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Plomeek was flowering plant native to Vulcan, most notable for its use in Vulcan cuisine, particularly as the basis for plomeek soup. (TOS episode: "Amok Time"; et al.)

Trip Tucker quoted a "Terran" proverb: 'Never pick a plomeek before it's ripe.' If this represents an actual truism (whatever its origin) and was not simply a facetious retort, it would indicate that after flowering a plomeek plant bears some sort of ripening seed or seed-carrier. Whether this is a fruit, nut, or seed pod has not been established. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

Plomeek plants were common in Vulcan gardens. In the 2150s T'Les grew the plants in her household garden at her residence near ShiKahr's northernmost boundary, as did the Vulcan Diplomatic Compound in Sausalito in its courtyard garden (in the latter case, subtly genetically modified to better grow in San Francisco Bay's climate). (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

Plomeek was also one of many fruit and vegetable crops grown on the agricultural colony The Armada. In 2365 The Armada's plomeek crops were ruined after being treated with a sabotaged formula of chroniton particles. (TNG comic: "Space Seeds")

Note: Plomeek soup has also been described as a "bland seaweed broth", implying that plomeek is some form of aquatic plant. While this does not directly contradict other references, descriptions of the plomeek plant in other sources do not mention the sort of water-management systems that would be needed to cultivate an aquatic plant in household gardens on Vulcan. Alternatively, the "seaweed" mentioned in the passage is not plomeek but some unnamed plant, with plomeek serving some other major role in the soup recipe. (VAN novel: Precipice)

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