Friday, December 22, 2006
Brassicas part two
Peeking under the political bed
So I grew a few Asian brassicas this year, too. Mizuna, though it gets eaten by flea beetles, is a big salad favorite around here. Pak choy, especially the mini kind shown above, often ends up stir-fried. Tatsoi, which has to be one of the prettiest green things out there, is good both cold and hot, and, when cold, its little spoon-shaped leaves are excellent receptacles for salad dressing. Then there's the hot mustard. All can be found at Kitazawa, along with a bunch of other fancy stuff! I'm looking forward to trying their bolt-resistant Japanese spinach this year.
And the non-Asian brassica that got planted the most around here (my notes say I planted it eight times) is rapini. Broccoli raab, whatever; it can get very bitter in the heat, but I'm still picking it out of the bed above. We stirfry it with garlic. (But what don't I stirfry with garlic. Blueberries, maybe.)