The walking onions in the photo below are growing in a shady area. At the moment they get a fair amount of sunlight but once the trees leaf out that area is quite shady.
First harvests of the season are: tender Walking Onions and Rossa di Treviso Chicory, a small harvest but an exciting first.
I used the tender Walking Onions in a beef stir-fry dish (oops, got carried away with the sesame seeds).
Had all the ingredients on hand: sliced beef in the freezer, onions and garlic in storage but no snow peas, did not want to make a trip to the store so I substituted sunchoke (aka Jerusalem artichoke) and carrots that I had in storage and added the walking onion to give the dish some green. One change I made to the recipe was cut back on the chili sauce, 3 TBS is waaaaay too much for me.
NOTE: Sunchoke has a high content of inulin which some individuals have difficulties digesting, to learn more click here.
NOTE: How to make the carrot flowers in above photo? Click here and scroll down.
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Last fall when harvesting my chicory/radicchio I cut the heads at soil level and left the roots in the ground. The Rossa di Treviso Chicory (one of the 3 varieties I planted last year) in the photo below are growing from the root stumps, most but not all the stumps from the 3 varieties are producing new growth. I need to keep an eye on all the new growth and harvest before they bolt (chicory/radicchio are biennial and will bolt the 2nd year).
Brought in the chicory on the left and used it in a salad with Romaine lettuce, avocado, orange segments and walnuts. Dressed with a simple dressing of fresh orange juice, extra virgin olive oil, rice vinegar, salt and white pepper to taste. Walnut oil instead of olive oil would be nice but I ran out.
The chicory had just a hint of bitterness which played well with the sweetness of the orange.
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As mentioned in my March 7, 2016 post I am determined to grow onions successfully this year and started 3 different varieties from seeds. All have germinated.
While browsing in Job Lot I came upon packages of 40 sweet onion sets for $2.99. The sets look healthy and the package says easy to grow, sold. For $2.99 I must try as I have never grown onions from sets.
I now have the opportunity to compare results from onion sets versus starting from seeds.
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Years ago I grew golden raspberries but somewhere along the way they disappeared. On the rack next to the onion sets at Job Lot were packages of Fall Gold Raspberry plants. I was drooling looking at those luscious golden raspberries on the carton plus the plant looked healthy so I bought one also.
No room in the fenced in garden so this was planted in an unfenced area, hope the deer leaves it alone.
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