I’ve been buying organic carrots for years.
But on Friday, motivated by the need to come in under budget, I blithely deviated from a 10-year habit and picked up a 1kg bag of regular carrots from Tesco. They cost 45p.
I figured I’d do a taste test and if I couldn’t taste the difference then what the hell was I doing paying for organic carrots and getting a quarter less for twice the price.
Mmm. It’s not so much that I can’t taste the difference. I can. It’s more that the difference isn’t as distinct as it once was. I remember when I first went organic on the carrots I just couldn’t eat the other kind anymore. They were watery, low in flavour and not as crisp. These non-organic carrots that I ate on Friday well, let’s just say I’m not sure that I would have passed a blind tasting.
So what’s going on? Have they started to produce more nutritionally dense non-organic carrots? Are organic carrots actually organic? Are my taste buds just whack?