8 May 2007

Mustard greens - sharing space with a bamboo plant

I had some cute little visitors in my Chinese Bamboo pot a few days ago and now they are flourishing.

I had tried growing some mustard greens by sowing soaked mustard seeds in a shallow tray. When nothing much came out of it, I emptied the soil in the tray into the pot containing the Bamboo, and they were happily showing their green selves in a few days. They've grown bigger now and their leaves are looking much different, with lacy edges! I haven't taken a pic of that yet, but here are the budding cruciferous leaves.

And a macro shot that shows you the rough texture of a young, jut broken out leaf. Even a leaf this tiny had that sharp pungent mustardy flavour, much to my surprise.


I don't think I'll have enough of them to make a saag, but may be I shall healthy stir fry them with some other veggies to make a nice sandwich filling seasoned with some mustard sauce. I just tasted the maturing leaves this morning, and they have a nice bitter-sweet, metallic taste to them.

Here's some info on how to grow mustard greens in your garden. And ofcourse, their health benefits run into a long page on World's healthiest foods. While you're there, you can also look up the various ways to serve up these greens.


6 comments:

bee said...

nandita, what are the specs of the macro lens you used? i want to buy one and am wondering hich one.

Sreelu said...

Nadita,

I personally think mustard greens are the easiest to grow. key is to soak them in warm water for about 2 hrs and then cover them in a soft cloth/tissue which is moist.
next day they will sprout, now plant these and I bet within a week you will see these shooting up.

My kids and I just did this as a part of kindergarten science project :)

Coffee said...

AHA!!!! Just what I needed!!!!!
Thanks for the links...... the plant looks cute. :)

Swapna said...

Lovely plants..
I recently planted some corainder seeds and pudina..Let's see how they progress

Raaga said...

Lovely pics... will try this out.

SteamyKitchen said...

these are SO cute! I love the pale color.

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