangos are delicious, but that big dumb seed in the middle makes eating one a challenge. There's got to be a better way! Thankfully Indian fruit scientists have bred a mango that does away with the seed leaving nothing but delicious, delicious fruit. Who wants smoothies?Read More
But what about the snozberries? When are they at their peak snozzberriest?
It's easy to forget that produce is only really supposed to grow during certain seasons -- partly because most fruits and veggies are available in supermarkets at any given moment, and partly because a lot of us play way too much Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Well, some of us play too much ACNL. Mostly me. I'm looking at me here.Read More
Don't Try This At Home
In Which We Make A Terrible Pun
Getting ripened fruit to your local supermarket is actually a pretty complicated process. Many fruits ripen when ethylene binds to a particular receptor. That means that if the fruit is exposed to too much ethylene, they'll be overripe when they hit the stands. If not enough, they'll be sitting there looking just shy of ripe and therefore less likely to get purchased. Thank goodness for Timothy M. Swager and the folks on his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They've developed a carbon nanotube-based sensor that should eliminate our fruit ripening woes.Read More
The complete absence of botanical anomalies in our supermarkets has caused us to regard the consistency of produce presented there as natural. Produce has become a highly designed, monotonous product. We have forgotten, and in many cases never experienced, the way fruits, roots, and vegetables can actually look (and taste). The Mutato-Project serves to document, preserve and promote these last remainders of agricultural diversity.The writers at Edible Geography take it further, seeing the project as a startling reminder of how the human food system now hinges on so very few varieties of plants, with many other varieties simply dying out from their lack of use in industrial agriculture. Though you could leave the politics of farming aside, it makes these photographs less of a goofy display and more of a sad procession. These are strange plants, surely, but they are beautiful in how they stand out from the hum-drum existence of the supermarket. It's disappointing that we have, as a species, apparently become so picky that we can no longer appreciate a curiously-lobed pepper. Personally, I think they look delicious. (Uli Westphal via PFSK) Read More