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Claytonia taste test


Claytonia is one of the ultra-cold-resistant crops recommended by Eliot Coleman, but I've never planted it in my own garden. It's hard to commit space to a plant I've never tasted before. So I was delighted to find a clump for sale at the farmer's market. $2.50 to test how the plant works on our palates seemed like a pretty good deal.

The conclusion? Eh. Claytonia is probably the blandest green I've tasted. Yes, in late January when everything else is dead, I might appreciate it. But I'd rather focus on the sweetness of overwintering kale.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I recently discovered that I really like arugula raw in a salad. I top it with a thin layer of spinach, a shake of balsamic vinegar, and a handful of roasted cashews. This is the plain boring stuff in a bag from Trader Joe's -- I hear farm-fresh is a lot stronger, which might not be for me, but if you don't like bland, might be for you?
Comment by irilyth [] Fri Mar 30 22:15:08 2018
I must admit is doesn't look that apetizing. I would eat it, but I don't think Icould get my kids to touch it!
Comment by Carolyn Sun Apr 1 05:44:04 2018
Wow... if you thought it was bland, I'd probably think it was like eating air! I remember discussing differences in palate way back when I visited.
Comment by Shannon Mon Apr 2 16:47:16 2018

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