The legend of stone soup is about a group of hungry travelers who come upon a village. All they’ve brought with them is a big empty pot. Villagers aren’t exactly getting in line to help feed this bunch. So the travelers clear off, only to come back later with their pot full of water. They slip a smooth stone into the water and put the pot over the fire.
One villager sees this curious sight and asks what they’re up to. The travelers answer, “We’re making stone soup. It’s delicious!” They assure the villager that they don’t at all mind sharing their soup, but it could use a little more garnish, a tad extra flavor. Did he have any salt?
Now, the villager thought hot soup sounded good, and came back with salt and a couple of carrots to add to the pot. Another villager caught wind of the meal-to-be, and said he had a little celery and an onion to add to the soup, which the travelers said hadn’t quite reached its full flavor yet.
More and more villagers drop by, each adding something to the pot. Finally, the travelers fish the stone out, and voila: delicious and filling soup for everyone. The villagers had easily fed the travelers – and themselves.