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5 September 2011

Vegetables and Fruits.

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." (Albert Einstein.)

Well, this one is about food, or better say, about some of my favourite foods.
Needless to say, I'm a born vegetarian although I love fish, but my mum used to force me to eat meat (basically free range organic chicken), when I was a child,  until after years of persuasion I've managed to bring it home to her that it is unethical and unnecessary to kill living creatures for food (to me, it's not very different from cannibalism) or any other reason unless, of course, we are threatened with starvation or in self-defence.

There're plenty of animal products for those who, like me, don't want to follow strict vegetarian diet: eggs, dairy produce, and since fish is beneficial for the health, I wouldn't rule out limited consumption of fish without endangering the species, which is right the opposite to the common practice. However, today I hardly ever eat fish as it's stuffed with heavy metals and would probably do more harm than good. That's progress!

From the artistic point of view, vegetables are a veritable feast for the camera in their own right — they come in a rich palette of colours and shades.

Romanesco broccoli or Roman cauliflower, a flower of the species Brassica oleracea, and is a variant of cauliflower. What I find most amazing about this vegetable is that it's an epitome of fractality — just look at the logarithmic spirals of its buds.

Romanesco broccoli
Romanesco broccoli. (© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Organic Romanesco broccoli, Romanan cauliflower
Organic Romanesco broccoli or Romanan cauliflower.
(© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Other staples of my diet are lemons and avocados (Persea americana) — the best butter in the world.
As for the sour plums, in some Asian countries an exquisite sauce is made from them.

Sour plum twig, organic avocado and lemon in wicket basket
Sour plum twig, organic avocado and lemon in wicket basket.
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Sour plum twig and organic avocado
Sour plum twig and organic avocado.
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Yummy!

Steamed beetroot leaves and fried potatoes with sour plum sauce
Steamed beetroot leaves and fried potatoes with sour plum sauce.
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Strawberries aren't just beautiful, tasty, and sweet-smelling, but they're also an excellent source of vitamin C, minerals, aminoacids and flavonoids.

Organic strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) close-up
Organic strawberries (Fragaria ananassa) close-up.
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Organic strawberries (Fragaria ananassa)
Organic strawberries (Fragaria ananassa).
(© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)  

Tomatoes are my favourite vegetable, I adore them, I could eat kilos of tomatoes every day. Sadly, nowadays most people have no idea what real tomatoes (or any other fruits and vegetables for that matter) taste like unless they try organic products.

Organic tomatos
Organic tomatos. (© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Organic tomato
Organic tomato. (© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

Fruits are my favourite food — I've never been keen on sweets, pastry, or desserts (except for chocolate) — and some of my favourite summer fruits are sweet cherries. As a child I would gobble up entire basins of sweet cherries, now I manage to get a grip on myself.

Organic sweet cherries
Organic sweet cherries. (© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)
A typical Mediterranean market stall with a wide choice of pickles: olives, gherkins, garlics, onions, etc.

Pickles stall
Pickles stall. (© 2011 LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

2 comments:

  1. Great pics! Organic products look so much healthier and tastier than supermarket fodder stuffed with chemicals.

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  2. Thanks. In this case appearances aren't deceptive -- these fruits and vegetables also taste completely different from industrial farming products.

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