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.