Sunday, August 8, 2010

Purple choi sum update

I thought Mik had already harvested all big enough to eat purple-flower choi sum  (hon tsai tai) growing in our patch. Growing amid the komatsuna and cauliflower, I found this hon tsai tai. Look at its stem very dark purple. No wonder Mik left it alone not ending up in the wok. This hon tsai tai stem has become more darker than previous observation. In my fascination admiring the stem colour , I did not notice a snail trying to hide itself behind the stick until I write this blog.As for the leaves, no doubt the caterpillar has already shape the leaves to its liking
hon tsai tai
Watch out for this caterpillar if you are gardening in Adelaide. Too many of them now.
Good Luck with caterpillar hunting!!


Malar said...

The purple stem of Choi sum is really beautiful!

I had many hairy caterpillars in my garden few months ago! i catched and threw them in the nearby jungle!

kitchen flavours said...

Caterpillars are really yucky creatures! They can have a real great party among the vegetable leaves! But I guess, that's nature intended!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Something not right in the garden if we don't see any caterpillars. Better buy leaf veggies with holes rather than no hole in the market.

OneBusyBee said...

I have just started gardening myself and I'm loving it. Anyway, I've planted some Choi Sum a few months ago and I was watching them grow. Then I realised, I didn't know what type of veggie they were. Lol. I searched the net and that's how I stumbled on your blog. What would be the best way to eat them?

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

OneBusyBee~ Since it is home-grown it will be full with flavour unlike the store ones. A simple dish will be the best to enjoy them- I usually just sir-fry them with oyster after I saute a little bit of garlic and shallot.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Opps I meant oyster sauce. If you are a vegetarian soy sauce is good too.