A photo and a link a day.
That's the plan. (Not a very well kept one.) All the photos are mine by the way, unless noted. Click on them to see full size.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Onions and Asparagus Related??? Get Friendly with the Monocots
Picking up some fresh asparagus at the farmers market this weekend I starting thinking about what family it belongs to, like birds have families based on genetic similarities...
Turns out the taxonomy of this glorious spring vegetable has a story. Onions and Lilies and Aloe Vera and Agave used to all be lumped under Lilaceae. A story with a poem in it I bet.
Onions have recently been moved to Amaryllidaceae and asparagus to Aparagaceae.
Whew! I am allergic to onions but that doesn't mean I can't photograph them. :)