I've learned a lot this winter about many crops that I've never had before. They continue to surprise me and our dinner guests that have a chance to have one of our "artisan" salads. If I had to list the biggest surprise I would list claytonia as the top. After that I experimented with 10 new crop varieties. It would be difficult to prioritize them after claytonia. They were all exceptional, but claytonia was just unbelievably delicious. This is a picture of buckshorn plantain. It's crunchy with a little zest to it and adds a wonderful texture and taste to whatever salad mix your putting together. You won't be buying this in any stores or any farmers markets this time of year. If you want it, you'll have to grow it yourself. And it's virtually unscathed in my protected square foot garden. You should give it a try. If you're interested in buying some seeds(they can be hard to find)of this particular variety, I sell and ship them for $4.25 per pack. But if you wait too long it won't be good. This is a cool/cold weather crop that does well with a lack of heat.
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