The macrobiotic/superhero diet is all about eating local. However, shoyu, umeboshi plums/vinegar/paste, lotus roots, miso, seaweed aren't local to those in U.S./Canada and yet these seem to be staple in many superhero recipes. What gives? Since the macrobiotic diet originated in Japan - the above ingredients were obviously local to the Asian societies but not to us. There are plenty of greens/fruits from other cultures that I see in supermarkets that I eat when I can. I was wondering if we can eat miso, umeboshi plums, lotus roots etc from abroad than we can surely eat other foreign greens/fruits from abroad as well. And yes, I am guilty of eating pineapple, coconut, and papaya from abroad as well! Btw I did find lotus root. Anyone looking for lotus root can find it in Hong Kong Supermarket...they have several locations...google it. Thanks!
those are the standard pantry ingredients. like flour and black peppercorns. local eating focuses on eating local PRODUCE, not so much pantry items, which are more difficult to get local, stable on a shelf for months, and last for a long time once purchased.
local greens, local fruit, local squashes and the like. that should be your focus.
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