No, not a salad leaf you haven't heard of. Actual retirement.
John has told us that while he enjoys contributing to the Veg Men blog it is increasingly interfering with his commitment to being dead.
So, it is with a heavy heart that we say a fond fare thee well to the grandfather of salads and his luscious hair.
Next time you're eating some fennel to help expel wind and sharpen your brain, please spare a thought for John and the wondrous things he taught us.
Incomparable for the memory, sight and nerves. And though not used in in the leaf with our Sallet furniture, yet the flowers a little bitter are always welcome in vinegar but above all, a fresh sprig or two in a glass of wine.
Inspired by the idea of salad furniture, there will be a Veg Men range of root vegetable chaise lounges available this Autumn.
Hot and dry. Needs to be well picked and washed as it is often defiled with venomous slime and almost imperceptible insects. Especially good for the head, memory, eyes and all paralytical affections. In short, ‘tis a plant endued with so many and wonderful properties, as that the assiduous use of it is said to render men immortal.
Live forever through sage...? While we are big fans, it's probably a claim too far.
That said, if immortality is what you're looking for, sage is more likely to help than Scientology.