What is your favorite type of plant life? Whether it be tree, bush, flower, fruit or vegetable, why is it so special to you?
Oooh, a hard one. I could go on about my favourite plant life for hours – oaks, fungi (well, technically still not plants), willows because they soothe headaches and you can make baskets from them, wild roses, rowans, blackberries in the country… but I think I’ll stick with vegetables and fruit this time. And salad, and herbs and things like that. This also gives me a great chance to put out all the pictures I took at work lately!
As you might know I work at a farmer’s market twice a week. It’s a wonderful job, I’m outside a lot, I get to take home produce that isn’t good enough to sell anymore but still good enough to eat and I really adore most of my co-workers. One of my two bosses – the farmer’s son – even shares his vast (and by that I mean he could easily best a first or second semester biology major even though he didn’t go to uni for it – and that’s just the basics and not even his “everything edible” specialisation) knowledge about plants with me on a regular basis, and I love listening to him.
But the most important thing is that I love edible plants. I’m a pescetarian so plants make up quite a bit of my diet. I love touching vegetables, I love feeling the warmth and the life that they still carry flowing through my hands. I love handing them over to the customers because we only sell organic produce, healthy and most of the time local and seasonal, too. I love to chat with them (the customers, not the veggies) about recipes and I’m always so happy when I find strangely-shaped specimen or things that I didn’t know yet.
I can’t get enough of the colours, too: The vibrant stalks of chard, the beautiful sunset gradient of yellow beetroot, the almost bloody juice of red beets, the infinite shades of green. The textures, as well: The velvety leaves of lemon balm, the smooth firm skin of cherry tomatoes, the rough, earthy surface of celery roots, the way piles of different salads make me think of giant moss patches. For me it’s all so wonderful, so perfect.
Those are artichoke flowers, by the way. They dry beautifully, too! I’ve got one on my window sill right in front of me as I type.
I could ramble on about the beauty of vegetables, fruit and other edible greenery (I sometimes get moments of “ooooh, look how beautiful this is!” in front of customers but I don’t think that they mind much…). But I won’t. Well, maybe I will another day.
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