When I think about natural wonders of the world, geological formations are what pop into my head -- waterfalls, gorges, geysers, mountains...
But there are a lot of smaller things which are no less wonderful. Especially if you can eat them. Today I bring you wonders of the plant kingdom.
These sweet potatoes are fairly unimpressive.
Until you cut them open.
They make a beautiful purple-hued soup, delicious paired with five-spice and sesame oil, some seaweed and the next wonder...
....Ceylon Spinach. We got this plant from the markets probably 2 years ago and it sort of languished in our pathetic garden. It went to seed without producing much and survived, just. But Andy threw some of the seeds into the ground before Christmas and we came home to an absolute jungle.
Ceylon spinach loves humidity and heat, and it's a twiner so it needs lots of vertical surfaces to wrap itself around.
We have so much of it we've been cutting whole stems, from which we take off the leaves.
The stems were sitting in a pile outside waiting to be dealt with and they started growing roots, so we've replanted them. It's amazing.
Also wonderful is the standard avocado. My favourite variety is the Shepherd, which is currently in season and on sale at the local markets.
It makes a wonderful addition to mexican food, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
It's a great season for the markets; last week we picked up some mangosteens for $10 a kilo.
In addition to being tasty, I think they're really pretty. And it doesn't get much more wonderful than that.