MUTANT NINJA CARROT

Shop at any supermarket and you will find vegetables and fruits that are perfectly formed, and equal in color and symmetry. There are no wormholes, blemishes from hailstones, or discoloration caused by leaves or grass. How different it is in our home garden, where we wage a constant battle with cabbage moths, Japanese beetles, and slugs, not to mention the deer, crows, woodchucks, and skunks that covet our harvest. That is why we relish every morsel we glean from the garden. Today I made potato salad from potatoes too small even to be used for seed potatoes. It included our own fresh celery and onions and tasted much sweeter for knowing the toil that went into its production. Last week, I harvested some carrots. Although their misshapen roots would never have made it to the supermarket shelves, I loved imagining what the twisted forms represented. My favorite was a mutant Ninja carrot. Odd shapes do not affect the flavor, yet they make the harvest full of surprises. I wonder, if we could let go of our societal quest for perfection, whether we might not find many other surprises offered by nature.

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