We’ve extolled the virtues of bolted kale here before. Whenever we chance to be in the garden, we pinch off a couple of sweet florets to nibble on. It was with delight, then, that we discovered that snapping further down the stalk make for a harvest of kale rabe. Like asparagus, the plant will tell you just the spot to pick, its tender limit where it gives most easily. As the overwintered kales made way for spring planting, we had one last bouquet of kale rate to enjoy. Like so many things straight from the garden, this seasonal treat was best devoured simply roasted and anointed with good olive oil and some crunchy sea salt. The delicious results has us casting a new eye on the rest of the bolting brassicas.
It’s been a wonderfully lush spring here in Maine, long and slow, with enough time to allow us to savor each new wave of emerging growth. This month’s Full Flower Moon falls on May 25th this year. Also known as Mother’s Moon, Milk Moon, and Corn Planting Moon, it marks the end of late frosts and, with the arrival of warmer temperatures, a safe period of fertility. We’ve held off most of our planting until then, and, now with the deer fence firmly in place, there’s much to do in the days ahead!