Spring! Lotsa Hosta!

dcarch7April 27, 2013

So many of you are having a terrible winter. Here in New York Spring has arrived. While you are just getting seeds started, I am harvesting delicious tender hosta shoots.

Hosta is grown in Japan as a vegetable, it is considered a delicacy. It is probably the most amazing vegetable you can grow in your garden. It needs no sun, no fertilizer, no watering, no trimmimg and it is a decorative perennial that comes up every year before anything else. It will be many more weeks before you can have anything edible from your garden.

Hosta shoots are like asparagus and endive without the bitterness, very mild and tender.

dcarch

Hosta Tofu Soup

Deep Fried Pork Loin

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chas045

I had already been thinking about your posts from last spring as my hosta came in for three weeks. I suppose mine are too old now? How do you harvest them? Do you slice off a section with a shovel so the clump survives for later decoration and next year's harvest, or do you take the whole thing, or somehow just cut tops??

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 8:18AM
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Rusty

That looks so-o-oo-oo good!
Now my tummy is growling,
And I'll have to eat my lunch early!

Sure wish Host's (and/or asparagus) would grow here!

Rusty

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 12:50PM
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Teresa_MN

Chas - looks like Dc snipped those hostas at the base and left the crown - for next year's crop of course! :-)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:02PM
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artsyshell

Didn't know hosta shoots were edible. Your meal looks wonderful!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:19PM
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mustangs81

No hostas here, but I can get some pork loin! Looks fabulous.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 1:40PM
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sooz

We're too sunny and hot for hostas, but I sure do enjoy seeing your photos of them-as-food, Archie!

Smiles,
Sooz

    Bookmark   April 27, 2013 at 4:51PM
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dcarch7

Thanks everyone.

It is so satisfying to have fresh just-picked delicious greens so early in the spring with no work to grow them. It also makes cooking interesting with unusual ingredients.

Chas045, as Teresa said, the shoots are cut close to the roots, but not the roots. Interesting, the more you cut the more will grow for next year.

dcarch

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 9:04AM
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cooperbailey

I remembered your post from last spring as well. So glad I could assure my horrified DH and a neighbor that hosta are edible and Bailey, one of our Golden Retrievers would be just fine.
Not so much the hosta! ( a little sour apple spray saved the rest)

This post was edited by cooperbailey on Sun, Apr 28, 13 at 10:25

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:23AM
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dcarch7

Cooperbailey, Hosta is enjoyed by many animals and insects, but early in the spring there are no insects.

Hosta gets very tough when the leaves mature. However, the flowers are edible.

dcarch.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:13AM
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sally2_gw

I've been thinking of you, Dcarch, as the Hostas have been emerging here this spring. I don't have any here in Texas, but my OK house has some. I haven't harvested any yet. Maybe once we finally move up there I'll do so. Nice pics.

Sally

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 7:14AM
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trailrunnerbiker

Gorgeous pics ! My hosta are all up and I forgot your post from last year. I have to wrap my head around the idea that they are edible :) Will see what happens when DH stir frys some. Thanks for posting . c

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:59AM
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dcarch7

Sally, Trailrunner, as I said, hosta is used as a vegetable in Japan.

You can Google this for recipes: (LOL !)
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Stir fry hosta is delicious and easy.

dcarch

Here is a link that might be useful: Check out the video

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 8:43PM
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KatieC

I didn't know they were edible, either. Now I want some. There's a hosta in the yard at work....it's pretty big now, but I gotta see if there are any shoots. All I have for spring greens are little bitty lettuce, kale, chard and a few bunching onions that made it through winter.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 9:13PM
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sally2_gw

Yes, I knew you liked to eat them, Dcarch, that's why I thought of you as I watched them emerge. I don't have enough up in Oklahoma to make a serving, much less part of a meal, and the only ones I see here in Texas are the ones we have for sale at the nursery I work at. I think I'd get in trouble if I harvested those. lol

I did not know, until you mentioned it in your original post, that they are used as vegetables in Japan. I'll have to ask Jerry if he ate any when he was stationed in Okinawa. He really got into the food there.

Sally

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:36AM
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debrak_2008

My family tried some raw. Not bad but DD said it left an aftertaste for her.

Interesting idea. Thanks for posting it.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 7:51AM
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rosesinny

dcarch - thank you. I thought I knew everything and I just learned something today. I actually hate hostas in the garden - they end up crowding everything out with their raggy leaves that get eaten by slugs. But I would definitely cut them as shoots had I known I could eat them. My neighbor grows them and I'm checking first thing in the morning. If there is time, I'm cutting hers!

It's a great use for what is otherwise a useless and unattractive plant.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 10:22PM
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debrak_2008

Rosesinny, I must say I love hostas. No issues with slugs and slow spreading. There are different varieties so maybe you need to try a new one (to grow, not eat), lol.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 6:55AM
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dcarch7

Posted by katiec âÂÂI didn't know they were edible, either. Now I want some. ------------ All I have for spring greens are little bitty lettuce, kale, chard and a few bunching onions that made it through winter.âÂÂ
It makes me happy that there is a delicious vegetable which grows in the deep shade, a perennial requiring no care, and which comes up so early in the spring.

Sally, âÂÂI did not know, until you mentioned it in your original post, that they are used as vegetables in Japan. I'll have to ask Jerry if he ate any when he was stationed in Okinawa. He really got into the food there.âÂÂ

I was in Okinawa once. Interesting place. The people there live the longest.

Posted by debrak_2008 âÂÂMy family tried some raw. Not bad but DD said it left an aftertaste for her.--------âÂÂ

I suppose most vegetable will leave an after taste, if you taste it the first time.

Posted by rosesinny âÂÂ------ I actually hate hostas in the garden ------ with their raggy leaves that get eaten by slugs. ------âÂÂ

Yummy! Hostas with escargot! LOL!

dcarch

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:27AM
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