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A thread on mustard greens

Posted by: Samuel Day Fassbinder ( Citizens for Mustard Greens, USA ) on August 03, 1999 at 12:41:06:

In Reply to: Yeah, & why 'Citizens for Mustard Greens'? posted by PinochetMustDie on August 02, 1999 at 12:12:47:

: Yeah, & "Citizens for Mustard Greens"?

: 1. What are Mustard Greens? Gil Scott-Heron made reference to them in a poem but other than that I have never heard of them.

SDF: Mustard greens are this plant that comes up from a very small seed in about four days, and in a warm summer (but not too warm, I once planted them in hotter-than-body-temperature heat and they didn't come up!) they will grow like weeds and produce very large quantities of food. They taste like mustard when eaten raw, and somewhat more like spinach (although not quite) when boiled or steamed. I rather doubt that mustard greens are as good when one buys them in the store as they are when one picks them out of one's own garden. Mustard greens appear to lose their freshness rather soon after they are picked.

BTW, did you visit my site? What did you think about it?

: 2. Is this a cute reference to co-operative food production.

SDF: No, actually it's a cute reference to the petit-bourgeois "culture of the well-manicured lawn" and what a waste of land and resources it represents. When the Era of Cheap Oil ends and the price of food skyrockets because the price of transporting food has gone way up, everyone will be visiting MY garden to eat MY mustard greens, because they were so concerned with the "beautification" of their properties that they failed to grow anything worth eating upon them. That's what this picture represents.

: I know you are not keen on Lenin. I rather like the guy.

SDF: I don't. Can we drop it? I'd prefer to focus on other stuff.

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