Transplant shock loss can take all the fun out when plants don’t grow or show the same vigor. Plants are designed to stay in one place. They put down roots, deep or wide, and remain there until they die. It is us who move them around.
For field research in 2013/2014, Evans and chef Ben Reade travelled the world, eating honey ants, palm weevil larvae, termite queens (“like God’s handmade sausage”), bush coconuts, larvae-ripened Sardinian cheese and Japanese wasps, learning about traditional harvesting methods from locals, their experience documented by filmmaker Andreas Johnsen in Bugs (2016).
Because these hearty little spots of color do hail from South Africa, they are used to hot dry weather. For this reason, they fall prey easily to fungal diseases. Interestingly, some of the older varieties are less susceptible to this problem. With either older or newer varieties, proper planting and judicious watering are very important to prevent crown rot.
Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is transmitted to people through infected tick bites, particularly from the black-legged tick. Those affected will exhibit flu-like symptoms such as spotted fever, headache, fatigue and skin rashes. Antibiotics can treat the Lyme disease easily, especially if it is caught during its initial stages.