My growing awareness of food sustainability and interest in where foods come from, and how they have been grown and processed has made me realise that a lot of foods that I had always assumed were grown or made in Australia actually aren't, or are quite difficult to source locally and/or organically.
My ill-fated soybean growing experiment came out of the realisation after searching both at markets and online that there doesn't seem to be anyone in Australia growing them commercially for sale in small quantities. Another item that I've trawled the supermarket shelves for is Australian-grown pine nuts. Most seem to come from China, and the rest from Spain. When the latest Diggers Club catalogue arrived I noticed that they are actually selling the tree that the nuts come from (Pinus Pinea), so in a moment of enthusiasm we ordered one.
|...and this is the one we've just planted...|
should be harvesting our first pine nuts any
day now I reckon...!