I live in a place where random food is common. For instance, I can order a taco at the local food truck with cow tongue or tempeh….or chicken. So when I see something that makes me take a second look, I become intrigued.
Actual photo sent to me by a friend, no caption. The following is a text conversation.
Me: What is that?! It looks like a baculum. (Go ahead and google that if you don’t know what it is.) Did you find that in the yard? (Not out of context if you knew my friend.)
Friend: No. But, it does look like that bone we found last month doesn’t it?
Me: Ok. So what is it?
Friend: It is a bean!
Me: What the hell? Is it molded?
Friend: I don’t think so. I found them at the market under the green ones.
Me: I think it’s molded.
Friend: Call your mom. Send her the picture. She’ll know.
Me: I don’t like sending my mom baculum-esque pictures. She has enough heart trouble as it is.
Friend: bahaha. Just do it. Preface that it is a bean.
Mom: What is this?
Me: It’s a bean like I said ma.
Mom: Why did you send it to me? This is not your hand.
Me: No it is my friend. She doesn’t know what it is. She found it in the market under the green beans.
Mom: Ok. It looks molded. But I assume it is not. I have no idea what it is. Google it.
Me: Dragon’s Tongue
Me: That’s the bean.
Friend: No. WTF? Where do you get that name? Are you messing with me?
Me: No. I’m the queen of research! It is a Dragon’s Tongue! Google it! I am not sure I have ever seen a dragon’s tongue, but I would like to so that I can compare them. The purple and yellow color is quite nice.
Friend: You are cool. I’ll keep an eye out for a Dragon. What am I supposed to do with it?
Me: Eat it.
Friend: Smart ass.
Me: Dry it and use it as decoration.
Friend: I hate you.
Me: Perhaps you could fashion it into a nice hair accessory.
Friend: You suck.
Me: That’s what I’ve heard.
Friend: I love you.
Me: I know.
So here’s the link to what this bean actually is if you wonder: