Here are some local ingredients you can use in your day to day cooking, and of course the week of the challenge. I'm sure i'll mange to miss a few out, as there really is a tremendous amount of food that we have available too us locally. I'm hoping this post will help broaden people's understanding of what food is locally accessible, and that maybe the challenge will look less restricting than first imagined. As well has start to give people a starting point on what local recipes you can make.
Many people only know about the 'main' crops or produce from Jersey, like dairy, or Royals, maybe even Jersey beans, and a few oysters. What most people don't know, is the sheer variety of crops that can, and are being grown here, be it some are harder to find, but I feel the more Islanders seek an interest in local produce the more incentive our farmers have to get creative with their growing and producing.
Before I start the list, I'd like to firstly stress the importance of organic. It not only makes the food of a higher quality taste, but it also gives a much denser nutrient content as well as being more sustainable and kind to our local environment. It's fair to consider the environment as one whole being, where each part is connected to each other, so when your damage or manipulate one part, it has knock-on affects, that do impact the environment, which includes humans. So how can we work in tandem with the land? Organically and consuming locally.
Jersey's Local Produce:
(Not including wild food, herbs and sea life)
*is organically grown here (but not all is)
Here I've only really named a few of the crops we grow, properly missed some out too! Feel free to comment any you know about or grow yourself.