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Al on Oranges

Post: 4545.3

Subject: Re: Like: oranges, winter

Actually, it's only been very recently that things like fresh fruit has been available in the winter. The first good frost kills most fruit - it's kind of the last rush to get the seeds on ground to do their reproductional duty.

Most of what we have in a modern grocery store exists as a result of improvements in storage and shipping.

In Momma's day, there were NO oranges except for a few weeks at the end of summer, and they were terribly expensive. When she had rheumatic fever as a girl, she had a prescription for ONE orange per day. The doctor thanked Heaven that she had come down with it during orange season, and it almost bankrupted her family to get them for her.

Now, for a fifty cents or so, you can drop into the local Grab-and-Bag and pick one up.

In the same manner, lobster used to be poor-folks food. When I was little, I remember Poppa complaining that the lobster cost 30 cents a pound! That was more than GASOLINE!! Prisoners in an eastern Massachusetts jail went on strike, once, because all thy had to eat was lobster! It's so fragile, you see, that it couldn't be shipped inland, so it was pure supply and demand.

Lotsa Lobsta, Too Few Chewers.

The fact that we can ship oranges and lobsters from no matter where they're grown (West Coast, Mexico, South America) to no matter where they're eaten (Indiana, Alaska, the MOON!) quickly - OVER NIGHT in some cases - is what provides us with year round oranges and fifteen dollar fresh chicken lobsters.

Ok - not the moon.

Hmmm - orange glazed pan fried lobster.... Do I have $15.50???

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