Our cuisine has enough spicing so it doesn’t taste like the very same thing every day, though we all know that the bases number only a few, our old agricultural staples plus some new plants that have entered our diet since we took to humanity’s second set of inhabited worlds. All manner of effort is spent in keeping those varieties healthy and resistant. We already lost a few overbred species before leaving the Original World.
You don’t think space renegades and plant breeders in the same thought, not if you don’t hail from the Outposts, but all sorts of things prove useful that aren’t obvious at first glance.
All specialties are precious, but we try to diversify. So my gene mother Laila-Istvan also bred plants; there’s a variety of bean named after her. Istvan’s legume, it’s called: round and fat, rows of them in edible pods. Roasted and salted in the pod, they’re delicious; you pop the beans out the end of the husk and eat it last.
The narrator is Taryn the Outlander. From character interviews for the Ship’s Heart universe.
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