Mean Greens!

I’ve really noticed that so many people neglect the leafy greens that are available to them.  A bag of organic hummus and manure, a planter of some kind, and a jumbo pack of mixed mescaline mix for $4.75 and you and a friend or two can easily have salads for most of the Spring and Summer.  Leafy greens taste much better than the salad mixes you get at the store!

This is some of my lettuce.  I don’t even touch it unless it hasn’t rained in a while it grows well all on its own, so easy anyone with ten minutes can grow their own.

lettuce

 

This mix is sweet-mild to sour-hot-tangy and has red, purple, yellow, and green tasty leaves.  A bright mix of colorful leafy lettuces, radicchio, arugula, endive, orach, mizuna, kale, mustard, corn salad and other varieties fill out this delicious mix!

Leafy greens are healthier than tightly packed lettuce varieties and taste better too!  I mean, who really likes the lackluster flavor of iceberg, its like crunchy water.  Iceberg has no nutritional value and prevents the body from absorbing certain nutrients from delicious homemade dressings!

This mix isn’t only good for salad but makes a nice addition to Italian pastas, braised or sautéed greens!  If you’re really into stir-fry or steamed veggies you may even think about grabbing a pack of this delicious mix.  (Try adding any  lettuce to your next bowl of ramen or try my favorite, Korean style ramen with spring onions, gochujang, and red leaf lettuce.)

Lettuce2

 

Even though I have this delicious mix growing I still have some spinach in a pot (not pictured) and this great looking kale growing in an old radio flyer!  Baby Kale makes an amazing salad (which is great news for a packed radio flyer that needs culling) and fully matured leaves are amazing so many ways!  These two recipes are my favorites to make.

North African bean soup and Zuppa di Cavolo Nero (In the Zuppa I trade out the thyme for rosemary and either use spicy sausage or add a pinch or two of crushed red pepper to taste, make it your own!)

Kale

I look forward to hearing about your planting adventures and seeing how you like the recipes!

 

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