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Who can guess what’s on the plate?

I skipped out to the garden to see if there was anything edible yet. There were a few interesting things.

I brought one of them into the house to clean up for supper. It’s on the bottom right of the plate in the picture. It looks a bit yellowish and noodle-looking.  You will win my accolades, so to speak, if you can figure it out.

Remember – it’s only April! In northern Alberta that’s early to find much in a muddy, cold garden. I’ll give everyone a few days to leave a comment if you wish.  Then I’ll  reveal the winner, and share some special tips on how to grow and clean this mysterious vegetable.

In the meantime check out the chives.

Garden Onions

After a bleak, white winter, followed by a cool, brown spring, anything green is a sight for tired eyes.





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54 Responses to “Who can guess what’s on the plate?”

  1. Naomi says:

    I think that they are quack grass roots. :)

  2. CARMEN says:

    I thought they looked like roots of something, but if that’s the case, did they taste as bad as they look? lol!

  3. CARMEN says:

    I’ve got chives growing too. I never even eat them really, but they survive my poor gardening instincts, so I like to keep them around to look at.

    • sherry says:

      Well at least they are there if you ever need them, and green is nice. Later they have great looking purple globes too.

  4. Rocks! Ok well they look like rocks.

    Im going to guess either Cassava or Celeriac or Possibly Jerusalem Artichoke..?

  5. SKIRRET! Did I get it?!

  6. Carmen says:

    LOLOLOL. “What on earth is that” Bahahahah LOLOL! Although, you do grow unusual things. Hehe.

    • sherry says:

      To that I’ll simply and indignantly say: God grows some of it too. ;) So, brave one: What’s your guess?

  7. Crummock? Another word for Skirret…

  8. Naomi says:

    Should I keep guessing? It’s got to be a root or a sprout. If my first guess was wrong, then my second guess would be a pond grass root or rhizome.

    • sherry says:

      Sneaky…2 guesses in one! If the picture was the 1st clue, then this is the 2nd: It’s a root. I think I’ll leave more hints until someone guesses it.

  9. I don’t think we can accept that as a hint. We already guessed it was a root; in fact a perennial. Therefore I think a true second hint would be in order. :D

  10. Naomi says:

    Great! I at least knew it was a root. :)
    I sort of can’t wait to find out, actually.

    • sherry says:

      I’ll have them all ate before you guys figure it out. Actually their is a deadline on this…the 15th. Did you guys get the ‘sneak preview’ newsletter?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sherry I got your newsletter today – however when I followed the link it said the page was not found. (?)

    • sherry says:

      I’m sorry about that. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll try to figure out what happened. Please bare with me…the world is a little geekier than I like.

  12. Naomi says:

    Stinging nettle root. :)

    • sherry says:

      If I had any I would be curious to try them, but no they’re not.

    • Strange herb that increases testosterone and yet also lactation. Crazy. I have no idea what this is. Did you tell me yet if it is parsnip? If not
      Let’s go with a kind of yam.

      • sherry says:

        Parsnip it is. Such diligence. Thanks to you I’ve got Jerusalem Artichokes coming. I didn’t know that there were so many possibilities. It was swell fun everyone. I’ll leave another blog on how strange it is that parsnips look like they did on my plate and why, etc. I can’t believe you got it!

  13. Naomi says:

    I’d like to focus on the parsnips and how on earth they look like they do, but I REALLY want to know how Anna-Marie is helping you get Jerusalem Artichokes.
    ….sorta jealous. :)

    • sherry says:

      One comment she left was that maybe that’s what it was. I wondered if I could get any. I have an order for stuff coming so they said they had some I could add. It’s better for southern Ab., but I’ll try.I still have to try quack grass roots, unless you want to do it and then report?

  14. I KNEW it had to be a Parsnip! I actually didn’t get my answer from Google although I tried that for hours. The clue for me was the way the root ends looked with the tails, as well as the the color and fibrous quality. I finally put it together! Definitely curious to learn more about this story, and why it looks so funky in the photo.
    Did I win anything? lol A parsnip maybe…wait I dont care much for parsnips…

    • sherry says:

      I even thought I’d send a packet of parsnips seeds. Funny to know you don’t like them, hah. You’d like these, but you need frost.

  15. Awesome, let me know what you think of the Jerusalem Artichokes!

  16. Here you go Naomi:
    They ship only in Canada. I don’t know if this is the best price, just that they are shipping for fall planting.
    Sherry I havent had them yet, but I’ve seen them a lot lately in the stores.
    Another thing people are wild about down here is Kale. I would like to see you and Naomi give it a go :) Nutrition if off the charts! I am a chard fan however. Guard you Chard. Cuz I will eat it all…

  17. Naomi says:

    Parsnips… Here I was trying to think of what you might get in the wild. Silly me. It didn’t really occur to me to think ‘garden’ vegetable.
    I will have to try quack grass roots and let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!
    Kale makes a great ornamental, as well for flower beds, etc. In the fall it turns beautiful colors, too.
    Anna-Marie, I bought a colorful variety of chard. It’s beautiful! …and yummy.

    • sherry says:

      Is it called Rainbow Chard? Yah, good luck on the the quacky grass, hah.I use chard to make pretend spinach for the freezer. I omit the stalks. There is such a big volume and it’s easier to grow.

  18. Naomi says:

    Yes, it is. :)

  19. Have either of you girls eaten Kale? They devour that stuff down here.

    • sherry says:

      Just a bite. It seemed somewhat tough, so I didn’t go back for more. I know it’s being used more now for food. Before it was a decoration. What’s the rave do you think…the nutrition?

    It’s a nutritional ‘Powerhouse’. You may want to juice it of you find it too tough. Again I have tasted it but never eaten it. It looks like plastic to me lol. And I love chard so much more.

  21. Oh funny Sherry. Imagine winning parsnip seeds and then getting stuck eating them because it’s like the last food on earth you know Inhate them? Because one day that was all there was to eat when I was a kid. A big box of parsnips. My stomach was gnawing at me and so I had a big plate with margarine salt and pepper. And that was dinner. After that I could t even say the word parsnip for many years without feeling a little yukky. Pretty sure I had parsnip poisoning blahhhh lol.

  22. Excuse my mobile phone typos. Sometimes I fly so fast my iPhone can’t keep up with me and it skips over words and jumbles things.

  23. LOL. Blekk! I know! Grow me a chicken and when I come up And bring it to me live so we can kill it and I can roast it on a spit. And for the first time in my life ever I can taste a fresh bird just minutes old. :-) :-)

    • sherry says:

      I wouldn’t eat anything minutes old unless I was awful hungry. The body heat needs to leave it, but maybe after that.

  24. I mean – bring it down to me in a chicken crate. Like in the movies.

  25. Naomi says:

    That’s it. I’m growing kale. :)

    • sherry says:

      There’s an adventurous gal! Health before taste. I want to know what’s so beneficial about it, and then weigh it out.

    • sherry says:

      Gee, thanks. Life has been busy, and this link will make my search quick. I’m planting garden all day to day – so much to do!


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