Tuesday, April 29, 2008


The NY times article ended up in me poking around the slow food webpage. I am actually surprised I have never ended up there. It does have a pretty wide range of random information. For example, I don't usually think of pigs as being like the Guinea hog which:

"were expected to forage for their own food, eat rodents and other small animals, grass, roots, and nuts, and clean out garden beds. The hogs were also kept in the yard where they would eat snakes and thus create a safe zone around the house."

Perhaps even more surprising is the Buckeye Chicken:

"They are a very active fowl and are noted for being especially vigilant in the pursuit of mice, some breeders comparing them to cats in regard to this ability. They tend to have very little fear of humans and are possibly too friendly. In fact, some males may show a little aggression during breeding season. They also seem to lack the tendency to feather-pick each other (this is a trait worthy of further exploration). The males emit a full range of sounds beyond those typical of many other chicken breeds, including a dinosaur-like roar!"

The only one of the plants they mention that I have is the Cherokee Purple Tomato. It however doesn't have any surprising stories. Just an old, and particularly good tomato variety.

A one pound Avocado, the popenoe Avocado, which is almost extinct.

Ever heard of the Pawpaw? Apparently it is "the largest edible fruit native to the US"

Another in the list of random facts I didn't know: "Wild rice is a misnomer, as it is not actually rice, but rather an aquatic grass similar to corn. "

Sheep with four horns are just cool.

Yes, I need my damn laser to start lasing again or I will lose my mind.

1 comment:

Amethyst said...

(assumes singing voice of Blu the bear from the old Jungle Book cartoon) "...So when you pick a pawpaw, or a prickly pear, and you pick a raw paw, next time beware!..."

Yeah... so, I've *heard* of a pawpaw before, but I never had any idea what it was o.O