Once upon a time, many of the daily staple foods that we would eat were delivered to our doors, such as permeate free milk, bread, and so on. While this expensive convenience has now largely been replaced by the advent of the supermarket and private motoring, people living increasingly busy and hectic lives are once again looking with interest to the delivery services that are available, such as fresh fruit and vegetable delivery. Australians have a choice of a greater variety of fresh fruit and vegetables than ever before, and contemporary cooking techniques such as steaming, stir frying, and even microwaving, along with the increased popularity of fresh salads, help to preserve more of the delicious natural flavours of produce than would previously occur when vegetables were boiled to within an inch of their lives. However, the vast majority, just under ninety five per cent, of Australian adults simply do not eat enough fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. While fifty per cent of people eat enough fruit, with many even going beyond the recommended two serves per day, only a tenth will eat the recommended five serves per day of vegetables, with the median consumption of vegetables being only three serves daily, including potatoes.
However, we are getting better than we were. Progressive work places that seek to promote employee health are increasingly embracing office fruit delivery as a healthy and fresh alternative to traditional work place snacks they once may have had such as ‘finger bun Friday’ or a packet of biscuits in the staff room. Additionally, the increased popularity of reality television cooking programmes has caused a resurgence of interest in creative cooking techniques. While not all of these, such as the love for large quantities of salted butter and thick cream shown by reality cooking show judges, have been positive for health outcomes, market research studies show that people who report being ‘quite interested’ or ‘very interested’ in reality cooking television are more likely to have increased their use of fresh fruit and vegetables in their own cooking. Certainly, reality cooking competition television programmes has led to a higher degree of sophistication in Australia’s food culture than existed previously.
Part of this is an increased interest in good quality fresh local produce. Fresh fruit and vegetable delivery services allow consumers to receive much fresher produce than they could buy from almost anywhere other than a farmers’ market. Many fruit and veg delivery services will also provide an option to select only Australian grown produce ¬– some even will display which produce can be sourced from within your state ¬– obviously this is easier for South Australia than Australian Capital Territory, but you might be surprised with the range available from your own back yard. Many of these services can be found on the internet, and will allow you to order through this medium.