So, this is what we know: Halloween favas grow the tallest, Thanksgiving favas will provide seed. Christmas planted favas are just the right height for plowing under.
Don't forget if you are eating favas, to hull the beans and then steam them and then remove the bean shell casing.
Greens for 2015
We've been eating them in tacos! I think I'll start another batch of these.
Penne with Senposai & Fetaserves 4
1 lb penne or other short, chunky pasta
2 bunches senposai (about 1.5 lbs)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 scallion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
pinch red pepper flakes
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pitted olives, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
salt and freshly ground pepper
Bring two pots of water to a boil. Add pinch of salt to each. In one, cook pasta until done; drain. Do remaining preparations while pasta is cooking. Remove stems & center ribs from senposai. Coarsely chop leaves, & blanch in second pot for 5 minutes. Leaves should be completely wilted but still bright green. Remove greens with slotted spoon or tongs & plunge into a bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process. When greens are cool, remove them from the cold water by the handful, squeezing out the excess water. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add scallion and saute until translucent. Add garlic & a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Cook about 1 minute longer, stirring frequently. Add greens to skillet, breaking up squeezed handfuls. Saute, stirring often, until water evaporates (about 5 minutes). Place cooked pasta with senposai mixture in a large bowl. Add olives, feta, & fresh herbs, toss well. Season to taste.
Recipe from bigredfarmproject.blogspot.com
These are great stir fried. I've put in several types of chois this season, and I'll be eating a lot of them!
This one is Taisai. I've been eating this in a version of Shabu-Shabu.
Boil chicken broth or vege broth. Add a mixture of veges. (onions, mushrooms, greens, garlic...etc.) I also throw in very thinly sliced left over beef, chicken or pork (if there is any)! We've even eaten this with shrimp, but I put the shrimp in before the veges. At the end I add a splash of ponzu sauce (because I have a lot of it).
To the right here are several new lettuces and little green onions.