Or is it just my personality that causes me to enjoy putting people in their place? Why do I always need to be right? These are questions I've been contemplating for a few years now -- especially when I see the same trait in one of my daughters. My know-it-all-ness tends to makes my skin crawl. But, there are times when I just can't help myself. Reading the comments on this IHT asparagus blog post was one such instance. After reading what the commenter (did I just make up that word?) from Oregon said, I was so annoyed I couldn't resist posting a comment in response. Of course, I did it in the nicest tone I'm capable of. Unfortunately, my fake smile doesn't come through the written word well. My comment is still awaiting moderation (if I'm lucky the moderator will leave it on the cutting room floor), so here's what I said to the cheap-asparagus-lover from Oregon:
Oh, how sad! If you’re getting asparagus year round, that means it’s being shipped in from various parts of South or Central America at least nine months out of the year. That means your year-round asparagus is leaving a huge carbon footprint which makes it not so cheap after all. The best part of asparagus is the novelty of eating the locally-grown variety in season and only in season. A good challenge for all of us asparagus lovers!
What I forgot to say is that if she would try eating asparagus only in season, she'd realize how much better it tastes when it's eaten at its peak of ripeness instead of after sitting in a shipping container for two weeks.
Actually, to give myself a little slack, I didn't know any of this about asparagus until I read Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She goes nuts for fresh, local asparagus in her book and I've taken her attitude on as if I were an asparagus farmer selling my crops at the local farmer's market, dependent on locavores to buy my produce. Yeah, sometimes I get crazy about topics that seem a little out there. This might be one of them.