Archive for May, 2012

Hosta shoots wrapped in proscuitto

Hostas are a common shade loving herbaceous perennial and a slugs favourite food. I heard on the grapevine that they are edible, and really rather good. So I thought if you can’t beat the slugs and snails then join them. I did the necessary research to ensure that this was the case, and found that they are enjoyed in Japan where they are cultivated and known as the delicacy Urui.

Fortunately in my garden I have a large amount of mature Hostas that have just started shooting upwards like asparagus spears. So out I popped with my trusty penknife and rescued a few from the attention of the snails.

 I was amazed how juicy they were when cut, and made sure they were cooked straight away. I tasted one raw, and thought it very similar to asparagus at the base but with a mild herby and vaguely salty taste and were very crunchy.

I wrapped the rest in Proscuitto, and fried in a little olive oil until the meat was crisp, and drizzled with a little wild garlic pesto. I was blown away with how good they were, a mash up of asparagus, samphire and mild leek. Give these a go, but make sure they are not treated with chemicals or pesticides, grow a patch of them in damp shade, and feast on them for years to come. The shoots and young leaves and also the flowers are all edible, so look out for more recipes and ideas to come. 

Have you discovered something in your garden that was unexpectedly edible?

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