The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown

by Daisy on 11/21/2011

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It began with a phone call.

My mom had just returned home from visiting one of my brothers, who lives on a farm in the country.

“Your brother sent you something,” she said.

“What is it?” I asked.

There was a slight pause.  “You’ll just have to see it.  Come over and get it.”

Now I was curious.  “I’m just sitting down to lunch.  I’ll be over soon.  Just tell me what it is.”

She wouldn’t budge.  “Well,” she said slowly.  “It is edible.  You could have it for lunch.”

I repeated that I would be over later on.  When I showed up she led me to a Wal-Mart bag by the back door.

It was startling.

“Good grief,” I said.  I think I stepped back from it a little.

My mother seemed a little intimidated as well.  “He said he thought you’d appreciate it the most.”

I was certainly . . .  impressed.

What do you think?

Let’s put this in perspective.

4.25 pounds of turnip.

One LARGE vegetable.

Consider, now, the intent behind this curious gift.  Probably not for eating, since vegetables of this atomic size are seldom tender.

Surely it was not meant to taunt or “show up” my meager suburban gardening efforts.  After all, no brother would do such a thing to a little sister.

If you believe that, you either (a) don’t have any brothers, or, (b) don’t have any brothers.

I had been feeling pretty pleased with my own turnips.

Not smug or anything, just satisfied.  Now, well, I have a new standard.

Hey, bro.  How’s your broccoli looking?

Feel free to brag about your monster veg in the comments, folks.  Ivory’s already shown us her sweet potato.

 ETA:  OK, roasted the turnip with garlic and olive oil.  It was surprisingly very good. 

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Angie November 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

We managed to not see a zuke this summer until it was over three pounds. Oops… Ah well, it still made tasty cookies! 🙂

Teresa November 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I just can’t believe a brother would do that:)

We had a huge drought this year, so I had to pull up my garden early….really early, the biggest thing I got was a normal size cherry pepper! we got a few good tomatoes but the wild critters got them.

Maria in CT November 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Ha! I have a brother like that too!!! That is pretty big!

Elise November 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Wow, that is big! We had a four pound sweet potato this year, but I’m totally jealous of your broccoli. I looove broccoli but it never grows well for me 😛

Shelley November 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

Love your perspective!

Kimberly November 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

My hands hurt at the very idea of cutting that sucker up to cook it!
That…is …HUGE!!!!
(And Turnips are hard to get a knife through when they are normal)

JavaLady January 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm

WOW. That is one huge turnip !! I know my brother would not do that.. he gives me plants all the time to help me with my garden. I am jealous of my brother’s avocado plants though.. I can’t seem to get any to sprout up and live.

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