Autism Fact: About 1% of the world population has autism.
I’m delighted to be taking part in RJ Scott’s Autism Awareness blog hop once more, and this year’s theme is food.
I was brought up eating strictly seasonal vegetables. My father’s always been a keen grower of fruit and veg—he grew up during the Second World War with its Dig For Victory campaign, which may have something to do with it! Consequently, when I was a child, when it was broad bean season, we ate broad beans fresh from their blankety beds. When the peas were ready, podding them for dinner was a regular afternoon chore for me and my brother. Other crops included runner beans, lettuces, corn on the cob, fresh mint, and when the greenhouse was built, tomatoes, peppers and courgettes.
We had an apple tree (great for climbing!) that supplied the filling for pies and crumbles, and underneath it, gooseberry bushes, which is where I was told babies came from! Blackcurrants for homemade Ribena, and raspberries and loganberries (when did you last see a loganberry in a shop?)
And strawberries! My birthday is in early June, and I always hoped there’d be a strawberry or two ready to eat for it. Once the season was in full swing, we occasionally ate strawberries for three meals a day. Thought you couldn’t ever get (temporarily) sick of strawberries? You probably didn’t open your packed lunch at school to find strawberry sandwiches!
These days, few of us are limited to fruit and vegetables that are in season locally. In normal times at least, we can buy anything we want all year round. It makes for a more varied diet on a daily basis—but wouldn’t it be nice if supermarkets could have a seasonal produce section to encourage us to eat locally-grown food, and stop all those food miles adding up?
GIVEAWAY: I’m offering an ebook of winner’s choice from my backlist to a randomly chosen commenter on this post. I’d love to hear about your own food-related childhood memories!
I’ll make the draw after the end of the tour, on May 8th, which is my dad’s birthday, as well as VE Day. Good luck!
Don’t forget to check out all the other posts on the blog hop for more autism facts, food-related posts, and giveaways – you can find the master list here: http://rjscott.co.uk/autism-awareness-blog-hop-links-posts
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