Having grown up in Sweden, where the growing season is short and winters are long, I understand what it's like to want a citrus in winter, whether it's local or not.Â Writer and experienced cook Peggy Bourjaily has answered the quandary of eating non-local fruit by becoming a practical locavore.Â What is this, you ask?Â It is actually a term she coined for her approach to eating.
Bourjaily considers herself a devoted 'locavore,' or someone who eats locally grown and produced food.Â When winter came around she found a dearth of fresh fruit in her diet.Â Missing fruit, she decided to venture back to the grocery store she had forsaken for her farmers' market to find fruits that were in peak season in other locations.
Bourjaily's definition of eating is certainly a sensible one, and one that will get any inventive eater through a winter with little local produce.Â She says, "I eat nearly 100 percent local during the spring, summer and fall, but in winter when produce is scarce, I invite other fruits and vegetables into my life: fair-trade bananas, boxes of oranges from Florida, and avocados...I draw the line at produce that eventually comes into season in the Northeast, where I live. I won't buy cherries from Chile, but chirimoya, a creamy fruit native to Chile? Absolutely."
Read more about Bourjaily's practical locavorism here.