Among all cabbages one of the most talented and resourceful is that
known as Bok Choy. If you have never grown cabbage before at all,
it will build your confidence in your budding gardening talent, because
it is most likely to come through for you.
Some think Bok Choy has to be cooked. While its crunchy stems are
good in Chop Suey, good fresh Bok Choy is delightful raw.
Looking at the plant above, you will note it has dark green leaves and
nearly white crunchy stems. These combined alone can form the
basis for your entire salad tonight. Dress and prepare it like
any other salad you make.
Because the nearly white stems are crunchy and juicy, they stand in
well for celery in recipes requiring crunch like tuna salad
sandwiches. It also lacks the strings in celery sticks - and is
much easier to grow - for this use alone you should plan Bok Choy into
your garden this year.
What "resourceful" means in describing Bok Choy, is it makes use of more different
kinds of organic fertilizers than almost any other plant, cabbage or
non-cabbage. Compost, grass-clippings, dog-bones, spoiled grain -
Bok Choy is more likely to be able to access the fertilizer and use it
Paradise says: "I always knew fresh food was the best. I'm
just glad with decades of experience I'm getting better at it."
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