I was over at Spiritual Birdwatching and she asked what "they" (a major fast-food chain) put on lettuce that makes it smell funny.
I thought this was a great question, worth answering in a post of my own. Or, more accurately, with a post of my own that quotes Carol Alt's Eating in the Raw...
"Salad greens that are soaked in preservatives such as sulfites to keep them crisp and colorful on the salad bar (or even in the produce section of your supermarket) are raw from the standpoint of cooking. But while they appear fresh for a long time, they simply aren't. It's all show.
They have more in common with a well-made-up embalmed veggie corpse than live, organic raw food. They can cause liver toxicity and elicit severe allergic-like reactions in sensitive people...Substances that were formerly foods but have turned into potential museum exhibits simply are not food." (p.53)
Well, there you have it. Kind of a variation on the "white-washed tombs" Jesus talked about.
And now, here's a not-so-sadistic raw salad you might enjoy...
Red Cabbage & Orange Salad
Mix all & serve:
- 1/3 of a red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 to 2 oranges, peeled and cut in chunks
- small dash of raw shoyu or soy sauce
- 1/4 tsp kelp powder
- 1/2 tsp dulse flakes
- handful of raisins
- small handful cilantro or mint, chopped
- a few pours olive oil
Photos by L.L. Barkat.