The corn shoots have been very popular too. They have a unique flavour. The juicy white stems taste like raw sweet corn and the top leafy part, like grass, sort of (some people say wheatgrass)….I’m not too crazy about the taste but sort of like it sometimes too. It seems I can’t really decide. Some folks have also said it reminds them of stevia, maybe because it’s so sweet and is a plant….
I first tried corn shoots at a restaurant in Ottawa, quite a few years ago now. They were on my plate as a garnish and I didn’t know what they were. The flavour was SO familiar but I just couldn’t figure it out! It was winter-time and sweet corn didn’t come to mind. Then I saw them for sale a couple years ago at a farmer’s market I was visiting and I just had to try growing them.
These days, I’m planting the trays with many more seeds than this one has….live and learn!
Pretty little leaves. There are always some green ones in with the purples.
One of my all time favourite lunch time salads: pea shoots, sunflower shoots and purple daikon radish shoots….with a light honey mustard dressing…oh so delicious! And apparently the radish shoots are very good for us too. I’ve read that the purple colour comes from an anthocyanin that’s also in blueberries and black currants and is what makes them so full of antioxidants and so good for us.