. . . everything springs from the deeply plural earth
The pickle exists through the simple act of preservation. Ever searching for the sea, we mimic its salinity with a generous dousing of sodium chloride dissolved in scalding water and turn the whole thing over to vinegar, to the chemical beauty of mingling molecules agitating the turmoil of fermentation. Whether the tucked leaves of a cabbage head suck the masala pungency from the brine, or thin moon slices of magenta beets bleed from the sting of salt, whether mushroom caps, round and fortunate, or carrots accosted with the sweet spice of ginger root savor the brackishness, everything springs from the deeply plural earth. We store the marinated concoction and thus safeguard our futures, stave off our own rotting, preserve all that is ancient and worthwhile into one crisp bite of vegetable love.