Thursday, 29 August 2019

Agretti

As you know if you read this blog regularly (or have spoken to me for more than a minute) I love to grow unusual food. 


I love growing something that isn't easily available in this country or easy to get hold of, something that might bring a new taste or experience. Sometimes they're a let down and other times they're incredible.

And I have to put Agretti in the latter category.

I've only grown a large pot of it. It's sat there for the last few months growing quite happily. Looking like stringy grass, a little like a finer sampfire, everyone has asked me what's growing in that pot.

When the seeds arrived for it there was a note on the packet saying to sow the lot, the seed doesn't keep and it has low germination rates. I almost didn't bother but I'm glad I did.

We harvested the lot the other night and steamed it for our tea of homegrown chicken, beetroot and potatoes.

It had a lovely favour, slightly salty, but the best thing was it's great texture. It kept it's bite and was really pleasing to eat. The kids ate it as well.

So I'll certainly be growing this again! I'm fairly sure I'd have to eat a lot of it before I got bored of it!

Who else has grown it?

Do you grow a weird green for cooking that others don't recognise?

9 comments:

  1. Interesting! I've never heard of it. And the kids ate it? Sounds like a miracle vegetable. :)

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    1. Not with my kids. They eat their veg first normally, cant stop them!

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  2. Boy howdy! Something new to try. Thanks for sharing, Kev.

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  3. If this is anything like samphire it must be good

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    1. I've not tried samphire I really should though!

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  4. I sowed seeds in my polytunnel twice but no germination.
    Maybe too hot?

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    1. Yes, need to be kept cool. I put mine on a north facing part of our patio, no direct sun and had fairly good germination.

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