Posted by: viewfromtheriva | January 30, 2010

Motovilec, easy to grow and yummy!

Delicate Motovilec, tiny, tender greens that make a fabulous salad!

Despite the gloomy weather, rain and cool temperatures, I planted some motovilec about a month ago and today harvested my first crop and boy was it yummy.

Easy to sew, the entire plant  is edible.  But unlike rukola, which we also grow, that you can cut with scissors and it still keeps growing, motovilec needs to be pulled out like a weed.  After shaking out the dirt, you can simply wash it and clip off the roots (or eat them too!) and put them all in the fridge until you want to eat them.

As a salad, with a little rukola for some spice, olive oil, garlic and tomatoes or in a sandwich, motovilec is delicious.  You can grow a new crop every 30-40 days, all year round!

The taste is very delicate, no bitterness and much more nutritious than lettuce.  You can usually find them in supermarkets here, 100grams for 8kn–seems cheap, but it works out to about $8 a pound for these little beauties!

By the way, those wire frames in our garden patch came from a nearby construction site…perfect for keeping the cats out of the way and still letting water and air in.

Next month our lemons will be ready for picking–jam, pies, marmelade, sugar-rinds…more yumminess in Split!

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  1. Wow, I didn’t realize you could plant that. Maybe now I can go and buy the seeds and plant them in our small balcony. Thanks for sharing!

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