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Another reason to read food labels


berry pack

Hear about the frozen berry scandal in Australia? Ten people have now contracted Hepatitis A from consuming a variety of frozen berries that were imported from Chile and China. Of course, the brands blamed are ones I buy frequently.

Health and food experts commenting on the situation say that hygiene and standards are different (lax) overseas, especially in China where human faeces in the waterways is common! Hep A is transferred through poop.  This is lovely to hear after years of eating frozen berries coming from that country!!

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Stone Fruit Season

Stone fruit season is in its prime here in New Zealand. Cherries, apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines are abundant and I am taking full advantage.

I’ve set up a weekly automatic delivery from Jackson’s Orchard in Cromwell. Every Tuesday or Wednesday I receive a medium sizes box of fresh fruit and some (very few) vegetables. This week’s box had: huge peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries, beautiful raspberries, strawberries and one lonely red capsicum.

The capsicum was put out of its misery and consumed in tonight’s dinner. The fruit is so amazing and yummy. I’m eating several pieces a day and making juice smoothies with the strawberries. It’s heavenly.

I’ll be in fruity bliss well into February and will then look  forward to the Feijoa season. There was a time when I gave up fruit (because of its sugar content) but no longer. Life’s too short to give up the  enjoyment of a fresh, juicy peach or a bowl full of cherries!