You can buy loose fruit easily at a shop or supermarket. BUT when you commit to buy unpackaged fruit, your choice may (will!) be reduced. Often soft fruits like strawberries are almost impossible to find unpackaged and you have to wait till Summer and pick your own. Organic fruit is very often packed in plastic to make sure no one tries to pass it off as cheaper non-organic. Sometimes you may have to choose between packaged, fair-trade or unpackaged, not. You have to decide which criteria are more important to you.
Bearing in mind all the above, It is possible to have a varied fruit diet – but you may not be able to have what you want whenever you want. If you choose to buy local fruit in season you will find it tastes better, is more likely to come unpackaged and is less likely to be waxed. In short be flexible, buy local(ish), see what is on offer and think what you can with that.
Wax is added to fruit to make it last longer and /or look better. Coatings manufacturers guard their trade secrets and are tight-lipped about their ingredients. There is a big science in wax coatings. Fruit wax can be either natural, like carnuba wax, or they can be petroleum based. Some are also coated in shellac resin which is secreted by the female lac beetle. A lot of vegans are very vocal about this, as it is an animal based product being sprayed on produce. Read more here….
Get Fresh Fruit
You can buy fruit loose at a shop or supermarket. Don’t forget to take your own plastic free bags. to carry your fruit home in.
Try a Fruit Box – similar to a veggie box where seasonal produce is delivered often from local farms.
Pick Your Own
Soft Fruits Summer, a time for soft fruit strawberries raspberries and blackcurrants. Hurrah….but of course they all pre-packed in plastic tubs.
If you want them plastic free, in England at least, you have to grow your own. We are lucky – we do have an allotment and do grow our own. But what with the slugs and the greedy guests we never quite have enough to see us through so we on a hot, sunny weekend we drive off to our local pick you own farm Bently Grange
Find one near you with this great farm finder website.
Notes of interest and wonderment In Berlin you can buy your soft fruit in biodegradable cardboard boxes …..grrr.They are even more hard-core in Poland and Helsinki. Here they pile the fruit up in heaps and shovel what you want into bags. Fair enough we had to take our own bags but what wouldn’t I give to have that option in England.
In the city
Urban Harvest, Leeds: This group harvests unwanted apples and juices them. You can join in or just buy the juice. More details here
Abundance, York is a similar urban harvesting project but it gives the fruit to community groups.
It “identifies fruit growing that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributes it to charities or community groups that will make good use of it.
Check out mother natures bounty – elderberries and blackberries are free, wild and so almost certainly organic.
you can buy frozen fruit loose from these suppliers
Fantastic Things To Do With Fruit
Got a glut? Over picked at the farm? Storing seasonal fruit for the hard times ahead? Here are some things you can do:
- Juice it
- Jam it
- Make sweet mince meat
- Ferment it into booze!
- Make syrups & cordials for refreshing summer drinks.
Sometimes whats on offer is so boring you might want to turn to dried fruit. There are a few places you can buy dried fruit loose and unpackaged.