Today’s plate features more naughty fake chicken (but tofu would totally work so don’t panic) and some odd greens. Next to the black rice and moving clockwise, I have some Marshmallow, dandelion, kalettes (purchased) and chard leaves.
The Marshmallows I love for being so easy to grow, and they have a history related to candy. Also, the leaves provide a strange texture. I like to suck on them and things get slightly gooey, thanks to the effect the plant has on the mucous glands. It has a few health benefits, but is mostly a medicinal food – more info here.
Dandelions also feature in my meals a lot. They are a dang weed so they grow in shitty soil, without much care, and provide greens all winter long. They’ve been considered a “super food” and I read in a book that the greens are one of the healthiest foods ever tested by the US FDA. Take that kale. I also harvest the roots to grind up for coffee. You can find info online about the specific benefits. Once I’ve read something is healthy, I never actually care about the specific benefits, but if you do – more info here.
Chard is so weird. The spine is horrible for eating. Chard is from the same family as beetroot, and probably one of the easiest foods I have ever grown. It really never lets me down as a Winter veg. It’s a Vitamin K powerhouse! But most importantly, it grows in a butt-tonne of colours for pretty blog pictures! For health info – more info here.
When I posted the pic, these kalettes slightly freaked out instagram. They’re cute and modified kales, a Kale and Brussel Sprout hybrid, and at least one person was mortified by the creature’s existence. I guess people can see it as GMO, which it could technically be. But the brassica family, is actually able to inter-breed. It’s more incest than science.
Anyway, these kalettes are super cute and taste like a peppery kale, but are super tiny and colourful and full of cute. And likely vitamins. I haven’t looked up the nutritional profile, as I was judging them purely on cute (or rather my partner did when he saw them and purchased them for me knowing I would enjoy the cutes).
Here’s a close-up shot of my chard. Or silverbeet. I never remember whether the chard is flat or wrinkly, but this is a picture of the chard or silverbeet I have grown. It’s one of many colours I’m presently growing.