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About Frozen vs (Shipped) Fresh veggies

Posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on October 03, 2000 at 05:14:17:

I ran into this article this AM and it sure rings true to me. The operative word(s), of course, is "shipped in from the outer reaches of the world". If you can get fresh veggies raised locally, picked ripe today and bought today, then logically the premise of this article would not be applicable to those veggies.

RHJ++

ARE FROZEN VEGGIES BETTER THAN FRESH?

By Dec Twohig
The Rea Centre
http://psychopathic-genius.com (I LOVE their web site address - who has the guts to use such an address??)

There is a lot of debate on the issue of whether or not frozen vegetables are as "good" as fresh vegetables, and it's maybe time to clarify this issue.

With a chain of places and environments, and considerable time between the grower and the final destination, your plate, vegetables today can hardly be termed "fresh" in any meaningful sense of the word.

A UK apple, to illustrate, may have been picked up to two years before it is displayed on the rack in the retailer's shop. It will have been released from the Common Market stores to which it was originally delivered.

Vegetables have a short display life in a shop. The longer this can be, clearly, the better for the retailer so the process starts in the harvest field where the crop is dug or plucked by machine -- at an immature state of growth, not fully "ripe." It's then transported, packed, stored, and delivered all over the world, either maturing during its journey or being assisted artificially by gassing.

You probably notice with fruits especially that those nice looking packs contain fruit that is hard, and never seems to ripen before going rotten -- part of the problem. You lose taste and nutrients, quite apart from the damage done on the long journey from the field.

And yet the produce on display looks in pristine condition at first sight. There is no way of assessing its nutritional state of health without laboratory analysis.

On the other hand, frozen produce is picked at maturity and generally transported fast to the freezing plant where it will be cleaned and frozen extremely quickly. It then stays frozen, until you purchase it and thaw it for freezing.

The position on additives like salt may differ between the UK and the USA. In general, in the UK, no salt or preservative is added to most brands. The cheaper "value" packs may be the "bin end" of the harvest, the last of the crop to be gathered, hence as with peas and beans, bigger and tougher, and perhaps with a judicious amount of extra water added to the freeze to increase the weight.

But, in general, the nutritional content may very well be much higher than in the "fresh" counterpart, and while freezing might affect the taste compared to picking a carrot or pea pod for yourself and nibbling it, many frozen vegetables can have more flavor than the tired fresh produce.

So, while this will still go against the grain for fresh food purists, for a great many people it can be the lesser of the evils, and ensure that they buy vegetables (and fruits), which are in a better condition than a high proportion of so-called fresh food produce.

It may not be ideal, but frozen vegetables can, ironically, be tastier and healthier than many of the fresh products.

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To increase the supply of local, high-quality veggies...

Posted by Jen B on October 03, 2000 at 09:39:17:

In Reply to: About Frozen vs (Shipped) Fresh veggies posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on October 03, 2000 at 05:14:17:

...support your local farmers' markets, even when it means driving a few extra miles. We have a new indoor, year-round farmers market (about a 10-mile drive away) that is emphasizing locally grown ORGANIC produce--a very exciting development.

Another way to eat fresh and local, is to choose what's actually in season. That means in the winter you eat the cool-weather and longer-keeping stuff like squash, kale, cabbage and apples, rather than tomatoes and lettuce--unless you live down South, of course!

We consumers have a powerful effect on the products that will be available to us. Where there is a demand, someone will fill it. SO BUY LOCAL AND ORGANIC when you can! And stay outta those supermarkets - about 75% of what they're selling isn't even real food!




Re: To increase the supply of local, high-quality veggies...

Posted by
June on October 03, 2000 at 10:22:57:

In Reply to: To increase the supply of local, high-quality veggies... posted by Jen B on October 03, 2000 at 09:39:17:

Wonderfully for a lucky few of us in the community I live in, an organic farmer has begun to sells "Shares" of his farm's harvest. We make a deposit and sign up and pay on a schedule to receive his just-harvested organic produce on a designated day of the week. If you can find a farmer like this to support you'll be helping your family, the farmer and the organic foods market.

June



Re: About Frozen vs (Shipped) Fresh veggies

Posted by
Vince F on October 03, 2000 at 11:08:20:

In Reply to: About Frozen vs (Shipped) Fresh veggies posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on October 03, 2000 at 05:14:17:

I guess it depends on wether you want to eat things out of
season or like the taste of some things better. Might be
better to eat things frozen than not at all or if you want
something handy when you want it.

I like the taste of some things fresh like meats but
buying them when needed isn't that easy most times and if I
decide i want it after stores are closed I would be out of
luck.

I am old enough to remember when Most things were sold
fresh and before supermarkets when they were Corner Stores
and many renters still had ice boxes. My parents canned foods
but also had a Deep freezer and we had a 10qt container of
ice cream in it. I wonder if canning or dried foods are much
worse than fresh ?? The hucksters with their horse and wagons
that became station wagons were interesting.


VF



Re: About Frozen vs (Shipped) Fresh veggies (Archive in vegetables.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 05, 2000 at 08:41:15:

In Reply to: About Frozen vs (Shipped) Fresh veggies posted by RocketHealer Jim++ on October 03, 2000 at 05:14:17:

Thanks, RocketHealer Jim.

I agree with this article completely and have taught this for many years.

Walt



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