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Author:  Imogen [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:29 pm ]
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I got this bunch of green leafy vegetables in my veg box and would love some help identifying them please :)
[pix](http://s10.postimage.org/4hfkb0zqg/P3170388.jpg)[/pix]

Author:  Imogen [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:37 pm ]
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Sorry for the formatting, I can't seem to get the image insertion thing to work! If you click the link it should take you to a photo of the veg in question ...

Author:  fupapack [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:38 pm ]
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when posting use img tags click on full editor under the window where you type to see what they look like

Author:  Moon [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:44 pm ]
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Post image has gone weird lately and posts a lot of porn. I had to get through a fairly unsavoury picture of boobs to get to the leaves. I have NO idea what they are though!

Author:  Imogen [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:47 pm ]
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I shall try again with a different image uploader:

Image

Author:  brontrent [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:04 pm ]
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Intresting! I have no idea what those are either. But hopefully someone else can help you. I am curious as well so hopefully someone ha an answer.

Author:  Desdemona [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:08 pm ]
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They look kind of like big curry leaves.

http://www.ishopindian.com/fresh-curry-leaves-pr-22534.html

Author:  Moon [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:14 pm ]
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Desdemona wrote:
They look kind of like big curry leaves.

http://www.ishopindian.com/fresh-curry-leaves-pr-22534.html


I was thinking that. Or maybe water spinach?

Author:  Shukriyya [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:21 pm ]
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Wild garlic maybe?

Author:  Imogen [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:23 pm ]
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Shukriyya wrote:
Wild garlic maybe?


Just tasted a bit and you're definitely right, thank you :)

Author:  Shukriyya [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:31 pm ]
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You're welcome! :)

Author:  Desdemona [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:49 pm ]
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Yay! Now, what are you going to make with it???

Author:  IsaChandra [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:04 pm ]
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Oooh. Pesto? Too obvious?

Author:  torque [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:25 pm ]
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THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS PHO

Author:  Desdemona [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:40 pm ]
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torque wrote:
THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS PHO
Oh my goodness yes.

Author:  kaybee [ Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:41 pm ]
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yeah that is totally wild broadleaf garlic/bear garlic! that means ours is probably out here too! we are so lucky to get it, ive never ever seen or heard of it in the US. for those of you who dont know, these are big garlic flavored LEAVES. really amazing. and you can eat the white flowers off it too. it grows in shady damp woodland areas here in ireland.

it makes AMAZING pesto. it is also good chiffonaded in salads, especially with some nooch and olive oil dumped on top, and its good to eat just like it is. DONT cook it though...it turns stringy and tough and you end up spitting it out. made that mistake once...never again. you could probably cook it if you chiffonaded it finely first, but its better raw anyway. cooked it just shrinks up to a stringy leaf and is yuccckk.


enjoy your wild garlic! i am gonna have to get out there and find ours, i knew it was almost the season for it :) such a short season too and then its gone til next year; its usually one of the first forage-able greens out in the spring

Author:  Imogen [ Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:17 am ]
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I do love some pesto and that sounds pretty awesome :) I may save some for salads too.

Author:  Chicki [ Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:06 pm ]
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kaybee wrote:
yeah that is totally wild broadleaf garlic/bear garlic! that means ours is probably out here too! we are so lucky to get it, ive never ever seen or heard of it in the US. for those of you who dont know, these are big garlic flavored LEAVES. really amazing. and you can eat the white flowers off it too. it grows in shady damp woodland areas here in ireland.

it makes AMAZING pesto. it is also good chiffonaded in salads, especially with some nooch and olive oil dumped on top, and its good to eat just like it is. DONT cook it though...it turns stringy and tough and you end up spitting it out. made that mistake once...never again. you could probably cook it if you chiffonaded it finely first, but its better raw anyway. cooked it just shrinks up to a stringy leaf and is yuccckk.


enjoy your wild garlic! i am gonna have to get out there and find ours, i knew it was almost the season for it :) such a short season too and then its gone til next year; its usually one of the first forage-able greens out in the spring



Oh man. that sounds so good. I want some! I don't think we get that here in S california. Never heard of it. sadface.

Author:  rhelune [ Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:23 pm ]
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I so envy you. It's also called ramsons or ramps. Definitely make pesto.

200 g ramsons (wild garlic)
100 g pine nuts
4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt

Blend. Serve with pasta or bread.

ETA: It smells like that smelly compound added to natural gas to detect the leakage (because natural gas is scentless).

Author:  Quarantined [ Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:45 pm ]
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Desdemona wrote:
torque wrote:
THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS PHO
Oh my goodness yes.

Pho means yes.

Author:  smoothie [ Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:47 pm ]
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yes, it's wild garlic. it's AWESOME in wild garlic butter, in salads and in pesto.

Author:  Imogen [ Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:16 am ]
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rhelune wrote:
I so envy you. It's also called ramsons or ramps. Definitely make pesto.

200 g ramsons (wild garlic)
100 g pine nuts
4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt

Blend. Serve with pasta or bread.

ETA: It smells like that smelly compound added to natural gas to detect the leakage (because natural gas is scentless).


Thanks for the recipe; looking forward to it :)

Author:  Imogen [ Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:58 am ]
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I made some wild garlic pesto, but added loads more oil than in the recipe above as it was very dry. Delicious! Ready for some pasta action tonight ...

Author:  allularpunk [ Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:50 pm ]
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rhelune wrote:
I so envy you. It's also called ramsons or ramps. Definitely make pesto.

200 g ramsons (wild garlic)
100 g pine nuts
4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt

Blend. Serve with pasta or bread.

ETA: It smells like that smelly compound added to natural gas to detect the leakage (because natural gas is scentless).


Are wild garlic and ramps the same thing? Because we definitely get ramps in WV. In high school, some of the boys would eat the shiitake out of it and stink up the buses/hallways/everything. Never had one because of that reason, but as an adult, the idea of wild garlic/ramps appeal to me. Naturally I don't live in a rural area anymore, where it can be foraged.

Author:  rhelune [ Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:26 pm ]
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Yes, it's the same thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_ursinum

Be careful when picking it yourself, some very poisonous plants can be mistaken for it. One experienced forager died here last year because he picked and ate this instead of ramps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colchicum_autumnale

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