Last week I was looking at a cross section of chard stem (pictured above) and I saw the  mystery spirally thing scattered through out. 

Not familiar with this Jane-do-organelle I set out to find answers.

The closest answer I got was the green algae Spirogyra (pictured below).
Which doesn’t make any sense to me.

Why is there algae in Chard?
Is it a symbiotic relationship? Is there some sort of contamination issue with the spring mix salad I bought from Costco? WHATS GOING ON?!

I’m going to go back to Costco again (coincidentally they’ve been out of the spring mix salad for a month now) and repeat the process with a larger sample.

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  • 21 April 2013