Local Food Testimonial #1

It was dainty how he picked a single leaf from his plate, between thumb and forefinger. Held it out the way people do when they're far from home. "What is this?" he asked.

"Arugula."

"Arugula," he repeated as if explaining something to himself. He looked at it from all sides. "Do they do something to it?"

"It's local," his sister answered. "Fresh."

He studied it again but this time more intently. I started studying it too, wanting it to be special.

Then he put the leaf in his mouth shaking his head.

"It's good," he finished and reached with his fork for more.

5 comments:

Kel said...

so, was that Mr Pollan or the Cute Guy???

kale for sale said...

Kel - Good one. It was a man even more distinguished, an extended family member from afar.

Audrey said...

Sounds like another convert. Nice going! I was thinking today about how arugula became conflated with yuppies. Weird, because it's one of the easiest things to grow, ever. Maybe just not shelf stable.

Kel said...

audrey, here in Oz we call Aragula Rocket! reduces the posheness somewhat! its funny tho how it did get yuppified, coz it really is a weed isnt it?

kale for sale said...

Audrey - I don't know that we witnessed a conversion but he was definitely aware that not all arugula is equal. That was worth the high fives.

Kel - I've seen arugula called rocket on the salad menu and thought it was restaurant specific. Now I know better. Thank you.