Ginger Monster

South Florida Yams and Tubers.

Now, it’s as cool and dry as South Florida gets.

  • harvested the last bananas a week ago
  • the lawn needs little attention
  • weeds are dormant or dead
  • and the vines for root and tuber plants are drying up

It’s time to harvest them. But I have mixed feelings.

Wandering through the landscape, these plants are exotic and beautiful. They inject a sense tropical wildness which, when they dry up, is noticeably lacking. Leaving them in the ground gives them an extra early spring boost.

And with South Florida’s ethnic mix, yams and tubers are abundant, cheap and of high quality. Growing up on potatoes and the occasional sweet potato, I enjoy the various textures and flavors. They are good eating!

I’d leave them in the ground. And buy them by the pound. Except there’s no thrill in buying, like there is in digging them up. And nothing makes my wife happier.

  • it’s like finding buried treasure
  • one never knows what to expect
  • harvesting food connects growth, life and gratitude
  • nothing bought is fresher or of higher quality
A Ginger monster.

So, here it is. The first root harvested this season. And it’s a monster!