About a week ago one of my friends on facebook shared a link about how to sprout greens from the crowns of the organic produce we buy in the store. I was enchanted, and in need of cheering up. The prospect of a growing season without Eric in the neighborhood is taking some adjustment. I am always a sucker for what I call “science experiments,” especially if it might get me some homegrown produce a little bit earlier in the season. I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to “repurpose” the volumes of organic produce I buy, beyond putting the scraps in my compost bucket. Perhaps I’d even be lucky enough to eat it all over again. This method promised small leaves of lettuce in days, with nothing more than the leftover crown, water and sunlight. I just had to try it.
So here, in honor of Spring, are the results of my experiment so far. I think my late neighbor Eric would have enjoyed these. And they sure seem like a great image for the promise of Susan’s speedy recovery now that her surgery is successfully behind her. So these are for you, Susan. Here’s to new life and happy healing!
This is what everything looked like on about day 2, after potting up the baby tomatoes:
And this is the romaine a couple of days later:
And here are a couple of closeups of baby bok choi and red cabbage coming along:
And finally the 3 romaine crowns in a row:
Whether they make it into the dirt of the garden or not, these little leaves are delicious. And bright green, like Anahata, the color of the heart chakra. The edible plumage coming out of these old crowns reminds me of the mythical phoenix, and its power to rise out of its own ashes. Something new being born of something old: a story I love to hear–and live by–over and over and over.