Crystals are the result of millions of years of slow biological and geological processes. These beautiful mineral creations of the Earth are formed by immense heat and pressure acting on rocks. Rocks, of course, come from compressed sediments, which partly come from the organic matter of dead plants and animals. Over time, what was once dust and ashes can be transformed into precious gems that seem to contain an inherent scintillating fire. These objects are like wise traditions— traditions that come down to us, through the preservation of culture, from humans who lived long ago. These traditions, began, like crude rocks, as experimental practices that were honed and polished over countless generations to crystallize into precious wisdom that can illuminate our modern lives. There are many kinds of wise traditions, but my favourite ones are those pertaining to healthy and sustainable food and farming— my pet advocacy. In my research I have found that traditional ways of preparing food lead to healthy diets, healthy families, and healthy societies. Like crystals, these wise traditions are the wealth we have inherited from our ancestors, and also something we should preserve for future generations.