My new favorite winter vegetable is bok choy. I needed some vegetables for my fried rice tonight, so I went out to raid the garden while the snow was still only about a half inch deep and nabbed some little bok choys.
I sowed seeds for these in late August. For 4 months of growth, these guys are tiny, but what’s more important is that they were tough enough to make through the cold nights and snow to be in my dinner tonight.
The plants are the “Ching-Chiang” variety. The instructions that came with the seed packet recommend planting in early spring, which I tried last spring, but all my plants bolted when the leaves were about the size of my thumbnail. The variety is also described as very mild, but I found them pleasantly spicy. The slugs also find them delicious, which is another advantage of growing them in the winter, since the slugs pretty much take the winter off.