Spain is second-to-none in many fields – trains run with Swiss precision, advanced technology, fantastic social medicine – but not in the fields where vegetables grow.
They have been slow on the ecological food uptake.
Until now. There is an increasing trend in supermarkets stocking ecological food (I don´t like the word organic as even a pesticide-filled strawberry is organic), more health food stores are opening even in far flung Ronda (lots on the coast with all the foreign demand), and in little Cartajima Silvia is growing additive-free fruit and we are grateful for the excess to her requirements.
Never have I tasted an avocado so creamy and delicious. And the lemons I shall cut open, sprinkle with salt, pack into jars, and cover with lemon juice to make preserved lemons for my Moroccan dishes.
I have a theory about locally grown produce which I am still trying to prove. Whilst the villagers here are not poor by any standards, they think poor because historically they have been dirt poor. So I don´t think they would waste money on killers of pests and herbs.
Where to buy ecological food in Andalucia?
On the Costa del Sol there are many health food shops, one in each town and several in Marbella
Ronda, in the open market, is a stall run by Virginia with a great selection of ecologically certified veggies. Best on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Also in Ronda a good health food shop with a fabulous array of herbal potions and advice to accompany them.
Coin – a town in the Sierra de las Nieves has an wonderful farmer´s market every third Saturday in the month.
So, we have a way to go but muchos pocos hacen un mucho as Sancho Panza infamously said!