TALKING ABOUT TERROIR (tear-waaaaahr)

There's a whole new meaning to tempting your tastebuds. Do not be fooled if someone tells you that flavor is flavor is flavor and all like foods taste the same. This actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, an apple is going to have many similarities to all the other apples; that’s what makes them apples.

However, once you start narrowing down actual flavor characteristics and “notes”, believe me, a Fuji apple from New Zealand tastes very different from a Fuji apple grown in Washington. The difference comes from a little thing called Terroir (pronounced tear waaahr).

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TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY

You can’t eat a label but sure as eggs you can read one and it might help you decide whether you want to eat the food behind it. At Bohemian Mojo's FoodFight we’ve been talking recently about the contrast between GM or ‘transgenic’ food and heritage strains.

It’s our intention to discuss these differences more fully in the days and weeks to come. But the point where these quite radical differences meet are in the world of labeling and its in crisis.

Last July the United States flew in the face of world practice and the wishes of their home consumers when the House passed a Bill preventing individual states from requiring GM food to be so labeled.

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OUT OF THE NON-STICK FRYING PAN...

Bohemian Mojo’s FoodFight column occasionally points the finger at biotech agri-giant Monsanto but today, pardon the pun, we’re DuPonting the finger at DuPont.

The DuPont corporation is the largest seed producing company in the world and by many accounts it’s as slippery as one of its other major, manufactured, products Teflon.

Like its rival Monsanto (more of their ‘rivalry’ later) it spends huge tranches of cash to push its agenda and that’s to exercise corporate control over the food we eat.

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AOC - OSSAU IRATY

Buttery, creamy, with a hint of earthy nuttiness, Ossau Iraty is a traditional Basque cheese. It's an AOC protected status. Protected status is a practice that is critical to small communities, regions, and traditional means of producing food. 

I stumbled across a wedge of Ossau Iraty quite by accident and am completely smitten. It is delicious! I must confess, sheep’s cheese is beginning to hedge to the top of my favorites list. This particular cheese originates in the Pyrenees and is the only cheese from the Pyrenees with a controlled designation of origin, the AOC. The AOC, is a French designation recognizing that legally any cheese using the name Ossau Iraty must comply with the designated criteria and come from the designated area.

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IT’S A WRAP

The Problem of Packaging - Try this simple packaging test. Go to your local farmers market, buy some vegetables then watch the trader pop them into a brown paper bag. There’s something reassuring about seeing it flipped over to seal the pack with a twist.

Next stroll into your nearest supermarket and try to buy anything, really anything, that isn’t pre-wrapped in plastic. Even the bags provided for the limited selection of un-pre-packed veg will be a form of plastic.

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GRUYERE CHEESE

A perfect storm of sweet, savory, nutty, pungent, salty, all combined in an unassuming little piece of cheese. Gruyere is a PDO cheese from Switzerland. 

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THE SOUR TRUTH ABOUT SWEETENERS

Lately, there has been a much needed uproar about the amount of “sugar” in manufactured food products. Bohemian Mojo have said we are wading into the fray and indeed we are, and this time we’re doing it by providing a little bit of perspective.The war against ‘sugar’ is real and very necessary for the health of all, including the earth and other beings on the planet. Unfortunately, real foods are getting caught up in the onslaught and being lumped into the bad food category and it seems like it is time to shed some light that might keep us from throwing the sugarbaby out with the proverbial bathwater.

The truth is our bodies are designed to have some sweetness now and then. So, the idea of eliminating or marginalizing all ‘sweet’ foods is actually not really a very natural or healthy one.

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