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What’s so great about eating seasonally?

Does the food lover’s mantra, ‘eat seasonally, eat locally’, hide a range of misconceptions – from lack of logic to xenophobia and snobbishness? Writer Adam Johns thinks so, and he reckons it’s time to enjoy the fruits of human endeavour, regardless of their seasonality
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My father’s family were fruit and veg merchants. My childhood was spent gorging on produce from all over the world (albeit the slightly manky stuff that couldn’t be sold). One of my earliest memories is of creeping out of the house with my dad on a still-dark morning to accompany him to the Birmingham Wholesale Market. I watched, entranced, as a trader opened a box of apples, fresh from South Africa: cool, crisp and shiny. To my delight, he offered me one. I can still remember the taste, as sweet, crunchy and juicy as if it had just fallen from the tree.

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This month in delicious. we’re celebrating summer with £12,000+ prize giveaway, the ultimate kebabs, a brilliant Byron burger as well as a street party fit for a queen. Elsewhere Eric Lanlard serves up a new scone for Wimbledon, Sophie Michell shares healthy recipes, and Theo Randall gives a risotto masterclass. And don’t miss how to upgrade your cooking with fresh herbs. Plus there’s recipes to save time and money, 16 pages of stunning cake recipes and more.
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