Calling all Luxembourg Foodies!

Being a newbie to the Luxembourg area (reminder to my US followers, Luxembourg is a small country sitting on top of France and between Belgium and Germany), I have to admit I haven’t found that Luxembourg has any famously known cuisine. In fact most restaurants I’ve visited, have been borrowers of surrounding palates (like Italian and French). And on another note, I’ve not found a huge array of options for the health conscious individual.

Bearing in mind, I’m one to try to cook everyday (inside joke with my French friends but I’ll let you know the secret…I was in the middle of, what I thought, was an interesting French conversation that I thought I understood and I thought I was asked about my cooking/eating habits. I answered, “I cook everyday”. And unbeknown to me, the subject, which I can’t even remember, was not about food at all. This probably doesn’t even sound funny…guess you had to be there). But in all honesty, I do try to cook each weekday meal with my goal being that the food is fresh, local, and organic if possible, while trying to cut out processed foods. This is to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, assist in workout performance, and help maintain my weight.

I, from first hand, know how sometimes recipes can get monotonous and buying groceries can get expensive when you are trying to plan ahead or it may even be difficult to find certain ingredients, ex: like what the heck is saithe!? It’s a fish, I had to google it. Where can we find a solution for fresh, local food, to create homemade recipes in less than 45 minutes and for as low as 7.50 euros a meal per person??

Fear no longer, as my peers in Luxembourg has created Avocado.

Avocado.lu is a food box home delivery service for all of Luxembourg. Providing fresh, bio foods and inspiring recipes that cater to your preferences whether it be low-carb, vegetarian or vegan, with the flexibility of frequency of delivery, all your anxieties on meal preparation can be taken care of. What a grand idea!

My readers even get a lucky 30% discount on their first order (new customers) if an order is placed before the 30th of August! Use this promotion code (PR16N-N-30).


Organic Vs GMO 

You may have read recently on Facebook or other social media venues that you can tell how fruits and veggie are grown (conventionally, organically or with GMOs) based on the starting number on the little stickers that come on our products. Well, I decided to investigate. 

Let’s define:

Conventionally grown 

Agriculture term referring to method of growing edible plants. Grown using synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides. Purpose is to mass produce, allows for out of season growing, and longer shelf life. 

GMO

Stands for genetically modified organisms.  These foods have been altered at the gene level and treated with antibiotics and hormones. 

Organic

These products have been grown free of synthetic chemicals, grown in nutrient rich soil and are not treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers. 

When I first saw these pictures telling me to be a “Sticker Stickler”, I wanted to do my part, eat right and help educate others. Because let’s be honest not everything we read on the Internet is true! 

So I asked Snopes if the beginning numbers on the annoying stickers on our fruits and vegetables really mean what they say. The feelings were mixed and I was provided the IFPS website for more info. 

IFPS (International Federation for Produce Standards) is the organization responsible to administer PLU codes (the stickers on our produce). They have an informational 31 page User’s Guide that I will break down and paraphrase. 

They state, “PLU codes have been used in supermarkets since 1990 to make check-out and inventory control easier, faster and more accurate. They are used to identify bulk produce and tell the cashier how the product was grown and it’s size. PLU stands for price look-up and contains 4-5 digits. Once started in US and Canada, PLU codes have become international in Australia, UK, and Mexico to name a few. The use of IFPS PLU codes is voluntary.”

“The numbers range from 3000-4999, 93000-94999 and will expand to 83000-84000 in the future. The numbers 3000 or 4000 series signifies the item is conventionally grown. In the future, an additional range of numbers 83000-83999 will also be used for conventionally grown. The prefix “9” combined with 3000-4000 series signifies that the item is organic. In the future an additional range of numbers 84000-84999 will be used for organically grown items”.

Wait, I read on Facebook that “9” means organic, “8” means GMO!

The IFPS states something different, “The 4 digit IFPS PLU codes for produce are assigned randomly within the 3000-4000 series. The 4 digit codes are for conventionally grown produce. The prefix “9” would be placed in front of the 4 digit conventionally grown code for organic produce. In the future, the IFPS will begin assigning IFPS PLU codes utilizing the 83000 and 84000 series; however, unlike “9”, the leading digit “8” will have no significance”. 

So there you go, straight from the International Boards mouth. You can’t tell a GMO produce by its PLU number, the PLU isn’t mandatory and its main function is to associate sale price. So if you are going to be a sticker stickler, you’re safest practice is to buy “9” produce, go to your farmers market and ask growing processes, or start your own garden. 

Eat well friends!