After sending out a recent issue of Successfully Raw I received the following email:
"Dear Karen, I really look forward to you newsletter each week; you talk so much sense and keep us motivated.
"I do have one niggle however, which applies also to other proselytising raw food angels. Your recipes include lots of tasty fruits like mango, peach and nectarine. I have also seen lots of mention on raw food sites of green coconut, pineapple, banana and other tropical fruits. All of them yummy, if you can find one that has not been artificially ripened. All of them transported sometimes thousands of miles around the world.
"I am not recommending avoiding these fruits. I eat them myself. But where is the mention of local British fruit? Come on, it's Summer. As a grower, I am wading through piles of blackcurrants, raspberries, plums, plums and more plums (in spite of the rain). I've picked boxes of blackberries. I'm just starting to pick apples, and there is a super abundant crop this year. The pears will follow. Freshly picked hazelnuts are divine...........
"My seasonal smoothie suggestion: Juice some windfall apples with courgettes or cucumbers (yes, we've got gluts of them too). Blend with stoned plums, blackberries and a few fresh, milky hazelnuts.
"Ditch the imported and dried fruits until later in the year; let's have a British fruit fest!
Keep up the good work ~ M"
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Well, as I wrote back to M, I do agree entirely. This has and will remain a contentious issue because we here in England are blessed with some great fruits but also are very limited, compared to our Spanish neighbours, for example, too.
Also as a little side bar I do of course have to say that the eZine is read by people all over the globe, so for some those tropical fruits may even be growing in their back yard!
But yes, for us here in the more subdued climes, right now is the perfect time for making the most of those wonderful plums, pears, apples and berries. In fact, it was only about three or four weekends ago that I had the great opportunity to help myself for free to unlimited plums and apples at a new friend's house where he has a huge orchard that he himself barely touches! <Karen weeps into her smoothie>
And for the past two weeks Luke and I have been merrily blackberry picking just up the road (literally) as we live on a farm lane where the hedgerows are abundant with the black beauties all ripe and ready for the taking!
My next challenge?
I really, really want to create the ultimate raw blackberry and apple pie! I'm going to start with mini pies and work up to the bigger one, and considering I am not a huge fan of the sweeter ones that are in a lot of raw recipe books I am looking forward to this one that I know is going to be truly scrumptious!
Now I just have to find some good old British hazelnuts to make the crust....