If you did biology at school, you will know how seeds are naturally propagated by wind, water, birds and animals. Thus a tree fruits in a garden, a bird comes along and eats the fruit, seeds and all. Bird flies away, poops out the seed and a new tree grows — far away from the original.
I love avocado, perfectly ripe, the flesh evenly coloured with no brown, and slightly deeper green close to the skin. But that seed always makes me smile, it is so obba dobba*, for want of a better description. How on earth do they propagate naturally? Well in this day and age they don’t. Avocados are grown by humans, for human consumption. I recently found this video on YouTube:
The giant sloths that ate the avocados, and carried the seed, were something like this but with more flesh:
Apparently along with a few other prehistoric fruits, avocados are an evolutionary anachronism. This is explained in the video, and in much more detail in The Ghosts of Evolution by Connie Barlow
Sadly it is not available on Kindle, but I shall be getting a copy. I love stories like this. As for avocado, I will appreciate it even more. After all, in consuming this delicious fruit I am following in the gigantic footsteps of those hip ground sloths who last walked this earth around 11000 years ago.
*obba dobba is a family word that we use to describe things that are rounded and funky and kind of larger than life… :)
Since I first sang the Christmas carol: In the Bleak Midwinter, I fell in love with the words of Christina Rossetti. Later, while studying art at grammar school, I fell in love with the paintings of her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I recently discovered a wonderful Rossetti Archive online, which is dedicated to his work. While browsing through the a book of Rossetti’s poems, I came across a poem by Dante entitled The Card Dealer. Dante’s poem was inspired by the painting shown below, a work by a 19th century British artist, Theodore Van Holst. The painting is entitled The Wish, but has also become known as The Card Dealer after the title of Dante’s poem.
As I am studying writing, art and the Tarot, I had to share these finds here. You will be hearing more from me on the Rossetti siblings…
There can never be too much love the best hours are dawn and dusk learn to love avocado as soon as you can If you wake, wanting to fly to a strange land trust yourself and book that flight before you change your mind face fear, and laugh happiness is as close as a smile short hair is just wrong age is beautiful burn candles often and have bonfires celebrate morning plant tree’s listen to children they have wisdom we have forgotten learn that when things go wrong they are just signposts pointing you in the right direction buy at least one set of Egyptian cotton sheets have the biggest bed you can even if you are only 5’2” take time to sleep alone play guitar to your pets goats by moonlight swim in the sea and the rivers stand under waterfalls drink only freshly ground coffee buy good olive oil walk on the beach in a storm never be afraid to be who you are say I love you as soon as you know live your passion for all we have is now…..