Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, “taste is not in the tongue, but it is in the mind.”
Kiageha Caterpillar on a carrot leaf - Our Farm in Shinshu
Much of what we understand as “good” or “bad” is conditioned through our environment and culture. I remember once traveling with a friend from New York, and when he drank roasted wheat tea, he told me that it tasted like old water. Roasted wheat tea is a drink that people drink in Japan more than often.
Our expression and approach in the way we prepare our food, and consume food may be different from culture to culture, but there is a grounding element that unites us all.
We are what we eat, and those that eat healthy foods will live a good life.
Food prepared by Rei Yanagisawa of Maru Cafe and Friends - Photo by Conan Wakely
When I lived in Kyoto, I was fortunate to learn the land and how to grow food organically. A dear friend, Noriko Hayashi, told me that there is an old saying that goes, “The farm responds to the amount of footsteps it hears.” I found that true, in that crops responded to the treatments of human attention.
If the outcome of our life and our bodies are a result of what we put into our mind, vegetables and fruits are the same in that their outcomes are determined by what it consumes throughout its growth.
I see vegetables as pockets of wisdom. Packed in their fibers and fruits are the knowledge of the land to pass on to its seedlings to live through the next cycle – better than the life and growth the parental plant underwent.
What we consume will influence the way we think, our temper, our movement, and our growth. Those that consume foods that are rich in content will grow to be resilient – will better enjoy the human experience.
Eat well - live well.