The sun is out. The sky is clear and blue. What a shock after so many days of fog. What a lift to the mood.
Barbara Kingsolver is interviewed in this month's Shambhala Sun. I believe that most of us have become aware that buying local produce is the way to go. There is always something jubilant with season.
She says it is not hard to eat in season, that every month there is something to celebrate.
I have not read her new book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but plan to do so after reading this interview. She discusses in the book the miracle of the asparagus. Here, she discusses the miracle of the peanut. It is a good way to begin the day, with miracles. May yours be rich.
"Peanuts are a miracle. Most people understand that peanuts are seeds, and most people understand that peanuts grow under the ground, but not many people stop to ask themselves how a seed gets under the ground. The answer is that the plant plants the seed there. The plant has a flower above the ground that looks like a little orange pea blossom; it's in the pea family. The flower is pollinated by an insect, and then the stem of the flower goes crazy. It turns downward, and grows really fast, driving the fruiting body of the flower into the ground, where the seed matures. So the peanut is the overachiever of the vegetable world: it plants its own seeds. But pick any vegetable and I could wax lyrical about it. I never get tired of these fascinating processes. That's the most interesting thing about food - that it's a process, not a product. Everything in the grocery store has had a fascinating life, but most people only see a moment in the cycle of each food."
Be like a peanut today and plant your own seeds. Celebrate the miracle you are!!