.......or is it my taste buds?
The Jersey Royal potatoes are 'in' and I bought my first lot on our market on Friday because both the farmer and I love them. To say that we were disappointed was an understatement. They tasted of absolutely nothing. What has happened to the taste? The farmer says that he thinks he read somewhere that they used to use seaweed as a 'manure' and that they can no longer do this. Whatever the reason I shall not be buying any more. If anyone else samples them than I would be interested to hear how their taste buds reacted.
I do think our taste buds fade as we age. I remember as a child, when we had a big vegetable garden, our first new potatoes were always dug early in the evening, and we all eagerly awaited that first boiling. My father would bring in a bucket full, pour hot water on to them and stir them round with the copper stick to remove loose skin and dirt. Mother would gently boil them and then put them into a dish add a knob of butter and garnish with chopped mint. Food of the gods.
No potatoes taste like that any more. Or do they? Is it just me?
The same applies to tomatoes. First my rule was never to buy tomatoes in winter because they were tasteless, but now the rule can
almost be extended to summer because tasty tomatoes are so hit and miss. Up here in the North of the country, without a greenhouse, it is more or less impossible to grow one's own and get them ripe before Autumn. And foreign ones are sometimes sweet, sometimes not.
And don't get me started on eating apples. When I was a child I knew so many different kinds of eating apples - we had Ellison's
Orange Pippins and Beauty of Kent in the garden and our neighbours had an Egremont Russett, so we always exchanged a few of each. Not so many years ago I went to a town in Worcestershire where there were boxes of rather scabby local named apples in crates and they were disappearing like wildfire. We bought some and the taste brought back those childhood days.
But where are they now - among the Braeburn, the Golden Delicious, the tasteless?
So - is it my taste buds, or are things really like this?