Snakes in the spinach

There’s a saying that you know food is organic if you find an occasional worm. We took it a bit further this week, when, upon starting to unpack a batch of spinach, we found a snake. At about half a metre long, it was more impressive than any worm we’ve seen.

In many cultures snakes are associated with renewal, regeneration and healing. The symbol for modern medicine is a snake wrapped around a rod, or the Rod of Aesculapius. According to one version of the tale, the mythical Greek figure Aesculapius, the god of healing and medicine, discovered medicine by watching a snake using herbs to bring another back to life.

Interestingly, a second symbol associated with modern medicine, the caduceus (a staff with two snakes wrapped around it), is the symbol for Hermes, the god of messengers, and patron lord of thieves and tricksters. It’s not this that caused the association with medicine though – Hermes was also the god of alchemists, which for a long time was associated with medicine.

If you do find a snake in your box, and it’s devoured your eggs, or massacred your eggplant, do let us know, and we’ll give you a full refund. And you can keep the snake.

Head on over to www.ethical.org.za to order.

Have a great week,
the Co-op team

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