Right on, Debbie! Your post is most inspiring—makes me want to break into song (it’s late, I’m punchy). I would have included kohlrabi, the best greens of them all, but couldn’t figure out a rhyme.
(Sung, of course, to the tune of “My Favorite Things,” with apologies to Julie Andrews…)
Kale and canola, and spinach and Swiss chard,
Collards and mustards that grow in my back yard,
Old cabbage shoots and some weeds that I glean
These are a few of my favorite greens…
When I’m hungry
I want something
That will make me glad
I simply chow down on my favorite greens
And then I don’t feel so bad…
—Don Boekelheide, Charlotte, North Carolina
It will be a while before test varieties and other spring greens I sowed a while back will be ready to eat, but…
You know those sprouts that kind of look like broccoli at the top of the kale that lived through the winter? I think those are my favorite greens. Probably it’s because I haven’t had fresh greens from the garden for a while, and also because they don’t take any work. They just happen. And they do taste good. It’s a shame that many gardeners don’t eat them, or keep their kale (and other brassicas) around so they can enjoy these first spring greens.
We had a really cold winter, so not many of my kale plants survived. Enough did, though, to get quite a handful of sprouts today (which a farmer friend once called “spring broccoli”). The flower buds were just starting to form and were still deep inside the bushy young leaves. The stalks were very tender and I could just pluck them off. Later, there will be so many of these I won’t be able to keep up and they’ll become a big bush of kale blossoms. And I’ll be gorging myself on my next favorite greens. —Debbie Leung, Olympia, Washington