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Has the World gone mad??

Read with increasing horror in The Sunday Times this morning that supermarkets are now promoting smaller, sweeter veg and fruit with no seeds, no need to peel and quicker to cook. What will happen to our wonderful heritage varieties I wonder. Surely part of the joy of cooking is preparation and true flavour of the original what about the valuable pectin in the seeds to create jams etc. Makes me sad. What do you think?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,915
    The world is indeed going mad, in all sorts of ways.

    I call it natural selection. 🙄
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053
    Nobody wilbe compelled to buy it, and I doubt entire orchards etc will be grubbed up to produce the new stuff
  • ErgatesErgates Posts: 2,198
    No seeds, sounds like a self limiting project?
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,154
    There are still plenty of companies selling seeds of old varieties so those of us with the sense and the space can grow our own.   Those with less space can surely try tomatoes and courgettes on a balcony or even a large windowsill.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,190
    'part of the joy of cooking is preparation'

    Not when you're doing it day in, day out, for decades, is isn't  :D

    Joking apart, I think it'll be another vanity exercise for the 'Notting Hill' crowd.
    I'm reminded of Harry Enfield's character, with his 'I must have seen you coming' shop.  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,677
    You mean like those new fangled bananas? Or perhaps cucumbers, grapes or watermelons all of which are generally sold seedless.
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,862
    All started off with cherry tomatoes and went from there.  

    I grew some mini peppers which I thought would be lovely stuffed with cream cheese, capers and tuna with drinkies.  Gave that away quick enough - what a fiddly job!  Shirley Conran (in the 1970s), said, "Life's too short to stuff a mushroom."  That was when mini-peppers hadn't been invented!!  Little did she know.  I'm not growing them this year as they can't even be tossed around in a frying pan - you can't get the seeds out of them even!!
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • tui34tui34 Posts: 2,862
    PS  And cherry tomatoes are very dangerous for littlies under 5.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,190
    I eat the seeds in peppers @tui34 if I don't get them all out. Usually when I'm making soup though, and I'm roasting them. That would be way too much bother. 
    Life is definitely too short to stuff a mushroom or any other small item  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,291
    I’ve given it a good pondering, @biofreak, and, sorry, but I have come to the conclusion I cannot be arsed about it.
    Rutland, England
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