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.
I now have quite a lot of Pit Pit lol. But no idea when to crop or how to go about preparing it (just about to do a search).
Can you remember some pointers from Elisabeth's workshop that would help Scarlett?
Die back?? lol first I've heard they die back.
I have cut off quite a few nice thick stems, removed the outer leaves (bit of wooly aphid happening) - I've ended up with bits from 10 to 20cm long.
I've cut each one back to where it has a nice thick white centre part.
There's still a lot of outer layer attached to each. Quite hard to remove. I bent and snapped one of the longer ones but this didn't achieve much except give me two pieces.
I might try to remove the outer layer with a sharp knife.
I'll be steaming them - I'll let you know how it goes.