If you have never tasted a home grown tomato, warm from the greenhouse, freshly picked runner beans, tasty courgettes or a corn on the cob that was still on the plant ten minutes ago, you have missed out.
Home grown fruit and veg really is superior in taste. Because you tend to eat it soon after it has been picked, your own produce is also likely to contain more nutrients.
Bring on the wonky home grown produce!
Sometimes home grown produce may be a little wonky or discoloured, but it makes up in flavour what it lacks in beauty.
A huge bonus is that home grown costs a fraction of its shop purchased equivalent. A single packet of courgette seeds, for example, will feed you and half your street if you sow them all in one season and will cost you just a couple of pounds. A blackcurrant bush will set you back a little more but will repay you with a fabulous fruit harvest every summer for years once established.
Home grown in a small space
I know not everyone has a garden but you can grow all kinds of crops in pots and buckets on a balcony or in a small yard. You won’t be self sufficient but you can have a taste of the fruits of your own efforts and labour.
In the freezer we have chopped courgettes ready to be made into soup or chucked into casseroles as we head through the winter. There are plums, greengages, blackberries, red and blackcurrants for pies, crumbles and smoothies. Chopped tomatoes will make great pasta sauce and bags full of runner beans will be a useful accompaniment for meat and fish dishes.