Friday, March 10, 2017

Food Safety

When did we start referring to food as either safe or not? and even going as far as calling the place that serves "safe" food: GOOD!

Yes I am in India and this is a major concern but the problem is bigger than India. Our diets have been changed so much in the last hundreds (or thousands) of years that it became so unreconizable from our TRUE diet; FRUIT.

The truth is that we are frugivore, just like apes and monkeys.

Yes there are fruits from trees or bushes (and mycellium/fungus/mushrooms) that might be bad for our digestion, maybe even deadly if we consume the wrong plant. Including leaves, herbs, roots and flowers.

The knowledge that has been passed down to which plants are beneficial to our health are no longer up to debate that they are good for us. We can learn the best stage of the fruit to be consumed when it is rip and not worry about food anymore. Easy.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

fruit prices and availability December 2016 and January 2017 - Arambol, Goa, India

Banana - 3 verities of short and fat banana: round and thick skin with lemon flavour, round and smaller with thin skin and more pale yellow color with sweeter taste. The short fat and sharper edge is very sweet and similar to thai banana. long and skinny as well

Coconut - normally 30rup or 40rup depending on size

Pomegranates -

Green grapes -

Custard apples (sugar apple/cherimoya) - the female smooth skin, big heart shaped ones were shortly in season and very tasty 100 to 150 rup/kg

Oranges/Clementines/Tangerines - ranging from 50 rup per kg

Watermelon - 20 rup per kg

fuir prices and availability February 2017 - Bangkok, Chiang Mai Thailand

At the vendor market there's amazing fruit verity and quality with very good prices that change daily.

Banana - depending on variety and quality and ripeness level can be found from 10 baht to 100s per kg or per hand

Coconut - from the lowest 25 baht to 35 baht per piece or when buying 10 or 12 pieces can be 250 baht (changes daily)

Papaya - can be found from 30 baht per kg or 20 baht per piece (small)

Watermelon - red and yellow verity can be from 20 baht per kg or per piece (changes daily)

Durian - average of 200 baht for packaged pieces

Accommodation - from 100 baht per dorm bed.

fruit prices and availability in early March, 2016 - varanasi, india

Banana - should be 20 rup for 6 pieces, sometimes they ask for 25 rup per 6 pieces if the size is bigger but it shouldn't be more then that. quality can be good, the green long and more yellow, rip when they are spotted black. both taste good

Coconut - priced 30 rup, 40 rup and 50 rup depending on size and vendor. ignore the vendors asking for 60. quality is variable, ask for sweet one if they know how to pick. try to get more orange brown with more dark spots they tend to taste good with some meat. sometimes there's little jelly which i love to eat, insist them to cut it and bring your own spoon since they will not have one and can make it from the husk if you prefer.

Tomatos - 10 rup or 15 rup per kg, I don't eat much

Green grapes - 30 rup to 60 rup per kg - not very sweet

Guava - 40 Rup per kg

Papaya - 40rp per kg negotiable from 60rup per kg

Pomegranates - 120 per kg

Watermelon  - 40 rup per kg

Accommodation: was able to find dorm for 200rup at yogi lodge near the golden temple