Today’s  full moon marks the annual Moon Festival. One of the best things about the Moon Festival are the moon cakes. These delightful molded and glazed pastries are filled with sweetened bean or lotus seed paste and a cooked egg. To see some serious and not-so-serious samples, visit this post about Cheeky Moon Cakes.

My mother, a Thai whose father spent some time in pre-Communist China, introduced me to moon cakes as child. It seemed funny to have beans in  dessert, but one bite convinced me there was no reason to believe that Vigna angularis  was not up to post-entree duty.

Learn more about the Moon Festival.

FULL OF ITSELF -- The full Sept. 12 moon sets over western Arkansas.

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