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Oddbox: the future of sustainable produce?

I recently started getting produce from Oddbox, which rescues fruit & veg that would otherwise go in the bin and deliver it to folk like me who want to eat lovely food and help save the planet at the same time. It’s pretty awesome: much of what they rescue is simply surplus, others don’t meet the supermarket beauty standards and have absolutely nothing wrong with them (to be honest so far I’ve not even really had anything odd-looking at all, just a few particularly small apples!)

What’s more, Oddbox keep up their green credentials by delivering overnight and to a schedule that means they’re not running around all over the place every day (for instance, they only deliver to my area on Tuesday night). So, no guilt here! Most I’d their stuff comes without packaging, though there is an occasional plastic wrap to certain items. Hopefully they’ll change to a more bio-based plastic-like material soon.

The contents of my fruit & veg box

As for the produce itself, it’s great stuff! I’ve not had a single thing to complain about so far. Perhaps if choosing myself I’d go for a slightly different selection on occasion – e.g. one recent week was confined almost solely to root veg – but actually in part that’s the point: I’m getting what’s in season, and so I should! It’s encouraging me to embrace a greener lifestyle, and I’m happy about that.

What’s more, getting unexpected items is a great opportunity to try new dishes! This week we had Jerusalem artichokes, which I’d never tried before. I did some research and ended up making them into a gratin with leeks also from Oddbox. Yummy!

Admittedly when I first signed up to Oddbox, I opted for a fortnightly delivery as I wanted to choose my veg the in between weeks. The advent of the second wave of COVID, very high rates in my area and a desire to avoid supermarkets as much as possible made me think differently. II’ve just switched to weekly – which I also think I’d a good step for me in loving greener! – and from veg only to fruit and veg. I don’t regret it; I’m well impressed with the variety and quantity in my first box!

Jerusalem artichoke and leek bake

Top tip: for best value for money, choose a fruit AND veg box. I didn’t know what I was missing till I did!

Want to give it a go? Do it! Also, we can both save money if you sign up via the refer a friend scheme here.

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