First harvest. Broccolini, which is a Japanese originated cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli (Kailaan), is supposed to have a sweeter, more delicate flavor than ordinary broccoli. It looks about the same as broccoli to me. The taste is more delicate and the texture is really tender even though I freely admit I don't have the most sensitive palate on the planet. It could be that going from the garden to the plate in ten minutes instead of days makes a difference. We gobbled it all down, went back for seconds. Even the stems were really tender and lovely. It was delectible. Seriously, how many people usually want seconds of broccoli ?!?
My MIL gave us the seeds. I never would have bought them myself because 20 seeds for $3.99 seems pricey to stingy me, but I admit they all germinated and grew, so maybe there is something in expensive seeds. Or maybe not. I bought some extra fresh special hybrid Delphinium seeds from New Zealand a few years ago, and they were pricey indeed. Careful sowing and meticulous care led to zero Delphinium plants, zero, nada, none, not even a single spoutling, hence my skepticism about expensive seeds.
However, the broccolini has grown really well, and we'll probably have a few nice rounds of organically grown veggies for a couple of months, better than anything we could buy, and it was delicious, so I'm happy.
Another eagerly anticipated crop is getting close...
This is one thing we are totally spoiled about--we stopped buying avocados at the store because they just don't compare to the homegrown ones. The difference is as dramatic as store-bought tomatoes vs. the homegrown.
And speaking of things Japan: