a blog with cultural bulimia.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

the ethicist

Purchasing mushrooms when I need only the cap, I sometimes discard the stem in the store, paying for only the part of the fungus I want to use. Is this acceptable? I am taking only what I need and paying for what I require; surely stem lovers can grab the stems for themselves. So how much mushroom should I pay for? Thaddeus Verhoff, Washington

I'm with you
. That's why when I go to the supermarket, I bring my boning knife and trim those pork chops so I get just the meat; surely bone lovers can grab the bones for themselves. The store sets the per-pound price assuming people will weigh and pay for the mushrooms with stems as displayed. Were they to sell caps only, they would charge more per pound.