Green Hungry?


The color of chlorophyll.

Of copper verdigris.

Of envy.

Of moss.

Of watermelon rind.

watermelon rind, Costa Rica

The other day we posted Yellow and Blue. Which make green. So, here’s a Green Post. Did you ever get tickled green? The Garden at the tompound tickles us green at this time of year. The earliest peas are up a few inches now, and we are anticipating baskets of peas.

So many kinds of citrus. Some are green.

Look what the lime made.

The green of plants is what keeps us nonphotosynthesizers going. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

The costoluto genovese.

Last year’s growing season brought us a garden discovery,  the “costoluto genovese” tomato. Every year, the Christmas Tree Shop has a twirl-rack of Italian seeds. The packages sell for about two dollars each, and are large, sized for people who produce food for large families, or who sell at markets. Selection is unpredictable, and varies from year to year. There is always something worth buying on these racks. Among last year’s purchases were tromboncino squash, spinach, mesclun, carrots, and the  costoluto genovese tomato pictured above and below.

A cluster of costoluto genovese.

The costoluto genovese has a multilobate fruit, and can look a bit odd to our ‘Murrican eyes, which are used to seeing spherical ‘maters. The earliest tomatoes brought to the Old World from the New were multilobate.  The form of the costoluto signals its ancestry, now over over five hundred years in the past. They may look a little funny, but they’re really tasty, and when sliced, are beautiful to behold. (If this were a post about “red”, there would be a picture of such a slice.)

The baby broccolis in the Wishetwurra Farm greenhouse are just putting our their first true leaves. Soon we’ll put them out in the soil and and  the sun, to produce big heads of buds.

Burgeoning broccoli

There are said to be over ten thousand varieties of potato in Peru, the ancestral homeland of this solanic miracle. In North America we might have a few hundred types available for growing in our gardens.

Potatoes are a variable beast.

The image below is a salute to horticultural variablity.

The "hippopotato", or "potatopotamus".

A very Happy Easter to All.

2 responses to “Green Hungry?

  1. I nominate the nomenclature “Hip-potato-potamus” covering all bases, and striking up a tasty rhythm in the offing!

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