FORUM MEMBER ANN HAD a good question this week: Ever eaten pea tendrils or flowers or any of the bits other than the peas themselves? Well, yes I have, I replied, offering the best variety to grow for this gourmet salad ingredient or garnish, and I wonder what you think? Do tell. Or if you have nothing to report on that score, what about this: Have you lost seedlings you started to the (dreaded fungal disease called) damping off? Let us know (or just hear our horror stories). See you on the Urgent Garden Question Forum.
June 16, 2010
from the forum: ‘somebody ate my plant’ tales
I LOVE THE FORUM POSTS THAT START with “somebody ate my…” (Actually, I hate these stories, but feel better knowing that I am not alone..
May 13, 2010
from the forum: doublefile, or kousa dogwood?
READER TERRYK HAS ME STUMPED THIS WEEK with the Urgent Garden Question forum question she posed: whether a doublefile viburnum or a Kousa dogwood rated..
I ate pea shoots! click here to read about it. We’re on a “new foods from the farmers market” challenge, and pea shoots were part of the first week. Delicious!
I’ve eaten pea shoots before, but the peas I’m growing this year do NOT have tasty looking shoots at all. I’m not sure if it’s overwatering or way too much sun (it’s been unseasonably warm in Boston for the last month) but the yellowing you can see at the base of the stalks in this picture is all the way to the top of the plant now. We were away for 5 days and apparently it was sunny and hot (my sister was watering my garden). I’ve moved them onto a shaded porch, but do you know what caused this? The pods are still growing, it seems, but I’m worried about them!
We ate pea shoots for the first time last night! I used them in place of bean sprouts in some asian rolls:)
I think that sugar snap pea shoots taste the best. I’m not a fan of varieties that have the afila gene (the ones with really curly tendrils), because they have an unfortunate stringy texture.
WHAT, another Ann here?
Pea shoots are not my thing and have loved Lincoln
are as we call them around these parts, Big Dakota
peas for years, no longer plant them when my family grows
acres of field peas. We pick bushels of them when they are
young and serve in cream with new potatoes and baby carrots.
Grow mung bean sprouts in a week and seems easier than pea shoots.
But love that book EATS, SHOOTS, AND LEAVES.