Imagine eating a carrot that “tastes like a carrot”, a peach with a fab aromatic peachy taste and tomatoes that have a deep and juicy taste. How many times do you experience this on fruit and vegetables bought at a supermarket?
It can be misleading as fruit can look so beautiful, almost plastic-looking yet as soon as you take your first bite it can be so disappointing! No taste whatsoever.
These veg look great because they have been made to grow quickly being overfed with artificial fertilisers.
I grew up eating organic food and vegetables and they all came from my dad’s field. His fruit was so addictive I could never have enough!
My dad, like every other farmer in the area always keeps a “moon farming calendar” stuck on the wall; there you can check the position of the moon, i.e. whether it is ascendant (when a plant’s sap rises) or descendant (when the vitality is in the roots). Different plants grow better when they are planted during different phases of the moon as the moisture in the ground and in the plants rises and falls according to the moon just like the tide of the sea does.
There is a more in depth way of organic farming which has been around since the 1920s and it is called “biodynamic” which was first outlined by Rudolf Steiner an Austrian philosopher; it embraces a holistic view of nature which involves biodiversity and astronomy. Food is grown and harvested in accordance with lunar cycles.
Producers of biodynamic food need a Demeter certificate in which they commit to farm organically, make the most of the land with minimum impact, work following the moon phases, encourage biodiversity, trade fairly and take a holistic approach to farming. As you can imagine this requires hard work, commitment, passion and an understanding both of nature and of the land.
I love organic food and I look for biodynamic whenever it is available. Recently I approached 3p Fruits a Spanish farm which grows many types of fruit, nuts and vegetables in the city of Lleida in Catalonia. All their products are certified by Demeter and you can access their products via their online shop. All deliveries will be received within 3 days of dispatch.
These are photos of 3p Fruits farm.
3p Fruits are offering a lucky My Little Italian Kitchen reader a box of their lovely organic fruit and vegetables.
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