Sunday, June 1, 2014

What's In Season - Bok Choy

Today I picked two huge heads of white-stem bok choy ('win win').  These will be served up for dinner this week.  At the moment, it's a race to eat all of the greens we started in early spring as they will slowly begin to bolt in the coming weeks.  The mustardy flavor of many Asian greens intensify as they prepare to propel their flower stalks to the sky, but unlike other leafy greens like lettuce, they don't become quite so bitter so soon.  So you can still harvest them when the developing buds are visible at the base of the plant.  I like to cook my Asian greens very simply - usually lightly sauteed with some butter, minced garlic, soy sauce and a pinch of sugar.  Yum. 

10 comments:

  1. I like the taste of the bok choy (and most Asian greens) when it starts to bolt. Lettuce gets disgusting, but Asian greens are great that way. And the flowerstalks are edible too and I like eating them.

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  2. I like Asian greens simply prepared also. I discovered Red Boat fish sauce a couple of years ago (the best!) and I often use a splash of that in my greens, Asian or otherwise.

    Your bok choy looks so pretty.

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  3. Looks great! I love bok choy but it never gets this huge and slugs and rollypolly always get the better of it.

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  4. Nice looking bok choy. I just harvested all of mine this morning to make room for summer veggies. We'll be having bok choy in different ways this week and next.

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  5. Beautiful looking heads! Out of all the oriental vegetables, bok choy/pak choi is by far my favourite.

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  6. Beautiful, Thomas! Not a lot of cool weather for Asian greens this year. Mine are bolting too. It's going to be a big greens week.

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  7. This year I'll grow bok choy for the first time, I've never even tasted it yet. I hope I like it.

    Very interesting blog, I'll be visiting :)

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  8. Beautiful bok choy, I harvested some bolted red mustard green to make lacto-fermented pickle.

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  9. Asian greens are always so buggy for me. I didn't try any this year, but yours look so good, I may try again in the fall with some row cover.

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