One naked bulb of garlic

30 Aug 2017 One naked bulb of garlic

On a recent visit to Australia, I was ridiculously busy. You know those days? Running around catching up with friends, taking care of business, and forgetting to eat lunch... withering away to a shadow. Starving. I decide to check in to the local big name supermarket and grab a few bits and pieces. Supplies suitable for the non-fussy average bachelor. 

Strolling around armed with my tin of baked beans, perfectly formed and recently thawed out bananas [ yes, that's right, sometimes your bananas have been frozen - ulgh! ], straight unblemished but loose carrots [ nothing wrong with a wonky carrot ], pristine broccoli, and decent looking ginger. I remember the garlic!

The news about town is that influenza is ruling the Aussie winter. So my mix of fruit and vegetables, home grown greens, chillies and herbs plus a few bits of garlic each day would help keep me out of the sick zone. Must not forget the garlic... 

 

In the mix of plastic wrapped produce to my disgust, what’s this!? Half a dozen bulbs of garlic packed together in an unnecessary double layered plastic packet. Outrageous!

 

 

Firstly, they haven't given me a choice. Throwing the a bachelor's shopping list out the window! They certainly aren’t thinking of the likes of me. I don't need that much garlic. Food waste alert!

Secondly, a double layer of plastic!!? For garlic!!?!! You could roll a bulb across the supermarket floor with little to no damage. It is one of the most transport-hardy vegetables out there. Plus it's going to get all sweaty sitting there in it's waterproof case. That's a recipe for rotting vegetables if I have ever seen one. 

 

 

 

 

"I only want one bulb not six" 

 

 

This stinks! And not from the smell of garlic oozing from my pores, but the stench of wasteful stupidity. 

I ask if they have loose bulbs without the plastic, answer "no sorry". 

Not to be defeated - even with ribs protruding from hunger - I put everything back and walk out. Heading somewhere else to reward another grocer for allowing me to choose 1 sweat-free clove of garlic.

 

Big name supermarket 0 pts : Me 1 pt

 

 

Paul Hellier - Founder

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