We recently caught up with Angela Rozeboom, a founding director at PlantBased.com, about fruits, vegetables, and her childhood.
What is one of your favorite fruits?
Depends on the season. Raspberries in the United States. Where I grew up everybody had fruit trees in their backyards, and I loved all of them like granadilla, guanabana, guava, guayana, and chirimoya to name a few.
Where were you born?
There was no hospital around when I was born. You had to take a speed boat up river three hours. So I was born with midwives at home next to the Amazon River in Peru.
So you probably didn’t get your fruits from the grocery store?
Haha, we got fruit from our backyards or in the jungle. Going to get fruit from the trees was so enjoyable. Some of the trees were too huge to climb, like zapotes and mangos. One of my favorite memories from my youth was waiting under the tree for one of the ripe fruits to fall to the ground. There was such a strong connection with nature. When I think about going to pick fruit, I think of it with nostalgia and fondness.
Do you still enjoy the fruit when you visit Peru?
Oh yeah! My relatives meet me at the airport with bags of whatever fruit is in season.