Where do you get your produce and nuts, is it all organic?
I have been looking at recipes and ingredient, and notice that alot of the contain LOTS of seeds and nuts. I was wondering where you all get so much of them....do you buy the little 1 pound packages at your wfs? if so....that's VERY expensive. I found a site where I can get raw nuts, but are not organic...so I'm kinda sad any tipe on where I can load up onthese? I'd rather buy im bulk really.
As for your produce, is it all organic? Our farmer's market here does not carry all that much. Whole foods has alot of organice, but some stuff I'd need is conventional, so is that okay to use? I fdeel that after detoxing and stuff, it would not be too smart to startusing alot of conventional producs, but seems like I wont have much of a choice, bleh. I can't garden as I live in an apartment, and my bacony is already packed with stuff, so there's no room . I will be moving into a house (hopefully) soon , so I may start a garden...dunno yet.
What about dates? where do you get those? I'm used to buying them in a container but they are small, not the Majool, those are hard to find here for some reason. I notice the Majool are the most popular in recipes.
any more pointers you guys can give me?
Usually the best deals and the true raw products (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc) are found on the internet. If a store locally does have stuff, it's usually overpriced. You often have to buy in bulk though. Many will also substitute by using part nuts, part sunflower seeds to make it more affordable. Or other ingredients depending on the recipe.
Try to stick with organic as much as possible. I personally never buy conventional, but sometimes people don't gave a choice. Just wash it well.
Last edited by Dimond; 05-16-2009 at 09:04 AM.
Produce-didn't mean get this through the internet. Usually a farm/farmer's market or co-op is where you can get organic less expensive. Or grow your own.
I use regular Super Markets..
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I get my fruits and vegetables at an organic store. They have a special offers for overripe food which works very well for me because I like the overripe fruits most and they never decay in my place because I use them up so quickly ;-)
As a special treat, I might order some air transported tropical fruits which had ripened naturally on the tree, as opposed to the common unripe harvested, ship transported fruits you get in the stores.
Nuts and dryed fruits, I order on the internet and take care that they are premium raw quality and organic. Only dryed dates, I get at the normal organic store because there they come on their twig and without package and I don't think they would heat them over 40°C when they are still on a twig.
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Thanks for the replies! :)
If you don't mind me asking, where do you shop online? I do most of my health food and supplements on iherb, but wondering if there's somewhere to get nuts and such as you all are talking about.
Does anyone know anything about this place?
The prices are really cheap - 7 bucks a pound for supposedly organic, raw almonds. Seems too good to be true.
I couldn't find the truly raw and organic almonds....
Also, their cashews have stuff added to them.
I don't think it would be much help for you if I posted my online stores, as they are all European.
Today, I made some "experiences" with normal super-market fruits:
I did not have anything in the house after the weekend and was hungry, so I went to a local supermarket where I knew they also sell some organic brands. But I soon found out, that different organic brands vary a lot in quality. In my organic store, they usally sell "Demeter", this is an excelent brand appart from the fact that the tropical fruits are after-ripened, but what can you do when they travel a long distance?
In that supermarket they had apples of the brand "Bio", they were about half as expensive as "demeter" fruits, looked spotless (a bit too spotless for my taste) and were packed in blastic.
They did not have any organic tropical fruits, so I jumped over my own shadow and bought a "normal" pineapple and melon - I thought if they had any toxins on them, they would get into the fruit due to the thick pering.
I also noticed that they had a lot of rare fuits which I could not get in my organic store: Fresh figs, star fruit, passsion fruit... also not in organic quality. I resisted the temptation to buy them (finding consolation in the parcel of tree-ripened tropical fruits, I'm going to oget in a few day :) ) .
Later, I tasted the apple: "Yuk", it did not taste like an apple at all. Soft, blunt... I#ve heard that fruits are sometimes processed with hot steam in order to make them nonperishable- I fear this has been done to my poor apple (I could only take one bite of it and then threw it away. Then, I tasted the pineapple. It was ok, though not as good as the ones from the organic store (which I blamed on my fondness for overripe fruits). But after a while, my moth started to burn It was a non-organic pineapple and now I think that they HAVE toxins in them, even though we cut away the pering.
So, I really can't recommend supermarket fruits
I buy seeds and nuts at my health food store. They carry two different sizes in some things. The packages are about 1 or 2 pounds each.
:)I usually go to wal-mart for small items, and my local fruit and vegetable market for the rest. Nuts and seeds i get at the health food store. I am thinking of buy online in bulk.
I'm lucky to have a wonderful locally owned grocer 10 minutes from where I live. They sell organic for the same or less than a lot of places sell the irradiated stuff. Plus they really cater to raw foodies and are super nice. They've been there for ages too.
I DO still choose to do a lot of sprouting so that it's as fresh as it comes and is easy on the budget. Maybe that would be another alternative for you?
If it helps, I have some info on my site that is good for budgeting on raw food. I added as many tips as I could possibly find!
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