Tasteless American fruit and Veg.

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  1. Islandboy

    Islandboy New Member

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    Tranter the same is especially true of U.S. Lamb being tasteless Vs. NZ Lamb.
    On the other hand, don't eat Beef in the U.K. it is grass fed making it tough and tasteless. U.S. corn fed is King.
    By the way, why is there no prime rib or filet cut sold in Tesco ? is it because the Cows don't have 'em or do they use it for Minced beef?
    When I ask a brit butcher for Either, and then say i'm wanting 12-16 lbs They look horrified. I rotis 16 lb boneless prime rib as a rule!!
  2. The secret about British beef IB, is that it isn't grown to be eaten. The British government contracts for most of it to be used as arresting cables on their aircraft carriers. :D;)
  3. olmossbak

    olmossbak New Member

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    Harsh! But funny:D

    I have had some really good steaks in UK eateries. I remember a little cafe in Brighton that sold particularly good Scottish beef. One of my favorite Italian restaurants is also in Brighton, The Latin in the Laines, in case you get a chance to drop by.

    I was doing extensive travel to the UK during the BSE scare and beef became quite difficult to find, not that I was looking. That's when I also tried some excellent lamb and seafood.

    Most of our fruits and veggies are treated to make them all ripen simultaneously which means that they only appear to be ripe. They are also treated with all sorts of fungicides, heavily irrigated and cross bred to be large, lovely, withstand shipping and produce very high yields. All of this comes at the expense of flavor.

    Those that live in the SE, and mayby elsewhere, will find wild strawberries growing in their lawns, if they are a lazy gardener as I. They are very small, ususally no larger than a large pea and are very tart. The upside is an intense strawberry flavor that you can smell when picked. That is what we have lost to obtain beautiful, large, robust fruit that ripens when we want to harvest on schedule.:(

    At least it is relatively inexpensive and there is plenty of it.
  4. pawn

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    I agree that beef (even burgers) in the UK is a "bit off". At the same time, UK bacon is sublime. Most of the food available over there is very nice... excluding stuff like haggis, blood sausage, blood pudding etc....


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    +1

    Horray for wild blueberry pie. I used to have to pick a whole lot of wild blueberrys to make a pie. It was worth it.

    Rubarb pie is wonderful and it's alot easier to pick the rubarb :)

  6. Suwannee Tim

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    You used to be able to get the most wonderful oranges here in Florida. Of course you could, this is where they grow them! Now you go to the farmer's market and the only thing they have for sale is garbage. The best oranges are trucked or flown far away, the transportation costs of this are high and it makes no sense to do it with anything but the best produce. You go to the grocery store and they have beautiful oranges, from California or Mexico, expensive (transportation costs again) but beautiful. Take 'em home and peel them, first thing you notice is the peel is 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick. The orange is 35% peel. This thick peel is desirable to make them more rugged and resistant to rough handling. And they are bland. Beautiful but bland. Gee thanks. I guess this is progress.
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    You can thank our trade agreement for that, what is it called, NAFTA?:mad:
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    I always looked forward to getting honeybell oranges, those were the greatest I've ever tasted but they can be in short supply at times.
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    The very reasons I have planted my own fruit trees!
  10. olmossbak

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    The very best lemons I ever had came from a tree in my daughter's landlady's back yard in New Orleans. It was huge and had survived Katrina. The lady said that the tree was volunteer growth from some fruit they had thrown out there and had been fertilized by their dogs. I am surprised that the seeds germinated as most are so hybirdized that they won't.

    Large, thin skin, tart with a pronounced lemony flavor.
  11. Suwannee Tim

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    You probably get better citrus in Minnesota than I get in Jacksonville.

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