Monday, March 24, 2008

Eat flowers.

"Dig my rustic beauty, man."

MORE SECRET DISNEYLAND information: Most of the plants in Tomorrowland are edible. 

As with every nuance of Disneyland's design, there is a unified field theory behind this. 

My teacher, who worked at Disneyland for seven years in the horticulture department, explained it to me briefly. It has something to do with the idea that in the future, overcrowding will force us to eat our gardens. Type of deal. 

Tell you what: Considering the newly outrageous price of groceries/gas, I think Tomorrow may have arrived early. Last fall, I planted my first edible "raised bed" — four boards screwed together to form a box — just for fun. Now I find it is saving me money and trips to Vons!

I didn't really know what I was planting, so it's been a series of surprises.

Maybe the biggest surprise regards broccoli: Guess what? Broccoli does not smell bad at all if you eat it fresh. It takes several days in the fridge to develop that stenchy situation.

I also discovered that Romaine lettuce grows flowers if you let it! Incredible!

My fave-rave is the arugula. And guess what: The buds and flowers, which are almost crunchy, are the sweetest part. I sprinkled them on a baked yam, and it was very yummers. I don't know why arugula buds aren't sold with the greens. It's the coolest feeling in the world to eat a flower. Even cooler to enjoy it. I mean, lots of flowers are edible, but not really fun to eat. 

"the thing perhaps is to eat flowers and not to be afraid"

Another surprise is a certain unidentified plant which tastes like a much spicier arugula, with tiny yellow flowers. It might be wild arugula. I adore it. It is also now growing as a weed all over my yard.

It's funny: Sometimes the only difference between a weed and an herb is whether it's growing inside or outside the box.

"I been weeding/for a girl like you..."


Anonymous said...

Hello~what you stated "might be wild arugula" is what is known variously as Rocket Mustard, Wild Mustard, and London Rocket. Hope this helps.

Ellen said...


I liked your photo of the very spicy arugula type plant growing all over your yard. That's exactly what I have growing all over my yard in Albuquerque, NM. I love it, too, and didn't know you could eat the flowers. A friend told me it's a type of mustard green, something like English Rocket. From the internet, it looks like it's the same thing as wild arugula. Lucky us! Thanks for posting.