President’s Day Pomelos/Pummelos.
A few thoughts:
1. “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.”
– President Obama, Farewell address
2. Food is inherently political – it always has been, it always will be. It’s a rather privileged position to pretend that it’s not because we have not personally come up against the barriers that exist in our food system.
If our food system wasn’t political, we would have solved the obesity epidemic in the United States a long time ago …
So, while this beautiful citrus and a lovely array of warm colors and is nutritiously dense, it also represents a very small part of our interconnected food system. I think it’s important to remember that, and look for ways that we can simplify that complicated system and get closer to the source of our food whenever we can. Luckily, these fruits were grown nearby and I purchased them directly from the farmers at my local market. But, I recognize that that’s not possible for everyone … and taking a moment to remember that is vital to the health of our food system(s) and people.
3. Food is nutritious – though “food like substances” generally are not. Generally when we’re eating whole foods – like fruits, vegetables, grains – we can be assured that we’re getting some nutritional benefits. In the case of the pomelo above, the fruit helps to lower cholesterol, provides an immune system boost, and keeps us looking and feeling youthful with anti-aging properties. Pummelos for the win!