Monday, September 19, 2011

A fling with the evening primrose...

Hmmm... another big typhoon is heading our way...
This time, it is Typhoon Number 15...
Anyway, in between the intermittent rains and winds, had been keeping busy at the potager...

Pulled out some 'weeds' yesterday, knowing quite well that the 'weed' is the evening primrose...
Had read about the primrose being a 'miracle' plant yet to be fully discovered...
And today, decided to check up the plant a little bit more...
Found very, very little information on how to cook the stuff...
One blog, 'Wild Blessings' stood out... 
And it says, Evening Primrose is a magnificent gift from God.  The whole plant is edible and medicinal.  This is one of those prime examples of “Letting food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.... 
Sounds very inviting...


So I thought to myself... hmmm, would like to have soup with it... perhaps cream-based?
But the chief cook (my 'suweeto-haaato', of course) vetoed and decided to boil the thing for me...
Took some bites... tough meat... feels somewhat 'sappy'...
A little bit like moroheya but not quite...
Would not say that it tastes good... 
Wifey also tried to stir-fry it... 
Still, no cigar... 
Ok, so our taste buds are not very agreeable with this 'wild, miracle' vegetable...
Very well then... taking a leaf from a Japanese homepage, we shall try to dry the leaves and make tea out of it instead...
Why not, as the evening primrose is all over our property... 
They have very pretty flowers... yellow and pink... 
Two of them, the 'straight' type and the 'creeping' type are tall and they have yellow flowers...
The third type is very short and they have very beautiful pink flowers... 
Photos? Ok, the yellow ones in a while but the pinks ones will have to wait for next season...
Anyway, will definitely try to make tea out of them...


Been enjoying our harvests continuously... meaning to say, everyday...
The fruits are the usual suspects...
Okra, peppers, moroheya, amaranth, Malabar spinach, bitter gourd, long beans, winged beans, basil, korean perilla, water spinach, Japanese yam, tomatoes... etc...
So, no repeat of 'boring' pictures... :)
Except perhaps this pumpkin with its 'whiskers' might be an exception...



The loofahs are coming on rather late for us this year... 
Blame it on the farmer for the late and slow germination of the seeds...
While the angled loofahs are popping out quite well, giving abundant fruits of 30 centimeters long, the Egyptian loofahs are not doing as well...
And like (well, almost) all things, while the man of the house prefers this type, the lady of the house opts for the other...
So, you can assume that I shall be channeling more energy on growing the Egyptian type next season... yeepeee...
And yes, I love this gourd... 
Of late, we have been putting it in curries and noodles, besides stir-frying them...