|Rain on a collard leaf.|
Late April and the whole month of May are busy times in the garden. Planting is in full swing and everything is sprouting, budding and otherwise getting ready to produce berries, leaves, flowers and so on.
|Collard flower bud.|
I was simply discarding the flower buds, but the other day I paused. Kale, collards and broccoli are essentially the same plant. They are just different cultivars selected for different characteristics, from what I understand of their biology and geneaology. Kale and collard flower buds and flowers look just like broccoli flower buds and flowers, they just grow in much smaller clusters.
Couldn't I just eat these flower stalks I keep cutting back? We eat the greens off of the broccoli, so why not eat the flower buds from the collards? The worst thing is that they wouldn't taste good.
|Columbine flowers. Pretty, but can you eat them?|