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wednesday ([personal profile] wednesday_10_00) wrote2014-10-28 02:20 pm
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Photo-a-day: Day 7

baby lettuce?

Is this edible? It doesn't look edible to me, but it came in a package of arugula. I suppose it's not that weird to get a random weed in with your lettuce, but in all my years of buying lettuce, I've never had it happen before.

(Not that anybody cares, but in the background, you can see exactly what I put on my salad: feta crumbles, walnuts, and Bolthouse Farms Raspberry Merlot dressing. Yum.)

VKS

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-28 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Image (http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/wednesday_10_00/2609553/466245/466245_original.jpg)

I've been saving this for a day I really needed it, and it turns out that's today. I highly recommend zooming in.

RE: VKS

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2014-10-28 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
This is like getting lost in a VKS. So soft and snuggly.

I wouldn't notice if one of my new dark greens were a weird shape, but s_vamp has taught me that everything is supposed to be edible. (I'm pretty sure this is part of her cunning plan for me to poison myself on a wilderness survival adventure.)

Re: VKS

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 12:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I wouldn't notice if one of my new dark greens were a weird shape

It was actually the stem that caught my attention. There shouldn't be stems in lettuce. I probably wouldn't have noticed just the tiny leaf.

RE: Re: VKS

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 03:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Interesting. My package of spinach and arugula is full of stems. I thought maybe it was just the spinach, but, no. The arugula is all twined with 'em. So your possibly-hibiscusy leaf could have slipped by unnoticed.

Re: VKS

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 03:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, now that you say that, you're right, spinach does usually have stems. I thought the arugula didn't, but maybe I'm remembering wrong. (Had to buy spinach and arugula separately because they don't have the mix I like at our local grocery store.) Anyway, what I meant was the skinny, almost twig-like stem of this leaf caught my attention. So I guess it was the shape, after all.

I hope this conversation reminds me to pick up some more spinach this evening, because otherwise I won't have any to put on my sandwich for tomorrow and I'll be sad.

Re: VKS

[identity profile] sara-tanaquil.livejournal.com 2014-10-28 09:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Your camera is amazing. So much soft fur!

(I'm going to go bury my face in Zoro's tummy now. He is very agreeable about that sort of thing.)

RE: Re: VKS

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2014-10-28 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
You non-allergic people...*rage*

Re: VKS

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
http://startrekrenegades.tumblr.com/post/96335942370/astrotheology-thosecomics-summary-of-my

RE: Re: VKS

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 03:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Is nothing unique to me? Is everything I am and love a Thing?

Re: VKS

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 04:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Is nothing unique to me?

Many things, I'm sure, but I wouldn't expect "wanting to hug a cat but being allergic" to be one of them.

Re: VKS

[identity profile] sara-tanaquil.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I've heard there is a cat allergy vaccine in testing right now, that might go on the market in 2018 if the trials are successful. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Re: VKS

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, that is so awesome. Yay science!

RE: Re: VKS

[identity profile] mangaroo.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I can has kitty?

[identity profile] spacealien-vamp.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
Is this edible?

It looks like a mallow leaf to me. Mallow is in the hibiscus family (edit: along with okra), and it's quite edible. (I've eaten it. It's not bad.)

Link to Wikipedia
Edited 2014-10-29 03:44 (UTC)

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 12:58 pm (UTC)(link)
I've eaten it. It's not bad.

Call me a snob if you like, but unless somebody tells me it's awesome, I'm not going to eat a weed.

[identity profile] spacealien-vamp.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 01:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Call me a snob if you like, but unless somebody tells me it's awesome, I'm not going to eat a weed.

Well, keep in mind this is coming from someone who doesn't like most vegetables in the first place. The taste is no different from any other green leafy thing. I'm probably not going to be calling anything in a salad "awesome."

The benefits of weeds (assuming you pick them yourself and know they weren't sprayed with anything) aren't in the flavor department, they are the higher levels of nutrients compared to cultivated crops and the fact that they're free.

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-29 01:23 pm (UTC)(link)
The taste is no different from any other green leafy thing.

I think green leafy things have vastly different tastes, so excuse me if I disagree with you here.

I didn't know about the nutrient thing, that is interesting. But just because something is free, I'm not going to eat it if I don't like it.

[identity profile] spacealien-vamp.livejournal.com 2014-10-30 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't know about the nutrient thing, that is interesting.

One contributing factor is that weeds in general have much more extensive root systems. Cultivated crops have stopped relying on their roots much because humans pamper them with water and fertilizer, but wild plants have to fend for themselves. Those extensive root systems can access minerals deep in the soil where cultivated crops can't reach them, and those minerals get concentrated in the leaves and other above-ground parts.

There are other reasons too, of course.

But just because something is free, I'm not going to eat it if I don't like it.

I certainly can't disagree with that! I definitely have a long list of things I wouldn't want to eat. However, if you decide never to eat something without ever trying it, how will you know whether you like it or not?

If you have some kind of prior negative association (e.g. "I absolutely hate okra, so I doubt I'd like anything related to it"), then that could inform such a decision, but judging simply based on whether a plant grew wild or not isn't much to go on.

After all, burdock is a weed in the USA, but it's a cultivated food crop in Japan. It depends on how you look at it.

[identity profile] wednesday-10-00.livejournal.com 2014-10-30 12:24 pm (UTC)(link)
However, if you decide never to eat something without ever trying it, how will you know whether you like it or not?

Fair enough. If you had been there in the kitchen when I found the random weed, I might have tried it, but nobody was there to tell me it was edible, so I just threw it in the compost. I guess I don't mind trying something if it's in front of me and someone I trust tells me it's edible (I grew up sucking on clover blossoms and chewing sassafras roots), but I'm not really motivated to go out and find/identify stuff myself.