This poem is taken from Stand 223, 17(3) September - November 2019.

Ghazal Mosadeq Poem
The Apple of the Moors

You know what I think these days? It just dawned on me there is the cation-anion balance in different tissues of tomato plants supplied with nitrate, urea, or ammonium nitrogen in water culture. You too, think about plant physiology and nutrition when you are bored?

Now am sipping on carrot juice and am pretty certain that if I think more about tomatoes I might even find a very close balance found in the tissues investigated (leaves, petioles, stems, and roots) between total cations (Ca, Mg, K and Na), and total anions (NO3−, H2PO4−, SO4−−, Cl−) total non-volatile organic acids, oxalate, and uronic acids. You might look at all tomatoes differently. Or not. Anyways, J. Benton Jones Jr. thinks tomatoes are more popular than beef steaks.

What are we to do for a tomato plant? Have we ever checked the astrological chart of the plant? Were the 1500s Spanish and Portuguese explorers who spotted the plant in South America, real explorers? What were they doing in Mexico? Did they set sail with the hope of finding a red, round, juicy, tomatoee thing to bring back home? From what they left in the continent, a language has survived and lots of wounds. From what they took, the tomato is remained, which is red.

Peru, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Chile.
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