Plants are like People.
Plants offer the same variety of flavors we attribute to people: sweet, spicy, bitter, sour, and inexplicable "umami".
Their colors are the rainbow of Red Chard, Golden Pineapple, Green Grapes, and Black Plums.
Their names tell their heritage, from San Marzano tomatoes to Georgian Peaches and Himalayan Red Rice.
Sometimes, as I wander through the market, the idiosyncrasies of plants pull me out of my food mind and speak directly to my people mind. One recent Plants-Rule moment came as I spied an ear of sweet corn twins at Chicago’s Green City Market. The magical simplicity of this made me giggle like a child finding a hidden toy in a box of cereal. It made me think of the human twins I know – how their mere existence sparks curiosity and awe.
There is a beauty with plants, a beauty with food, that we can take this gigantic rainbow and create something to share. The variety of our own flavors, colors, and heritage bring us to a table where we sit and share a meal with its own diversity. We savor each other’s company, explore curiosity, and share conversation and laughter. It is the beautiful simplicity of plants that reminds us of the beautiful simplicity of people.
How do plants remind you of people? Is it a "Molly" potato or "Dad's Backyard Tomatoes"? Please share below: