Growing Observations


 Connie Mooreseeds in measuring spoons

It never ceases to amaze me how things grow. From the tiniest seed comes all sorts of contortions as a pale green stem pushes its way through the seed hull and upward to light.

A case in point is the onion seed. A black dot no bigger than 3/32 of an inch, the seed holds the means to grow a soldier-at-attention straight green-topped white onion. To come up through the soil, a thin-as-a-thread green shoot pushes up in a loop. As it gains momentum, the loop gets bigger until one day it comes unraveled, straightening up overnight.

onion sprouts in loops

Do you know what a beet seed looks like? Those big red globes that are so good as Harvard beets or pickled beets begin as brown, crunchy, Grape-Nut cereal-shaped 1/4-inch seeds. When the tiny sprout appears, it’s already red with deep green, rounded dicot leaves. Its true leaves come next with thinner-than-hair streaks of red. And all the time the leaves and stems are growing up, the red tap root is growing into a ball with a sweet, earthy flavor.

red and green beet sprouts

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