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The average meal travels 1,200 kilometres from the farm to plate. Food grown closer to home produces fewer transportation emissions, is fresher and supports local farmers.
Currently only 2% of the food consumed in Ibiza is actually grown on the island. Here’s how can you make a difference:
- Visit a farm or food market to make the most of fresh and seasonal fruit and veggies. Building relationships with local farmers and producers will help you learn about the intricacies and subtle differences between fruit and vegetable varieties and types including Ibiza varieties, as well as how to make the most out of them.
- Help small scale producers. Ibiza is home to several small scale local producers who respect the environment. Meet them at markets & festivals, buy their food and strengthen the local economy.
- Grow your own. Some herbs, like rosemary, chives, basil, mint are pretty easy to grow. Once you have mastered the staples, move on to different varieties, or if you have a bit more space, to a more complete vegetable garden.
- Make your own pickles. Pickling, fermenting and canning allow you to enjoy your favourite vegetables year round. Preserve your favorite summer fruits to enjoy all year round, as they are, in vinegar or oil, or in a sauce. Los Fermentistas offer regular courses on fermentation.
- Choose organic. When you buy direct from the farmer you can find out about their production methods and principles. Always choose foods that are produced in ways that respect the environment and local biodiversity.
- Step back in time. Before refrigeration, air travel, and globalization, our ancestors lived off what was around them. Dig up an old Ibiza recipe, full of local ingredients and flavours, and get to work. An example would be ‘coca de pimientos’ a local savoury pastry with roast peppers.