Hi, Radio Readers – I’m Melany Wilks talking to you from my home in Colby, KS.
The book, “Five Quarters of Orange,” by Joanne Harris talks about food in the midst of WWII. I kept being drawn to the fact that the families had homes and farms where they normally grew food for their lives. But that the soldiers came in and took what they had grown or stored. When the floods came and the weather destroyed the crops the community really began to suffer.
As Francoise Simon is describing her family having to harvest the fruit from the trees when all that was left was rotten fruit in habited by hornets. And the need to pick the fruit, then boil the fruit and skim off the insects from the top of the jam or syrup. Sounds really gross but that is what happens when food is scarce.