Pea Shoots


The Embryo of the Pea laid open.” Figure 2 from the 11th Edition Encyclopaedia Britannica article “Stem”.


In a bid to stave off beri-beri or scurvy or summat, I am growing my own pea shoots, the beloved ingredient of a thousand foodie menus.  I got a handful of dried peas, soaked overnight in cold water and planted them very shallowly in leftover compost ( well, the sad and reproachful reminder of a failed attempt to fuschia cuttings…).

They sprouted the next day. A small victory over the brutal entropy of the universe….





Image of peas by Betty Cai. Rights here.


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