this jicama root surprised me with the delicate gradations of its coloration. i have associated jicama with bland, white, and slightly crunchy rectangles to be dipped into something creamy and eaten along with raw carrots, broccoli, and green beans at summer parties. i did not know it could impersonate phases of the moon rendered in rice paper.
jicama (Pachyrhizus erosus)
p.s. today is my husband, steve, and my 31st wedding anniversary.
i love these lacy lotus root slices and this particular pattern, but i just realized i could have tried to make a lace collar in honor of justice bader ginsburg and now the current pattern feels like a fatal lack of vision. rest in power, rbg.
lotus root (lotus rhizome)
what if the best legacy is to disappear? not to leave behind a big imprint on the world, but, like these leaves, to be colorful and necessary for a time, and then to become part of the earth again, with no one to remember us, but having done no lasting damage?
crushed fall leaves
ghosts of zucchinis past
these are the ghosts of all of the zucchinis that have grown in insanely abundant midwestern gardens late in the year after everyone has already gotten sick of zucchini. on earth, they were neglected and abused, allowed to wilt and shrivel. but in the afterlife, they are pale and plump and beautiful.
i looked up whether aloe vera was edible, because i found these specimens in an asian grocery. the answer to my question was yet one more example of the uncertainty of modern life. the gel may help with burns, but it may not. the gel has moisturizing properties, but may not, as often claimed, soothe psoriasis. the gel is edible, and yet may be toxic. the gel itself, separated from a layer of aloin near the skin is likely safer than consuming both, but may still contain toxins. what seems the most clear is that some people have eaten it in some way ever since ancient egypt and greece. and that science had not made anything much clearer since then, but that if you and your people have eaten some form of aloe for several millenia, you should listen to your mother and your grandmother and eat it, preparing it carefully the way they do, and the way their ancestors have always done. i wish it were simpler. i wish there weren’t so much incentive and money behind making things complicated, so that we all begin to be dependent on experts who probably don’t know more than mothers always have.
aloe vera gel and skin