You are here: Home Gardening Grow Your Own Food Challenge: A Sad First Harvest Grow Your Own Food Challenge: A Sad First Harvest by Becky Striepe March 29, 2011, 9:00 am I promised to update you guys about my tiny container garden, for better or worse, and unfortunately I had a bit of a letdown late last week when I noticed that my Chinese broccoli had started to flower. According to my research, you are supposed to harvest before they flower, and it’s really important to get them before they go to seed. I cut their little broccoli heads off and am hoping to get a second chance with these plants! If anyone has tips about growing Chinese broccoli, I’m all ears. At least that calendar reminder I mentioned is keeping me on track as far as watering everything. All of the other plants are doing well so far! Determined to get at least something edible out of this situation, I pulled the flowers off and chopped up the broccoli into a salad. After tasting one of the leaves, I decided to leave those out. They were sort of bitter and unpleasant. Probably because I harvested too late! I wish I’d tasted the tops before putting them in the salad. They were sort of….polleny. Not very tasty. The stems were good, though. My first harvest salad with Chinese broccoli After such a stellar review, I’m sure you want to hear about my first harvest salad! Here’s the recipe. Even with the less than delicious broccoli, it was a darned good salad! Arugula and Chinese Broccoli Salad Yield: 1 serving Ingredients 1 1/2c arugula, chopped handful Chinese broccoli, chopped handful pecans, chopped 1/4 Haas avocado, diced 1 green onion, diced 1T sesame oil 1t rice vinegar Cooking Directions Toss all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Eat! See more Previous article 8 Radish Recipes – In Season Now! Next article European Countries May Soon Not Be Able to Ban GMOs One Ping Pingback:Container Garden Update: In Like a Lion – Eat Drink Better Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.