Monday, January 18, 2010

It's Chinese Spinach!

Featuring in today's hilbarn box is the leaf vegetable Chinese spinach. It was a mystery ingredient to us, too, until we started to know our Asian greens a little better. Chinese spinach has lots of cousins (including red amaranth) and can be eaten raw in salads or stir-fried (most commonly with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce and chilli pepper). It's earthy, packed with vitamins and good in curries too. Notice the way growers harvest it roots and all.

2 comments:

sophiehillartist said...

Mum and I have been munching on this leaf this afternoon trying to work out what it was... we even consulted a book about leafy-greens... but now the guessing game is over! Yay! Chinese Spinach!

sophiehillartist said...

P.S. Check out what we cooked for dinner - http://thatvintage.blogspot.com/2010/01/yum-yum-in-my-tum-tum.html - using the zucchini and the garlic cloves from today's box!