Snacks with Sir Joseph Banks

Jane McGary
Wed, 14 Oct 2009 19:15:17 PDT
Today I was in Cost Plus to restock the low-budget wine cellar, and 
as usual perused the aisles of odd food products. I noticed a 
familiar face on a package of chips: Sir Joseph Banks, the famous 
18th-century botanist. "Banks Chips" are made from cassava root -- a 
geophyte, sort of -- and are apparently marketed as a healthy 
alternative to potato chips, despite being processed with the very 
unhealthy palm oil.

Of course, in devotion to Sir Joseph, I had to try them. Not really 
delicious, but his botanizing is noted in the text on the back of the package.

Jane McGary
Northwest Oregon, USA

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