January 2020: the beginning of a new decade. It is as significant as we decide it to be, and I, for one, want it to be significant. I am faced with many questions this year. Do I go back to school? If yes, then how do I afford it without magnifying my present debt? If no, then where to next? What job could I enjoy as much as I enjoy art? And do I even enjoy art, or is it the autonomy of a sole-proprietress that I truly seek?
Like all small businesses, pursuing a career in art requires considerable sacrifice. It takes years to build yourself, and the discipline and patience necessary for success makes a typical nine-to-five job very appealing. No financial security can replace the thrill of pursuing one’s passion, however, and how can you mollify the obsessions that demand so much of your attention? So it seems I will continue to make these sacrifices.
Today is the first day of my first full week as a full time artist. This is experimental, and I am still lined up for a full season of garden work. However, these next few months will be dedicated to building The Lowly Esculent and, finally, broadening its scope into written work.
I encourage you to sign up for my Newsletter. This week will be spent planning my year out, finishing some illustrations, and working on my website. Let’s see how far things go!
The appetite for tropical and Mediterranean crops among Northerners rapidly expanded into culinary obsession over the last 100 or so years. Their wide-scale cultivation is highly destructive to lowland rainforests, and their high demand for water can be obscene. Despite this, many who live outside the habitat range of these foreign fruits think that access to these crops is a right.
fruit is a matured ovary, but more broadly defined it is a matured
ovary along with whatever noncarpellary tissue, or accessory tissue,
becomes united with the ovary during its maturation” (Raven 2013) 🍌
Lime is a mysterious fruit. His name refers to many species within the genus Citrus, which is partly due to the genus’s ease in hybridizing. Species cross with others successfully and make new, often tasty, fruits. His place of origin is also still unclear, though he most likely was born in Indonesia or Southeast Asia before traveling westward in 1000 CE.
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tried and true medicine as well as colorant, Goldenseal is believed to
cure ailments as diverse as muscle spasms, infection, cancer, and more.
Like many other wild medicinals, Goldenseal has become endangered, her
populations never recovering from mid 19th century over harvesting.
While it is now illegal to harvest this Buttercup cousin on public land,
there is no control of the sale of herbal products made from this herb.
Sources must be carefully vetted to ensure sustainability and respect,
or one should avoid use altogether 🍃
Turnip has been a popular root vegetable in Europe since prehistoric times. The Roman author and naturalist Pliny the Elder even claimed that Turnip’s use “surpassed that of any other plant.” Though still cherished by some today, this has-been Brassica is not the star he used to be.
Cauliflower, whose name literally means “Cabbage Flower,” belongs to the species Brassica oleracea along with Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, and others. A mathematician’s favorite vegetable, Cauliflower is known for his fractal dimensions most notable in Romanesco varieties.
Flesh-eating is not a behavior reserved for zombies and maggots – even sunshiny Pineapple can devour us. Pineapple is the only known plant to produce the protein-digesting chemical bromelain. Every time your mouth burns from Pineapple’s exquisite juices, it’s him eating you back!