Monday, September 17, 2007

Bangkok Peach!?

A fruit basket arrived in the office this morning. I received a peach! There were also: apples, grapes, oranges, and a large green melon from Japan. All these fruits looked like show pieces. Here's my peach wearing a little coat:

The sticker proudly displays the country of origin which in this case is the good ole U-S of A.

After looking at the url on this sticker, I learned that this here peach was grown in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Kingsburg, California. A quick check on Google earth informed me that this here peach has traveled 13,028 Kilometers (8,095 miles) to get into my greedy little hands in Bangkok.

I eat a lot of fruit. I can eat a kilo a day. I buy whatever is in season and in my neighborhood. Buying fresh delicious fruit is s effortless in Thailand that buying fruit like this peach never crosses my mind. I think of fruit like this as purely status fruit. People buy it to show off; it is sometimes given as a gift. I think the numbers illustrate an issue I've raised before on this blog, so I won't rehash it. I'm off to buy some bananas.

4 comments:

thai people said...

I like peach same same you. Very sweety hi-so aroi mak mak kha.

Girlie said...

That's a long way for a peach to travel!

I love your blog - hope you dpn't mind if I link to you!

Anonymous said...

Kingsburg, CA is my hometown! I grew up on a peach farm there, and it has rarely occurred to me that fresh peaches aren't an everyday fruit for everyone. That really puts the argiculture industry over here into perspective!

a said...

anon
Great, that's the just the kind of reaction that a post like this was meant to evoke. Thanks for stopping by.