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.