Dinner of Dock

Curly-dock-flower-stalk-768x1024Last night, while harvesting heaps asparagus from the abundant beds, I discovered a large wild curly dock plant growing vigorously right at the edge of the Old Garden.  I always avoid weeding them, for they provide such lovely greens long before the annual greens from the gardens are ready.  This one was just producing vigorous stalks and new greens in its central region, and I harvested heavily from it, though leaving more than enough for the plant to continue and successfully reproduce.  The new leaves have an excellent zesty flavor like mustard greens, but the stalks with their new blossoms are my favorite.  Daphne prepared them with onion and chopped bacon for dinner.  The big stalks have a flavor like asparagus and broccoli with just a slight, natural lemony zest.  It is one of my favorite wild foods.

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