Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cometh the shade, cometh the greens


I am still learning about the light on the Harlem terrace. Generally, there is just Less. The greens are dealing with it. I now have an interesting collection:

Left to right: lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album - closely related to quinoa, this a 'weed' I am actively cultivating); a mesclun salad mix, from Botanical Interests; below those, quickweed (Galinsoga parviflora) - a very nice cooked green, and also very weedy, but it has its own pot; nasturtiums; parsley; malabar spinach (Basella alba - actually a vine. I am hoping it will take off when it gets really hot; I bought three plants as potted seedlings from the Union Square Market - the leaves are almost succulent, and quite mucilaginous); and at the end fava beans (broad beans) whose tips are still tender enough to be eaten raw. And yes, there will be some beans, too.

This little heap was our supper salad, with couscous and fire-grilled and very herby chicken.

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