This plant is one recommended during a garden training day with Elizabeth Fekonia a couple of weeks back. I would like to get hold of some if anyone eventually has any to spare:
It is grown from cuttings of the stalks. In fertile soil, cut plants
will re-shoot from the base. The cuttings need adequate moisture at
planting. Cuttings about 30 cm long are used. To avoid cuttings
drying out they need to be planted soon after cutting.
Coastal pitpit stalks can be planted at any time of the year. It
takes 6-9 months from planting till a crop is ready to harvest. But
the time of flowering is coastal pitpit is controlled by the sun.
Early in the year about February to March most plants develop a
thickened clump of leaves at the top. When these are broken off and
opened by removing the outside leaves the very fine yellow unopened
flower is seen. It is this flower which is eaten.
Saccharum barberi Jeswiet Indian cane
Saccharum edule Hasskarl Long pitpit
Saccharum officinarum L. Sugarcane, Noble canes
Saccharum robustum Jeswict.
Saccharum sinense Roxb.
Saccharum spontaneum L. Wild pitpit
There seems to be a link to sugar cane smut problems in Qld (it's a cane relative) so I'm making some enquiries as to restrictions and maybe sources for purchase.
Ready to give up on the Pitpit plant. Plants are preparing to flower again, which is the cue to crop. The only edible bit I can find is about 3cm long between the nodes below the flowering bit. Not enough reward for growing these big clumps all year long.
Have been cropping and cooking some of my Pit Pit stems.
I steamed some but they need extra time compared to regular veg. Crunchy. Make sure you cut fresh thick stems. Some people recommended that I peel them after cooking, and some before. I took the before option.
I also baked some - not a good idea :S dry and nasty.
Then I added some to a chicken casserole, cut into small portions, and these came out very pleasant if a little crunchy.
My mother and I were born in PNG. We have been trying to get hold of Pit Pit for years. We live in the southside of Brisbane. Any ideas of where we can find Pit PIt?
Michele, I have some potted that you are welcome to. I work at Mt Gravatt, is that any use for picking up? Let me know and I'll take a pot to work with me.
It grew like a weed and I pulled up great chunks and composted it at the end of summer - I still have one or two clumps left but didn't find it all that useful to warrant devoting great patches to it. Maybe you can give some pointers on it's uses?
Morning Michele. I have sent you a PM with my work address for collecting the plant. If I am out the admin ladies can give it to you (very small office). There is a small amount of parking directly in front of the office off the busy street.
I would love a brom of any description - always room in the garden for a brom :)