HEALING HERBS: Let’s focus on home-grown fruit
As I sat preparing the outline for this article, the name of Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, member of Parliament for the City of Bridgetown, flashed across my mind.
Lieutenant Colonel Bostic assisted in my military training when I trained for a post as Cadet Officer. The training I received caused me to appreciate change even in respect to the need to incorporate more locally grown fruit in our meals.
The military influence sparked again when, lo and behold, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, who I genuinely respect, came under some fire. This occurred last week after an article titled Crime Link appeared in the MIDWEEK NATION last Wednesday.
I marvelled as that article made me focus on crime and fruit. In my personal view, the following are offences which I perceive are committed against Barbadian-grown fruit.
• Imported fruit outnumbering Barbadian-grown golden apples, tamarinds, gooseberries and dunks in supermarkets and trays of some fruit vendors.
• A larger portion of canned (preserved) fruit in preference to freshly picked Barbadian fruit in supermarkets.
• Fruit falling and rotting without intervention by owners.
• Not being capable of identifying a fruit like a pomegranate or gooseberry but identifying nectarines.
• Making noise when imported fruit is scarce while ignoring golden apples.
The above offences committed against Barbadian-grown fruit calls for the arrest of inferior thinking. As we approach 2014, change must become evident as a system for the use of more locally grown fruit must be implemented.
As we continue to complain about the cost of living, I will present some more reasons why we should change our focus to consuming more homegrown fruit. As mentioned last week in this column, my golden apples delete a fruit bill at the supermarket. Also, buying golden apples and other homegrown fruit will assist the economy, keep our farmers in business and create the opportunity for more farmers’ markets.
It will also assist the environment because the pollution caused by trains, ships or planes to transport fruit for import will be reduced globally.
Fresh fruit is nutritionally better for the body. Personally, consuming golden apples and other fruit on my trees is nature’s authentic fast food since you can eat directly from the tree.
Finally, a Damascus or miraculous experience may assist us in viewing Barbadian fruits as more nutritious and economically viable. Biblical Paul, a Pharisee, was converted (Acts 9:1-21) on the road to Damascus. Let us put our own conversion place by talking to our Creator and eating more of what we grow.
• Annette Maynard-Watson is a teacher and herbal educator.
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