Friday, May 18, 2007

The Many Face of Flax

The only thing you can't do with Flax is eat it, which may beg the question of why I'd bother including it on a site obsessed with edible local delights. I'll tell you. Flax, my friends, is a great plant. The Maori (indigenous New Zealanders) would beat it, dry it and weave it into clothes and baskets, including all the containers used to store fish and food. Look at the striking profile its flowers cut against the sky! See how boldly it beats back the sea, growing where it pleases! Doesn't it make you think of dinosaurs, of adventure, and of the awesomeness of plants?!