Veggie Garden Remix
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Fellow blogger and garden guru Niki Jabbour of Savvy Gardening just released a new book that will inspire you to grow something new this year.
Niki is an award-winning author, radio show host and edibles expert from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first book, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, is the go-to book on how to extend your gardening season no matter where you live. In her latest release, Niki explores popular edibles from around the world that you can grow in your garden. She expertly matches familiar veggies that most gardeners in North America love and a similar variety found in other countries. Veggie Garden Remix is full of valuable information, as well as, beautiful photos of the vegetables to get you inspired to try something new.
Growing up half-Korean has exposed me to many of the vegetables mentioned in Veggie Garden Remix. Mark and I routinely plant several popular Asian vegetable varieties in our garden. One of Mark’s first encounter with a delicious but onery Asian herb was Perilla. This herb is part of the mint family and like mint can easily take over your garden and yard. Nonetheless, it’s a tasty herb used fresh and cooked in many Asian cuisines. It’s eaten raw or steamed as a wrap around rice or Korean BBQ. My favorite way to eat perilla is in a dish called Kkaennip Jangajji. This dish has a salty, slightly sweet and garlicky with a kick of heat.
Some of my other favorites that Niki mentions are:
Mizuna-This tangy mustard green in a standard in our cool season garden.
Shishito-this is a favorite in Korean cuisine as well. Not too hot and not too sweet, it’s just right.
Chinese or Garlic Chives– My mother transplanted a path of chives in my garden many years ago and they thrive almost year-round.
If you are looking to add a bit of pizazz to your veggie line up this year, I encourage you to check out the Veggie Garden Remix. It’s full of beautiful photography, amazing description of each vegetables taste and usage and full growing info on each variety. For more information on Niki’s books or to check out her blog, please visit Savvy Gardening or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.