At Jane Plan and in my down-time, I love to experience as many cuisines, food trends and quirky ingredients as possible. It’s so important to open your mind to the possibilities of trying news foods, not only for your palette, but your mind too. I find that when a person eats new things, they find out more about the country of origin and different cultures. The ease of trade and travel, and the freedom of movement of people means that we really can enjoy cuisines and influences in any given city.
On a recent trip to Zanzibar, I came away truly inspired and refreshed. The trip took in something really important and that was to look at locally sourced produce and organic production. I think that it’s really important to know where your food is coming from, and to meet local farmers and workers in Zanzibar was truly something. As a business owner, I also think that it’s really important to source produce locally when you can and ingredients responsibly and ethically. It’s an ethos that is central to Jane Plan. It’s not just about doing this in the UK, it’s about looking world-wide. I know I’ve come back with lots to think about, new ideas and ways of doing things.
I hope you enjoy the selection of pictures from the trip – of course they are foodie based! A visit to a spice plantation was a big highlight; I saw ginger growing, which as many of will know is fabulous for calming the digestive system, good for easing bloating and an inflammatory, bananas on trees, which grow in abundance in Zanibar and have so many nutritional benefits like being rich in potassium and magnesium. One fruit that I hadn’t seen before was the Jack Fruit, the largest tree borne fruit in the world and researchers have suggested it could replace wheat, corn and other staple crops that may come under threat because of climate change.
So this weekend when I’m in the supermarket I’ll be viewing the produce with fresh eyes.
Have a fabulous weekend,