I was at the Yandina Community Gardens yesterday with Phil attending a talk on Food Forests and during the session we all took a walk through the YCG food forest. One of the plants I nibbled on, clearly a brassica, was the Ethiopian Cabbage. Yummo.
I bought a packet of seed but it lacks a scientific name. Phil also bought seed which he will grow and share with mates.
Is anyone growing this plant to their knowledge? Would love to learn more about it.
Brassica abyssinica - name provided by Mary-Ann
Brassica carinata - name provided by Dave
Brassica abyssinicum - we did but got rid of it - w invading the garden and even the paddocks - in just one short year - now we have the green house etc will grow it there where the seeds will not escape !
Thank you for the name Mary-Ann :)
Why were you worried about such a delicious food plant growing wild? Surely the cows would have been happy to have it in the paddocks.
cows would not eat it and at the rate it was spreading it would soon become a weed everywhere not just our place ! they dont eat wild turnips either and they are a pest around here
More flavoursome than the tall plant with big leaves you had growing?
yes a lot more flavoursome !
You mean the Walking Stick Collard greens Elaine? I loved those but I thought the bit I had of the EC was delicious.
Yes Lissa, name escaped me! I have a collard here given to me by Rob C, I've yet to remember to pick the leaves which are becoming a nice pickable size.
So if the Ethiopian plants are more adapted to our summer climate then I'd love a plant or two if anyone has a spare few or just some seeds (ditto). Nothing will escape if I chop off the developing seeds - there's bush at the back I don't want to be overrun with weird cabbages.
Alternately, if they do produce seeds, harvesting the pods before they drop seeds and then using the excess seeds to make sprouts/micro-greens would be a good use for the seeds. You can pay a ridiculous amount to buy Broccoli and Kale seeds for sprouting.
Your link refers to the B carinata as does Dave's. But the pic in your link looks more like the plant I ate. Green not red.
There are the same colour variations in the Collard Greens. I'm waiting on a response back from the Yandina Community Gardens as to the scientific name of the one they grow.
Yes I am indeed. Love the stuff.
Here's my past post:
I don't let it seed, primarily because I eat it.
So many variations. The one you linked for is Brassica Carinata a more reddish looking (like Mustard Greens) plant.
This plant I tried isn't hot like mustard greens and the plant is all green. Much more like the Collard Greens but with a smaller more delicate leaf. Delicious flavour. Wish I had some here so I could taste it again and describe it.