Chop Suey Greens
So many names, all for one fabulous plant!
Ornamental. So pretty! Who can resist those yellow flowers?
Beneficial. Most members of the daisy family have flowers that attract beneficial insects to the garden. Hoverflies, lacewings, bees. It flowers early, and for a really long time.
Healthy. According to one of my very favourite books, it is high in vitamin A and folate, and the flowers contain good levels of vitamin K. It is said to be anti-inflamatory and anti oxidant and the flowers apparently have anti tumour properties. The leaves have been used to treat stomach disorders and eliminate phlegm.
Easy to grow. I planted this once, and from there it has had babies here and there in the garden. It is an annual, but late plantings overwinter and flower early in Spring.
Funky. Here we grow food for fun. New flavours, textures and experiences are all found outside my door. Putting something new on the table always stimulates conversation as well as appetite.
|Broad leaf form. Gorgeous barely wilted in a hot broth.|
|Fine leaf form. Lovely raw in salads.|
Come and see us at Farm Gate this Sunday the 27th of November for your piece of shungiku action!
We'll also have the last of our tomato and tomatillo plants, loads of basil seedling punnets- holy, common, Greek and purple varieties, along with plenty of other herbs and garden goodies.
|Turnips. Snowball, Purple-top-Milan, Des Vertus Marteau, Goldball.|