Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sugar Snaps

Since we moved to our new house I've had a small veggie garden. The kids have always loved it. I now champion gardens as as great way to get kids to eat more veggies; things from the garden are either more interesting or more palatable to them for some reason. Mine would at least always try what we grew, and often ate most of it. Even the brussel sprouts.

Henry loved the sugar snap peas. When he was three he loved to pick them and eat them in the garden. Last year he was very close to his stem cell when they were ready for harvest and he wasn't allowed any fresh fruits or veggies due to his immunosuppression. He would dutifully pick them for me to eat, and seemed to enjoy it almost as much that way. But when he was again allowed to eat fresh produce, they were no longer bearing. All winter long he asked when the sugar snap peas would grow again. He even got some green stuffed animal as a prize and named it "Sugar Snap". I don't even remember what it was.

The frozen ones from the store didn't cut it. I'm not sure he would have eaten fresh ones anyway, his relapse and the meds he took clearly altered his tastes. But he wanted them.

I planted them again this year. They came up poorly, reluctantly, scarcely half of what came up last year. They are bearing now. Last week we picked a bowl, they sat on the counter till they were limp and inedible. I'm not sure when or why the kids lost their taste for them, but it appears they did. I wanted to want them, but couldn't.

This week we picked more, and yesterday I forced one down. It was delicious, as all fresh from the garden sugar snap peas are. So I enjoyed the rest, a bigger step than it seems. I think it was a good thing.

8 comments:

...tom... said...

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"So I enjoyed the rest, a bigger step than it seems. I think it was a good thing."

*...tom... smiles*

Good thing I did not hate on sugar snap peas in my last comment..!!


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Dr. Smak said...

No matter, Tom, he ate the fresh, uncooked asparagus too.

But he only pined for the peas.

rlbates said...

I'm glad you can once again enjoy Henry's favorite veggie. :)

Taking Heart said...

I wish my three had your three's zest for fresh garden veges... they plant, they water... they turn their noses up... lol.

Glad you tasted them this year.

Pop and Ice said...

I think it's great that you can once again enjoy a favorite vegetable of Henry's. A milestone is a milestone....

...tom... said...

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But he only pined for the peas.

Ha. Smart boy.

But I am sure you already knew that...


Ditto the thoughts of ribates and Taking Heart. It is good you could taste and enjoy them.


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FrankandMary said...

So much here is a bigger step than it seems. ~Mary

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