The plaster walls of Montreuil, the plastic roofs of El Ejido

Pêches de vigne

Photo by Sunfox (Sunny Ripert) via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A few months ago I started following the fantastic Edible Geography blog from freelance writer Nicola Twilley.

I thought I’d share a recent piece that’s a great example of how Twilley deftly tells a story weaving together text and striking images, connecting the present with the past, and the food we eat with the places it comes from. In her Solar Peach Walls post, she takes us to 19th century Montreuil, France, where peach growers erected networks of plaster walls to retain heat, thereby producing bigger, better fruit earlier in the season.

She connects the images of this “honeycomb of solar walls” to contemporary El Ejido, an area of southern Spain where so many grapes are grown under so many square kilometers of plastic canopies that the greenhouses can be easily seen in satellite photos.

Like most of Twilley’s posts, I came to the end of the piece and said to myself, “Huh! Who ‘da thunk!?!”


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