Archive for April, 2011
So you don’t have to break your budget to keep eating, here are some foods that are deemed safe to eat without buying them organic. Again the rule of thumb is, if you peel it to eat it, then it is safe to buy non-organic.
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Kiwi fruit
- Sweet potatoes
- Sweet Onion
This of course is not an exhaustive list because there are lots of foods missing here, some of them very commonly eaten like lettuce, cucumber, tomato, and carrots. If you can’t buy the unrated foods organic, maybe you can buy them at the local farmer’s market, or grow them yourself.
When inviting someone with a gluten restricted diet to dine, it is important to know what to look for. Gluten is found in many grains including wheat, barley and rye. Even oats may need to be avoided due to cross pollination. Here’s a list of raw products that should be avoided.
- Wheat – including germ, wheat grass juice, couscous, farina, graham flour, semolina, and bulgur
- Oats – bran & fiber, too
Luckily there are a lot of products on the market to help replace some favorites like bread and pasta. When looking at pre-prepared foods it is safest to make sure they say “gluten-free” right on the label, as gluten lurks in unknown places as fillers and thickeners. Another great resource for gluten-free recipes is the Internet, just search for “gluten-free recipes.”
At least that’s what I think. Marionberries are little known, although they make up around 50% of the berry crop for the state of Oregon. I’ve never seen marionberries for sale in a regular grocery store, and out here in the east, not even at a Farmer’s Markets.
This berry is worth the search though, and even growing it yourself might be in order. The fruits are huge. Larger than any blackberry I’ve ever seen, and extremely juicy. There is not bitterness in them like blackberries have, either. They’re absolutely delicious fresh, over ice cream, made into jam or syrup. If you have an overabundance, which I can never foresee as we can eat them as fast as the plants produce them, you can just throw them in a container and freeze them. No need for special preparation like blanching, etc. Then you can have marionberries on your waffles or pancakes in the middle of the Winter, yum!
They are very high in antioxidants, too. What could be better?!