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Old 01-16-2008, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Elston, I thought about you today while I was "foraging" in my local supermarket for a fresh veggie for supper.

I spotted some Swiss chard, which does rather resemble rhubarb visually at least.. it was a bunch with multi-colored stems... very light green/white, yellow and red. I have grown all three (I have a "thing" for growing "funny colored" veggies) but today, having read this thread, I thought of you.

I'll be having it for supper tonight, garnished with a little bacon/bacon grease and onion and a splash of vinegar, aside a marked down steak.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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So very nice to be thought of by such a nice person!

I love that multi colored chard; I remember when Burpees first introduced it. I also love the colors and strange unexpected colors of some vegetables. My Dad liked those that were purple but turned bright green when they hit boiling water. He had purple green beans, purple kol rabi, and golden zuchinni, and white pumpkins, and a multitude of different tomatoes. If there was somethng new in the catalogue, he would give it room in his garden.

Enjoy your chard (I like it the way you plan to fix it, with a little bacon and then served with vinegar.) Lovely. Bon Appetit!
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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The horseradish root I have seen sold, like for the seder plate at passover, is a big old carrot or parsnip sized root. The horseradish that I grew seemed to have finger sized rhyzomes rather than a big root. It was definately horseradish and it was very very pungent. I got mine from the same friend who gave me my rhubarb.

We invented a fantasy organization called the National Horseradish Growers Association (NHGA) and corresponded about the goings on with the colorful characters we invented. We even would create a newsletter full of misadventures of the members in the various chapters--some who resisted progress and commercialization like Granddaddy Grimes, and then the Young Whippersnapper who was always looking for an easy buck by selling an adulterated product to Arby's; I hadnt thought of that for awhile.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I spotted some Swiss chard, which does rather resemble rhubarb visually at least.. it was a bunch with multi-colored stems... very light green/white, yellow and red. I have grown all three (I have a "thing" for growing "funny colored" veggies) but today, having read this thread, I thought of you.
Probably Bright Lights chard. If beets are related to rhubarb (can't remember) chard is too. Chard is the result of hybrid crossing involving beets.
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