The tops are known as scapes and can be chopped up and cooked. The tips can get stringy, but the bulk of the scapes are just crunchy and crisp. One way we cook them is the chop them into cut green bean size and then add them to a stir fry. Raw they have a very strong bite, but cooking mellows them out.
There will be scapes in the first harvest's market.
|Bag o' scapes - feed me Seymour!|
Also this morning Anne and I dug up a bed in the new greenhouse and planted some middle eastern cucumbers (spineless and sweet). In half of the bed we added some crushed charcoal as an experiment. When I was in Honduras, my coffee farming friend talked a lot about the beneficial effects of adding charcoal to the soil. It ends up functioning like regular organic matter, but it never decomposes. My research when I came back home turned up the term "Bio Char," which sounds really good. Bio Char is one way to sequester carbon. So we will see how it works here. Bio Char links for you: