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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eating Arugula and Kale Flowers in Your Salad: Spring Salad from the Garden

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I wanted to let people know that over-wintered lettuces, kales and greens typically go to seed in the Spring. All that means is they flower and try to set seed. You can eat the flowers! They taste like the plant and if you catch the yellow flowers from kale at the right time... they are sweet like nectar. I eat them right out in the garden while I tend to what needs tending.

Flowering Over-Wintered Greens - The Rusted Garden: Gary Pilarchik
Arugula Flower is Different Stages: Gary Pilarchik

Here are two plants with different flowers. You can see buds and flowers. You can eat both. You really want to eat them in either of these stages. If you wait to long, they begin to form seeds and they don't taste that great. In these stages they taste like the plants and if the flower has just opened, you get the sweetness of the pollen. Ah, tap for tiny bees before eating.

Kale Flowers in Different Stages: Gary Pilarchik

A bowl of flowers from arugula and 'Red Russian' kale. It will be mixed with other greens in the next blog entry for a Spring salad. I really like that picture. I might have to highlight it in a blog.

Arugula and Kale Flowers for a Spring Salad: Gary Pilarchik

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