Right now, all over the northern hemisphere this little dance to the sun is performed every day. Whether in a greenhouse, under a light fixture, or even a sunny window, all the tomatoes we eat this year begin their life the same way, with these delicate fronds that stretch out to the sun.
Without this leafy performance in spring, there would be no tomato sandwich, no tomato sauce and no bruschetta. As the days lengthen, the gardeners and farmers who press the seeds into the soil are the nurturers of the world. Planting seeds and caring for seedlings as they germinate and grow towards the light can be a magical experience. And it’s practical too: this dance to the light is the first step in every recipe.